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What an Amputation Means for a Worker's Future

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Nov-2014

Accidents can happen to even the most careful employees, and some incidents can lead to severe injuries. Extreme circumstances may call for a worker's limb to be amputated, which will be life-changing in many ways.

All kinds of workers can be injured in serious accidents, but some of the more dangerous careers include:

  • Construction
  • Oil and Gas
  • Mining
  • Warehouse
  • Offshore

In any of these situations, an explosion, fall from a height, infection due to a laceration, being crushed by machinery, and many other scenarios may cause a worker's arm, leg, hand, or foot to be amputated. This medical procedure will cause both short and long-term changes for the worker.

Medical costs will add up quickly for the injured worker, as he or she will require many hospital visits and medications. Multiple surgeries may be required to repair the damaged limb, as well as careful maintenance to prevent infections. Medical equipment may be needed for mobility, such as a wheelchair, crutches, or items to make a car or home more easily accessible.

Medical advances have made prosthetics available to most patients, although they can often cost a hefty sum. Patients typically require physical therapy to regain mobility or increase the integration of a prosthetic device. This therapy can range from a couple of weeks to several years, to restore an injured worker to full mobility as much as possible.

Aside from medical concerns, an amputation can lead to other problematic situations in a worker's future. In most cases, the worker will not be able to return to their job in the same capacity. This can lead to a loss of wages, especially immediately after the accident. Issues such as mobility, inability to drive a car, or other daily hindrances can also lead to challenges.

Compensation for an Amputation Caused by a Workplace Accident

A worker who faces an amputated limb may be eligible from compensation from their employer, but it is important to ensure that sum fully covers both the short- and long-term costs associated with an amputation. Even if offered a settlement amount that sounds large, it is important to carefully consider all of the future needs that may arise from an amputation.

If you have been injured in an accident that resulted in an amputation, the lawyers of Arnold & Itkin can help you review your situation and seek compensation for the life-changing circumstances that you face. Contact our injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

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