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Work Injury Specialists

The Hand Center

Hand & Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Glastonbury, CT, Hartford, CT, Tolland, CT & Bloomfield, CT

The workplace should be safe for employees, but accidents do still happen. If you hurt your hand or arm at work, the experienced team at The Hand Center in Hartford, Glastonbury, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, can help. They provide the most up-to-date treatments for your work injury, including surgery, when necessary. They can also help you with your workers’ comp claim, so call The Hand Center office nearest you today or schedule an appointment using the online booking form.

Work Injury Q & A

What is a work injury?

A work injury is any form of physical damage you suffer at work or when you’re doing work-related activities. Common causes of work injuries to the hands and arms include:

  • Excessive lifting
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Holding and carrying
  • Throwing
  • Trips and falls
  • Repetitive strain
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Crush injuries

The Hand Center is a full-service provider to patients who have work injuries. They treat everything from traumatic injuries like fractures, tendon damage, nerve injuries, and crush injuries to work injuries that develop over a longer period like carpal tunnel syndrome or trigger finger.

Their highly respected team of qualified professionals includes physicians, physician assistants, and certified hand therapists. They can diagnose the cause of your work injury and provide both conservative and surgical treatments.

The team can also assess your ability to return to work.

What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation (also called workers’ comp) is insurance for workers who get sick or suffer an injury because of their job. Your employer contributes to a central fund that covers the cost of the insurance, and the State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission handles claims and payments.

It doesn’t matter whether the injury was your fault unless you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when you were injured. Workers’ compensation payments are there to prevent hardship if you can’t work, so you don’t have to prove it was someone else’s fault.

If you think you have a case for other forms of compensation, you should see your union rep or a lawyer.

How are work injuries treated?

Treating a work injury can vary depending on how you’ve hurt your hand or arm and how bad the injury is. Your provider at The Hand Center does a comprehensive exam and evaluation before drawing up a personalized treatment program for you.

Some of the treatments that could be in your plan include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Splinting
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Steroid injections

For more severe injuries and those that don’t respond to conservative treatments, surgery might be necessary.

What additional services are there for a work injury?

Additional services focus on assessing your needs and abilities for a return to work. Return to work programs might include:

  • Job analysis
  • Functional capacity evaluation
  • Work conditioning
  • Prevention education
  • Work modification

Following a personalized therapy program helps you return to work successfully and helps prevent further injury.

To find out more about dealing with a work injury, call The Hand Center today or book an appointment online.