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The Law & You

Factory Accident Results in Amputation

The Law & You
April 11, 2015

The Law and You

Factory Accident Results in Amputation

Dave Kuharchik: It’s time once again for “The Law & You,” featuring award-winning attorneys, here on a Saturday morning, Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys I know you’re anxiously awaiting this week’s coffee announcements.

Ed Ciarimboli: What is it?

Dave: It is a very fresh Colombian blend, do you like it?

Ed: It’s outstanding, absolutely outstanding.

Dave: I’m glad you like it. I put a lot of work into this coffee this Saturday morning.

Ed: Did you hand grind it?

Dave: I did hand grind the beans.

Greg Fellerman: This guy treats us well.

Dave: Take care of you guys, that all you can do.

Ed: We’re like sultans on a Saturday morning.

Greg: It’s unbelievable.

Dave: Hector on Mountain Top has a question for us today and this one involves a little bit of a machine accident here it sounds like. “I work at a local factory and one of the machines malfunctioned. I lost part of my hand. The company is telling me there is nothing that I can do. Are the right?” It certainly doesn’t sound like it.

Ed: Hector, your company is full of bologna here. I mean, really, of course, there are many things you could do. First and foremost, you’re gonna be entitled to workers compensation because you’re working at the time. I’ll let Greg talk about the specific loss portion at this. But, one your wanna be entitled to workers compensation. Two, you may have a potential product liability case against the manufacturer of that particular machine. So the company is telling you that there’s nothing that you could do. They are complete, completely wrong in this and obviously, it sounds like they’re just trying to get rid of you or sweep this under the rug, so make sure you pick up the phone to get to a lawyer so you can protect your rights.

Greg: Yeah, what Ed’s talking about, the specific lost terminology. It’s basically workers comp has developed a formula for when you lose parts of your body and they say you’re entitled to X amount of weeks of compensation for a specific loss. if you cut your finger, it’s worth your small fingers worth less than your thumb your hand is worth more, and they’ve actually done calculation so in certain situations when you have this you can have what’s called a specific loss, which is in addition to the workers comp weekly, workers compensation benefits you are getting, so, Hector, you need to call a lawyer.

Dave: So our viewers that should call a lawyer, maybe in a situation like this that involves an accident work, how they reach you guys?

Greg: They should call us at 570-714-HURT or see us on the web at

Ed: Well, especially when your company’s telling you there’s nothing you could do in this particular situation.

Greg: Anytime you’re injured you need to call a lawyer.

Ed: That’s just nonsense. You could put a question on Facebook or Twitter, Snapchat and especially on this lovely Saturday morning and we’ll do our best to get right back to you.

Dave: You guys are just the kings of social media.

Ed: We love it.

Greg: This coffee gets us going.

Dave: Well that’s probably what it is.

Greg: Gets us fired up.

Dave: It gets you doing everything. Alright, it is time once again to say goodbye to you guys. We’ll see you Monday. We’re getting rid of you guys.

Ed: We’re busting around.

Dave: They are getting out of control here so we’ll give them a break till Monday. In the meantime hit us up on the or the Law & You hotline to get a question here on the show.

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