Industrial accidents may have industrial-grade fallout. Machines and pistons pump, spin and pinch. At such high speeds and with such great force, it is easy for a small slip to result in permanent injury to two of your most important tools: your hands.
Understanding the details of partial and whole hand amputations may help you know what to expect from a workers’ compensation case.
Partial finger and thumb amputations
There are situations where damage to your hand results in amputation at certain joints rather than losing a whole digit. The different joints include:
- The distal interphalangeal, or the joint before the tip of your finger
- The proximal interphalangeal, or the joint at your middle knuckle
- The metacarpal phalangeal joint, or the joint where your finger bones meet your hand bones
The more of your finger you lose, the less functionality in your hand.
Wrist and forearm amputation
Some damage is so severe that the healthiest option is to amputate your hand at the wrist or even higher up your arm to avoid infection. This may even extend up to the shoulder.
Functionality and compensation
Amputation and physical therapy result in high hospital bills. The permanent disability from these amputations affects your productivity and may even threaten your career in an industry, which results in unseen costs.
Workers’ compensation laws include required coverage from employers if you suffer an injury that merits a permanent amputation. It is important to understand your unique situation and how that applies to filing and pursuing workers’ compensation for an amputation-worthy injury.