Does an amputation injury require special procedures under Virginia Workers’ Compensation?

An amputation is one of the most serious injuries at work that you can be affected by. Losing a limb is a life-changing event and can cause long-lasting disability and pain. If this has happened you will likely want to file a Workers’ Compensation claim to get help for medical bills and other expenses. 

However, since an amputation is such a rare and serious situation there are certain procedures and situations you will be subject to. 

No one can receive Workers’ Compensation for life and an amputation victim can expect to receive benefits on a schedule according to what limb was lost in the injuries at work. 

Workers’ comp benefits for amputation are paid as follows: 

  • Arm – 312 weeks of compensation;
  • Leg – 288 weeks of compensation;
  • Hand – 244 weeks of compensation;
  • Foot  – 205 weeks of compensation;
  • Thumb – 75 weeks of compensation and
  • First finger – 46 weeks of compensation 

While the benefits and payment may be conditional, applying for benefits should be the same as any other work injury. You need to report the incident within 24 hours and your employer must help you apply for benefits within 30 days of the accident. If you are having difficulty accessing benefits call a Richmond Workers’ Compensation lawyer today for help.  

Contact an Richmond Workers’ Compensation Lawyer 

When you have difficulties with your work-related injury claim, a Virginia workers comp attorney can bear some of the burden you’ve been placed under. To get back on your feet, whether it means getting back to work or getting the benefits you deserve, order a copy of our free book, the Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, and contact a workers’ comp attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm for a no-cost consultation – 877-755-7744 or 804-755-7755.

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About the Author:

The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.