There are various other areas in which an injured or disabled worker may be compensated in a worker’s compensation case. In addition to a weekly check that an injured employee can receive while they are out of work, some may be entitled to one-time cash payments as well. An example of this would be a “loss of use” settlement.
If the injured party suffers a loss of one of their extremities, such as an arm or leg, they are entitled to a one-time payment according to RI law 28-33-19. An injured employee could be eligible to receive a settlement up to $56,160.00. This also includes loss of use of the said extremity. Loss of use is defined as the inability to use one’s extremity in a normal fashion, such as loss of movement, loss of function or mobility. If there is a loss of sensation to the injured limb, this can also be covered under loss of use. A doctor can evaluate and assess the percentage of loss of use.
Loss of use is not just strictly dedicated to the loss of extremities, such as arms and legs. Loss of an eye or eyes is also included under this category. Loss of sight can be covered under loss of use, whether or not the eye or eyes are still intact. Hearing is also an important proponent of loss of use. If an employee has suffered hearing loss as a result of occupational deafness or a traumatic incident, this too can be covered under the loss of use settlement terms.
Worker’s compensation laws are complicated and difficult to navigate without the assistance of someone who is well versed in these specific laws. If you suffer an injury at work, the best thing to do is contact an attorney who specializes in worker’s compensation. Having an experienced attorney will ensure a proper compensation when dealing with this challenging area of law. We are here to help you during this difficult time. Get in touch today!