If you need help to claim compensation or file a lawsuit for a hand injury, Lluis Law’s personal injury attorneys can help you with what you need. Whatever your compensation or accident needs, Lluis Law’s accident attorneys have more than 40 years of experience litigating these issues in the Los Angeles area.
The hands are tips of basic use for the human being in any activity of the life. With them we work, eat, perform various activities, interact with other people and even communicate. When we suffer a hand injury due to an accident, life becomes more difficult and we understand how important they are.
At Lluis Law we know how important it is for a worker to be able to collect compensation benefits and obtain any other income derived from an accident at work or automobile with personal injuries. That is why we offer a quality service with high probabilities of success after we decide to take a case and represent a client in all phases of the claim or demand process before a court.
Severe hand injuries can keep a person out of work for a long time and dramatically alter their lives. A minor injury such as a severed finger, hit or a dislocated wrist limits us and prevents us from performing usual tasks. But when we suffer a major injury and the hand is totally disabled to perform any activity, however simple, it is catastrophic.
The hands are injured over time by the excessive use and wear of the ligaments and tendons. In the workplace, hand accidents are very common due to the use of heavy machinery, slips and falls, and excessive use (writing, manipulating objects and equipment, etc.) such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
These formidable limbs are permanently exposed to injury, and their rehabilitation brings associated costs that we must take into account. Such costs will logically depend on the type of injury and its severity.
Most common hand injuries
The injuries of the hands, including the fingers and the wrists, occur very frequently during the tasks that we execute in our work and in the practice of sports activities; also in automobile accidents and even during the execution of simple tasks in the home such as mowing the lawn, removing snow or fixing a fence.
The risk of hand injuries is higher in some work activities than in others. For example, in the manufacturing and construction industry, the risk of hand injuries is greater than in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry. This does not mean that a person is exempt from an accident with a hand injury anywhere, regardless of their work.
Minor / natural injuries
Unlike young people, in older adults the risk of suffering an injury or hand fracture due to a natural aging process is greater. Among other things by the decalcification process that many suffer from and the loss of muscle mass as the person ages.
Minor hand injuries usually heal on their own and only require the use of anti-inflammatory ointments and their stabilization and immobilization for a period of time. But when it comes to major injuries like fractures and deep wounds, the recovery process is much slower and more expensive.
They are those injuries caused by direct blows, by a fall, by a penetrating puncture wound, by twisting, shaking or crushing. These injuries can occur in the workplace, in a car accident or on the street. In this type of injuries, the pain could occur suddenly and intensely.
Bruising and swelling could also occur in the area of the injury shortly after the accident. Acute injuries include:
Fracture of the hand or wrist
Any bone in the hand is susceptible to fracture due to bumps or falls. The bones of the hand are classified into the bones of the wrist (carpus), the bones of the palm of the hand (metacarpals) and the bones of the fingers (phalanges).
Frequent wrist fractures include those of the scaphoid bone and those of the hamate hook.
This injury can partially or totally fracture the bones of the hand (metacarpals and phalanges), in any way the person will need to recover one or several reconstructive surgeries. Crush injury can cause hand-held compartment syndrome.
This syndrome manifests itself in the flexor muscles of the hand including the fingers and involves the increase of pressure in the muscular compartment. When the blood vessels and nerves become constricted due to pressure, both the muscles and the nerves suffer greater damage when receiving little blood.
Dislocations and bruises
The hands suffer dislocations because of falls or twists that swell the joints and cause a very intense pain. By dislocating the joints of the fingers, the hand becomes inflamed and turns between purple and blue-green. The pain is so acute that it does not allow it to move.
Ligament injuries (sprains)
Sprains in the ligaments of the hands are caused by distension or excessive stretching that can tear or break them. Sprains in the interphalangeal joints are usually caused by a blow to the fingers or by being caught forcing an abnormal movement.
The most frequent of these injuries is the injury of the skier’s thumb. This injury is produced by the abduction or stretching of the ulnar collateral ligament that is part of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb.
The flexor tendons of the hand are usually injured by deep wounds with sharp piercing objects or glass. Also by a sudden pull that causes the partial or total rupture of the tendon. Example, the hammer toe.
People who make excessive and repetitive effort daily with their hands are also injured. The excessive use of a joint or any other tissue during the execution of a task results in common injuries such as:
Carpal tunnel syndrome. It is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist and causes tingling, numbness, weakness and pain in the hand and fingers.
Pain in the wrist tendon. It is a symptom of tendinosis, which consists of a series of micro tears that occur in the tissue or around the tendon.
De Quervain’s disease. It can manifest in the hand and wrist when they swell and inflame the tendons and the layers that cover them (paratendon).
Treatment and costs
The treatment for a hand injury (wrist, palm and fingers) includes first aid at the time of the accident, that is to say the stabilization of the hand, the bandage and the application of some analgesic.
According to the severity of the injury, the age and the health of the person, the doctor will indicate the most appropriate treatment including surgeries, medicines, physiotherapy and splint (splint), plaster or any other orthopedic device to stabilize the limb.
There is no specific cost for the treatment of a hand injury, because each case has its variants, however, insurance companies do have parameters for the payment of compensation benefits that may be below the actual cost of recovery treatment that the worker requires.
As the injury is more serious, the costs of treatment and the likelihood that the worker cannot return to work or, at least, do their usual work will be higher. In any case the person needs to treat their injuries and continue paying the bills.
To discuss the options you have, an expert personal injury lawyer will be indispensable if the case involves negligent third parties or, if the employer and your insurance company deny the worker the compensation benefits that you are entitled to by law.
If you or a family member have suffered a hand injury and need an experienced lawyer in these types of cases to help them recover damages, Lluis Law’s lawyers are at your disposal. Call now for a free consultation to our phone number (213) 320-0777 and we will gladly answer all your concerns.
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