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Seeking Compensation for a Workplace Hand Injury

Close-up of building worker applying bandage on his injured coworker's hand.

Whether you work in construction, manufacturing, or an office setting, your job likely requires you to use your hands. But when a workplace hand injury occurs, it can hinder your ability to perform daily tasks and may require you to take time off from work. This could potentially lead to a loss of income and a diminished quality of life.

What are the worst hand injuries at work?

Hand injuries can vary in severity, from minor cuts to severe injuries requiring surgery or even resulting in permanent disability. Some common types of hand injuries at work include:

  • Cuts and lacerations: These can occur from sharp tools or machinery. While some may be minor, deeper cuts can damage tendons and nerves.
  • Fractures: Broken bones in the hand can result from falls, heavy machinery accidents, or being struck by objects.
  • Sprains and strains: These injuries involve the ligaments and muscles in the hand and are often caused by overexertion or repetitive motions.
  • Nerve damage: Severe cuts or crush injuries can damage the nerves in the hand. This can lead to a long-term or permanent hand injury.
  • Amputations: In extreme cases, work accidents can result in the loss of fingers or even the entire hand.

Can I get workers' comp for a hand injury at work?

If you suffer a hand injury at work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. Pennsylvania workers' comp is a no-fault system. This means you are entitled to benefits regardless of who caused the injury. As long as the injury occurred while performing work-related duties and wasn't caused by egregious behavior (e.g., drug use or fighting on the job), you are eligible for benefits. This includes compensation for:

  • Medical treatment, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and any necessary medical equipment.
  • Lost income during the period you're unable to work.
  • Future lost wages if your injury impacts your long-term earning capacity.
  • Permanent disability benefits if you're unable to work indefinitely.
  • Vocational rehabilitation if your injury prevents you from returning to your previous job.

What should I do if I sustained a hand injury on the job?

If you experience a hand injury at work, it's important to act promptly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Even if the injury seems minor, get medical help to document the accident and begin appropriate treatment. Then, notify your employer as soon as possible and obtain a copy of the incident report.

Also, keep thorough records of all medical treatments, communications with your employer, and any other relevant documentation. When it's time to file your claim, it's best to speak to an attorney experienced with Pennsylvania workers' comp law. At Vellner Law, PC, we can ensure that all paperwork is complete and accurate and there are no errors in the filing process.

With decades of experience handling these cases, our legal team can work tirelessly to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. Don't let your employer or their insurance company deny you the support you need. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation or call our Allentown or Bethlehem offices. If you can't come to us, we can come to you. We proudly serve injured workers throughout Lehigh Valley and are ready to help with your potential legal case.

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