Sustaining a hand injury in the workplace can prevent you from being able to perform everyday tasks, which is why protection from these accidents is so important. From the most severe amputation to the smallest laceration, you will find the injury to be debilitating in different ways. In one incident occurring recently. OSHA investigated a business after a steel worker sustained third degree burns to his hand when he removed wire from an underground electrical conductor and caused an arc flash. It was found through the investigation that the worker was never provided with hand protection for the job, so the business was fined over $100,000 in violations.
In 2014, there were more than 1.1 million hand injuries occurring in the U.S. 20% of injuries happening in the workplace at any given time, in fact, will involve the hands and fingers. Most of the injuries are minor cuts and irritations, but permanent injuries are definitely not unheard of. In fact, the five most common hand injuries from greatest occurrences to least include lacerations, crushes, avulsions or detachments, punctures, and fractures. (1)
If you have been injured in a very serious accident concerning your hand in the workplace, you may wonder how a settlement will go. In many cases, you will be able to claim workers’ compensation unless there were special circumstances in your case. The compensation carrier will typically assess your degree of disability by assigning you a percentage, which will also help assign a dollar amount to your case. (2) The problem comes into play when an insurance company attempts to minimize or deny your claim. For this, you will need an attorney on your side to take on the companies in a personal injury case. Call us today for more information on how this is done.
Workplace injuries happen all the time and if it has happened to you, then call the Rawa Law Group APC at 866-200-1212 or click the link to contact us directly. We will usually respond within 24 hours, during normal business hours.