Loss of Use Compensation: Part 1
Suffering a workplace injury can bring a worker tremendous physical pain. It may also result in intense psychological and physical distress for his or her family, the consequences of which can cause even a secure union to come unraveled.
The aim of every employer should be to minimize the frequency and severity of the incidents and accidents that require an employee to seek medical care, but it is impossible to guarantee the complete elimination of occupational injury and illness from any work environment. Unfortunately, for many Iowa workers, these inescapable hazards result in the amputation or loss of use of a body part or member.
For assistance with the filing of a disability claim for the physical or utility loss that you have experienced because of a work injury, it is best to consult with an experienced attorney. Contact the disability benefits attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Compensation for Upper Extremities
Many physically intensive tasks or jobs may escape notice because they do not incorporate large muscle groups or require outbursts of heightened exertion. Yet on a smaller level the muscles of the hands, for instance, are constantly deployed for everything from data entry and typing to the assembly of products and preparation of food. Consequently, the loss of a finger or hand can greatly impair your ability to work. If you are qualified for disability payments, then you will be compensated for those losses up to the following statutory maximum number of weeks:
- Loss of arm – 250 weeks
- Loss of hand – 190 weeks
- Loss of thumb – 60 weeks
- Loss of forefinger – 35 weeks
- Loss of middle finger – 30 weeks
- Loss of ring finger – 25 weeks
- Loss of fourth finger – 20 weeks
Your family most likely depends upon the wages that you earn at work, so the interruption of that income stream can be immensely problematic. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to discuss your individual case.