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Ohio woman seriously injured in workplace accident

Last week, a horrific scene unfolded at an automotive plant in Ohio. A 25-year-old woman became the victim of a serious workplace accident when her hair got caught in a piece of machinery, thereby removing her scalp from her head.

The woman was new to the company and had only worked there one week before the July 2 incident. Doctors have reattached roughly 75 perfect of her scalp so far. She is being treated at Akron General Hospital in the intensive care unit. Surgery may be required to heal the remaining injuries.

The machine that caused the injuries cuts steel tubing used to make shock absorbers for cars. It's believed that the victim was pulled into the machine while working around it. Local fire rescue took about 20 minutes to remove the woman from the machine.

The accident paints a vivid image of the seriousness of industrial workplace accidents. Other employees commented that more training is necessary, which is interesting considering the accident occurred during the woman's first week of work.

Family members have spoken with the victim, but they say she may not yet realize the extent of her injuries.

Workplace injuries often allow the injured party to receive workers' compensation, but for situations like this, the victim may also be able to file a third-party claim against the manufacturer of the machine if it is determined that the machine was defective in any way.

If the woman chooses to file a workers' compensation claim, she will be compensated for the serious injuries she suffered in this accident. However, in a situation like this, it may be wise to consult with an experienced attorney to determine if a third-party claim is appropriate.

Source: NewsChannel5, "Woman's scalp removed in Barberton plant accident," Bob Jones, July 3, 2012

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