How many times do you use your hands during the average day? What do you use them for? Unless you keep a running list of how you use them it is unlikely you really appreciate the versatile nature they have. If you were to suffer hand crush injuries at work you would certainly realise just how much you do rely on them to do various things though.
Hand crush injuries can range from damaging one or more fingers or your thumb to having your entire hand crushed in some way. This could potentially happen in the workplace or in other situations where an accident may occur. For example you may be caught up in a car accident. Someone might knock into you while you are riding a bicycle and you could damage your hand as you fall. Someone might crush your fingers by shutting them in a door. These are just some of the things that could potentially happen.
How might hand crush injuries happen in the workplace?
There have been cases where people have suffered very painful injuries while at work. Thankfully the vast majority of employers in the UK today follow all the health and safety laws and ensure all machinery and the workplace as a whole is safe to use. However if safety guards are not present, or a risk assessment has not been done, there is a chance someone could be hurt as a result.
If you are unfortunate in this way you may end up being able to claim compensation. The important thing to do here is to prove someone else caused the accident to take place. Legal advice is usually best in this situation, as it makes it easier to determine the facts.
Could a full recovery be made?
It all depends on the extent of the injuries. Sometimes broken bones can be plastered to let them heal. In other cases surgery might be needed to ensure they are pinned back into place. In more serious cases someone might lose one or more fingers if the accident is severe.
As you can see, a hand injury caused by crushing can be very difficult and very painful. Accident Advice Helpline could help determine whether compensation might be payable in your case. Call us today free of charge on 0800 689 0500 to see whether you might be able to claim some.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen