Hand and wrist injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries and can negatively affect your ability to perform your job. While many hand and wrist injuries can be minor and do not necessarily need medical attention, others may be more serious and require treatment and could result in lost wages. Hand and wrist injuries can range from bruises and strains to fractures, muscle or ligament injuries, and can be as serious as a crushed hand.
If your job requires repetitive motions, fine motor hand movements, strenuous lifting, or other activities where you need your hands in full working order, the injury could impede upon your ability to make a living. In serious injury cases, your hand or wrist injury could result in permanent disability. In any of these situations, you must make sure that you are getting the full workers’ compensation benefits that you can receive, so that you do not suffer further as the result of your injury.
Who is at risk?
Anyone whose job requires them to do repetitive motions, heavy or manual labor, work with vibrating machinery like power tools, manufacturing jobs, jobs in cold conditions, repetitive computer work, and cleaning or janitorial positions are commonly associated with hand or wrist injuries. Hand and wrist injuries can happen to anyone, but some of these jobs put workers at an increased risk of injury.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
- Carpal tunnel
- Hand lacerations
- Trigger finger
- Hand fractures
- Wrist sprains
These are just some of the common workplace injuries that many people experience. Each one of these injuries can be extremely painful and can require medical treatment. Recovery for some may be faster than for others, and could include rehabilitation and physical therapy, splinting, or surgery. Some of the prescribed treatments, like casting or splinting can also impact one’s ability to do their job. In some instances there may be need of possible vocational training for those who are unable to return to their previous position.
Accidents that cause the hand or bones in the hand to be crushed can permanently deform the hand and might not fully recover. Some people do not recover full range of motion and can experience long term pain. However, in many cases a total recovery is possible and after medical treatment the individual regains the full use of his or her hand and can return to work.
Workers’ compensation systems differ from state to state. But you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured while on the job. Injuries that require medical treatment and limit your ability to perform your job should be compensated because the financial consequences can be huge. Workers’ compensation insurance is in place to protect workers and their employers, but many insurance companies push back when an employee files a claim.
Free Workers Compensation Consultations
In order to protect your rights and the benefits that you are entitled to, contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann. In James M. Hoffmann’s 20 plus years of practicing workers compensation law, he has represented clients who have suffered all types of work-related injuries, from head, back and neck injuries to foot injuries.
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