Personal injury claims can be overwhelming, but we at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers have made it our aim to provide each of our clients with exceptional and affordable legal representation.
Accidental injury can bring unforeseen expenses with medical care and significant damage causing unexpected life disruption. Life may never be the same again, from working ability to simple day-to-day activities. Our trusted attorneys are passionate about ensuring you get the benefits and compensation you deserve to help you move on from your personal injury in Georgia, Atlanta.
Introducing Kelci Saffery (Saff) …
You may recognize Saff from Tiger King, the stand out docuseries on Netflix which has been entertaining the world throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Following zoo and big cat owner Joe Exotic, the series looked into the drama surrounding the world of big cat conservationists and collectors.
Amid a global pandemic, Saff shook the world sharing his story of losing an arm in a tiger mauling during his job as a keeper at Joe’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. After the accident, Saff faced the choice of amputation or years of reconstructive surgery. Saff chose amputation, losing the arm and returning to work within a week.
The aftermath of the injury was captured by the documentary crew and Saff’s resilience and pragmatism sparked interest the world over. But what happened to Saff when filming ended? Despite his fortitude, Saff’s life-changing injuries would completely change his future, physically, mentally and financially.
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Know your worth
At Bader Scott, it is important to us that you know your rights and what you are entitled to. Personal injury can impact your entire life and thanks to our clear communication, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will never leave you in the dark. We encourage our clients not only to make the personal injury claims they are entitled to but also to understand them, making informed decisions about their case alongside their attorney.
If left in the hands of insurance companies the compensation calculated may not factor in lifelong impact. Which is why it is important that you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to find the true value of your claim. From emergency room costs and loss of wages during the initial accident to a lifetime of medical costs and loss of income, it is important that you know your rights and your worth when it comes to personal injury.
Wise words from Saff
Saff’s limb loss from a tiger mauling was one of the highest-profile workplace accidents of the decade, but we at Bader Scott want you to think about life after the injury. Accidents occur every day due to negligence, leaving hard-working Americans with long recoveries, life-changing injuries, medical debt and loss of income. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, then we can help you understand what compensation is available to you.
Saff did not do this, forfeiting his statute of limitations after two years from the date of injury and losing his ability to claim any compensation. At the time of the accident, compensation was the last thing on Saff’s mind. He was living the dream and saw working with the animals as a privilege. However, he does reiterate that ‘you need to consider the best move for yourself’.
Although you may feel like you need to grin and bear it, Saff makes it crystal clear with ‘your injuries are permanent, they are lifelong and your job is not’. Your injury could cause you to lose everything, and when you need your job to keep a roof over your head, pay the bills and put food on the table, it is time to focus on your needs.
How much compensation can you get for losing an arm in different states?
Six-figure payouts for losing an arm in Nevada
If you lose a limb in work due to negligence or at the fault of another then you are entitled to compensation. But which state you are in could greatly affect the outcome.
Due to each state determining its own compensation benefits, it means that losing an arm could equate to very different results depending on where you are with a personal injury claim.
When it comes to life-changing injuries Nevada has the largest maximum compensation by far at $859,634. At nearly half the amount, losing an arm in Illinois could see you the maximum payout of $439,858. Closely followed with Kentucky at $402,277.
These six figures are vastly different compared to losing an arm Massachusetts where you could be awarded – at most – $52,245. Showing that is imperative that you have representation on your side that understands the physical, mental and financial effects of losing a limb.
Which state has the highest rate of limb loss?
Revealed: Americans more likely to lose a limb in Kentucky
Using amputation data from 2010 to 2014 we looked at the percentage increase in the number of amputations performed per state, calculating trends upto 2020 and standardizing this per 100,000 of the population of each state. This means we are then able to see the states where the most amputations occur. In Kentucky 97.4 out of 100,000 people lost a limb alongside West Virginia with 95.2. Whereas your arms are safer in Utah where 33.9 out of 100,000 underwent amputation with Wyoming not far ahead with 39.
Interestingly, Kentucky’s high rate of amputations matches its higher maximum compensation but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the value you could receive in this unfortunate situation. If left to insurance companies the lifelong impact of your claim may not be fully investigated. It is important you work with experienced personal injury lawyers, making informed decisions about your case to attain the full value of your claim.
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