Loss of Limbs and Amputation Claims
Losing a limb is more profoundly life-changing than almost any other injury, and the effects can be devastating. Losing a leg can severely limit your mobility, and losing any limb can severely affect your ability to go about everyday activities. Fairly simple activities that you take for granted now can become challenging or even impossible without some kind of assistance.
Some of the most severe accidents in the workplace can result in limbs or other body parts being lost or, more often, becoming so damaged that they must later be amputated. In many cases, this is not the fault of the injured party and sometimes it can be due to the negligence of someone else, most likely their employer. In such cases, the person who has lost a limb in an accident at work may find that it is their legal right to receive compensation.
Loss of Limbs in Workplace Accidents
Many accidents at work resulting in amputations or loss of limbs take place in working environments where people are required to work closely with heavy machinery or vehicles. Accidents involving these kinds of large machines can result in limbs becoming crushed or badly lacerated until there is no way for doctors to save the limb.
Not all lost limbs in workplace accidents are the result of heavy machinery, and there are many ways in which a limb may be lost or damaged so badly that it requires amputation. However, the vast majority of these accidents take place in working environments when there are obvious risks. Examples include workers sustaining serious injury to their limbs after being crushed by heavy goods, building materials or equipment falling on them, or falling from a height.
The Consequences of Losing a Limb
The impact of losing a limb is profound. Losing a leg can leave you with limited mobility. Depending on the point at which your leg has been amputated, you may have to relearn to walk with the aid of a prosthetic leg or be confined to a wheelchair. Many hobbies and leisure activities, particularly sports, may become difficult or impossible.
Losing an arm in a workplace accident does not normally reduce mobility, but the impact on your life can be no less devastating. A huge number of seemingly simple everyday tasks will be affected. You may have to relearn some basic skills that you have always carried out with two hands but must now carry out with one. Other basic tasks will become difficult, or even impossible without the help of special aids.
Losing a limb carries a very long recovery time, during which you are unlikely to be able to work. Loss of a limb is a serious injury and, in the case of amputation, major surgical procedure and so physical recovery is likely to take some time. On top of that, there may well be a rehabilitation process as you learn to live with your new reduced capabilities, and this can extend the recovery time beyond the time it takes you to physically heal. Unable to work during this time, many people who have lost limbs in accidents in the workplace also experience severe financial worries. Even after recovery, those who have lost limbs may well find they can no longer carry out the same kind of work and are left trying to start a new career.
The Law and Workplace Accidents that Result in Lost Limbs
All employers have a clearly defined responsibility under law to take steps to make sure their employees are kept safe in the workplace. If you have lost a limb or other body part in an accident at work because your employer has been negligent in this duty, you may well be entitled to cash compensation to help combat financial worries and make some degree of recompense for your suffering.
We at CompensationClaims.co specialise in helping people who have been injured at work with their claims. You have enough to worry about after losing a limb, so we aim to take as much stress out of the claims process as possible and handle all the difficulties. If we do not succeed, you do not owe us any money as all our cases are no win no fee. To find out more, call us on 0161 447 9193 to speak directly with a member of our team.