While great strides have been made in workplace safety, in factories, mills, harbors and every other workplace, injuries on the job causing amputation or requiring amputation still occur. Whether the amputation is caused by a drill press, powered conveyor belt, unshielded or unguarded mechanical power press, power press brake, roll-forming or rollbending machine, food slicer, meat grinder, meat-cutting band saw, printing press, milling machine, hand tools, like shears, grinders, and slitters, or forklifts, doors, or trash compactors, the workers’ compensation recovery is based off of the same factors: time temporarily disabled, type of amputation injury suffered, and permanent total disability or permanent total disability rating.
The workers’ compensation amputation injury recoveries for a given type of amputation injury are calculated by multiplication of a statutory number of weeks times 2/3’s of the average of the worker’s weekly salary over the four quarters before the accident. Below are the maximum recoveries for amputation injuries in workers’ comp, given in weeks and multiplied by the maximum allowed average weekly salary of $705.
- Thumb – 65; Max: $45,825
- Finger – Index (1st) 40; Max: $28,200
- Finger – Middle (2nd) 35; Max: $24,675
- Finger – Ring (3rd) 25; Max: $17,625
- Finger – Little (4th) 20; Max: $14,100
- Toe – Great 35; Max: $24,675
- Toe – Other 10; Max: $7,050
- Amputation: Below 1st joint – Entire Digit
- Amputation: Above base of nail – 1/4 wks; Max: $176.25
- Amputation: Above 1st joint – 1/2 wks; Max: $352.50
- Hand – 185; Max: $130,425
- Arm – 220; Max: $155,100
- Leg – 195; Max: $137,475
- Foot – 140; Max: $98,700
If you have been injured or killed in an accident on the job, call the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorneys of Reeves, Aiken and Hightower at 877-374-5999 to talk to an attorney who can help you understand and evaluate your claim and help you get the best recovery possible.