Amputation injuries are one of the most life-changing events that can happen to anyone in the workplace. The loss of a limb is not only physically disabling but is also often matched by a loss of self-esteem and a fear of what the future may hold. Therapy and counselling may be needed to help a patient who has lost a leg or arm come to terms with the overwhelming loss.
No amount of compensation will be able to reverse the suffering and stress caused to an amputee victim and their dependants. Following surgery, there will be many months of rehabilitation and a complete readjustment will be needed to cope with restricted function or movement and learning to use a prosthetic and other support equipment.
Even the most basic of tasks may present the biggest challenge, such as:
A full limb amputation can often mean experiencing difficulties in returning to work or gaining re-employment. The impact on immediate and future earnings can often cause increasing stress and psychological problems.
An employer has a legal responsibility to all employees, contractors and visitors in the workplace to ensure a safe work environment where machinery, equipment and tools are maintained to the required safety standards. An employer can be held responsible for a breach in the workplace safety regulations that failed to minimise the risk of a catastrophic injury and resulted in an amputation.
The decision to seek legal advice is never an easy one to make.
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Causes of amputation
When a sudden and unexpected event occurs, which causes a limb to be violently torn away, the outcome is known as a ‘traumatic amputation’. There are four main types of traumatic amputation:
It may be possible to re-attach a partly severed or, possibly, a fully severed limb. However, in the most serious cases when a traumatically injured limb cannot be saved, often because of severe blood vessel damage and tissue death, a prosthetic limb will usually be fitted.
Surgery is performed to shape the bone in the remaining limb and clean the wound, which can involve skin grafts. More than one procedure may be needed to prepare for fitting a prosthetic limb.
These amputations are performed by a doctor and may be the only option where a severe injury is caused by an accident at work, such as:
If a serious limb injury is not treated promptly, there may be further complications caused by infection.
The most frequently reported serious injuries that lead to a surgical amputation are when:
In a number of cases, the guard has been disabled so any blockage that could slow or hold up production can be quickly cleared by an operator without following the necessary safety precautions that had been intended to prevent the risk of an accident.
Sometimes the guards are not re-attached following machine maintenance, service or repair.
Types of amputation
A specific type of amputation is classified by the part of the body that is removed. This applies to both traumatic and surgical amputations.
Upper limb amputation – the arms, hands or fingers.
Lower limb amputation – the legs, feet or toes.
- Internal: part of the pelvis is removed but the leg is saved.
- External: part of the pelvis is removed but the leg cannot be saved.
Amputation injury claims
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, “employers have a duty to their employees to provide a safe-working environment in a ‘reasonably practicable’ manner”.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) places duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment and whose employees use work equipment.
If a direct link can be established between an employer’s negligence and the cause of an employee’s accident, there may be good grounds to pursue a claim for the resulting loss and damage involving amputation.
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Our in-depth knowledge of workplace law and injury compensation can provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you succeed in making your claim. We can:
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