Many of us have experienced the excruciating pain of trapping our fingers in a door or deckchair as a child. Our fingers, especially the tips, are very rich in nerves and our hands are vulnerable to potential injury as we lift, push, pull and carry in factories, kitchens and all kinds of workplaces. Some of us encounter heavy, sharp, large or fast moving pieces of equipment – which is why there are strict rules and regulations for employers and workers alike. Serious accidents are rare, but there have been cases where workers have needed to have several fingers amputated as a result of a finger-crush injury.
How bad can a finger crush injury be?
A minor finger crush injury should not necessitate medical attention. You can apply cold water, take painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs which will help reduce any swelling. More serious finger crush injuries and lacerations can damage the nail and cause bleeding, bruising and swelling. These will need to be dressed and bandaged by a nurse or qualified first aider. If a fingernail becomes torn it can usually be successfully secured and will grow back in time.
A severe finger crush injury, however, can bend a finger completely out of shape and crush or splinter the bones. Where there is severe bruising and moderate to heavy bleeding, a person will need to be taken to hospital where he or she will receive antibiotics and a tetanus injection. It is vital that surgery is carried out immediately to alleviate the pressure on the nerves. Without this, the finger can become permanently damaged and an amputation might be required. In the case of a very bad finger crush injury multiple surgeries are often required to carry out nerve and tendon repairs.
Could you launch a successful compensation claim?
If you have been involved in an accident at work in the last three years you might be able to claim compensation. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we’re proud of the work we do and that we have the endorsement of consumer champion Esther Rantzen. You can call our 24/7 enquiry helpline for free and there’s a ‘30-second claim calculator’ on our website so you can find out how much you might typically receive if your claim is successful. You have nothing to lose by checking, so why not contact us today on 0800 689 0500?
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown