Tucson Workplace Amputation Lawyer
Workplace accidents that result in lost limbs are often the result of the employer’s failure to follow safety regulations. Victims should consider contacting a licensed attorney to discuss the situation because they may be eligible for compensation for their damages.
The licensed attorneys at the Phillips Law Group have been helping personal injury victims in Arizona pursue compensation for nearly three decades. Our founding partner, Jeffrey Phillips, has a wealth of experience with catastrophic injury lawsuits. He has served as lead counsel in over 40 jury trials, recovering verdicts in several counties in Arizona, including Pima, Gila, Pinal, Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai and Navajo. He and his firms have recovered over $750 million for over 155,000 personal injury clients since 1993.
At Phillips Law Group, we offer a free case review and are ready to answer any questions you may have about your injury. We know this can be a difficult time emotionally and financially. We are here to help.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
Since no two accidents are the same, your lawyer will need to review the details of your situation to determine if you may have a chance to pursue compensation for your damages.
Generally, your lawyer must prove your employer was negligent and this carelessness directly led to you being injured.
Some common examples of negligence that could lead to an amputation or other serious injury include:
- Failing to implement safety regulations
- Not enforcing existing safety regulations
- Using dangerous machinery without property training or safeguards
- Overworking employees
- Lack of routine maintenance on equipment or machinery
- Using outdated equipment or machinery
- Lack of proper training
Although there are many safety regulations mandated by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ADOSH (Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health), many companies fail to enforce these regulations.
At the federal level, OSHA states that the employer is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment, free of hazards and must provide safety equipment and proper training. In Arizona, any company that is operating under ADOSH regulations must notify ADOSH within 24 hours for any work-related injuries or hospitalizations, and fatalities must be reported within eight hours.
Investigating a serious work injury that results in an amputation is not a simple task. Phillips Law Group has access to industry experts who may be able to help strengthen your case. We are dedicated to pursuing maximum compensation for victims of negligence.
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How Much Compensation Can I Recover?
Most injury victims wonder if filing a claim would be worth their time and effort. They may not realize how expensive it can be to deal with the aftermath of an amputation. You may need ongoing medical care, such as prescription medication and physical therapy.
There are many forms of compensation our Tucson amputation attorneys may be able to pursue, including:
- Past medical expenses
- Current and future medical expenses (including transportation and parking)
- Prosthetic or assistive medical devices (wheelchair, crutches, etc.)
- Home or vehicle renovations to accommodate your injury
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity for future income
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
This is an issue you can discuss with a licensed attorney in a free consultation. The amount and types of damages that may be available depend on the specifics of your case.
What is Considered an Amputation in Arizona?
The state of Arizona defines an amputation as the total or partial loss of a limb or body part. Workplace amputations also include the loss of fingers or toes. Amputations can occur in a workplace accident and sometimes the limb may be reattached, however, there are many instances where there is too much damage done and it cannot be reattached.
Machinery That Can Cause Workplace Amputations
While there are many ways an employee can suffer an amputation, these accidents often result from dangerous machinery, which can include:
- Milling machines
- Band saws
- Portable saws
- Wood grinders
- Metal grinders
- Meat grinders
- Food slicers
- Trash compactors
- Power conveyors
- Metal stamping machines
- Roll-forming machines
- Mechanical power press
- Printing presses
- Drill presses
If you or a loved one suffered a workplace amputation with any of the above-mentioned machinery, it is important that you get in contact with a licensed lawyer immediately. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim and your attorney needs time to thoroughly investigate and build a robust case.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?
Arizona law states the statute of limitations for most personal injury victims is two years. This means, in most cases an amputee must file his or her claim within two years after the date of the accident. If you wait until after the two-year time period, your claim will most likely be denied.
However, there are instances where the two-year time period may be extended or shortened. For example, if your claim is against a government entity, you only have 180 days from the date of the accident. Minors generally do not have to submit their claim until two years after their 18th birthday.
If you are unsure about the deadline for submitting your claim, we suggest contacting a trusted Tucson workplace amputation lawyer at the Phillips Law Group. We have been helping personal injury victims recover fair compensation for over 27 years.
Does Hiring a Lawyer Increase My Chances?
You may be wondering if hiring a lawyer may increase your chances at winning your case. While every case is different, many people who choose to hire an attorney often end up receiving more compensation than those who do not.
Victims often do not possess the time, resources or legal knowledge to investigate and build a case for negligence against an employer. At Phillips Law Group, our legal team of award-winning attorneys and support staff are prepared to take numerous steps to build a case, which may include:
- Conducting an investigation of the accident scene
- Gathering evidence
- Interviewing witnesses
- Consulting medical experts
- Reviewing medical records
- Communicating with the insurance companies to protect the value of a claim
- Negotiating for a fair settlement
- Representing victims in court (if needed)
Although most personal injury claims are settled before reaching the court room, our lawyers are prepared to take your case to trial if necessary to pursue full compensation for current and future damages.
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What Can I Do to Help Strengthen My Claim?
There are a few things you can do to help strengthen the validity of your claim. For example, medical treatment is your first and more important priority. In some cases, it is possible to reattach an amputated limb, but doctors need to be able to do this quickly.
Make sure to attend all follow-up visits with your doctor and any other scheduled medical treatments (physical therapy, rehabilitation, workers’ comp appointments, etc.). Try to keep copies of all documents related to these appointments, including x-rays, CT scans, etc. and keep a medical journal of your experiences, including the amount of pain and suffering you are experiencing.
This information helps your attorney establish the value of your damages and the severity of your injuries. Insurers and employers may attempt to dispute these things to avoid paying fair compensation to injury victims.
Notifying Your Employer
You should also save a copy of any documentation officially informing your employer about your injury. This document should be signed and dated and will most likely come from your doctor or any other medical professional providing initial treatment for your injury.
Taking pictures of the injury may help validate your claim as well. If possible, you should try to take pictures of the accident site as soon as possible. The scene could be cleaned up soon after the accident and important evidence could be lost.
Talking to Witnesses
Recording the names and contact information from any witnesses or coworkers that may have been around you at the time of the accident may also be beneficial for your claim. If granted permission by the witnesses, recording video of their statements may further strengthen the validity of your claim.
Remember, your main priority should be medical treatment and recovery. If you are unable to collect any of this information on your own, your attorney and his or her legal team can handle these steps.
Contact a Tucson Amputation Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation
Losing a limb in a work accident can make everyday tasks like feeding yourself, bathing and getting dressed much more difficult. The attorneys at the Phillips Law Group understand these challenges along with the financial burdens of medical expenses and lost income.
If you or a loved one suffered an amputation, we highly recommend taking advantage of our free consultation. You are not obligated to take legal action if we find you have a case. There are no upfront fees for our services.
Our Tucson office is located on the 12th floor of One South Church Avenue, which is only a few blocks away from the Tucson Amtrak station.