Arms and legs get injured all the time at work. You can imagine. Workers use them to brace falls. They use them to protect from other harms. This causes injuries. Fingers and toes get cut. Hands get broken. Knees get sprained. If you have injured your arm or leg on the job, you know the pain. Plus, your expenses won’t be minor. You will have medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. The few sections review arm and leg injuries suffered on the job. We help injured workers. Contact one of our IL workers compensation attorneys to learn about what you could obtain in a claim.
- Workers’ Arm and Leg Injuries
- How Workers Injure Their Arms and Legs
- Workers’ Arm and Leg Injury Facts
- Treatment for Workers’ Arm and Leg Injuries
- Claims for Work Arm and Leg Injuries
- Workers’ Arm and Leg Injury Claim Value
- Illinois Work Comp Leg &Amp; Arm Injury Settlements
- Get an Experienced Work Injury Law Firm to Protect Your Claim
Workers’ Arm and Leg Injuries
Our firm assists workers that injure their arms or legs. These occur at high rates. You can blame this on the nature of the work. A lot of them are risky-meatpacking, trucking, manufacturing, etc. You can blame it on other things too. Employers don’t train their workers well. They don’t give them enough safety gear. They don’t make a safe environment. As a result, workers get hurt. Take a look at some of the most common ways they injure their arms and legs:
- Crushed legs.
- Crushed hands.
- Broken limbs.
- Severed toes.
- Severed fingers.
- Lacerated arms.
- Lacerated legs.
Of course, your injury may differ. Remember to protect your arms and legs. If you do injure one, call us! We can quickly help you. You can recover under Illinois law for work injuries. You just need to file a claim. We file claims for workers that injure their arms or legs. Keep reading to see how workers suffer these types of injuries.
How Workers Injure Their Arms and Legs
Workers injure their arms and legs in so many ways. Jobs expose these body parts to many dangers. Some situations cause more damage than others. Factories present one such example. The moving parts and strong forces crush, tear, and break arms and legs. Forklifts run around these places too. They cause harm too. They land on or run over workers. You might see workers high atop on scaffolds. Frequently, they fall off them and break arms or legs. Like factories, plants injure workers too. The toxins and chemicals cause lots of damages to extremities. In all these places, trucks enter and leave from loading zones. These areas and vehicles cause many accidents. They harm workers’ arms and legs. It’s a fact. These scenarios highlight the most common ways workers get hurt. You might injure yours differently. If that happens, call us. We can help!
Workers’ Arm and Leg Injury Facts
- 5 million people break an arm each year.
- Falls and trauma cause most broken arms/fingers.
- Broken arms/legs need stabilization, blood supply, and tissue growth to heal.
- Broken arms/legs can take 3 months to heal.
- Most leg amputations are toe amputations.
- Most common injury for legs is a fracture.
- Second most common injury for legs is a sprain.
- Millions of workers injure their arm or leg every year. This costs billions of dollars and creates long work absences.
- Ice, casts, splints, and crutches treat broken arms/legs.
- Wrist fractures are most common for workers.
- One million people go to ER every year for broken bones.
Treatment for Workers’ Arm and Leg Injuries
Your arm or leg treatment will depend on the injury. With fractures, doctors try and set the bone manually. They might use a cast or brace too. With bad cases, they could elect surgery and align it with a rod. Aside from a break, you might develop scars. To fix this, you can use skin grafts. These lessen the visible signs of the harm. They could prevent infections as well. To that point, doctors will suggest a bevy of meds for pain and infection. Be careful to use the rights meds. And don’t overuse them. That might have adverse effects. Many workers enter rehab to fix their arm or leg. They work to improve muscle strength and function. As you can see, your injury might require many solutions. Speak with a doctor to determine the right course. We can help you find the right help. We can file a claim for damages. Illinois repays you for work-related injuries and expenses. We help injured workers and we can help you too!
Claims for Work Arm and Leg Injuries
How do I get workers’ comp in Illinois? Workers need to know how the system works. Their health depends on it. Workers’ comp differs from lawsuits. You have two routes to get benefits in Illinois. First, you can go through your employers. Illinois requires them to purchase insurance for workers’ benefits. If you got hurt on the job, you must tell them orally or in writing what happened and where it happened. You need to tell them within 45 days of the incident. Certain exceptions exist for this 45-day rule including radiation and slow-developing conditions. After notice, your boss must file a report with the Illinois Workers’ Comp Commission (IWCC). They can accept or reject your claim. Yet, they must give you the reasons why in writing if they reject it. If they accept it, they will give you a list of healthcare providers and pay benefits.
If they reject it, you can appeal to the IWCC. They might deny it was a work accident. They might deny it was filed within 45 days. Either way, the IWCC will hold a hearing. They will make a decision on the merits of your claim. You should have an attorney with you. Many people find the IWCC process complicated and you might too.
You can file for benefits with the IWCC directly for benefits too. Mail them a claim with proof of service. You must do this within a set of years. It depends on your injury (i.e. asbestos, radiation, pneumoconiosis, etc.). Workers do this if they think their employer won’t pay.
