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Worker Has Leg Amputated After Horrific Injury...What Happens Next?

Any work-related injury can be life-altering...and the questions that linger afterwards are vast and numerous. The most frequent question we get is..."what happens next?" 

(from DelawareOnline.com)

A construction company employee injured Thursday morning when he stepped into the path of a milling machine in Middletown had his leg amputated, according to city police.

Officers were called about 9:45 a.m. to the area of South Scott and Priscilla streets for the report of an industrial accident involving a milling machine, said Capt. Mike Iglio, a spokesman with Middletown Police Department.

The 40-year-old man, who works for Cirillo Brothers, Inc., had an injury to his lower leg and was flown by state police helicopter to Christiana Hospital for treatment, Iglio said. He was described as having non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

Later, in an emailed statement, Iglio said one of the man's lower legs was amputated from the knee down. He was in stable but critical condition Thursday night.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was notified and responded to investigate, Iglio said.

So what happens next?

If the injury involves the eye, ear, finger, hand, arm, toe, foot, or leg it is most likely a scheduled injury type of disability and is solely based on the functional impairment rating assigned to the injured scheduled member times the number of weeks assigned to the specific body part according to Iowa law.

Scheduled Body Members Weeks
Loss of thumb 60
Loss of first finger 35
Loss of second finger 30
Loss of third finger 25
Loss of fourth finger 20
Loss of hand 190
Loss of arm 250
Loss of great toe 40
Loss of any other toe 15
Loss of foot 150
Loss of leg 220
Loss of eye 140
Loss of hearing in one ear 50
Loss of hearing in both ears 175
Permanent disfigurement, face or head 150
Body as a whole/industrial disability 500

This is a guideline for these types of injuries, but there are still many other avenues to take to ensure you receive your rightful and full compensation. Eric, Randy, and Sarah are ready to help fight for your rights.

Call us at 515-225-4485 or visit us at Loneylaw.com.

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