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Amputation from the Workplace


A split second and a dangerous scenario can change a person’s life. Often times these situations occur at work. A machine malfunction or a misuse of equipment can cause a horrific accident and therefore lead to a traumatic amputation in a work environment. Amputation, by definition, describes the severing or surgical removal of a limb or appendage due to a traumatic accident or for the prevention of the spreading of disease. For more medical information about amputations, injuries and recoveries, click HERE. Depending on the severity of the accident, an amputation may be partial or complete which affects the healing process and the ability to reattach the extremity to the body. A victim of a traumatic accident may have a partial amputation of any extremity, meaning part of the limb or extremity cannot be salvaged because of the accident. A complete amputation requires the entire removal of the injured area.

Most commonly, an amputation involves the loss of a finger, a toe, or even a hand or foot. At the worst, an injury may require a removal of an extremity, thereby forever altering an individual’s ability to work or even function daily. Similar to an amputation, an enucleation involves the removal of an eye due to a traumatic event which may also occur in the workplace. If any one of these accidents occurs, victims of the work environment may be entitled to workers compensation in California.

Most amputations in the workplace come from industries with heavy equipment such as the farming and agricultural industry, the construction industry, and industries that use large factories to manufacture goods. Such industries have the highest amputation rates because of the sheer number of employees working in potentially hazardous situations. Click HERE for more information about amputations.

While victims of an amputated injury are able to learn to live through the inconveniences and drastic changes of life during and after the recovery process, these traumatic work injuries in California unarguably result in irreversible physical, emotional, and psychological damages. A hospital stay to treat a victim of an amputation injury may take up to fourteen days or longer to recover. It is possible to reattach the severed limb, but only if the severed expenditure has been iced and is salvageable. For many amputation victims, prosthesis offers a solution to the loss of limbs while attempting to return function to daily tasks. Amputation may be drastic and have life altering effects. For consultations or legal advice in Northern, Central, or Southern California, victims of both minor and serious amputation accidents should contact amputation and limb dismemberment attorneys in Irvine ora catastrophic work injury attorney in Riverside at (800) 980-6905.

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