EXPERIENCED AMPUTATION INJURY ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Any time one suffers an injury that causes the amputation of a limb, finger, or toe, the effect can be devastating. First, there is the severe pain felt immediately from the injury, and then the ongoing pain during the often long recovery. In addition to this pain, there may be a lifetime of limitations. The loss of a limb also may bring significant mental or psychological damage for the victim. These types of injuries are extremely serious. St. Louis personal injury attorney John M. Cichelero represents victims of Missouri accidents that cause amputation injuries. For a free consultation on any amputation injury, contact St. Louis injury lawyer John M. Cichelero at 314-205-2886 or by e-mail.
AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK ACCIDENTS CAUSING AMPUTATION INJURIES
Due to the speed and the increased size of vehicles traveling Missouri roadways, many automobile collisions cause severe injuries. Sometimes these serious injuries cause victims to lose limbs, hands, feet, fingers, or toes. Obviously, first aid and first responder procedures are the immediate concern in these terrible accidents. For information concerning first aid procedures for accidental amputation, click here.
Due to the severity of amputation injuries, the victim of this type of injury will want to hire an experienced Missouri injury attorney to ensure proper steps are taken to investigate and pursue civil remedies available to the victim. An amputation victim’s damages may include medical bills that are incurred, as well as future medical costs, past and future wage loss, and future physical limitations that the victim will suffer. For example, will the injured party be able to perform his or her work duties? If not, what sort of recovery should be made as a result? Another question that may arise relates to the use of a prosthesis. Will a prosthesis help the victim with his or her daily life and, if so, what will the prosthetic cost? The answers to these types of questions may bring the amputees a much better picture of what they will need in the future and how these needs will affect recovery against the driver responsible for an amputation injury.
INJURIES ON THE JOB
It is not uncommon for a worker to be asked to operate a machine as part of their daily work duties. Whether it be a punch press or a cutting machine, these duties can be quite dangerous to the worker. As most Missouri work injury lawyers know, even when machine guards are used and safety procedures are followed, things go wrong. When accidents occur with these types of dangerous machines, amputations can occur, such as amputation of a finger, hand, or portion of the arm. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps detailed records regarding work related amputations. According to OSHA, amputations are widespread and involve a variety of activities and equipment. OSHA records state that amputations occur most often when workers operate unguarded or inadequately safeguarded mechanical power presses, power press brakes, powered and non-powered conveyors, printing presses, roll-forming and rollbending machines, food slicers, meat grinders, meat-cutting band saws, drill presses, and milling machines, as well as shears, grinders, and slitters. For more information regarding amputations in the workplace, click here.
When a Missouri workplace accident causes any type of amputation injury, the worker may have a claim for benefits under the Missouri Workers’ Compensation laws. Basic Missouri work compensation benefits include payment for medical treatment arising out of the work accident. However, as St. Louis workers’ compensation attorneys know, under Missouri’s workers’ compensation system, an injured employee also may be entitled to enhanced permanent disability benefits. The employee’s future medical needs also will need to be factored into any resolution. For more information regarding Missouri workers’ compensation claims, click here. Mr. Cichelero provides free consultations regarding any work related injury in Missouri. He represents clients in some parts of Illinois as well.
PRODUCT LIABILITY CLAIMS AGAINST MACHINE MANUFACTURERS
Victims of amputation injuries or other serious injuries caused by machinery could have a claim against the manufacturer of the machine. This type of claim is called a product liability claim. A Missouri product liability claim is based upon a theory that the machine causing the injury was defective. The defect alleged may be a manufacturing defect, a defect in the design of the machine or equipment, or a failure to warn regarding use of the equipment. If the injury occurred at work, the injured victim may have both a workers’ compensation claim as well as a third party liability claim arising out of an injury from a defective machine or equipment. Product liability claims can be quite complex and costly to prosecute. Any product liability personal injury claim in Missouri should involve the services of an experienced Missouri product liability attorney.
HIRING A MISSOURI PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one has suffered an amputation injury in Missouri, whether through a defective machine, a motor vehicle accident, or some other type of accident, contact St. Louis Attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. He handles cases on a No Fee If No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your case with St. Louis Attorney John M. Cichelero, please e-mail or call 314-205-2886.
He serves clients from the areas of St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, O’Fallon, St. Peters, Warren County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, St. Francois County, Washington County, Lincoln County, Madison County and many other cities and counties within Missouri. Mr. Cichelero also represents clients in some parts of the metro east area, such as Collinsville, Granite City, Alton, Wood River, Fairmont City, Fairview Heights, Shiloh, Belleville, and Edwardsville.