Lawyers For Amputation Victims In Oklahoma
At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, our experienced Oklahoma catastrophic injury attorneys recognize the hardships facing amputation victims, and can help you get the compensation you need for the best possible recovery after an amputation injury or accident.
One of the most devastating injuries an accident victim can suffer is an amputation injury. Amputation occurs when a body part is totally or partially severed. Many types of accidents, especially in manufacturing or industrial workplaces, either cause amputation or require an amputation to be performed medically in order to save the life of an injured person. Medical amputation may also be required when a limb is damaged due to burn injuries, frostbite or disease.
Total Vs. Partial Amputation
In a “total” amputation, a part of the body is cut off completely from the rest of the body. Smaller body parts, like fingers, can often be reattached if proper care is taken of the detached part and the stump, and if the patient seeks medical help immediately.
In a “partial” amputation, a part of the body is badly injured or partially cut through, but still attached to the body. Partial amputations can sometimes also be reattached, depending on the extent of the damage and whether or not the injured person gets immediate medical attention. If the damage is too great, the partial amputation may be removed by a surgeon, resulting in a total amputation.
Causes Of Amputation Injuries
About 1.8 million U.S. residents live with amputations, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The most common type of amputation removes a foot and/or leg below the knee. In the workplace, common amputation injuries most often involve the hands, arms or fingers, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Common causes of workplace injuries that lead to amputation include:
- Unguarded or improperly guarded blades, grinders, presses and pinch points on machines
- Unguarded or improperly guarded engines and equipment used to run machines, like flywheels, belts, pulleys, spindles, cams and gears
- Any other moving parts
- Crush injuries caused by falling or dropping loads of materials, goods or other heavy items
- Oil field injuries
Under the federal OSHA standards, employers have a responsibility to identify possible sources of amputation injuries in the workplace and to minimize the risk to workers. Amputation risks can be reduced by using guards that physically prevent body parts from coming into contact with parts that might cause amputation and/or by using devices that stop machines, close off possible injury points, or take other steps that reduce the risk of amputation injury.
Nonworkplace-Related Amputation Injuries
Although workplaces are a common source of amputation injuries, they are not the only place such an injury can occur. For instance, a car accident may lead to an amputation if fingers, hands, arms, legs, feet, or toes are pinched or crushed during the accident. Incidents with attacking animals, such as bites from a dog, may also cause or lead to an amputation.
Getting On The Road To Recovery
One thing nearly all amputation injuries have in common is the intense trauma they cause to the patient. Not only can amputation injuries be extremely painful or even life-threatening, but it takes time and care to adjust to life without a limb. Many patients experience “phantom pain” after amputations, in which their nerve endings signal pain in the place the limb used to be. Phantom pain can be excruciating, and it carries the added psychological burden of knowing the “limb” that seems to be in so much pain no longer actually exists.
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