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2 types of amputation injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Amputation injuries can happen quickly and in many different careers. One common example is when workers use hydraulic presses. In fact, many of these types of machines now have two buttons that have to be pressed simultaneously, forcing the worker to use both hands and ensuring that neither hand is in harm’s way. But, of course, workers can suffer amputations when using power tools, vehicles, sharp cutting instruments, and many other tools and devices.

When an amputation happens, regardless of the location, there are two main ways that it can take place. They make a big difference when considering reattachment and treatment.

Clean-cut injuries

The first type of amputation is when there is a clean cut, such as one made by a rotating blade on a power saw. In a case like this, all tissues are severed quickly and evenly. This can make reattachment easier if the person gets to the hospital quickly. Both ends of the cut are in relatively good shape, and doctors can often reattach the finger or limb through surgery.

Crush injuries

More problematic are crush injuries which, as the name implies, happen when the digit or limb is crushed and severed. The hydraulic presses mentioned above are a good example. With these cases, reattachment is much harder because both ends of the cut are crushed and significantly damaged. Even with quick medical care, doctors may simply not be able to reattach the finger or other body part. This is not the fault of the doctors themselves, but just a reflection of the nature of the injury.

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No matter which type of injury you suffer, it can be life-altering. You may not be able to work for a long time, as you heal, and even returning to work can be a challenge. Make sure you are well aware of all of your legal rights.