One of the worst injuries you could suffer when working on a construction site is to lose a part of your body. It could be a small part, such as a finger, or it could be a whole arm or leg. All amputations can have severe consequences.
Amputations can occur in various ways. You could be crushed by a vehicle or falling masonry, or injured while using a power tool. Amputation can happen at the time, or medical staff may need to perform it later.
The consequences of an amputation can be severe
Losing a body part or limb affects different people in different ways. Here are some of the effects amputation can have:
- Inability to work: While you may still be able to carry out some form of work, you might not be able to return to your trade. You may eventually need occupational therapy and retraining to do some kind of work activity that you enjoy.
- Reliance on others for mobility: You can adapt cars to a disability, yet, this can be costly. Things such as riding your motorcycle or a bike may become impossible. You may find yourself needing the help of others to get around, at least for a time.
- Mental injury: Many amputees suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and have flashbacks of the accident. Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts are all frequent following an amputation.
An amputation injury can also make it hard for your family. They may need to support financially, physically and emotionally after the accident. Ensuring adequate compensation for an amputation injury is essential. Employers have a duty to provide you with a safe working environment — one where you return home with your limbs intact at the end of each day.