In terms of workplace injuries, hand, wrist and finger incidents are three of the most common occurrences that can qualify for a workers' compensation case. We use our hands all the time, which leaves them easily susceptible to injuries that leave workers physically disabled and require medical attention. These injuries aren't only relative to one or two specific industries, either. They can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
After a slip, trip or fall, it's only human nature for one to extend their arms out as they hit the ground - leaving their hands vulnerable to sprains or fractures. But it doesn't end there. For example, an incident involving a defective conveyor belt could leave someone working in a manufacturing warehouse without three of their fingers after numerous surgeries. Or, how about a construction worker who broke his hand while operating a jackhammer? And a butcher who cut off the tip of his finger while using a meat slicer? For a scenario in a less physically intensive industry, consider a teacher who developed carpal tunnel from teaching lessons on a chalkboard.
In all four of these instances, a legal dispute for workers' compensation would likely ensue.
Types of Injuries
Below is a list of the most common workplace injuries that our lawyers at Dugan & Associates encounter.
- Bone fracture
- Nerve or tendon damage
- Sprains and strains
- Laceration of skin, blood vessels, nerves and tendons
- Ligament sprains
- Carpal tunnel
How to Win the Case
There are several factors that go into what hand injuries directly qualify for compensatory benefits, but are primarily are based around the severity of the injury and the extent of the disability. The injury must significantly restrict the employee from completing the fundamental duties of their job, which qualifies for "lost wages" that can prohibit them from being able to afford their bills.
Let Dugan & Associates Help You!
If you or someone you love has suffered a significant hand injury, the team at Dugan & Associates is ready to look at your case. Our team of experienced workplace injury lawyers will make sure you receive the maximum monetary compensation available to you. Give us a call at 412-353-3572 or contact us online today for your free consultation.