Work Related Hand Injuries: Here’s What You Should Know

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Auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, and construction workers use their hands daily to perform various duties. As a worker in these and related sectors, you depend on your hands to lift objects and operate machinery. Unfortunately, work related hand injuries can and do occur.

While recuperating, you miss work and put your ability to earn an income in jeopardy. You often find yourself struggling to meet medical treatment costs. Consult Gearhart Law Group attorneys for assistance with work related hand injury claims.

Common Workplace Hand Injuries

Hand injuries are common in the workplace, and treatment is expensive. Types of hand injuries in the workplace include puncture wounds and lacerations. Hand and dislocated finger injuries are also common. Crushed fingers and hands occur, with some leading to broken bones. These are traumatic cases, and some take longer to heal than others.

Rehabilitation Time and Worst-Case Scenario

Rehabilitation from hand injuries depends on the severity. Some, such as sprains, heal quickly without much medical intervention. Crush injuries require surgery followed by months of occupational therapy. In severe cases, the injured party loses the ability to use their hands. When this happens, the affected person becomes redundant in their field of work. They can no longer earn a living doing that type of work.

Work-Related Hand Injury Compensation

Compensation for work-related hand injury varies. It depends on whether the injury is mild, moderate, or makes you unable to resume work. The middle finger, index, and thumb injuries settle higher than the ring or little finger. Contact us for a consultation today to discuss your compensation options.

Permanent Hand Disability Compensation

Permanent disability is the severest form of employee hand injury at your workplace. The Workers Compensation Act offers guidelines on the number of weeks you can be paid. Permanent loss of an arm attracts a compensation of 200 weeks. The loss of your hand entitles you to 150 weeks’ worth of compensation. Meanwhile, if you lose or cannot use your thumb after an injury, you are entitled to 60 weeks of compensation.

Workplace Injury Treatment Costs

You will incur medical costs for treatment and therapy following a hand injury at work. These costs include consultation fees, hospital admission, and surgery. Pharmacy costs for drugs and equipment to assist with the healing process also add to your medical bills.

Contact Work Related Hand Injuries Attorneys

You do not have to pay these huge bills alone. Contact a workers’ compensation attorney with hand injury experience. At Gearhart Law Group, we provide free consultation for hand injury victims. We also advise and assist you in obtaining compensation. Call us at (404) 445-3960 or contact us online.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What action do I take following a hand or finger injury at work?

Follow existing guidelines at your workplace. Your employer should have procedures for reporting injury claims.

Will my case take long before compensation comes through?

While we do our best to expedite hand injury lawsuits quickly, we cannot predict their completion. Several factors, including the injury’s severity, how the accident occurred, and the willingness of parties to cooperate, influence the process.
How much can I expect from my workplace hand injury claim?

Three parties influence the outcome of a compensation settlement; the worker, employer, and insurer. Minor injuries have a low settlement, while severe ones have a high value.

How much can I expect from my workplace hand injury claim?

Three parties influence the outcome of a compensation settlement; the worker, employer, and insurer. Minor injuries have a low settlement, while severe ones have a high value.

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