Compensation for Wrist Injuries at Work

Wrists are an area of the body that are commonly neglected, but what many people fail to realise is how important a part they play in everyday tasks. Everything that you do with your hands requires the use of your wrists, and it is this area of our bodies that gives us the flexibility to perform many of the tasks that we take for granted. Wrists are one of the most delicate areas of our bodies and therefore any impact or additional pressure can cause them to easily falter.

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Although many people do a series of wrist exercises to help strengthen their wrists and try to prevent injuries, there are many situations where these cannot be avoided, and in the workplace the overuse of our hands can lead to a series of wrist injuries. In addition any trips and falls that we take can injure our wrists in the same way. If your wrists are injured in the workplace you may find yourself unable to continue with many tasks, in this situation you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. 

How can I incur a wrist injury?

There are a number of situations in the workplace where you can commonly incur a wrist injury and some of the most common sources of complaint include:

  • Typing injuries – Many office jobs now require a great deal of typing to be undertaken and if this activity is repeatedly undertaken the wrist can easily become strained. In addition if the correct typing technique is not taught to the typist then they could find themselves inadvertently injuring their wrist
  • Slips and falls – If you trip over something in the workplace that has been left lying around or if you fall down a flight of stairs that were perhaps not correctly lit, then you could be eligible for a compensation claim. In these situations many people put out their wrists first with the aim of breaking their fall
  • Carrying heavy loads – If you are carrying loads heavier than what you are able to then you could be eligible to make a claim as this may put additional strain on your wrist and create fractures or torn ligaments 
  • Falls from a height – If you fall from a height your first instinct is to put out your hands to break your fall and this can lead to serious wrist injuries.

What should I do if I’m injured through workplace negligence?

If you have been injured through workplace negligence and your employer is at fault then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. Your wrist is an incredibly important part of your body and is needed to ensure that you can complete a number of common daily tasks. For more information on how you can start your personal injury claim then contact the Manners Pimblett team on 0845 077 0772. 

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