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Work Injury Settlement for Loss of Thumb?

Submitted By: David (Carrolton, GA, USA)

I was at work and the boss’s son cut my thumb off with a skill saw. I was holding a board for him and he came down and hit my thumb. What could I expect as a work injury settlement?

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Answer

Dear David,

I am assuming that both you and the boss’s son work for the company and that you are an employee.

If those assumptions are correct, this is a workers compensation claim and would be handled by a workers compensation adjuster.

In those cases, the settlements are based upon a number of factors, primarily:

1. what you do/did for a living;

2. your income;

3. your percentage of disability which segues into when and if you are expected to recover.

I would expect that you are unable to do some or many of the tasks you previously performed without your thumb. Follow the strict guidelines of your adjuster regarding care, treatment and appointments. The workers compensation system is strict and mandated by state statutes, so your adherence will garner the best settlement available.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: January 16, 2011

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