Worker's Compensation Injuries Specialist

The Hand Center

Kelley Wear, MD

ABS Certified Hand and Wrist Surgeon located in Broomfield, CO & Thornton, CO

Most employers are required to carry insurance to cover treatment and help with lost wages. If you are injured on the job, we want to help you get back to work as soon as possible. Kelley Wear, MD, at The Hand Center in Broomfield and Thornton, Colorado, is a hand and wrist surgeon who provides the best treatment available for work-related injuries. Call today or schedule a consultation using the online booking agent.

Workers Compensation Q & A

What are some common ways that hands and wrists are injured at work?

A hand or wrist injury may occur from physical labor, factory work or repetitive job functions such as typing and lifting. Some of the most common sports-related hand and wrist injuries include:

Whether your hand or wrist is crushed, you sustain a fall, you are struck by an object, you overexert yourself, or another reason such as:

  • Crush injuries
  • Falling on your hand
  • Being struck by an object
  • Overexertion
  • Forcefully torquing your wrist
  • Repetitive movement
  • Lifting heavy boxes

How is a work injury treated?

Treatment for your hand injury may depend on the injury itself. Dr. Wear will work with your claims adjuster to get the help that you need with the most minimal disruption to your career.

Treatment is geared towards healing your injury and getting you the best result with the least amount of risk. She will create a personalized treatment plan based on your injury to help you heal and get safely back to work. It may require physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, splinting, casting, or surgery. Sometimes physical therapy is required, which usually lasts for one to five months, depending on the injury. Rarely, it can last longer than that.

Will I be assigned light-duty while waiting to return to work?

A lot of factors go into the decision of whether you can still do some type of work while you are healing. A lot of it depends on your employer and the duties you are expected to perform.

If it is possible for you to work without interfering with your healing process, then you may be assigned modifications to your normal workload while you are recovering.

How is it decided when I go back to work?

If you are assigned to an occupational services provider, they will determine when you can go back to work. Sometimes, this will be determined by Dr. Wear herself. The decision may be based on a history and physical examination. Other times, you must receive an impairment rating to determine whether you have physical damage that would keep you from doing your job.

Once you reach what is called Maximum Medical Improvement, you will usually be discharged from further occupational services and can return to work.