Suffering a circular saw injury at work can be extremely stressful, which is why it is so important to seek all the circular saw injury advice available. An excellent place to begin is with Accident Advice Helpline, our 24-hour free helpline provides advice to people who may be unsure of how to proceed or what to do first. It is also available as a resource as you go through the various legal processes and to provide further assistance along the way. Obtaining advice from expert lawyers has never been so easy or affordable, so instead of having to go it alone, you have a team of legal professionals fighting your corner.
To help you organise what needs to be done, here are three crucial things you must do as soon as possible after your accident:
Quantify the extent of your injuries
Hopefully, the injuries you suffered are not too severe, but because of the brutal nature of circular saw injuries, this is often not the case. You must go to a doctor, preferably one who specialises in these types of injuries and undergo a thorough examination of the damage done. The severity of the injury can vary considerably, but may include superficial cuts, deeper tendon and muscle damage, nerve damage and in extreme cases, limb amputation. The category of injury affects the treatment, recovery time and level of compensation you receive if it can be proven that the saw was defective.
Seek the best treatment options available
If you are lucky you may only need a few stitches and bandaging; however, if the skin loss was significant, you may require a skin graft to repair the damage. Nerves and tendons can be repaired, but if the damage is too severe or too much has been shredded, loss of feeling and ability to control movement may occur. If a fracture is involved doctors may have to use pins, wires, plates or screws to repair it. In cases where limb amputation is involved a skilled surgeon may be able to re-attach it, but only if not too much shredding has occurred. Although counter-intuitive, sometimes leaving a single finger off will give you better hand function than you would get by reattaching it. The key is to seek medical attention immediately, as any delay could result in tissue loss and infection. In order to maximise the chances of making a successful claim, it is essential that you obtain detailed medical reports from your doctor.
Determine if the saw was defective and if you were properly trained
The next step is to ascertain who is liable for your circular saw injury. If the accident occurred at work, do you feel you were properly trained regarding the safety of using this type of saw? If the answer is yes, the next question we would ask is: “do you feel the circular saw was defective in any way?” If it was, your employer and the manufacturer would be held liable because of negligence.
At this point, having a lawyer who specialises in accidents at work and who is able to offer reliable circular saw injury advice will be essential. He or she will ensure that all those responsible are held accountable. Calling our 24-hour free helpline is a great place to start.
Date Published: May 18, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Working with tools injury