It is incredibly easy to injure your hands. If you trip and fall, you will put your hands out in front of you to break your fall without even consciously thinking about it. Moreover, you may end up getting a finger or hand crushed if you are in an accident. Fingers can easily be trapped in doors or in other situations whereby something falls on them. If you ever hurt your hands, receiving a hand injury assessment can be a very important part of identifying the injuries you have sustained.
Hand injuries range from superficial cuts and bruises, to deeper cuts that require stitches. They can also encompass all kinds of internal injuries, such as broken bones and damage to tendons, ligaments, and even to the nerves.
How does a hand injury assessment identify the injuries you have?
Firstly, the medical professional will ask you about what happened. They will also ask you about the symptoms you are having, and whether you can move your hand. Very often, this will help identify any broken bones, or any suspicion you may have broken bones. An x-ray will confirm any injury of this nature.
Secondly, the doctor may move your hand and fingers to determine how much your range of motion has been compromised. They will also assess any damage to the skin, and determine whether any foreign bodies are in the injury. These would need to be removed before a dressing can be applied.
Is it good to have a hand injury assessment?
Yes, because it can identify the exact nature of your injuries. It also means your injuries will be recorded on your official medical records. If you later go on to make a compensation claim, if you think a third party caused the accident, these records can be accessed to provide further proof of what happened to you and how serious the injuries were.
This could be the reason why you have found your way to the Accident Advice Helpline website to begin with. If so, you can call our team now on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. If you do, you can find out if your hand injury assessment will help you claim compensation after the accident. If it happened within the past three years, you still have time to consider making a claim.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen