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Crush injury at work leaves worker without several fingers

Different jobs often require different skill sets. Workers also rely on different physical abilities and motions, depending on their job. But overall, most workers need the use of their fingers and hands for a wide range of motions.

But what happens when a worker's hand is crushed? This type of injury can result in a finger or hand amputation. A crush injury can occur if a heavy object falls on top of a worker's hand or if the hand gets smashed between two pieces of machinery. If fingers are amputated, the worker will have to adjust to working and life in general without the normal use of a hand.

Workers who are injured in a work accident may find themselves dealing with growing medical bills. Accompanied by the pain of recovery and an inability to work, what started as just a work injury may quickly balloon into overwhelming medical debt and permanent disability.

One man who worked in a gas-drilling company recently filed a lawsuit against the company he had worked for. While under their employment, several of his fingers were crushed after a crane operator dropped an 18,000 pound load on top of his right hand. As a result, several of his fingers had to be amputated.

Having to adjust to life without the normal use of one's hand is difficult. Any motion that had previously been easy, such as picking up a pen or making a phone call, becomes a challenge. In some instances a crush injury can prevent a worker from going back to work.

Workers, who are injured on the job, whether it is in a construction accident or a slip-and-fall, can claim workers' compensation benefits. It can be overwhelming to try to navigate workers' compensation laws, especially after a suffering an injury. But these types of benefits can help a worker deal with some of the unexpected financial challenges that can arise.

Source: The Tribune-Democrat: "Gas-drilling worker sues over job injury," Bernie Hornick, Oct. 13, 2011

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