Portland Amputation Injury Lawyer
The loss of a limb is perhaps one of the scariest possibilities in an accident. If a leg or arm is crushed or severed, it not only poses an immediate threat to the victim’s life. It also represents a permanent adjustment in that person’s life even after surviving the accident itself.
There is no question that amputation is a catastrophic injury. And when that amputation is the result of a preventable accident, the victim is understandably angry and wants to hold the responsible party legally and financially accountable. This is where we can help. Rosenbaum Law Group, PC, is a team of Portland amputation injury lawyers who understand just how devastating the loss of a limb can be for our clients. We recognize these injuries require extensive long-term care and physical rehabilitation. And we will make every effort to ensure that the person or people who put you in this position will pay for what you are now experiencing.
Have You Lost a Limb on the Job?
In medical terms, amputation refers to the loss or removal of a body part, usually a hand, arm, foot, or leg. About half of all amputations are the result of a traumatic injury, such as a car crash or a work-related accident. Some amputations are partial, where there are still ligaments, muscles, and other tissue that remain between the damaged limb and the remainder of the body. Other amputations are considered complete, meaning the affected body part is completely removed to the body without any remaining tissue attached.
Amputation injuries are shockingly common in certain industries such as construction and logging. There are many reasons for this. Here are just a few examples:
- Falling objects. When a sharp or heavy object falls from a high distance or at significant speed, an innocent worker’s body part may be quickly sliced off.
- Fires. An accidental fire or explosion can seriously burn parts of a worker’s body so badly that the affected area may need to be amputated.
- Machinery. Anytime that a limb can get caught inside or trapped in a piece of industrial equipment, there is a risk of an amputation injury.
- Transportation accidents. Anytime you are inside of a motor vehicle, there is a risk of amputation injury if there is a crash.
When an amputation injury occurs on-the-job, the employer and its insurance carrier is required to pay certain benefits under Oregon workers’ compensation law. Given the permanent effects of such injuries, amputation victims will receive a disability rating that entitles them to certain permanent benefits. The injured worker may also be eligible for disability benefits from Social Security. A skilled workers compensation and disability lawyer should be consulted in these situations. Where the on-the-job injury occurs because someone other than the employer is at fault, the injured worker has both a workers compensation claim and a civil claim against the negligent third party. A skilled personal injury lawyer, like the attorneys at Rosenbaum Law Group, PC, should be consulted.
Contact Rosenbaum Law Group Today
Everyone recognizes that amputation injuries are serious. But when it comes to placing a monetary value on such injuries, negligent defendants and their insurance companies will often try and downplay just how serious the loss of limb really is for the victim. This is why it is critical to work with a skilled Portland amputation injury lawyer who will fight for your rights. If you need to speak with an attorney right away, contact Rosenbaum Law Group, PC, to schedule a free initial consultation.