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Injured Maryland worker suffers partial thumb amputation

It is nothing you would want to make chicken soup with, especially now that a workplace accident left part of one Chickenstock worker's thumb in the mix. A laborer setting up lighting equipment for the United Way benefit concert Chickenstock Live! recently suffered a partial amputation on the job.

The event, in Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland, features numerous classic rock acts raising money for various local causes. The employee worked for an independent contractor from Delaware.

After emergency medical personnel responded, a figurative MOSH pit opened as Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) officials investigated. The worker may have been lucky, as 500 of the nearly 4 million people injured on the job in America each year suffer fatal injuries.

However, the worker in this case has a possible lifetime of rehabilitation ahead of him. Thumbs may be one of the most taken for granted body parts, often unappreciated until injured or lost. A serious thumb injury limits a laborer's ability to perform any work involving pinching, grasping or precision handling.

While MOSH findings on this incident are forthcoming, workers' compensation can prove important to cover long-term loss of income, pain, and suffering for losing even part of a thumb. Workers with such injuries often need expensive physical therapy and vocational rehabilitation training. It can mean an entire career change from one moment of an employer failure to provide sufficient safety measures.

In addition to receiving workers' compensation benefits for a workplace injury, some workers can pursue an additional negligence lawsuit against an employer. Such negligence may not have been a factor in this workplace accident, but it often is.

Source: WBOC.com, "Worker Injured While Setting up for Chickenstock Live!," Sept. 23, 2011

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