Any injury on the job site can be scary and painful, but one that causes an amputation can be especially tragic. Because of the dangerous nature of heavy labor and construction jobs, these types of accidents are all too frequent.
While a Virginia work comp claim may help you pay for medical bills and rehabilitation, nothing can bring back your missing body part.
What could cause an accidental amputation at work?
Accidental amputations on a job site are most commonly seen when workers operate machinery that is not safe or when they have not been provided with adequate training on how to use a piece of machinery.
Hands, fingers, feet and toes can easily be caught up in part of heavy machinery causing amputation. Equipment like printing presses, food slicers, trash compactors, table saws and automated doors can be especially dangerous if not used properly. Cleaning and clearing jams on these tools can also be hazardous.
What to do in the Event of an Accidental Amputation
If you are on the jobsite and you or a co-worker are involved in accident that results in a limb being separated from the body it is extremely important to get help right away. You should also take these steps:
- call 911 immediately;
- stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure with any material you can get your hands on such as a towel, t-shirt or other fabric;
- have the injured person lie down and elevate the site of bleeding;
- check the person for symptoms of shock such as passing out or being unresponsive; and
- recover the amputated body part (if possible) and gently rinse with water, place in a plastic or waterproof container and place on ice.
The treatment for an amputation can rack up serious medical bills, cause you to be unable to work and leave you with deep emotional scarring.
A work comp claim may be able to help you recover compensation to help with these expenses and issues.
Contact a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney today to find out what your options are.
Filing a Workers Compensation Claim
An accident on the job site that results in the amputation of a worker’s body part(s) can be radically life-changing.
Amputations can have long-lasting effects, cause serious and debilitating pain and alter your ability to work or lead a normal life.
The Workers’ Compensation system is in place to help injured workers in their time of need such as after an amputation.
So, how do you access the benefits of a work comp claim?
- report the injury to your employer as soon as possible;
- your employer will then sit down with you, within 24 hours of your report, to fill out the appropriate forms and paperwork to submit to the proper agency;
- you will likely be asked to visit a doctor to be treated for your injuries and copies of your medical records from this visit will be included with your work comp claim;
- your claim may be denied and you will need to file an appeal with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation review board to pursue benefits; and
- once your claim is accepted you will begin to receive your benefits.
Filing a claim sounds like it should be easy; however, sometimes employers do not follow proper procedure which could put your work comp claim at risk.
If you are having problems filing for workers comp or receiving help for your injuries from you employer contact a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.
Contact a Richmond Workers’ Compensation Attorney
When you have difficulties with your work-related injury claim, a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney can bear some of the burden you’ve been placed under. To get back on your feet, whether it means getting back to work or getting the benefits you deserve, order a copy of our free book, the Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, and contact a workers’ comp attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm for a no-cost consultation – 877-755-7744 or 804-755-7755.