A lot of people don’t realize it, but just about every workplace poses some sort of threat to employee safety. In many instances, the potential injuries associated with a workplace accident are relatively minor. However, under other circumstances, workers are placed at risk of suffering serious, even catastrophic injuries. One type of injury that can transform the way an individual lives his or her life is amputation.
The prevalence of workplace amputations
A lot of people don’t think of amputations when they think of workplace injuries, but they may be more common than you think. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018 alone saw more than 6,000 workplace amputations. These injuries can be caused a number of ways, too, including exposure to machinery that engages in rotating, reciprocating, transversing, cutting, punching, sheering, and bending movements.
Are workplace safety measures adequate?
This is a question that is up for debate. Employers should ensure that their workers have the protective equipment and training needed to safely use machinery, but the truth of the matter is that many employers fail to protect their workers as fully as possible. The Occupations Safety and Health Administration oversees workplace safety and investigates workplace accidents, including those that involve amputation, but far too often this government agency comes in after the fact.
Know your rights
Regardless of how your workplace accident occurred, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries that you’ve suffered. After all, with an inability to work and medical bills piling up, you probably need financial relief as quickly as possible. Workers’ compensation may be an option for you, but even if your employer doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance you might have justifiable legal action at your disposal.
Dealing with these matters isn’t always easy, though, which is why you might find it beneficial to work closely with a legal professional of your choosing as you navigate your case.