The leading cause of leg injuries at work
Leg injuries, for the most part, consist of sprains and strains of the ligaments or the muscles. It may also include fractured bones. Each one of these types of work accidents is eligible for workers’ compensation claims. Though it depends on the severity of the injury to your leg or legs.
Leg injuries at work are generally caused by some sort of machine related accident. However, slipping, falling and tripping over items at the workplace can also lead to severe leg injuries rendering the person incapable of working. That said in America there are various regulations which are meant to make workplaces safe for employees and visitors alike. When those regulations are not followed, it often leads to severe injuries which causes the injured party to lose work hours and in turn their income. So, the compensation is meant to cover any losses which may be caused by the injury.
Common causes of leg injuries at work include but are not limited to:
- The legs being crushed by a machine like a crane or truck running over the foot.
- Tripping and falling over objects at work can also lead to leg injuries.
- Falling from a motorcycle when working (usually people in the delivery industry) can cause severe leg injuries.
Most common injuries
What type of compensation can you expect?
Your legs are one of the most critical body parts without which it can be near impossible to perform most tasks. When there is an injury, it is almost certain that the employee may not be able to work. Even minor leg injuries like sprains can render an employee incapable of working.
According to Workers’ Compensation law, any injury regardless of its nature that requires more than five days of leave to recover is eligible for compensation. Though the amount you get paid in compensation varies depending on a number of factors. The main factor though is the extent of the injuries. In some cases recovering employees may also receive a partial salary for each day they miss owing to the injury.
Workers’ who suffer from leg injuries can expect to get the following:
- Paid leave. Usually 2/3rd of their regular pay in the way of compensation for as many days as they are off duty.
- A lump sum amount generally dependent on the nature of the injury ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.
- Medical expenses may also be covered by the compensation.
How to claim leg injury compensation?
Any leg injuries incurred at work will require that it be reported immediately to the supervisor. Perhaps a big mistake made by many people who are unaware of their rights is that they don’t report it. Not reporting an injury means that the employer is unaware of it, and so is their insurer. Also, if you wait too long, it makes it increasingly difficult to claim compensation. Since no worker will want to lose their compensation benefits it only stands to reason that the accident be reported right away.
Depending on your city and or state, claiming injury compensation will require that the following process is followed:
- Notify the supervisor of the injury and start getting medical attention.
- Fill out any forms required to get compensation. Usually, the HR department of your company will provide it to you.
- All medical reports, i.e. the doctor’s assessment of the injury, their recommended days off work and other documents should be submitted
If you are unable to carry out any of the above for whatever reason or your employer tries not to give you due compensation it is time to contact an experienced attorney right away. The attorney will then go about initiating the required legal proceedings to ensure that your compensation starts flowing as it should.
|Leg injury claim calculator|
|Loss of both an employee’s legs||$100000 to $195000|
|Loss of a single leg’s mobility||$20000 to $97000|
|A single injury. The compensation will depend on the severity, age of the employee and their days out of work||$1200 to $97000|
|A broken leg with full recovery||$4000 to $6500|
|Note: All figures mentioned are approximates. Even if they are good in one jurisdiction, they may not be appropriate in another. And the facts of your situation may make these figures inappropriate for you. They are for informational purposes only.||-|
|Who can apply for compensation?|
An employee who has injured their leg when working
An employee whose legs have been crushed by a vehicle or a machine
An employee who is unable to walk and hence work because they slipped and fell
An employee who has lost a leg, broken their leg, etc. After having fallen off a motorcycle. Usually in the delivery industry.