If you want to find out the average workers comp settlement for hand injury, then continue to read until the end.
Workplace injuries of the hand are very common and can wind up as a very serious issue. Debilitating injuries to the hand can cause a serious shift in one’s quality of life.
Effects Of Hand Injuries
Work-related hand injuries can cause swelling, chronic pain, stiffness, and limited motion. Hurting your hand on the job is also stressful and frustrating and comes with a lot of uncertainty and many questions about your future.
- How will I pay my medical bills?
- Can I get a workers’ compensation claim for the injury?
- Can I heal well enough to return to my job?
Kinds Of Hand Injuries
Here are some of the common hand injuries that can occur on the job.
- Gamekeeper’s thumb: a tear of the ligament on the side of the thumb on the palm. This ligament is responsible for the hand making pinching movements. Sometimes surgery is necessary to treat this injury.
- The hook of the hamate fracture: This is an injury suffered due to strong reverberations in hand like when a worker strikes the ground with an object. The hook of hamate is in the lower part of the palm.
- Finger dislocations: A dislocation at the base of the thumb or other fingers.
- Amputated hands and fingers: as a result of accidents with manufacturing equipment, saws, hammers, etc.
- Burns on the hand: as a result of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), motorcycle accidents, fires, chemical spills, etc.
- Metacarpal fractures: Fractures of the 4th and 5th metacarpal bones may happen when your hand strikes a hard object. Many of these fractures are treated with splinting.
- Finger fractures: where the tendon and joint capsules attach and are often caused by a crush injury, like a hammer striking a finger.
The Settlement Value Of Hand Injury
Many factors go into determining the value of hand injury suit, and every suit will be different, with their own unique factors that will determine the case’s value.
Here are a few questions that are used in determining the compensation settlement of a filed suit regarding a hand injury or a finger injury:
- What was the employee’s income before he or she was injured?
- Was the injury severe enough to require hand surgery to treat properly?
- Was the injury debilitating enough that the employee required physical therapy for the hand?
- Is there permanent damage or impairment to the injured hand?
- Are there permanent restrictions regarding the injured hand?
- Is pain management necessary to treat residual symptoms?
- How much did the injured employee have to use his or her hands in their pre-injury job?
Examples Of Hand Injury Cases Settlements
Below are some judgments and settlements for hand, finger, and wrist injury cases:
- In South Carolina, a man in his 50s is in a car accident and injures his hand. He is diagnosed with a fracture of his right hand at the hospital, followed by therapy and orthopedic surgery. He brings a suit against the other driver, citing negligence and a failure to yield the right of way. The parties agreed to settle for $87,500.
- A 29-year-old woman in Georgia has a car accident and her left-hand crashes through her driver’s side window and is struck by the other car. She suffers a crush injury to her left hand, closed fractures of her left ulna and radius and loses a significant amount of tissue in her hand. Her middle finger has to be amputated, and plates and screws are embedded in her forearm. A jury awarded the woman $30,485,664.29.
- In New York, a man in his 50’s helping co-workers transport a 600-pound vacuum feeder tank has his hand becomes jammed by the tank. His ring finger amputated at the base and half of his middle finger amputated, despite multiple hand surgeries. Before trial, the parties settle for $1,900,000.
- In Washington, a 74-year-old woman is in an accident and sustains a hand injury, a fracture to her left thumb and a compression fracture in her thoracic spine. The parties settle the case for $140,000.
- In Nevada, a baby suffers an injury to his right-hand during childbirth at the hospital. A medical malpractice lawsuit was filed against the hospital alleging medical malpractice was the cause of the injury. The parties settled for $50,000.
How Much Compensation Payout Can I Get For A Hand Injury Settlement & Lawsuit?
The jury verdict in finger and hand injuries averages around $630,000 and the median is approximately $70,000.
Ultimately, there is no one right way to determine the compensation you should get; consulting a personal injury lawyer will give you an idea of what to expect.