A 30-year-old industrial worker employed at a metal plant out of state was seriously injured on the job when an accident in Aug. left him pinned between two rails cars. The industrial worker was conscious through the entirety of the accident and being transported to the hospital, aware of the extensive tissue damage and blood loss he was suffering.
In the ensuing four months, the man necessitated 102 units of blood, and 30 surgical procedures, including skin grafting, to address his serious injuries. The man says of his journey to recovery, he focused on remaining present in a "mind, body, spirit and soul commitment." Blood donation was never an issue that the man particularly felt passionate about prior to his workplace accident, but now he is a strong advocate.
Last week, nearly four months to the day since his injury, the man was encouraging everyone to donate blood at a drive the medical facility that tended to him was facilitating. The bloodmobile was stationed at the front of the facility for the entirety of the day as donors came out to show their support and do their part.
This story depicts the physical struggle a victim injured on the job endures. However, once the physical struggle begins to abate, a financial struggle can ensue. Medical care can be very expensive and some struggle to keep up with the bills on top of every day expenses. In Alabama, an injured worker should be entitled to benefits from workers' compensation that should alleviate this stress but in most instances, a worker needs to fight to ensure they receive their full and just compensation for the trauma.
Source: The Jersey Journal, "Bayonne man who survived workplace accident supports blood drive in Jersey City today," Ana Ferrer, Dec. 18, 2012
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