Glendale Amputation Lawyer
When a worker loses a limb in a workplace accident, contacting a licensed attorney is an important step in the recovery process. A workplace amputation is a life-altering event and an attorney can determine if you may be eligible for compensation for the damages caused by these catastrophic injuries.
The personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Group have recovered hundreds of millions in compensation for more than 155,000 clients. Our founder Jeffrey L. Phillips has served as lead counsel in more than 40 trials and obtained verdicts in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Mojave, Navajo, Gila and Yavapai Counties. Mr. Phillips is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association and a premiere member of the American Academy of Trial Attorneys.
At Phillips Law Group, we offer a free consultation and there are no upfront fees. Our firm can be contacted any time, 24/7.
Contact us at 1-800-706-3000 to schedule your free case review.
Am I Eligible to File a Case?
Every workplace accident is unique, so there are many factors that must be considered to determine if you have the basis for a claim. This is why it is important to contact one of our experienced Glendale amputation lawyers so we can review what happened and find out if you may have an actionable case.
In a workplace amputation case, we usually need to prove your employer was negligent in some way, and there must be a link between your injury and your employer’s negligence. The legal theory of negligence has four elements and your attorney must prove each one to be able to pursue compensation:
- The defendant owed you a legal duty to act with reasonable care to prevent you from suffering an injury
- The defendant breached the duty by doing something or failing to do something
- The breach caused you harm, and there is proof of the link between your injury and employer’s negligence
- You suffered damages, which can include economic and non-economic damages (medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc.)
There are many potential examples of employer negligence that could lead to an amputation, including:
- Failure to enforce safety regulations
- Overworking employees
- Failure to educate employees on safety regulations
- Failure to provide appropriate safety equipment
- Failure to add physical barriers/guards to dangerous machinery and work areas
- Failure to use machinery with safety features that can lower the risk of an amputation
There are numerous safety regulations employers are supposed to follow and enforce to help keep their workers safe. At the state level, employers are regulated by Arizona’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH). At the federal level, employers are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Unfortunately, employers often do not enforce safety regulations created by these organizations and workers suffer the consequences.
Determining if an employer was negligent requires a complex investigation. Our Glendale amputation lawyers can review your situation in a free consultation to determine if you may have legal options. We are prepared to thoroughly investigate to find out if you have a case. We want you to have the information you need to make a decision about taking legal action.
What Is My Case Worth?
One of the most common questions that personal injury attorneys get is “what is my case worth?” The answer will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your injury, how it impacts you and the conduct of the defendant, among other factors.
Depending on the specifics of your claim, you may be eligible for compensation for the following damages:
- Past medical expenses
- Current medical expenses to include costs for follow-up care, post-operation care and routine doctor’s appointments to check on your injuries
- Reasonably anticipated medical expenses for the future
- Prosthetic or assistive devices
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Renovations to accommodate your disability
- Pain and suffering
Because every case is different, it is important that you contact one of our experienced Glendale amputation lawyers to learn about the potential value of your claim. We know how to evaluate the factors involved in your claim to determine damages that may be available and their fair value.
Injury victims are often unaware of all the costs that can come along with a life-changing injury like an amputation, from physical therapy and rehabilitation to prosthetic limbs and arthritis that can develop over time. This is why many victims seek representation from an experienced attorney who knows how to determine the full cost of a serious injury.
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How Can a Lawyer Help?
If we determine you have a case and you hire one of our Glendale amputation lawyers, we can take over the legal process and handle each step on your behalf. This includes the following steps:
- Interviewing witnesses
- Gathering evidence
- Handling all communication with the insurance company
- Reviewing medical reports
- Negotiating a settlement
- Filing a lawsuit, if necessary
- Representing you in court
Our Glendale amputation lawyers are committed to pursuing full compensation, whether that means settling or going to court.
To learn more about how we can assist you throughout the legal process, schedule a free legal consultation today. You can also read about what some of our clients have said about the services we provided.
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Deadlines for Filing an Injury Claim
Arizona’s statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years (Arizona Revised Statutes 12-542). This means most injury victims have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim. If this deadline passes and you fail to file a claim, your lawsuit can be dismissed.
However, there are some exceptions to this deadline that give you more or less time to file a claim. An example is a claim against the government – you have just 180 days from the incident to file a claim. There is also a different deadline for minors who want to file claim.
This is a complicated aspect of the legal process. This is why it is important to contact our knowledgeable Glendale amputation lawyers to determine what deadlines may apply to your claim.
How Arizona Defines an Amputation
An amputation refers to the loss or partial loss of a limb or body part. This could include an amputation that occurs after an injury when the damage cannot be repaired and an amputation is necessary. There may also be times when a body part is amputated in an accident and can be reattached.
Workplace amputations are not limited to the loss of an arm or leg. The loss of a toe or finger is also considered an amputation injury.
Common Causes of Workplace Amputation Injuries
An amputation could happen in a variety of jobs, but there are some jobs with a much higher risk for this type of injury. This is especially true for jobs with heavy machinery or machinery designed to cut or apply pressure to things.
These machines could include:
- Food slicers
- Band saws
- Meat grinders
- Mechanical power presses
- Powered conveyors
- Printing presses
- Metal stamping machines
- Milling machines
- Drill presses
- Roll-forming machines
- Portable saws
- Trash compactors
If you suffered an amputation working with any of these machines, it is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. There is limited time to take legal action, and an attorney can determine if you may have legal options for compensation.
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What Should You Do After an Accident?
After an accident, there are steps that you can take to protect your health and your claim. First, you should seek immediate medical attention. Losing a limb can be life-threatening so this is your first priority.
You should also notify your employer right away to help create a record of what happened. This helps to link your injury to the accident. If an injured worker does not inform his or her employer, it may raise questions later in the process about whether your injury happened on the job.
If possible, revisit the scene of the accident and take pictures. This may not be possible right after the injury. You could also ask a friend, family member or coworkers if they could take pictures.
Seek follow-up care and follow your doctor’s orders. You can also keep a journal about your treatment and daily pain you experience. You may forget this information later on, so it is important to write it down regularly.
Our firm is prepared to gather the other documents and evidence needed to help prove your claim. Our legal team can begin investigating as soon as we determine you have a case and you hire our firm. There are no upfront fees.
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Call a Glendale Amputation Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Amputations are serious injuries that cause major disruption in the lives of victims. It is important that you have an experienced attorney who can focus on your claim while you concentrate on your medical treatment. We want to make the process as easy as possible for you, keeping you well-informed about the progress of your case and answering your questions.
Our Glendale amputation injury lawyers have detailed knowledge of Arizona personal injury laws and how to build a detailed claim for compensation. Your consultation is free and there is no obligation to take legal action. Our attorneys do not get paid unless we obtain compensation for your claim through a settlement or victory in court.
Our office is just four minutes away from the Phoenix Art Museum and is conveniently accessible by public transportation.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Ph: 1-800-706-3000