We don’t often think about the importance of our hands in the workplace, yet we use them all the time, of course. This includes working with tools, typing, pushing, pulling, and lifting. Without the full function of our hands, we would most likely not be able to perform our job duties.
Each year, many workers undergo emergency care due to work-related hand injuries. Among those who sustain hand injuries, manufacturers, loggers, welders, industrial workers, construction workers, farmers, and medical professionals are the most vulnerable.
The most common work-related hand injuries
According to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN), the five most common workplace hand injuries include:
- Lacerations – 63 percent
- Crushes – 13 percent
- Avulsions and detachments – 8 percent
- Punctures – 6 percent
- Fractures – 5 percent
Electrical burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, frostbite, penetrations, contusions, sprains, strains, and carpal tunnel syndrome are less common hand injuries, but they are still prevalent.
Work-related hand injuries can manifest themselves in different ways. Your hand injury may not have happened suddenly. Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, are very common.
Carpal tunnel syndrome impacts the median nerve located between the forearm and palm of the hand. Symptoms often include burning, tingling, itching, or numbness that radiates from the palm to the fingers.
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome may include splinting, resting, anti-inflammatory drugs, prescription medication, holistic therapy, and even surgery.
Injuries caused by an accident may require ice, compression, pain medication, or extended periods of elevation. If your accident resulted in an amputated finger, surgery will be required, and it is critical that you get to a hospital immediately to ensure that the detached finger isn’t lost, if possible.
Legal options after a work-related hand injury
No matter what caused your work-related hand injury, you may be out of work for a long time – stuck with a heap of medical bills. That’s why it’s crucial that you file a workers’ compensation claim after your injury. Doing so, however, isn’t an easy process. If you submit a claim without legal representation, you could be left with little recourse if your claim is denied.
That’s why you need an attorney who understands how the workers’ compensation system in Iowa works. Attorney Paul McAndrew will help you through the complex and overwhelming process of filing a workers’ compensation claim and negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement for you.
Don’t wait. Contact Paul McAndrew Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule your free consultation.