Work injuries that result in an amputation can be some of the most serious
and disabling type of workplace injury.Amputations can occur as a consequence
of machine operation, such as use of power presses, saws, grinders, conveyors,
milling machines, and also during materials handling activities.
The devastating effects of an amputation is not only physical, but also
psychological trauma and emotional discomfort. The amputation site can
cause reduced mechanical stability and practical limitations such as increased
use of the opposite limb.
A further potential complication of amputation is the phenomenon of “phantom
limb” – where the injured worker reports they can actually
feel body part that is no longer there. The symptoms of the phantom pain
can include aching, burning, and even movement. Researchers believe that
such symptoms relate to the relationship of the brain with the body, which
mimics information to the rest of the brain about a limb regardless of
whether is exists or not.
Life after an amputation is a challenge that does not have to be faced
alone. There is a wide range of treatment options to assist an injured
worker to restore function and emotional well being following an amputation,
including exciting advances in prosthetics.
Over the last 25 years, Tom Martin has helped injured workers obtain the
comprehensive patient care they deservefollowing an amputation at the
workplace, including “bionic limbs”, also known as
Mr. Martin recently obtained a functional prosthetic hand for one of his clients.
If you, or someone you care about, has sustained an amputation at work,
contact Tom Martin at 714-594-5389, and find out what the workers compensation system can do to help with recovery.