Workplace injuries like amputations may be physically and emotionally devastating. If they are not handled properly, they may also have long-term financial consequences. While California law provides workers’ compensation benefits for people who are hurt or become ill due to their job, many issues may arise that affect whether a particular worker gets fair compensation. If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation on the job or another work-related injury, the experienced Orange County workers’ compensation lawyers at Howard Law, P.C., can help you pursue all of the benefits to which you may be entitled under the law.
When an employee is hurt on the job, their employer is responsible for the cost of medical care due to the illness or injury in most cases. This includes both emergency care and follow-up treatments, such as doctor bills, medicine, physical therapy, and more. Employees who have taken advantage of the opportunity to predesignate their own personal physician, in writing, prior to a work accident may be able to see their own doctor, rather than a doctor chosen by the employer or its workers’ compensation insurance company. Not all workers are able to predesignate, however. This option is only available to employees who have health care coverage for medical conditions not related to work.Seeking Benefits for an Amputation
In addition to medical care costs, people who are hurt on the job may be able to receive disability payments to partially replace their wages while they are unable to perform their usual duties. Such payments may be in the form of temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits, depending upon whether the employee is able to perform any work at all after the injury. The amount of temporary disability benefits that may be available to a worker depends on, among other things, their average weekly wage at the time of the accident. Such payments are also subject to minimum and maximum amounts set by the State of California.
After the employee’s medical condition has reached a point of maximum medical improvement, they may pursue permanent disability benefits if their injury resulted in some degree of permanent physical impairment. If a worker’s injury renders them unable to work at all in the future, permanent total disability benefits apply. If they can perform some work after reaching a permanent and stationary condition, permanent partial disability benefits are more likely to be awarded. The amount of permanent disability benefits is calculated by using several factors, including the impairment rating assigned to the employee by a physician using the American Medical Association’s Guides to Permanent Physical Impairment, 5th Edition. For amputations, the impairment rating assignable under the guide may vary, depending on whether the amputation was partial or total, whether it involved a whole extremity or only certain digits, and other factors.Seek Counsel from an Orange County Lawyer for Your Workers’ Compensation Case
If you have suffered a work-related amputation, you should receive every penny of compensation to which you may be entitled. After all, your injury will affect your ability to do certain types of work in the future and may even prevent you from working at all. The seasoned job injury lawyers at Howard Law, P.C., can help you understand your legal rights and aim for a fair settlement or award for your injury. To talk to one of our Orange County workers’ compensation attorneys about your case, call us today at (800) 872-5925 or contact us online. We represent people in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Long Beach, Pomona, and Riverside, as well as other cities in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties.