Heavy Equipment Can Lead To Devastating Injuries

A machinery accident can be instantaneous. Clothing could get caught in the equipment and suddenly result in catastrophic injury if digits or limbs get pulled into the machine. Oftentimes, these accidents involve damage to the fingers, hands, arms or a combination of those limbs. This can lead to amputation, severe pain or other injuries that make it difficult to provide for your family.

That's where we can help. Gesmer & Reynolds, P.C., is your legal advocate for workers' compensation cases in Rockford, Illinois. Our lawyers offer a sympathetic ear and honest guidance while we fight for the compensation you need to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (sometimes called RSD) is a form of chronic pain that can develop after an injury. Even though it isn't completely understood, it's thought to be caused by nerve damage. Common symptoms include:

  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain in a specific area
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Changes in skin temperature or texture of the painful area
  • Swelling in the area of pain
  • Join stiffness or swelling
  • Muscle spasms, tremors or weakness
  • Muscle atrophy

The key to treating this pain is to get medical attention as soon as possible. If you've been injured at work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits that could cover treatment and other medical expenses.

Amputations And Emotional Impact

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act specifies that a person who requires an amputation due to an injury caused by employer negligence is entitled to a certain percentage of their salary for compensation. The monetary amount depends on the future ability to use that limb. For example, the amputation of a single finger is considered loss of use in that finger, while the amputation of three or more fingers is considered the loss of use in that hand.

PTSD and emotional distress are common after the loss of a limb. If you suffer from recurrent flashbacks of your accident, hopelessness, unusual anxiety or similar symptoms, reach out to a professional for help.

Speak With An Attorney Today

Making clients feel safe and understood is our priority. We offer a free consultation so that we can get to know you and your story. Contact us today at 815-216-9471 or send us a message online. We are your advocates after a loss.