An occupational accident can have devastating consequences for a person, both in terms of physical injuries and economic compensation. Although it is impossible to put a monetary value on the pain and suffering of an injured worker, understanding how much each part of the body is worth due to a work accident can help victims prepare for the legal process that awaits them. In this article, we try to explain how much each part of the body is worth due to a work accident.
If you suspect that your rights have been violated, you should contact the Conexión Legal team as soon as possible by calling 1866 701 1220 or writing to us via WhatsApp, so that you can receive the best free legal advice, and in this way we can help you obtain the highest possible compensation from a lawyer for a labor lawsuit.
Eyes are one of the most valuable parts of the body and, as such, substantial compensation can be expected for deterioration or loss of vision as a result of a work accident. In general, an injured worker can expect to receive up to $100,000 for the total loss of vision in one eye and up to $250,000 for the total loss of both eyes.
Hearing is a sense that cannot be easily valued until it is gone. If an employee suffers hearing loss due to a work accident, the value of compensation usually falls between $50,000 and $150,000. Deafness can lead to compensation of several hundred thousand dollars or more, depending on the case.
Hands are one of the most important parts of the body, although easily overlooked. Hand injuries due to work accidents can range from temporary deficiencies to permanent disability, with corresponding compensation. In general, a completely disabling injury to both hands can result in compensation of up to $225,000 or more.
Leg injuries due to work accidents can range from temporary impediments, such as sprains and strains, to permanent disabilities that result in amputation. In general, compensation for total loss of a leg usually ranges from $1,000 to $1,000,000 and can be significantly higher for both legs.
Foot injuries, like those of the legs, range from temporary impediments to permanent disabilities resulting in amputation. Compensation for total loss of a foot usually ranges from $300,000 to $600,000 or more.
Arm injuries due to work accidents can range from temporary damage to permanent disability. Compensation for total loss of an arm usually ranges from $100,000 to $500,000 or more.
What is workers’ compensation and how does it work?
Workers’ compensation is an insurance system that covers the medical expenses, lost wages and permanent disability of workers who suffer an injury or illness related to their work. Workers’ compensation works as follows: the employer pays a premium to an insurance company or a state fund to cover their employees; the injured worker files a claim with the employer or the insurer; the employer or the insurer approves or denies the claim; the injured worker receives the benefits according to the severity and duration of their injury or illness.
What factors influence the value of compensation for each body part?
The value of compensation for each body part depends on several factors, such as:
- The type and extent of the injury or illness: some injuries or illnesses are more serious, painful or disabling than others, which affects the value of compensation.
- The degree and permanence of disability: some injuries or illnesses cause total or partial, temporary or permanent disability, which affects the value of compensation.
- The salary and occupation of the worker: some workers earn more or have a more demanding occupation than others, which affects the value of compensation.
- The age and life expectancy of the worker: some workers are younger or have a higher life expectancy than others, which affects the value of compensation.
- The legislation and jurisdiction of the state: each state has its own laws and regulations on workers’ compensation, which affects the value of compensation.
What to do if you suffer a work accident that affects any part of your body?
If you suffer a work accident that affects any part of your body, you should follow these steps:
- Seek immediate medical attention: the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention to treat your injury or illness. You should inform the doctor that it is a work accident and keep all documents related to your diagnosis and treatment.
- Notify your employer: the second thing you should do is notify your employer about your work accident as soon as possible. You should inform them about the circumstances of the accident, the date, time, place, witnesses and body parts affected. You should keep a written copy of your notification.
- File a claim: the third thing you should do is file a claim with your employer or their insurer to request the benefits of workers’ compensation. You should follow the instructions and deadlines set by your state and keep a copy of your claim.
- Hire a Hispanic lawyer: the fourth thing you should do is hire a Hispanic lawyer specialized in work accident cases. A Hispanic lawyer can help you defend your rights, negotiate with the employer or insurer, file an appeal if your claim is denied and obtain the highest possible compensation for your case.
What rights do you have as an injured worker and how to protect them?
As an injured worker by a work accident, you have the following rights:
- Receive adequate and necessary medical care for your injury or illness.
- Receive economic benefits for your medical expenses, lost wages and permanent disability.
- Choose your doctor or health provider, according to the rules of your state.
- Receive a second medical opinion if you disagree with the diagnosis or treatment of your injury or illness.
- Reject a medical treatment that you consider unnecessary, dangerous or ineffective.
- Request a review or appeal if your claim is denied or if you are not satisfied with the benefits you receive.
- Return to your job when you are recovered or qualified to do so, without suffering retaliation or discrimination from your employer.
- Receive training, rehabilitation or professional retraining if you cannot return to your previous job due to your injury or illness.
No amount of money can replace the physical pain and emotional distress that an injured worker must endure due to a work accident, but knowing the value of their personal injury compensation for each part of the body is key to anticipating the legal proceedings that lie ahead.
From eyes to feet, it is crucial that victims know these potential damages resulting from such incidents.
The choice of your lawyer is one of the aspects that can contribute to the final decision of your case. Therefore, if you or a loved one have suffered injury or loss of any part of your body, you should contact the Conexión Legal team as soon as possible so that we can provide you with the best free legal advice, and likewise, representation by a lawyer for a labor lawsuit in case of suffering any type of injustice and thus obtain the best possible compensation.
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