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Loss of Limb Workers Compensation Attorney in GA

If you suffered a loss of limb on the job, it is important to immediately report the injury to your employer and to seek workers’ compensation benefits.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Assisting Clients Who Have Sustained Amputation Injuries On the Job

Sustaining a catastrophic injury at work can be devastating. In particular, losing a limb in a workplace accident can alter the rest of your life and devastate your ability to lead a happy existence with a fulfilling job. Indeed, nearly all Georgia workers who sustain an amputation injury and suffer the loss of a limb are unable to return to the jobs they once held. While many can do some kind of work after months and years of medical treatment and rehabilitation, those workers nonetheless deal with the implications of a permanent partial disability.

If you suffered a loss of limb on the job, it is important to immediately report the injury to your employer and to seek workers’ compensation benefits with the help of an experienced Cumming workers’ compensation attorney.

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Getting the Facts About Amputation Injuries at Work

How often do workers in Georgia lose limbs in workplace accidents? According to a report from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), employers reported a total of 10,388 severe workplace injuries in 2015 alone, and 2,644 of those injuries were amputations, meaning that the employee lost a limb as a result of a workplace accident. While amputations and loss of limb injuries can occur in many different industries, OSHA reported that nearly 60 percent of all amputation injuries occurred in the manufacturing industry. The following is a statistical breakdown of industries in which loss of limb accidents occur most frequently:

  • Manufacturing (57 percent);
  • Construction (10 percent);
  • Wholesale trade (5 percent);
  • Retail trade (5 percent);
  • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (4 percent);
  • Transportation and warehousing (4 percent);
  • Oil and gas extraction (4 percent); and
  • Other industries combined, including accommodation and food services, agriculture, forestry, professional and technical services, arts and entertainment, education, finance and insurance, and real estate (11 percent).

Georgia Law on Permanent Partial Disability and Loss of Limb

For most Georgia employees who suffer a devastating loss of limb injury in the workplace, they can be eligible to receive compensation for permanent partial disability (O.C.G.A. 34-9-263). This type of workers’ compensation recognizes that the injury has resulted in a permanent disability, but that the disability has not left the employee entirely unable to work in any job. According to the statute, permanent partial disability means “disability partial in character but permanent in quality resulting from loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the employee’s body.”

When an employee is eligible for permanent partial disability, the employer is required to pay “weekly income benefits equal to two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage for the number of weeks determined by the percentage of bodily loss or loss of use times the maximum weeks.” The statute the cites the bodily loss maximum weeks for the following limbs:

  • Arm: 225 weeks;
  • Leg: 225 weeks;
  • Hand: 160 weeks;
  • Foot: 135 weeks;
  • Thumb: 60 weeks;
  • Index finger: 40 weeks;
  • Middle finger: 35 weeks;
  • Ring finger: 30 weeks;
  • Little finger: 25 weeks;
  • Great toe: 30 weeks; and
  • Toe other than great toe: 20 weeks.

Calculating Permanent Partial Disability Benefits Under Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Laws

How do permanent partial disability benefits get calculated in practice? Let us give you a couple of examples:

  • A worker suffers an amputation accident and loses an arm. Her average weekly wage was $400. Under the statute, the employee’s compensation would equal two-thirds of her average weekly wage ($400 x 2/3 = approximately $266.67) times the bodily loss maximum weeks for the loss of an arm ($266.67 x 225 weeks = $60,000 in the total lifetime benefit).
  • A worker suffers an amputation accident and loses a foot. His average weekly wage was $450. Under the statute, the employee’s compensation would equal two-thirds of his average weekly wage ($450 x 2/3 = approximately $300) times the bodily loss maximum weeks for the loss of a foot ($300 x 135 weeks = $40,500 in the total lifetime benefit).

Georgia workers who get hurt on the job and suffer a loss of limb tend to receive more substantial benefits than workers in other states, according to a report from ProPublica. At the same time, the maximum compensation for a loss of limb in Georgia is still significantly below the national average.

​For a free workers compensation case evaluation, contact Charles Spillers now.

Filing a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim

Were you injured on the job, and did you suffer a loss of limb injury? You should speak with a GA workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible to learn more about filing a claim and obtaining benefits. And if you have already filed a claim for an amputation injury and have been denied benefits, a workers’ compensation attorney in Cumming can assist with your appeal. Contact Spillers Law Firm today for more information.

Meet Charles L. Spillers

Cumming GA Workers Compensation Attorney

At Spillers Law Firm, we never lose sight of our number one goal — to obtain maximum compensation for you. Whether your case requires litigation, negotiation or simply waiting for the best settlement offer, we know how to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.

These settlement amounts are more than just money. They are a means of regaining the peace of mind, safety and security that was taken from you when you were injured.

Our clients often express just how much they truly appreciate the genuine concern and compassion shown by our staff. They also appreciate our attorneys’ willingness to wait for a better settlement or for an opportunity to litigate. This means that he does not settle for the first offer that comes along. The goal is maximum compensation for our clients.

​For a FREE case evaluation from a Cumming workers compensation attorney, contact Charles Spillers today.

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