Very few people will ever suffer from hand injuries at work. However, while accidents and injuries have fallen in significant numbers since the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 was brought in that year, things can and do still occasionally go wrong.
Hand injuries can be problematic because we do so many things with our hands. For example, we pick things up, handle things, carry things, and do many other tasks as well. We write, we type, we move things, we make things, and we would be lost if we suddenly found we had injured one or both hands.
Examples of hand injuries at work
Hand injuries could relate to soft tissues, the skin, or the bones of the hand. For example, conditions like tendonitis can flare up through performing the same actions time and time again. Typing or unpacking stock and putting it on display could both cause something like this to happen. Additionally, other conditions such as RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to problems doing many other normal tasks most of us take for granted.
Of course, there are other injuries that may occur and be acute in nature. If something falls onto your hand, or it is crushed in machinery, this could potentially cause multiple injuries including broken bones. Surgery may even be required in this instance, and you may lose some feeling and motion in your hand. Imagine how difficult that would be to come to terms with.
What should you do in this situation?
If you have experienced hand injuries at work within the past three years, you have an opportunity to find out if negligence was at fault. Your employer must keep you safe and provide a safe workplace where accidents and injuries should be all but eradicated. If your injuries occurred because of negligence, you might end up claiming compensation and receiving an amount calculated to cover the extent and severity of the injury you suffered from.
It is easier to learn more than you may believe, too. Firstly, you can call Accident Advice Helpline to speak to a member of our team on 0800 689 0500 (you can call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, too). Secondly, you can benefit from no-obligation advice on the chances of making a no-win, no-fee claim. Isn’t it time you found out what you can do?
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen