Hand Injuries Eligible for Workers' Compensation in Mississippi
We Help Injured Workers Get the Compensation They Deserve
Hand damage and pain are some of the most common worker injuries, and because the hands are so important to nearly all jobs, they can seriously affect your ability to work. Over 100,000 American workers miss at least one day of work per year due to hand injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Fortunately, there is help for injured workers. Mississippi Workers' Compensation is available for hand injuries due to work accidents and repetitive actions, among other causes.
Unfortunately, a lot of employees have to fight to get the benefits they deserve. Workers' comp insurance companies will do whatever they can to lowball your compensation. They may do this by undervaluing your average weekly wage, denying coverage for certain medical treatments, and cutting benefits before you have recovered enough to safely return to work.
Tabor Law Firm, P.A. is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers throughout Mississippi. We know what it takes to get maximum work injury compensation because we have done it so many times before. Our Jackson workers' compensation lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for injured employees across the state.
If you injured your hand at work in Mississippi, contact us for a free consultation to learn more about benefit eligibility, a compensation estimate, and your legal options. We have offices in Jackson and Ridgeland. If you can't come to us, we can go to you.
Types of hand injuries
Hand injuries are common in all types of work and can result in anything from lacerations, to chronic pain and loss of function, to amputation. In general, hand injuries are either due to repetitive movements and/or a single event or accident.
Hand injuries that may be caused by a single accident include:
- Bruises, abrasions, and blisters.
- Sprains, strains, and tears.
- Lacerations, cuts, and punctures.
- Fractures (broken bones).
- Detachments and amputations.
Work-related hand injuries that develop over time include:
- Tendonitis. Overusing a tendon in the wrist and hand can cause inflammation, irritation, and stress, making movement painful.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. Pressure on the median nerve that leads to numbness, tingling, and pain.
- De Quervain's tenosynovitis. Tendon irritation from the wrist to the thumb that causes swelling, decreased movement, and pain.
- Stenosing tenosynovitis. Aka, "trigger finger," this injury happens when a finger is stuck in a bent position due to overuse and damage to the flexor tendons.
- Capsulitis. Joint inflammation.
Construction and manufacturing employees are among those most likely to suffer hand injuries. Often, the damage is caused by improper use of a hand tool or machinery, according to Occupational Health & Safety. Misuse exposes employees to a greater risk of having their hands caught, crushed, or pinched by machines like drills, presses, and lathes.
Occupational hand injury compensation
When workers injure their hands, they are eligible for workers' compensation benefits to help with expenses and recovery. Workers' comp pays for work injury-related medical expenses, lost wages, short- or long-term disabilities, and vocational and other forms of rehabilitation. In addition, you may be eligible for scheduled loss of use or disability benefits if you have a disabling hand injury.
If you are injured at work due to a negligent third party like a defective parts manufacturer or a subcontractor, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit in addition to a workers' comp claim. A third-party claim can compensate you for costs that workers' comp doesn't cover, such as pain and suffering.
An experienced Mississippi work injury lawyer can analyze your situation and identify all of your options for compensation.
Don't take on the workers' comp system alone
Tabor Law Firm, P.A. offers free case consultations to injured Mississippi workers. At no cost to you, a member of our team can explain how the law applies to your situation, estimate the value of your claim, and help weigh your options.
You have nothing to lose and potentially much to gain by consulting Tabor Law Firm, P.A., about your work injury claim. Contact us to schedule your free case consultation today.