An out-of-state firefighter who suffered a serious injury has made a remarkable recovery just a few months after the injury occurred. The man suffered the work accident when he responded with other firefighters to the scene of a 18-wheeler that had caught fire. While working on the fire, an explosion occurred that tore a door off the truck and struck the man in the head. However, this accident did not result in the man's death, as he was able to survive the accident and plans to return to work in the fall, a recovery that may serve as inspiration to Wisconsin workers who have suffered similar work place injuries.
The firefighter sustained the serious injury in May. He stated that he has no recollection of the accident itself and that for the several days following the accident, he only has vague memories. However, despite the fact that the man suffered several fractures to his head, which caused internal bleeding, the man was released from the hospital just a few weeks after he had been admitted.
After the firefighter was able to move on his own, he underwent intense physical therapy. This therapy was not only to regain physical movement, but also mental processing skills. Through the hard work and support from his family and co-workers, the man is expected to be back at work within a few months, an accomplishment that has surprised many of the medical professionals who provided treatment for the man.
Serious injuries that stem from a work accident can take months if not years for Wisconsin workers to recover from. However, with the financial support that is offered through workers' compensation, these recoveries are entirely possible. By ensuring that all of the services that a worker is entitled to are available to them, they can focus, like the injured firefighter in this story, on their recovery instead of how they are going to pay for it.
Source: phillyburbs.com, "Florence firefighter critically injured in truck explosion plans to return to work," Matt Chiappardi, Aug. 13, 2012