What Hand Injuries Are Eligible For Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania?
Get the Most for Your Workplace Hand Injury by Consulting a Lawyer
Hand injuries can occur in any industry. The injury may develop over time, like damage from repetitive motions required on a factory assembly line, or be the result of a single catastrophic accident, like losing a finger in a conveyor belt accident.
Employees who suffer workplace hand injuries in Pennsylvania are eligible for workers' compensation. But they have to fight to get it. An experienced Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorney can stand up and make your fight our fight.
At Vellner Law, PC, we have been standing up for injured Pennsylvania workers since the 1990s. We can investigate your injury and handle the workers' comp claim process for you, as well as identify and pursue other liable people and businesses, if any. Our Pennsylvania workers' compensation lawyers can keep your claim moving forward and push back against attempts to reject or reduce your benefits.
If you sustained a hand injury on the job, you probably have a lot of questions. Get answers. Contact Vellner Law, PC, for a free case consultation. At no cost to you, a member of our team can estimate the value of your claim and explain your legal options for compensation.
Types of hand injuries eligible for workers' comp
Hand injuries can happen in many different kinds of work environments, from offices to hospitals to construction sites. All types of hand injuries on the job are eligible for workers' compensation, including but not limited to:
- Strains, sprains, and tears - Many jobs put stress on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the hands.
- Lacerations, punctures, bruising, and blisters.
- Fractures - The human hand contains 27 bones, many of which are quite delicate and vulnerable to being broken in a work accident.
- Burns - Often, the hands are the first part of the body that touches a hot surface or dangerous chemical.
- Amputation - Hands and fingers can be partially or fully amputated if they become pinched, crushed, or cut by machinery at work.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - This injury is caused by pressure on the median nerve and causes pain and sensitivity in the hands and wrists.
- Tendonitis - Usually caused by repetitive movements, tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon in the hand that makes it difficult and painful to move.
- De Quervain's Tenosynovitis - A specific type of strain, De Quervain's Tenosynovitis is irritation from the wrist to the thumb that results in swelling, pain, and decreased movement.
- Stenosing Tenosynovitis - Also known as "trigger finger," the injury is typically caused by repetitive motions. The hand cramps up, and the injured finger(s) are stuck in a bent position.
- All other work-related hand injuries.
Types of workers' compensation available for work injuries
Compensation that may be available to a Lehigh Valley employee with a hand injury will most likely come from workers' comp. Also known as "workman's compensation," or "workers comp," this program covers your medical expenses for treatment for a hand injury, as well as partial replacement of lost wages if you cannot work due to your injury. If you have a permanent injury that results in loss of use of a hand, wrist, or finger, you may be eligible for specific loss benefits.
Another possible avenue of workplace injury compensation is a third-party lawsuit. If you were injured due to the negligence of someone or something outside your employer's control - like a defective parts manufacturer or subcontractor - that other business or person may be liable for your injuries. A third-party lawsuit against that negligent party can provide compensation that workers' comp doesn't cover, such as pain and suffering.
Our workers' compensation lawyers get results
Vellner Law, PC has a long history of getting results for injured workers in Allentown, Bethlehem, and throughout Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. With an aggressive strategy, our firm has recovered millions of dollars for injured workers.
If you have suffered a workplace hand injury in Pennsylvania, it's important to know your rights. Don't assume that the workers' compensation claim process will go smoothly. Insurance companies reject claims or "lowball" benefits all of the time. Our law firm stands up for injured workers and demands maximum compensation for their injuries.
Find out more about your workplace injury options. Contact Vellner Law, PC, for a free consultation with one of our experienced workers' compensation attorneys. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by consulting a workplace injury lawyer. Contact us to schedule your free case consultation today.