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I thought generally when you're impaled by something, the best course of action is to wrap support gauze around it, do as much to stop/limit bleeding, but not actually remove it in case an artery is nicked/severed, or some other sort of compounding factor?

Also, IF (and that's a big if) this actually happened the way it was claimed, the piece of metal was apparently lodged in the bone--removing it might not be as easy as you think--or rather, it might not have been easy for that person.

I still think that whatever it was in the picture that was lodged in his hand, it didn't come from the action of closing the dvd slot.

But I guess "freak" accidents are "freak" for a reason...
Yep, "they" say it is best to leave an item that has impaled in yourself there, but from my experience most people do not do that. When you are seriously injured insincts take over, and the instinct is to pull the item out. You also must remember that my impalement experience has been around construction crews, who are notorious for machismo. Most of the nail impalements I have witnessed and /or experienced the guy pulled the nail out, acted real tough, put McDonald's napkins and duct tape on it and kept working. Nobody on a construction crew wants to be the wuss who whines about a "scratch".
    
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Yep, "they" say it is best to leave an item that has impaled in yourself there, but from my experience most people do not do that. When you are seriously injured insincts take over, and the instinct is to pull the item out. You also must remember that my impalement experience has been around construction crews, who are notorious for machismo. Most of the nail impalements I have witnessed and /or experienced the guy pulled the nail out, acted real tough, put McDonald's napkins and duct tape on it and kept working. Nobody on a construction crew wants to be the wuss who whines about a "scratch".
I worked for a while in construction. It's pretty much as you say.

In all the accidents I saw, very few went to the hospital and most of those at the behest of a foreman/super or some other such person. Cuts, scrapes, punctures, and a host of other injuries happen every day in the construction field. If everyone took the time to properly deal with all these little things, projects would take much longer, so there is pressure to just keep working (with time, these kinds of things are barely noticed). When a bigger injury happens, the temptation (and often the only reality) is to just do whatever it takes to stop the bleeding and then get back to work. The injury can often wait till the end of the day (if it is ever dealt with). In the case of an injury such as the one this man suffered, many (if not most) of the people I worked with would have pull out the rod, packed off the wound, taped it up, and then gone back to work. Maybe not pretty, but reality often isn't.

note: never use duct tape to bind a wound (or use care) as it contains many chemicals that, if introduced into the bloodstream, may cause blood poisoning. I know someone who is now an amputee because of this.
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Something like this had to happen in NZ >_>
Did Toshiba even look into how on earth the laptop was capable of ejecting a piece of metal at those speeds?
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Toshiba.....
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The thing to note here is the word freak.

While I don't doubt that the man will successfully sue for millions, I don't believe that the company is likely to be responsible in any way (aside from the whole 'if they hadn't made it, he wouldn't have been hurt' argument).

edit: if I am not mistaken, the piece that lodged in his hand was the guide that the laser moves on (the metal used is a hardened stainless iirc). I can't imagine how anything in the player could generate enough force to jerk the piece out of the laptop, let alone propel it with enough force to embed into someone's hand.
This. That's a pretty action packed pow to send such an object flying. I mean, that's equivalent to shooting a bow. How does a laptop that's 5 pounds generate 20 pounds of pressure?
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Wow, things like this make me glad I don't even own a dvd drive any more ;p Literally though, I don't have a DVD drive in my PC anymore, lol.
>implying not having a DVD drive is good
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That's what he gets for trying to make his computer play Justin Bieber.
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thats what he gets for trying to install nortan as his antivirus..
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seems like a Scam. What would propel that thing at such a velocity? It's not like laptops are filled with explosives...
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I can picture it now,the thing is stuck out and he is pushing with all his might too get it back in and.....ouch.
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