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Workers’ Compensation: Work-Related Amputations in Iowa

Iowa workers are sometimes at risk of experiencing amputations. Unlike issues resulting from cumulative wear and tear, these traumatic occurrences are most often associated with accidents or significant injuries. Unsafe working conditions and practices frequently contribute to the incidence of such devastating events.

 

Common Workplace Injuries - Amputations in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Common Causes of Amputations

  • Machinery Accidents: Workers can suffer amputations when limbs become trapped in inadequately guarded machines or equipment.
  • Falls: Severe falls can sometimes lead to amputations, especially in construction or industrial settings.
  • Crush Injuries: When limbs are crushed by heavy objects or equipment, amputation may be necessary.
  • Electrocutions: In some cases, severe electrical burns can damage limbs beyond repair, requiring amputation.

Common Types of Amputations

  • Finger Amputation: Loss of a finger, often caused by machinery accidents or crush injuries.
  • Hand Amputation: The loss of a hand, typically resulting from severe trauma or machinery accidents.
  • Arm Amputation: The removal of part or all of an arm, following severe injuries.
  • Leg Amputation: Occurring after severe injuries to the leg, often in construction or industrial accidents.

Impact on Daily Work Functions

Amputations can drastically impact an individual’s ability to perform at work, resulting in:

  • Decreased Productivity: Due to the loss of a limb, which can limit the tasks a worker is able to perform.
  • Increased Absenteeism: As individuals may require extensive time off for recovery and adaptation to their new physical condition.
  • Limited Mobility: Making it difficult to perform tasks that involve walking, standing, or handling objects, depending on the limb affected.
  • Mental Health Issues: Facing an amputation can lead to anxiety, depression, or PTSD due to the traumatic nature of the injury and the adaptation to a new way of living.

If you’ve suffered a work-related amputation, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to back you and take on insurers and defense teams on your behalf, just as we have for numerous clients throughout Eastern Iowa. Call (319) 366-7888 for your free consultation.

Practice Areas

Workers face a wide range of risks and potential injuries in the workplace every day. The various injuries people face are as diverse as the different types of work environments they go to. Some common types of injuries that workers face include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia and incomplete paralysis)
  • Broken bones/ fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries


These injuries can leave you with mounting medical bills at the same time you are suffering lost wages. This can create serious financial uncertainty for an individual or a family.

Construction workers face one of the most dangerous work environments. Their work makes them susceptible to work site accidents as well as injuries from simple wear and tear on the body.

They also face the challenge of working in an ever-changing work environment. Every day construction workers may be asked to carry out their duties in a physical space that changes as the construction itself progresses. New trenches may have been dug. New wiring may be in place. To remain safe, a construction worker must be aware of the changes that occur on a site and adapt his or her behavior accordingly.

Workers also face risk from using heavy machinery and power tools such as:

If you are injured in a construction accident, you need to recover all of the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. In Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, I am among the most experienced lawyers you can enlist to help achieve that. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 319-366-7888 or contact my office online.

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With over 30 years of experience in successfully navigating clients through their workers’ comp claims, Mark Chipokas is a dedicated attorney with a deep understanding of workers’ compensation law, committed to helping his clients maximize their benefits.