As you can see, the process is difficult. It has a lot of rules. If you break any of them, you might be barred from recovery. To figure out what you need to do, call our offices. We assist workers through the comp system. We will make sure you get the recovery you deserve!
Workers’ Arm and Leg Injury Claim Value
Illinois compensates workers for injuries on the job. Compensation includes medical bills, lost wages, and disability. Disability can be either permanent or temporary. It can be partial or total. For the arm, Illinois gives you 253 weeks of disability at most. For the leg, Illinois gives you 215 weeks of disability at most. You might get more for toes, fingers, etc. Check the date of the injury. This can adjust what you might receive. For information, review 820 ILCS 305/8(e). This law controls what you can get for work injuries. If you would like help figuring it out, call our offices. We represent injured workers. We can quickly identify what you might be able to get in a claim.
Illinois Work Comp Leg & Arm Injury Settlements
Here are Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) decisions related to employee arm and leg injuries.
2014; McHenry County; 14 I.W.C.C. 0749:
This commission decision involved a 37-year-old medical worker. She worked as a lab assistant. She tripped and fell while holding several test tubes. The fall injured her arm and punctured her hand. She filed a workers’ compensation claim with the IWCC.
- $512.26 per week for 41-4/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $460.80 per week for 300 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 60% loss of her hand and body function.
- $21,802.12 for medical expenses.
2014; Winnebago County; 14 I.W.C.C. 0753:
A 52-year-old factory employee worked in the compression department. He operated with a number of pumps, compressors, and maintenance systems. Due to the nature of the work, he began to experience pain in his hands. The pain woke him up in the middle of the night. It included numbness, tingling, and sharp aches. Doctors diagnosed him with carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands/wrists. It came from his work. He testified to this point at the IWCC. The IWCC considered his remarks. It awarded him permanent and temporary benefits:
- $727.12 per week for 3-3/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $619.97 per week for 51-1/4 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 12.5% loss of function in her right and left hand.
- $9,749.75 for medical expenses.
2009; Cook County; 05 I.W.C.C. 042185:
The affected employee in this dispute was a 51-year-old service technician. His position required him to travel to various location. He needed to fix, install, or remove large machines and appliances. On one visit, he injured his right knee It happened as he bent down to inspect one such machine. Doctors diagnosed with a meniscus tear and degenerative arthritis. He returned to work but couldn’t perform the same duties. Upon review, the IWCC awarded him both medical and temporary disability benefits. It denied that his condition advanced to a permanent disabled state. It did leave the door open to future benefits if it did.
- $434.79 per week for 145-4/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $266,076.55 for medical expenses.
2009; Will County; 09 I.W.C.C. 0177:
The victim in this case was a 35-year-old male. He was a carpenter. He worked with a crew in a home and fell down a staircase. He injured his leg. The initial pain was great. It required significant medical examination. He returned to work but still claimed long-term discomfort and disability. For the costs and harm, he brought a claim before the IWCC. They awarded him the following recovery:
- $915.20 per week for 9-3/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $567.87 per week for 42-3/5 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 27.5% loss of function in his leg.
- $1,114.00 for medical expenses.
2014; Cook County; 11 I.W.C.C. 19003:
The employee worked at a prison for over 10 years. He started to experience pain and numbness in both of his hands. He spoke with his coworkers. They referred him to a doctor. His physician diagnosed him with carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. The doctor recommended surgery. The worked agreed to proceed. He obtained a full recovery but it was not quick or easy.
- $9,746.25 for temporary total disability benefits.
- $632.99 per week for 137-2/5 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 15% loss of function in both hands and both arms.
- $1,114.00 for medical expenses.
2015; Cook County; 15 I.W.C.C. 0428:
This was an unusual case before the IWCC. A 24-year-old woman played in a football lingerie league. At practice, she collided with another player. She developed an ACL tear as well as a meniscus injury. She needed surgery to repair these harms. This forced her to miss work for a long time. She received the following sums for the disabilities that arose out of this accident:
- $220 per week for 52-4/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
- $220 per week for 150 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 30% loss of function in the affected knee/leg.
- $15,949 for medical expenses.
Get An Experienced Work Injury Law Firm To Protect Your Claim
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Contact us today for a free consultation. Our Chicago workers’ injury lawyers will listen to your story. We craft paths to physical and financial recovery. We have helped many others. We can help you too. Plus, we work on contingency. This will let you get help without upfront payment. If we can’t help you, our services will be free of charge. Give us a call today. Learn what is in store for you. We look forward to speaking with you!
If you would like to learn about other kinds of injuries sustained by Illinois workers, then please read the following pages:
Workers’ Lung Injury Claims
Workers’ Carpal Tunnel Claims
Workers’ Wrongful Death Claims
Workers’ Spinal Injury Claims
Workers’ Back, Neck, and Shoulder Injury Claims
Workers’ Eye Injury Claims
Workers’ Nose and Ear Injury Claims