Tampa Workplace Loss of Limb Lawyer
We rely on all our body parts to move around, work, engage in sports, and perform daily tasks. Losing even one limb can be a major upset, forcing us to suffer mobility loss and permanently change our way of living.
Amputations commonly take place in factories, warehouses, mills, and construction sites. The loss of a finger, hand, or arm is common. The loss of a limb is permanent, and as such, the consequences are severe. There is huge financial loss to contend with as well as loss of income, strained relationships, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
After an amputation, make sure you know your legal rights. If an accident at work has caused you to lose a limb or other body part (such as the eyes), you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and probably Social Security Disability benefits as well. A Tampa workplace loss of limb lawyer from Franco Law Firm will make you aware of your options so you get all the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Amputation
There are several main reasons why amputation occurs in the workplace:
- Crushing. Machinery and falling objects can cause limbs and other body parts to become crushed due to the sheer weight of the object.
- Contact with sharp equipment. Contact with saws, knives, and other cutting instruments can lead to serious injuries. These sharp objects can sever an arm, leg, hand, foot, finger, or toe in seconds.
- Becoming trapped. Getting trapped under heavy equipment or vehicles can lead to serious injuries. They can cause significant damage to bones, muscles, and nerves, which kills the limb and ultimately requires amputation.
Employers are ultimately responsible for identifying, managing, and controlling amputation hazards in the workplace. Employers are also responsible for preventing exposure that can lead to amputation, especially during these activities:
- Preparing the machine for operation
- Operating the machine
- Removing obstructions
- Adjusting the machine
- Oiling or greasing
- Cleaning the machine
Employers also need to be responsible for ensuring safe working conditions. This means proper handling and storage of materials, implementing procedures for transporting materials, and keeping workers away from heavy equipment. In addition, employers are required to provide and maintain physical barriers to prevent hazardous contact with dangerous equipment.
As you can see, there’s a lot of responsibility, but there’s also a lot at stake. An employee’s health should be a top priority and it is taken seriously by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If your employer has been negligent, a Tampa loss of limb lawyer from Franco Law Firm can help you with your case.
Contact Franco Law Firm Today
A loss of any limb is a life-changing event. If it happens in the workplace, know that you have legal rights and financial options available to help you with recovery.
The team at Franco Law Firm can assess your case and help you understand your options after such a traumatic experience. Schedule a consultation with our Tampa loss of limb lawyer to learn more. Call (813) 872-0929 or fill out the online form.