Think about how many times in an average day you use your hands. You use them to switch off the alarm in the morning, to make your morning cup of coffee, to spread butter on your toast (or maybe jam), to turn on the shower, to brush your teeth, to get dressed. You get the picture. We rely on our hands to do so many of life’s everyday tasks for us that it’s easy to forget how hard these tasks become when you have suffered hand injuries.
Yet hand injuries are surprisingly common, and they can range from minor injuries like cuts, bruises and sprains, to serious injuries which could change the rest of your life. The good news? If you’ve injured your hand at work and you think your employer was to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim personal injury compensation.
How do hand injuries happen at work?
Maybe you’ve sprained your wrist, broken your wrist, lost a finger in an industrial accident or suffered crush injuries to your hands. You may have suffered repetitive strain injury from carrying out repetitive tasks at work, or burnt your hand whilst working in a commercial kitchen or as a member of waiting staff. All these types of injuries could lead to time off work, which means you won’t be earning your usual salary. We could help you claim compensation for your loss of earnings if you have suffered hand injuries at work.
The majority of accidents can be prevented with a little care towards health and safety – for example, trapping your hand in faulty machinery could be prevented by installing guard rails to protect employees. Burns in a kitchen could be prevented by ensuring that staff have proper heat-protective mitts or gloves to wear whilst handling hot objects such as pans and oven dishes. If your employer has failed to keep you safe at work, we want to hear from you.
Claiming compensation for workplace hand injuries
The amount of compensation you could get for a hand injury at work will depend on how serious the injury is and how much (if any) time you’ve needed to take off work. For instance, you’re likely to receive more compensation for the loss of a finger than you are for a sprained wrist, which will heal quite quickly. To find out how much compensation you’re likely to get for your injuries, you can use the 30-second calculator on our website, but bear in mind that this is only a rough guide, and we take into account a number of factors when assessing your claim and calculating your personal injury settlement. Want to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim? Then call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) today.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen