It’s clear that some jobs are more dangerous than others, but it should always be an employer priority to keep the workplace as safe as possible. There are laws in place, but common sense should also play a factor. When accidents do happen, workman’s compensation is not always enough. These matters have to be settled legally with the help of a skilled and qualified personal injury attorney.
A 21-year-old man in Pennsylvania survived a work accident that could have been deadly. A chainsaw blade cut deep into his neck and shoulder, just barely missing a vital artery. His coworkers and medical responders worked very quickly to save his life. It took an hour of surgery and 30 stitches before he was listed in stable condition in a Pennsylvania hospital. He was up and walking and talking a day later, according to the victim’s sister.
The injured man was at the job with a tree service, performing maintenance on a pine tree when the chainsaw “kicked back”, sawing into his neck. His coworkers were able to quickly detach the motor from the blade, but prudently left the blade where it was until emergency responders could take care of him.
A hospital spokeswoman said the victim was awake and alert during the ambulance trip to the hospital. According to the hospital’s director of trauma, it could have been much worse. It was only a centimeter from cutting his carotid artery and such injuries often damage the spinal cord, esophagus, or airway.
Most of the injuries suffered were to the victim’s shoulder, rather than neck. There was no major blood loss.
If you have suffered an injury at the workplace or anywhere else, and feel that someone else’s actions or negligence were responsible, call the Perecman Firm today. We have years of experience in helping people claim the compensation they need to keep them going in times of need.