Tendon injuries can be debilitating, particularly in the fingers or hands. The tendons are a kind of fibrous connective tissue which attach muscle to bone and enable the joints to move around. The tendons in the fingers attach the bones to the muscle in the forearms allowing for flexing, curling and flexibility in the fingers. Any damage to these tendons can result in trouble straightening or bending the fingers.
Some people may also experience numbness and pain or fingers straightening or moving spontaneously. Injuries to the finger tendons, or flexor tendons, can be caused by accidental crushing of the hands or cuts to the hands. Those who work with sharp objects or machinery should take extra care as small cuts can easily damage the tendons. If there is a delay in diagnosing a tendon injury in the finger or hand, the injury may fail to heal properly and a patient may suffer from permanent debilitating symptoms.
Delays in diagnosis of a tendon injury
As soon as the injury is sustained, patients should seek medical advice. It is relatively straightforward to diagnose a tendon injury, particularly if there is numbness and limited movement. A thorough examination should take place to determine whether there is any damage to the tendons and an x-ray may also be necessary if the hand is cut. Should you experience a delay in diagnosis, the injury may get worse leading to permanent stiffness in the hand as well as other ongoing symptoms. If you have experienced a delayed diagnosis and were not sent for surgery to repair the injury, then you may be able to make a compensation claim if there is evidence of negligence.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
As a law firm which has been in business for almost 14 years, we have helped thousands of victims of medical negligence to claim compensation. If you have experienced a delayed diagnosis which has caused you injury or further suffering, you may be able to win a cash payout from those responsible. Call us on our free 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to speak to one of our solicitors about your case and you can decide whether you wish to pursue compensation.
Our no win, no fee policy means you do not need to fork out for a fee upfront and you will be able to use your compensation to help with any unpaid bills or unforeseen medical costs of your injury.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown