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Former CNN Anchor Loses Arm in On-the-Job Accident

Former CNN Anchor Loses Arm in On-the-Job Accident

Former CNN correspondent Miles O’Brien, 54, lost his left arm after an accident in Asia. A case full of heavy TV equipment fell on his arm while he was stacking cases onto a cart at the end of a reporting trip.

According to O’Brien, he thought his arm would heal itself without any medical intervention. Then within 24 hours of the accident, he experience he more pain and swelling.

CNN (2.26.14) reported that the doctor he saw suspected acute compartment syndrome. This condition involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment that can block blood flow. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for a good recovery. If the pressure lasts long enough, the muscles nerves can suffer permanent injury, sometimes requiring amputation.

While undergoing emergency surgery O’Brien’s blood pressure unexpectedly dropped and doctors amputated his left arm above the elbow to save his life.

Said O’Brien in the CNN article, “It all boiled down to a choice … between a life and a limb.” He added that he is grateful to be alive.

According to CCN, O’Brien has suffered “phantom pain” since the accident, the challenges of “daily life with one hand and the worries about what lies ahead.” On his website, he wrote that he “frequently pilots his own airplane to assignments.”

Workers’ Comp for workers injured in the workplace

Workers’ compensation in New York is a no-fault system. If an employee is injured in a New York workplace accident or develops a work-related illness or disability, he or she is entitled to receive benefits. New York workers’ comp laws are designed to help an injured worker with medical expenses, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation and more.

Workplace injuries and New York workers’ compensation

To receive workers’ compensation, the employee who is injured in the workplace must follow certain steps within a certain timeframe. The first step for workers who are injured on the job is to obtain any necessary first aid or other medical treatment. Then they must file a claim and give their employer notice. If these steps are not taken within the specified amount of time, the employee and-or his or her family may lose their rights to compensation.

The Workers’ Compensation Law ensures that employees generally receive payment from workers’ compensation without regard to fault as long as the injury, illness or disability was related to work. Lawyers at The Perecman Firm can make sure injured workers and/or their families are receiving all the benefits and compensation they deserve.

Categories: Workers' Compensation


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