October 10, 2014

Whether you work in a blue or white collar occupation, the chances are that you rely on your hands heavily to complete many of the essential tasks of your job. From typing on computers to using machinery and assembling products, our hands are undoubtedly vital to performing a lot of different types of jobs and earning a living.

Given this fact, it’s crucial that people take care of their hands and know how to protect them from workplace hand injuries. In this three-part blog series, we will take a closer look at how often workplace hand injuries occur in the U.S., what these injuries tend to be and what can be done to minimize the chances of sustaining them.

If, however, you end up suffering workplace hand injuries – or any on-the-job injury, contact Denver Workers’ Compensation Attorney Jennifer Bisset for superior representation and help getting the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled.

The Prevalence of Workplace Hand Injuries: How Often They Occur

When considering workplace injuries in general, hand injuries may not be the first things to come to mind; however, these types of on-the-job injuries occur far more often than people may realize.About 17 percent of all lost workdays related to injuries are due to workplace hand injuries. Here are the facts about the incidence and causes of workplace hand injuries.

In fact, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) points out, approximately 17 percent of all lost workdays that are related to employee injuries are workplace hand injuries.

Common Causes of Workplace Hand Injuries

Any number of different factors or events can lead to mild to severe workplace hand injuries. In general, however, some of the more common causes of these types of injuries include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • Defective workplace machinery, equipment and/or tools
  • Lack of (or failure to use) the appropriate personal protective gear while working (like, for instance, safety gloves)
  • Lack of safety training for workers
  • Failure to abide by any standard workplace safety rules and regulations.

It’s important to point out that:

  • For many workplace hand injuries, some type of negligence is often a factor in causing (or contributing to) these impairments.
  • Although negligence is NOT an issue with workers’ compensation claims (as Colorado is a no fault state), it can be important if the negligence came at the hands of some third party and not the employer (in other words, a vendor, subcontractor, etc.).
  • When a third party’s negligence contributes to workplace hand injuries, injured people may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent third party in addition to pursing a worker’s compensation claim.

We will resume our discussion of workplace hand injuries in a few upcoming parts of this blog series – make sure you check them out!

Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at the Bisset Law Firm

Have you suffered workplace hand injuries or any work-related injury? If so, Denver Workers’ Compensation Attorney Jennifer Bisset wants you to know that she is here to aggressively advocate your rights and help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve.

Contact us by calling (303) 894-8900 to learn more about your rights and receive a professional evaluation of your case.

While we offer knowledgeable, superior counsel to anyone seriously injured on the job, some of our additional key strengths include our fierce negotiating skills, our extensive trial experience and our readiness to take decisive action when the denial or delay of a workers’ compensation claim is finally overruled.