Arm and Hand Injuries
From breaking a fall to shielding yourself in the event of a car accident, we protect ourselves with our arms and hands. Unfortunately, this often results in serious injury. And loss of proper function of an arm or hand can have a long-term negative impact on quality of life.
The Boston personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman are committed to fighting for the rights of those who have suffered a serious injury to the arm or hand. Common causes of arm and hand injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Work accidents
- Construction accidents
- Machine accidents
- Fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Amputation injuries
Each year, more than 133,000 people are discharged from the hospital after treatment for an amputation injury. Amputation of the arm or hand may include:
- Digit amputation
- Metacarpal amputation
- Wrist disarticulation
- Transradial amputation (forearm)
- Elbow disarticulation
- Transhumeral amputation (above elbow)
- Shoulder disarticulation
Those suffering arm or hand loss often suffer medical and mental health issues, including experiencing phantom limb, in which they continue to feel sensation in a limb that is no longer there.
Today, the leading cause (outside of war) of upper limb amputation is work injury. Men ages 18 to 34 suffer nearly half of all injuries. Those injured at work who believe they will be taken care of through workers' compensation and disability benefits should consider the following: State law provides for compensation equal to 34 to 43 weeks pay for amputation injury to hand or arm. For an employee making $65,000 a year, that's a payout of up to $53,750.
A prosthetic arm can cost as much as $30,000 and will need replaced an average of every 5 years. Still, providing an injury victim with the means to return to productive life is significantly cheaper in the long run. Studies have found every $1 spent on rehabilitation saves $11 on various welfare and disability benefits.
For those who have suffered injuries short of amputation, broken bones and nerve damage can also lead to significant disability. These are complex cases. Nerve damage may be as debilitating as loss of limb, yet may be contested or called into question.
Consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer is always your best course of action. In many cases, a third-party liability claim may be pursued against someone other than your employer. In cases of car accidents or other personal injury claims, your long-term medical needs must be thoroughly explored and documented when determining appropriate compensation.
If your or a loved one has suffered a serious arm or hand injury, contact the Boston personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. We will arrange to meet you at the place of your choosing, even at home or in the hospital. And you'll pay no fees unless we are successful in making a recovery.
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