Accidents in the industrial workplace can be especially severe due to the involvement of hazardous materials, specialty tools and large moving parts. Some of the most severe nonfatal accidents can even include the loss of a limb, either directly in the accident or as a life-saving measure following the accident. If you are suffering from the loss of a limb, you are not alone.
According to the Amputee Coalition, 2.1 million people in the United States are living with the loss of one or more limbs. Approximately 185,000 people in the nation have an amputation for medical or emergency treatment reasons every year, and around 507 people every day lose at least one limb. About 45 percent of limb loss is related to trauma — some of which are workplace accidents.
April is Limb Loss Awareness Month. Throughout the month, volunteer organizations, awareness enterprises and medical facilities try to provide additional education about limb loss and support those who are dealing with this issue — whether because of injury to themselves or to loved ones. One component of the awareness month is something the Amputee Coalition calls “Show Your Mettle Day.” The coalition calls amputees wear prosthetic devices in the open on Apr. 23 to raise awareness of limb loss.
Sometimes, coming together with others who are suffering from a similar condition can be cathartic for those who are struggling. And while these efforts are admirable and can be a positive part of someone’s life after a major injury, we also know that there are other considerations that are likely a priority. Bills must be paid, living must still be done. Workers’ compensation is supposed to help you cover these issues, but if you have been denied for payments or feel you aren’t receiving appropriate payments, then working with a legal professional can help you understand your options for moving forward.
Source: Amputee Coalition, “Limb Loss Awareness Month,” accessed April 08, 2016