If you’ve experienced an injury on the job and are curious about the implications of “Scheduled Loss of Use” (SLU) for your hand and wrist, you’re in the right place! You might qualify for a compensation payout calculated based on the guidelines set by the Workers’ Compensation Board.
You might qualify for a compensation payout calculated based on the guidelines set by the Workers’ Compensation Board.Our report will indicate that due to the accident at your workplace, you have experienced permanent impairment in the affected body part, resulting in a lasting loss of function.
Our report adheres to the Workers’ Compensation Guidelines for assessing impairment.The content of this article is derived from the guidelines outlined in the New York State workers’ compensation regulations.
We will elaborate on the process through which we assess your Scheduled Loss of Use (SLU) status for your hand and wrist.
Goals for Assessing Impairment in the Hand and Wrist
Experiencing one of the most severe workplace injuries, amputation leaves lasting impacts on a worker’s life and well-being. In situations where the injury impedes the natural healing of damaged bone or tissue, surgical amputation might become necessary.
The decision to amputate a compromised limb arises when it can no longer receive the vital blood supply containing oxygen and nutrients, causing cells to deteriorate gradually and lose function.
Medical professionals always consider amputation as the last resort due to the physical trauma it inflicts on the body and the potential impact on the claimant’s mental health. Post-surgery, an amputee may need months of therapy and may develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
The consequences could mean an inability to sustain a livelihood after the accident or earning less. Any form of amputation inevitably alters the patient’s quality of life permanently.
Wrist amputation, for instance, leads to a complete loss of hand function (80 percent loss of use of the arm).
For more detailed information, please consult the Workers Compensation Board website of your state or seek advice from your Workers Compensation attorney.