If you have suffered a workplace injury to your hand or finger, you understand how painful and limiting it can be. When you are unable to use your hands and fingers as normal, it is near impossible to do many of the work- and non-work-related tasks you are accustomed to doing.
In addition to managing your injury, you may be wondering who will pay your medical bills while you are away from work. Construction accident lawyer Michael E. Shelton specializes in construction site injury cases. He can identify the party responsible for your workplace injury and help you obtain compensation.
How Common Are Hand and Finger Injuries at Construction Sites?
According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand injuries send more than 1 million American workers to the emergency room annually. In addition, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only back strains and sprains result in more days missed from work than cuts and lacerations to the fingers and hands.
Any occupation involving the use of sharp and heavy tools or machinery puts workers more at risk for traumatic hand and finger injuries. As such, construction sites pose a certain degree of hazard to workers, even when they are following protocol. No matter what, it is necessary that safety measures are in place and that machinery is in good working order at all times.
What Are Some Types of Hand Injuries at Construction Sites?
The most common types of hand and finger injuries at construction sites involve lacerations and cuts. Sometimes these injuries are serious, and other times they involve little or no treatment and recovery time.
Repetitive injuries, on the other hand, tend to be much more severe and disabling. Injuries such as carpal tunnel are often the result of repetitive motion. For example, a construction worker may develop carpal tunnel by drilling day after day.
Other common types of hand and finger injuries at construction sites include:
- Fractured bones
- Stiff joints
- Nerve damage
- Crush injuries
Who Might Be Liable in a Construction Accident Injury Case?
From electrocutions to repetitive motion injuries, there are many potential causes of hand and finger injuries at construction sites. Therefore, determining who is responsible for the injury is not always straightforward.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, responsibility may fall to the employer, on-site safety inspector, property owner, manufacturer, general contractor, or another party.
It is possible that a negligent party failed to properly train their employees, comply with OSHA regulations, or implement safety systems. It is also possible that a manufacturer has made defective equipment or a coworker has acted irresponsibly. No matter the case, our attorneys will get to the bottom of what happened to ensure your rights are protected.
Contact a Construction Accident Lawyer
If you endure a hand or finger injury at a construction site, it is essential that you contact an attorney. With four decades of experience, Michael E. Shelton understands how to maximize the compensation our clients receive in construction injury cases. Contact us online or call (713) 807-0700 now to schedule your free consultation.