Do you take your hands for granted? Most of us do, and it’s fair enough when you think about it. We use them so much we rarely think of what we might do or how we might cope if something happened to one or both of them. Thankfully most of us will never have to worry about this or experience anything that might cause us harm in this way.
Unfortunately there are isolated cases where people suffer a crushed hand at work. It is difficult to imagine how this type of injury could occur, but while there are few things that can happen that might cause it, it can occasionally happen. For example if a workplace does not guard its machinery and that machinery has a nip point, someone’s hand could potentially get drawn into the tiny gap that exists there, crushing their hand in the process.
How could someone recover from a crushed hand at work?
A lot will be dependent on the extent of the injuries. For example it is quite common to suffer broken bones or tissue damage as a result of this happening. Someone might incur tendon or ligament damage for instance. In some cases surgery may be required to try and mend the bones and make the hand more stable. All this would mean the person would be off work for some time after the accident occurred.
There would also be questions to be asked about how the accident occurred. If it is found there were safety failings, there is the potential for the employer to be prosecuted as a result. This could lead to a fine and it may also open the way for the injured worker to make a claim for compensation.
Regaining use of the hand
Crush injuries can be difficult to recover from. The severity of the injury will determine how fully the person can recover. In some cases they might end up only managing a partial recovery. In other cases recovery may be more successful. In some instances the person may not be able to return to the job they did before.
As we can see, there are cases where people have a right to see whether they can claim compensation. If you want to know whether this holds in your case, call free on 0800 689 0500 today to speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown