Construction workers face a number of dangers each day that are not found in most other occupations. The heavy machinery and tools that they must work with or near are used to build small structures, skyscrapers, and everything in between. Whether intended to cut through wood, metal, or glass, or to raise or demolish a building, these devices have the potential to cause severe injuries. Sharp edges, forceful motion, and crushing weight can all cause construction workers to suffer amputations, either directly or as a consequence of their injuries.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of a construction site accident that ended in a loss of a limb, extremity, or digit, then it is important that you understand your legal rights. While these situations would typically be resolved by a workers’ compensation claim and/or disability benefits, a civil lawsuit may be appropriate if there is evidence of egregious negligence. Contact the St. Louis construction amputation lawyers of the Finney Law Office at 314-646-0300 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Complications of Construction Site Amputations
The long-term effects of an amputation suffered on a construction site can vary considerably, depending upon a variety of factors. The nature of an individual’s occupation, the part of the body that was amputated, and the extent of the amputation will all bear on the victim’s situation. Amputations may occur directly, as when a saw is mishandled, or they may be necessitated after crush injuries compromise the vascular function in a finger, hand, or other part of the body. The consequences may include:
- Physical pain, including “phantom” pains
- Emotional trauma
- Reduced self-esteem
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of wages and earning capacity
- Loss of independence
Regardless of the nature of the challenges that you will face in the aftermath of your construction amputation injury, it is important that you have the financial resources necessary to cope. Contact the St. Louis construction amputation attorneys of the Finney Law Office at 314-646-0300 if your injury was caused by the negligence of another party.