Amputation and dismemberment injuries occur when an individual's limbs, digits or flesh are torn, pulled, wrenched or otherwise removed from his or her body in the course of an accident. Dismemberment typically results in permanent disfigurement, but can also be fatal. Dismemberment injuries are catastrophic and life-changing. The loss of a limb is not only physically and emotionally traumatic it is a permanent alteration to mobility and quality of life. Often, accidental dismemberment victims require months and even years of costly medical treatment, rehabilitation and physical therapy. Beyond the financial cost and physical pain, dismemberment victims may suffer from post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and social isolation leading to reduced social support.
Dismemberment injuries occur primarily to the fingers, hands, feet, arms and legs. The workplace dismemberment accident is likely to occur when these body parts come in contact with machinery that is designed to compress, shear, tear, shred or slice. Other exposed parts of the body like the ears, the nose and the eyes maybe torn away in an accident. Worse, in an explosion, burns and electrocution injuries may result in the amputation of body parts or flesh due to arterial damages.
Dismemberment Injury in a Car Accident
Motor vehicle safety standards have improved greatly over the last 20 years, and as a result the number of motor vehicle accident fatalities has gone down, but the incidences of serious dismemberment injuries have increased. Dismemberment may occur from accidents involving moving vehicles, such as airplanes, bicycles, cars, trains, trucks, tour buses, limousines, motorcycles, and amusement park accidents.
Those affected or injured may be passengers, drivers and pedestrians.
Dismemberment Injury in the Workplace
Dismemberment injury occurs in the workplace when employees operate inadequately safeguarded or unguarded hazardous machinery. Employees may be injured when cleaning, lubricating, maintaining or preparing, adjusting, threading or setting up dangerous machines. All employers are legally obligated to provide physical barriers and secure guards to any hazardous areas or devices that will interrupt the normal operating cycle of any dangerous machine when an employee's body comes close to the point of operation.
Mechanics and delivery drivers suffer a high rate of dismemberment injuries, as do employees who regularly work with drill presses, shears, milling machines, meat-cutting saw bands, food slicers, meat grinders, printing presses, mechanical power presses, non-powered and powered conveyor belts, roll forming machines, grinders, slitters, power press brakes and any other sharp or heavy machinery or equipment. Miners, agricultural workers, restaurant employees, factory workers and railroad employees all run the risk of a workplace dismemberment injury.
Dismemberment Injury at Home
Finally, dismemberment injuries can occur even from the use of simple household or office appliances such as washing machines or paper shredders. In such cases, the manufacturer of a defective product is liable for injuries and losses associated with the accident. Regardless of where the injury occurred, you may be entitled to compensation. The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia personal injury attorneys, provides free initial consultations to those who suffered a dismemberment injury as a result of another person's negligence.
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