If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in severing a hand, or both hands, you will appreciate how devastating it can be and the emotional and psychological impact it can have.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have seen many cases where employees have not been given adequate training or shown the operating manual to machines they are expected to use and as such the member of staff has been in an accident, sustaining an injury as a result.
With 15 years’ experience in the industry and Dame Esther Rantzen as our company patron, we adopt a friendly and helpful manner, working for our clients and always on our customer’s side, making sure they get the level of compensation they deserve.
Re-attaching a severed hand
A limb can be re-attached up to four days after it has been amputated if it has been kept in the right conditions, although it is preferable to do this within 24 hours. The length of time you can wait depends on the body part that was severed; a finger, for example, can be re-attached up to 12 hours later even if it has not been refrigerated, whereas an arm or leg must be attached within 6-12 hours if left unrefrigerated, due to the rapid deterioration of muscle tissue. The general process for re-attaching an accidentally amputated limb is as follows:
- Pins or wire is used to connect the bones back together
- Specialists then restart the blood flow by suturing the arteries and blood vessels
- A surgeon is then required to re-connect the tendons, muscle tissue and nerves. In some cases re-attaching the nerves is left for a later date, this does not need to be done immediately
- Finally, the skin is sewn back together; this may require a skin graft from another part of the body
In almost all cases, following severing a hand, the victim will require on-going rehabilitation, including physiotherapy to try to regain movement and feeling in the hands.
This in itself can be a lengthy process and in some cases the person never fully recovers full use or feeling in their hands.
As a result of this extensive damage, this is considered one of the more severe injuries you could sustain and as such will likely be awarded a higher compensation amount.
To begin your claim process for a severed hand, or to see how much you could be owed, call one of our experts now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: August 10, 2015
Author: Rob Steen