Attorneys at Lear Werts LLP represent employees in Columbia and throughout Missouri who have suffered hand and arm injuries in the workplace, including fractures, nerve damage, loss of limb, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and repetitive strain injuries.
Understanding Hand & Arm Injuries
Hand and arm injuries can occur as a result of an on-the-job accident, such a fall, an equipment malfunction, or strenuous lifting. Some common hand, wrist, and arm injuries that can occur in the workplace include:
- Fractures – A hand, wrist, or arm fracture can occur due to falling objects or other accidents. Some fractures can be severe and may require extensive reconstructive surgery.
- Nerve damage – An accident may damage the nerves in the hand and arm, which may cause numbness and pain.
- Loss of limb – A serious accident may require the amputation of an arm or hand. This serious injury can dramatically affect all aspects of your life. Individuals must relearn how to conduct even simple functions, and while prosthetic limbs can help, they are expensive. Furthermore, approximately 60-80% of amputees experience phantom limb syndrome, causing them to feel sensations such as aching, itching, and burning emanating from the body part that is no longer there.
In addition to hand and arm injuries that are caused by an accident, many common injuries are caused or worsened by repetitive stress. These ailments include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – People with carpal tunnel syndrome experience pain and tingling sensations in their thumbs and fingers. Although the exact cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is unknown, many researchers believe that performing repetitive manual tasks, such as typing on a keyboard, may cause or worsen the condition. Carpal tunnel syndrome may require wrist surgery, steroid injections, or the use of a brace.
- Repetitive strain injuries – Repetitive strain injuries are characterized by painful sensations while performing a repetitive task, such as lifting heavy objects. These injuries can worsen the more an activity is performed.
Injuries to the arm and hand, whether suffered by an accident or through repetitive strain, can permanently impact a person’s life. Even the completion of simple, everyday tasks may become difficult and exhausting, diminishing one’s overall quality of life.
Seek Knowledgeable, Compassionate Representation
If you have suffered a hand, wrist, or arm injury in the workplace, it is important that you receive maximum benefits for your medical treatment. Each skilled Missouri workers comp lawyer at Lear Werts LLP has experience dealing with all kinds of workplace injuries, from minor stress injuries to serious, life-altering accidents. Lear Werts LLP will work with you so that you receive maximum compensation under the law, and to ensure that your rights as an employee are protected. Please contact our offices for a free initial consultation regarding your work-related injury.