White Paper

Work-Related Upper Limb Amputation

When an injured worker suffers a traumatic accident resulting in an upper limb amputation, multiple factors play a critical role in the recovery of the individual.

White Paper Summary


The amputation of the upper limb associated with a work-related injury can present a complicated scenario for catastrophic case management.

One manuscript published in 2017 from Canada noted that 18 percent of those with an upper limb amputation never return to employment, and those that do return do so only after prolonged time off. The range of time off varied from 20 to 1,645 days with a median value of 172 days, or nearly six months out of the workforce.1

The ultimate goal must be to return an injured worker suffering from an upper limb amputation to their pre-injury functional level. This involves physical rehabilitation of the amputation site, emotional rehabilitation for the psycho-social impact of limb loss, prosthetic intervention, environmental accommodation and therapy.


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One Call is the nation’s leading provider of specialized solutions to the workers’ compensation industry. One Call’s solutions enable faster, more efficient and more cost-effective claims resolution with a focus on injured workers’ needs across the continuum of care.

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