No matter how careful a person may be with a power tool, accidents can sometimes happen. Unfortunately, when those accidents occur, the consequences can be severe. As golfer Greg Norman has said himself, he is lucky to still have his left hand after his chainsaw accident.
According to USAToday (9.14.14), Norman, the Hall of Fame golfer and entrepreneur, was in his South Florida home cutting back trees when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chain saw. He said the blade hit him just below the part of the wrist where a watch would sit. The blade was not running full speed, fortunately.
Norman suffered nerve damage, but no muscular damage. The accident could have been much worse. Doctors said the blade missed his artery by a fraction of an inch. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Chain saws are on any list of dangerous tools. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 36,000 people are treated in hospital emergency departments annually for injuries from using chain saws. While many people use chainsaws, it is best to have an operator who has training and experience in safe chain saw use and cutting techniques. However, even skilled employees who have been given proper safety training can be injured on the job when using a power tool as dangerous as a chainsaw. Any mistake with this tool can result in an unpredictable and even life-threatening accident.
New York workers compensation law allows workers to seek financial compensation to help cover lost wages and medical bills for a work-related injury or illness. Employees may receive workers’ compensation payment regardless of fault as long as the injury, illness or disability was related to work. With a workers’ compensation case, neither the employer, nor the employee is determined to be at fault.
Every state has different rules and stipulations for workers’ compensation claims and lawsuits. However, many people are denied benefits after filing a workers’ comp claim even if they may be entitled to them. Individuals who are unsure about how to pursue a claim or who have been denied benefits should consider seeking professional advice.
Greg Norman is an Australian golfer, who won two British Open Championships and 20 U.S. PGA Tour titles. He has his own clothing brand, real estate business and golf course design company.
The USAToday article cited is “Greg Norman recovering from chain-saw accident.”