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Wrist Injuries
in Illinois Workers Comp

Wrist injuries are unfortunately very common in workers compensation settings. We see them often in falls, where people brace themselves as they go down. TFCC tears and scapholunate tears are common also. Not to mention carpal tunnel, which is discussed elsewhere on our site.

When we talk about the value of a workers comp case in Illinois, we look at three different things - how much money you made in an average week before the injury, the part of the body that was hurt, and the nature and extent of the injury. This means how bad the injury was, whether you still have symptoms, whether it affects your ability to do your job, whether you had surgery, etc. 

Most parts of the body are assigned a number of weeks. For example, if you had your hand amputated, you would be entitled to 60% of your average weekly wage for 205 weeks. Of course, no one would trade their hand for that amount of money. Workers comp is better than nothing, but it doesn't replace the value of what was lost or what you have had to go through.

Wrist injuries are considered part of a hand (still not sure why the law is like that, but it is), so an injured worker would get a percentage of what the hand is worth, in other words, a percentage of 205 weeks at 60% of their average weekly wage. 

If you would like to talk to a local workers comp lawyer, call us at 309-581-5336 or email us here

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