Losing a leg at work, or any other limb for that matter, can be a traumatic experience and one that the injured party may never truly recover from. This is regarded as a severe and life-changing injury that impacts deeply on the injured party, changing their life completely, sometimes even meaning they have to leave their job and maybe even move home to accommodate their new needs.
Unfortunately this is not a totally uncommon injury, especially by people working in an environment where they are surrounded by heavy, large and dangerous machinery. We have seen many claims at Accident Advice Helpline from individuals who have suffering such severe injuries, and as a caring company, we always strive to do our best for our clients. We not only have 15 years’ experience in the industry but we are also accredited by our company patron, Dame Esther Rantzen.
Causes of accidents resulting in losing a leg at work
There are many reasons why this type of injury might happen, especially in the workplace. Here are some of the most common reasons:
- The machinery being used is not fully-functional or has not been well-maintained, so that it is not working safely. This is the responsibility of the company operating the machinery and workers must be safe at all times
- The employer has failed to provide adequate training to workers operating the machinery, including ensuring they have read and understood the operating manual for the equipment.
- Colleague errors, where a staff member has done something that in turn caused the accident
- Some employers have been known to bypass safety procedures of even remove safety guards from machinery to improve productivity. This is highly dangerous
Treatment for losing a leg at work
Though in some cases severed limbs can be reattached, this unfortunately isn’t usually the case when it comes to legs, especially if the limb has not been kept refrigerated. In this case all medical professionals can do is seal the wound, salvaging as much of the leg as possible, and provide ongoing care.
This care will include physiotherapy to help the injured party gain mobility and independence and psychological care to help the victim come to terms with this life-changing event.
Beginning your claim couldn’t be easier, simply contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: August 10, 2015
Author: Rob Steen