On-the-job injuries can vary in severity. Many of the most serious injuries occur in factories, manufacturing plants, and on construction sites. Sadly, some of the workers injured in these work environments lose limbs, eyes, or other parts of the body. Prosthetic devices can be used to replace the missing part of the victim’s body, but these devices can be expensive. For this reason, many injured workers wonder whether or not workers’ compensation benefits cover prosthetic devices.
What Are Prosthetic Devices?
Most people associate prosthetic devices with artificial arms or legs. Although these are both prosthetic devices, there are many other different types of prosthetic devices. Employees may require a number of prosthetic devices after an on-the-job injury, including:
- Hearing aids
- Artificial eyes
- Joint replacements
Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Prosthetic Devices
Many employees who are injured at work require one or more prosthetic devices. If an employee requires a prosthetic device due to an on-the-job injury, his employer is obligated to pay for it. For instance, an employee who loses most of his teeth in an on-the-job accident may require dentures, which are considered a prosthetic device. Since he lost the teeth in an on-the-job accident, workers’ compensation would cover the cost of the dentures.
The employer’s obligation to pay for the victim’s prosthetic device continues for the rest of the victim’s life according to 85A OK Stat § 85A-114. This means if the prosthetic device needs to be replaced after a certain number of years, the employer would be responsible for covering the cost of the replacement device.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Damaged Prosthetic Devices
Prosthetic devices make it possible for some people who have lost a part of their body to continue working without major limitations. As a result, there are countless people in today’s workforce who are currently using one or more prosthetic devices.
If an employee’s prosthetic device is damaged in an on-the-job accident, the employer must pay for the device to be repaired or replaced. For example, if an employee damages his dentures in a slip and fall accident at work, the employer would be responsible for paying for the repair or replacement of the dentures.
Have you been injured at work? The workers’ compensation attorneys at Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. have decades of experience helping injured workers obtain the benefits they deserve. Call our office at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.