Amputations Due to Texas Construction Accidents
- May 8, 2013
- Construction Site Accidents
As experienced Dallas construction accident lawyers we have seen the terrible impact that amputations have on construction workers. Unfortunately, given the nature of many construction sites, amputation injuries are an all too common on the job injury. Some of the risk factors for amputation on a construction site include:
- Working with an auger
- Loading and unloading materials and equipment
- Using power tools such as saws
- Working on or around any large machine (tractor, bulldozer, crane)
- Working near taut chains, such as when pulling heavy equipment
After an Accident-Related Amputation
While there are times when doing so is impossible, such as after a crush injury, doctors are increasingly able to reattach limbs and digits that have been amputated during a construction accident. Surgeons in Texas and across the U.S. have been able to successfully reattach an accident victim’s:
The success of reattaching a body part increases the sooner the victim receives medical care. In addition, proper care is crucial when attempting to preserve both the severed tissue and stump. Preserving the severed body part may be possible if the part is promptly:
- Rinsed under running water if dirt or other debris is seen on the cut end
- Put on ice (the cut portion should NOT be placed directly on ice)
- Sent with the injury victim or delivered to the hospital as soon as possible
The Long Term Amputation Effects
If the reattachment is successful, the amputee may suffer no more than a scar. However, even those whose limbs are able to be reattached may struggle with regaining proper feeling and movement in the area. Partial function is possible, along with ongoing pain and circulatory issues.
If it is not possible to reattach the body part, the accident victim may be forever changed by the loss. Phantom pain is very possible, along with general pain and discomfort. Psychologically, the accident victim may continue to suffer long after the physical scars have healed. Depression is exceedingly common in amputees.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an amputation accident in Dallas, please ensure that you get the compensation you need. Medical bills, along with the cost of ongoing treatments and therapy, both physical and emotional, may be necessary for months or even years. To ensure that you have the money you need to pay for such services, our Dallas amputation accident attorneys urge you NOT to sign any forms until you speak with an attorney. Do not hesitate to call 972-774-9800 today.