Amputation injuries can happen to machine operators, longshoremen, construction workers and many others who have to work around heavy equipment. These are often severe, life-altering injuries. Some minor amputations – like those of fingers or toes — can be fixed by reattachment. However, this is not always possible, and the most severe injuries can even result in permanent limb loss.
One thing that’s worthy of note for workers in these professions is that amputation injuries are far more common than many people realize. Here are a few statistics that can make it a bit more clear:
- The United States is home to about 2 million people who are living with the results of these amputations.
- Trauma causes about 45% of these injuries. The others are often caused by diseases, such as cancer and vascular disease.
- Interestingly, race appears to play a role, as African Americans are 400% more likely to have these injuries.
- Roughly 185,000 new injuries happen every year. The cost of all of these injuries is in the billions of dollars.
If you have suffered an amputation, you know that life may never be the same. You may need special care and medical equipment. You may not be able to work. Yes, you can absolutely regain many skills and have a productive and fulfilling life. It’s absolutely possible. But you also need to know that there are going to be changes and challenges.
Having a support system at a time like this is very important, as is knowing the legal steps you can take to seek compensation after a catastrophic injury. An experienced attorney can help you.