Losing a lower limb due to an accident in the workplace is a highly traumatic event which is invariably hard to come to terms with and may require months of rehabilitation.
Leg amputation most commonly occurs after the limb has suffered severe injury which doctors can no longer comprehensively treat. It is a final option which is only considered after all other avenues of treatment have been exhausted.
Who is at risk?
While the causes of a leg amputation can be varied and are not exclusive to accidents occurring in the workplace, there are some working environments in which employees are more likely to experience severe accidents, such as a crush accident or a fall from height.
Construction sites, factories, workplaces containing heavy machinery, and the agricultural industry are all more likely to see serious accidents occur than other work sites, such as shops and offices.
After a leg amputation, many of the daily tasks and activities a person is used to undertaking with ease become more difficult to carry out.
Charities and support services such as Limbcare and the Limbless Association can offer further advice on health, well-being, fitness and independent living, as well as introducing amputees to trained healthcare professionals who can support their emotional needs as they adjust to life after loss of a limb.
Health and safety regulations
Every workplace must adhere to health and safety regulations; however, for certain, more hazardous workplaces there may be more detailed and specific conditions in place.
Furthermore, if regulations are not observed, the consequences for employees can be severe. Some of the responsibilities of employers and businesses may include but are not exclusive to;
- conducting regular risk assessments before any procedure is carried out
- maintaining machinery and ensuring any employee operating machinery is properly trained to do so
- providing protective clothing which is in good condition to all workers who require it
Claiming compensation for a leg amputation
Suffering an injury in the workplace is a traumatic experience but when the effect of an injury is so profound it impairs your ability to continue living life as you did prior to the accident you have a right to pursue compensation if the injury was caused by the negligence of others.
If you have undergone a leg amputation due to a workplace accident, Seth Lovis & Co personal injury solicitors could help you.
Our specialist personal injury team possesses a wealth of experience working with clients who have suffered injury while in the workplace and hold a long history of successfully securing the fullest possible settlement for our clients, ensuring that you can rebuild your life following serious injury.
Where possible, we aim to secure interim payments which could help to fund rehabilitation treatments such as physiotherapy or pay for equipment which may support continued independent living, such as a prosthetic limb or conversions to your home.
To discuss your compensation claim further, please call 0808 252 0678 today to arrange a free consultation.