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LOSS OF LIMBS

Losing a limb on the job can alter the course of your life in an instant and likely represents a serious blow to your future. A loss of this magnitude can be very difficult to overcome, and it will almost certainly negatively affect your ability to continue working and advancing your career (not to mention your earning potential). If you’ve lost a limb as a result of your work, you shouldn’t wait to consult with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney. 

Permanent Partial Disability

Most workers’ compensation cases related to limb loss result in permanent partial disability, which refers to compensation that covers your full range of related medical bills and your total lost earnings (for a predetermined period of time, which is what makes this category of compensation partial). 

Accident victims in this category are expected to ultimately return to work and earn a living – even if they’re no longer able to do the same kinds of work or to fill the same positions they once did. There is a set payment schedule that relates to limb loss, which directs the amount of time the permanent partial disability compensation is intended to cover (in terms of total lost wages – as measured in the number of weeks compensated). 

Total Disability 

Total disability generally relates to workers who are unable to fill any type of position after limb loss, and it is automatically awarded in all of the following cases:

  • The loss of both hands
  • The loss of both feet
  • The loss of both arms
  • The loss of both legs

These are obviously very serious injuries with very serious consequences, and these cases lead to compensation for life (at a specific percentage of the employee’s current wages). 

Your Damages

The damages associated with losing a limb on the job can be difficult to overstate. Consider the following:

  • In addition to your initial medical costs, you are likely to experience ongoing healthcare needs, and you could face secondary health complications.
  • Ongoing pain management is often a concern for phantom pains that are all too real and all too common in victims of limb loss. 
  • Many victims of limb loss also require mental health care to help them cope with the PTSD-like symptoms that are very common to these very serious injuries. 
  • Losing a limb often translates to job loss, and the only way back into the workforce may require vocational rehabilitation. 

Assessing your damages in their entirety is critical to your ability to successfully travel the path toward your fullest recovery.  

Seek the Experienced Legal Guidance of a Dedicated Joliet Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you’ve lost a limb due to an accident on the job, your recovery hinges on your ability to fully recover for your losses, and Danielle Pinkston at Pinkston Law Group, P.C., in Joliet, Illinois, is a practiced workers’ compensation attorney whose focus is on guiding claims like yours toward beneficial resolutions that allow our clients to lead their fullest post-accident lives. To learn more about how we can also help you, please don’t wait to contact us today.

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