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Traumatic amputations are risks for trainyard employees

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2021 | Railroad Injuries

Individuals who work in trainyards are at risk of several types of injuries. Some of these are the result of working near moving trains. It’s possible that workers will become pinned between the moving trains, which can lead to traumatic amputations.

A traumatic amputation is one that occurs because of an accident. These are catastrophic injuries that may come with a lengthy recovery. In some cases, the victim won’t be able to return to work again. 

Does a traumatic amputation mean the limb can’t be reattached?

There are two types of amputations – complete and partial. In a complete amputation, the severed body part is fully detached from the stump. In a partial amputation, there are still tissues attaching the severed part with the stump. 

If the severed body part is located and preserved properly, the surgeon can evaluate the condition of it and the stump to determine if reattachment is possible. Even if this is able to be done, the worker is still facing a long road to recovery that includes therapy.

When the body part can’t be reattached, the person will undergo therapy to learn how to live without it. Some people may be able to have a prosthetic made.

What happens if you’ve suffered a serious railway injury?

Railroad workers who suffer injuries have specific rights. They should ensure that they exercise these so they can get the benefits they need. Ensuring that you get everything you’re due may require the help of an attorney who’s familiar with this area of the law. It’s possible that you may need to take legal action to get what you’re due. 

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