Hand Injuries at Work
We rely on our hands to do everything from grooming and eating to driving and working. A complex combination of joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, our hands help us do almost everything on a daily basis.
Are you concerned you might have a hand injury? Did your hand injury occur at work? Do you have questions about what to do about a hand injury after injuring your hand or hands at work?
A hand injury suffered in the workplace can prevent a person from working for a period of time or from returning to his or her original job. Under Chapter 440 of the Florida Statutes, a person who sustains a hand injury on the job is entitled to workers' compensation benefits, which may include medical treatment and lost wages, but sometimes employers dispute a workers' comp claim for a hand injury.
Attorney for Workplace Hand Injuries in Miami, FL
If you suffered a hand injury in your South Florida workplace, seek immediate medical attention. After you are treated for your hand injury, consider consulting with an experienced attorney focused on workers' compensation claims in Miami, FL, to assist with the workers' comp process and to help you receive all the workers' comp benefits to which you are entitled.
At The Hoffman Firm, our attorneys represent clients throughout the City of Aventura, Miami, Miami-Dade County and all surrounding areas throughout South Florida. We also serve clients in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Broward County West Palm Beach and throughout Palm Beach County.
Hand injuries can seriously impact not only your quality of life, but you ability to work. In order to receive the benefits you are entitled to, it is essential to start the Workers’ Compensation process as early as possible. In most cases, you must file a claim within 30 days of the injury.
At The Hoffman Firm in North Miami, our attorneys are equipped to help you with the workers' compensation process after a work-related hand injury. If you need any assistance in applying for or receiving benefits, contact The Hoffman Firm by calling (305) 940-2307 today.
Different Types of Hand Injuries
Hand injuries can occur from a strain, fracture, or trauma to the area. Symptoms of a hand injury may include bleeding, swelling, stiffness, numbness, tingling, or pain.
Some hand injuries can occur when working with sharp objects or heavy machinery, while others can arise from repetitive motions such as typing, using tools, or an assembly process. Hand injuries can also result in skin injuries.
In addition to trauma or damage from falling, hand injuries can radiate into the wrist and lower arm. Tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sprains are all types of hand injuries that can have long-term consequences if not treated. In order to prevent long-term damage, hand injuries require immediate treatment. If you’re concerned that you have a hand injury, seek medical attention immediately.
One of the most common injuries that occur in the workplace involves an injury to a hand, wrist or finger. The injury can cause sudden and severe pain or swelling. Many injuries to the hand, wrist and fingers develop slowly over time because of overuse during work-related tasks. An acute injury in the hand, wrist or finger can occur from:
- Slip or fall
- Bending, jamming, jerking or twisting a limb abnormally
- Direct blow
- Penetrating injury
The most serious injuries can involve:
- Injuries to the ligaments, tendons, or joints
- Strain from pulled muscles
- Broken or fractured bones
Because the hands are so vital to daily life, any hand injury should be considered serious. A person who injures his or her hand or hands on the job is entitled to workers' compensation in Florida, regardless of who was at fault. Contact a knowledgeable workers' compensation lawyer in Miami, FL, today to discuss your hand injury.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) — National Library of Medicine — Hand Injury — Learn more about hand injuries on this federal government website, which contains helpful links and articles about a variety of topics related to hand injuries.
Finding an Attorney for a Work-Related Hand Injury in Miami, FL
If you sustained a hand injury at work, you need to file a Workers’ Compensation claim immediately after receiving medical treatment. According to Florida Law, a Workers’ Compensation claim must be filed within 30 days of injury. In order to ensure access to Workers’ Compensation benefits, it’s important to file a claim as soon as possible.
The process of applying for and receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re recovering from a hand, wrist or finger injury. If you need help with the process or are having trouble receiving benefits, contact The Hoffman Firm today to discuss your case.
Our offices are conveniently located in Miami in Miami-Dade County, Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, and West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, FL. We represent clients in workers' compensation cases throughout South Florida. Call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 940-2307 today to discuss your case.
This article was last updated on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
Evan A. Hoffman
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