Small amputations, such as finger or toe amputations, can have a long-lasting impact on someone’s life in ways many may not have considered.
Focusing on home life, work and health, this guide provides an overview of some of the things to consider if you or someone you know has had a small amputation and how you can get support in claiming for small amputations.
Small amputations and work
Small or partial amputations can have a significant impact on workers.
Although it’s not as common, fingertip amputation and partial finger amputation can come from many types of industries but is typically more common in the construction and labour sectors. This is because these types of workers can expect to use machines such as drills, saws, nail guns etc. daily, which, if faulty or used incorrectly, can cause serious injury.
If your small amputation has caused you to leave a previous role, it could also affect future employment. For example, if you’ve had any of your fingers removed, it could affect the strength and flexibility of the other fingers and you may not be able to type or write as quickly, or even hold a pen at all. This could cause problems when working in an office or for any role that requires dexterity.
If you’ve had a toe amputation it could affect your balance, which could mean jobs in retail or jobs where you’re standing for a prolonged period of time may be unsuitable.
People with small amputations may become hyper-sensitive and feel the cold more. If you experience hypersensitivity and cold intolerance, you will need to consider if your job will require time spent outside or in cold areas such as fridges or freezers for catering jobs.