As a Jones Act seaman, you know just how much strength and sacrifice your job requires. However, those sacrifices should not include the permanent loss of a limb—and there are laws in place to make sure you get compensation for your medical costs and lost wages. If you suffered amputation while at sea, or were in an accident that led to amputation, our Jones Act injury attorneys can help you get all that you are entitled to.
Covering the Full Cost of a Lost Limb Under the Jones Act
In the maritime industry, dangerous conditions and heavy machinery at work are combined with the risks of sailing on open water. Sudden rough seas or defective machinery can cause the loss of a finger, foot, hand, or entire limb in the blink of an eye.
After suffering these injuries, Jones Act workers could be owed compensation for:
- Surgery. Workers may require multiple surgeries to remove the damaged limb, apply skin grafts, or increase mobility during healing. All of these procedures require proper wound care, since traumatic injuries involving machinery can lead to infection.
- Prosthetic and assistive devices. Depending on which part of the body is affected, you may be fitted for a prosthetic arm or leg, and may need a crutch or cane to help you move around in the morning and at night.
- Physical therapy. You may need physical therapy to re-learn how to do the things you used to do, such as buttoning shirts, brushing your teeth, or lifting and lowering yourself unaided. Your therapy might involve learning how to use your new prosthetic.
- Pain management. Amputation causes a significant amount of pain at the site, but also phantom sensations of pain in the limb that was lost. Treatment may include medication, exercises, massage therapy, alternative therapies, and mental relaxation and coping strategies.
- Mental health treatment. Losing a part of your body can affect your self-esteem, and the trauma of the accident may have caused symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therapy will help you process the accident and cope with the mental and emotional effects of your injury, such as depression, isolation, or anxiety.
If you or someone you love has suffered the amputation of a limb, it’s vital that you contact the Jones Act attorneys at Hofmann & Schweitzer as soon as possible. Call 1-800-3-MAY-DAY or fill out our online contact form today to set up your no-obligation consultation. To learn more, download your complimentary copy of our guide, Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights.