My boyfriend cut off two of his fingers at work. Workmans compensation said there is a set amount for loss of fingers. However my boyfriend did not take it for fear that it was all that he was going to get.
We spoke to a lawyer who told us the amount offered by workmans comp is the going rate for cutting them off. He told us that each finger is only worth so much and it depends on how much is cut off. He also said that the amount was not all he would be getting. He said it’s the payment for only the missing fingers and not for the injury, which I don’t really understand
I’m wondering if there is any way to find out if he’s getting the right amount?
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The State of Illinois’s Workmans Compensation Laws do set the amount for loss of limbs. Your attorney is correct. In addition to the loss of one or more limbs or “digits” there can be an additional amount paid.
Although technically the additional amount is not for “pain and suffering” the effect is relatively the same. There is no set amount for the compensation your boyfriend will receive over and beyond the settlement for the loss of his digits. The best manner in determining the amount of compensation is to either study similar Workman’s compensation settlements, or to trust in your attorney’s abilities.
If you want to check other Workman’s compensation settlements you can contact the Workmans Compensation Commission in the State of Illinois. That can be accomplished by first going to www.iwcc.il.gov
This site has a plethora of information available which should answer most of your questions about the functioning of the Commission and the likely compensation your boyfriend may ultimately receive.
Learn more here: Compensation for Workplace Amputations
The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.
Best of luck with your claim,
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