We use our hands for so many different things we tend to completely take them for granted much of the time. It can come as a shock then to injure them in some way. A typical example of this might occur through fracturing fingers at work.
This can potentially happen if your hand is crushed in machinery or something falls on it or is closed on it while you are working. One or more fingers could get caught and smashed in the process.
This is a painful injury that may or may not split the skin as well. As such you may well end up with bruised and bloodied fingers as a result of the incident. You may well ask too how the accident happened, and whether someone else might have been to blame.
Treatment for fracturing fingers at work
There is usually very little that can be done for this type of injury. It cannot be plastered for instance, but you should definitely still seek medical advice. This will mean having an x-ray to see the extent of the fractures and to ensure they will heal properly.
You may have them bandaged or splinted to help keep them straight while they heal. You might need them glued or stitched if there is extensive damage to the skin and the cuts need to be closed properly.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we have spoken to people who have suffered injuries like this at work as a result of some degree of negligence on the part of their employer. For instance they may have been working on a machine that was not properly guarded, or where the guard had been taken away.
What can be done if there is evidence of negligence?
Once you have sought proper medical advice for your injuries and you start the recovery process, there is an opportunity for you to see whether compensation might be a possibility.
You can see whether you might claim compensation for your injuries, but for this to happen the incident must have been someone else’s fault.
Accident Advice Helpline can determine whether this was the case in your situation. All you have to do is call 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our advisors. They are all specially-trained and friendly to talk to, so give them a call now to see if compensation could work for you.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen