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Workplace falls and the surgical path to healing

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Falling accidents on the job are not uncommon, and they can ultimately lead to serious injuries that sometimes require surgical intervention. Understanding the potential risks and the medical procedures that may follow can prepare you for the aftermath should you experience such an unfortunate event.

Common causes of fall-related injuries

Falls and fall-related incidents can occur for various reasons, and they can happen in any workplace setting. Some of the most common examples include:

  • Slips on wet or uneven flooring
  • Falls from ladders or scaffolding
  • Trips on uneven flooring or obstacles
  • Being struck by a falling object

When these incidents occur, the injuries sustained may range from cuts and bruises to conditions that necessitate surgical procedures.

Surgical operations that may be necessary

After a fall, it is crucial to get a thorough medical evaluation. Here are a few surgical operations that might be necessary:

  • Fracture repair: This surgery involves the alignment of broken bones and fixing them in place using metal rods, plates, or screws.
  • Spinal surgery: Procedures like discectomy or spinal fusion might be necessary if there is damage to the spinal discs or vertebrae.
  • Joint replacement: Severe damage to the knee or hip joint may require a partial or total joint replacement.
  • Plastic surgery: If a fall-related accident causes significant scarring, burns, or other disfiguring injuries, plastic or reconstructive surgery can be necessary.

Each of these surgeries comes with risks and benefits, and the type of procedure will depend on the specific diagnosis, the location, the cause of the injury, and a person’s overall health. Always consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Getting help through recovery

Surgery is a significant step, and while it can be a necessary path to recovery, it is not without its challenges. Recovery times can vary, and there may be risks of complications or the need for additional treatment like physical therapy.

Considering how dramatically surgery can impact a person’s life, getting the help you need is vital – especially when you or your loved one is out of work due to the accident, procedure, or recovery. In these situations, remedies like workers’ compensation benefits can provide financial relief that can make it easier to focus on healing.

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