Workplace injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to more severe ones requiring extensive treatment and time off work. Serious injuries can significantly impact an individual’s life and livelihood.
Injured workers must take the appropriate steps to ensure they receive the necessary care and compensation.
Types of severe workplace injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur due to a blow to the head or a sudden jolt to the head and neck. These types of injuries can have many symptoms and may result in long-term cognitive, physical and emotional impairments.
Spinal cord injuries can also occur because of a sudden impact or jolt to the neck and head. These types of injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis and significantly impact an individual’s mobility and quality of life. Surgery can help stabilize the spine, and rehabilitation can help the person regain strength.
An amputation injury happens when a limb is wholly or partially severed from the body. Amputations can result from a workplace accident involving machinery or equipment. The injured worker may lose one or more limbs. Treatment options include immediate surgical intervention to stop the bleeding and prevent infection and physical therapy and prosthetic fitting to help the person regain mobility.
Steps to take
To protect their rights and health, workers injured on the job should seek immediate medical attention and report the incident to their employer. In addition to these actions, injured employees should take the following steps:
- Maintain detailed records of all medical treatment.
- Record any lost wages related to the accident.
- Follow the doctor’s orders for treatment and therapy.
- Keep copies of all essential documents.
With proper medical intervention, rehabilitation and precautionary steps, those who sustain severe workplace injuries can go on to lead fulfilling lives.