Men and women who are injured in workplace accidents typically file for
workers' compensation in an effort to offset their significant medical
costs and the price of being out of work. For some people, this compensation
provides a means to continue with a positive standard of living. This
is especially true for people like the 23-year-old
injured worker in Pennsylvania who lost his leg during a workplace accident in 2008.
Compensation for the injured worker meant the opportunity to live a relatively
normal life through the use of a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg. The
young man's leg required amputation after a dump truck rolled on top
of him. The man, who used to work for a tree service owned by his grandfather,
was driving the truck when the brakes went out. He made efforts to steer
the vehicle into a ditch, where he was thrown from a window before he
was pinned underneath the massive truck.
He awoke in the hospital to find his brother sitting where his leg should
have been. That is when he realized that the workplace accident had cost
him a limb.
The man endured months of painful rehabilitation and recovery before receiving
his first prosthetic leg. The first prosthetic was clunky and required
significant effort for the man to walk and climb stairs. Today, he is
the owner of a high-tech robotically enhanced prosthetic that allows him
to accomplish physical feats most people would deem impossible for someone
who lost his leg. Without the workers' compensation insurance, his
current quality of life would not be what it is today.
Source: Lancaster Online, "High-tech artificial limb has amputee on move once again," Cindy Stauffer, 03 June 2011.