A broken finger or crush injuries to the finger can not only be painful, it can be debilitating too, making it difficult for you to go to work or carry out your usual, everyday activities. A broken finger is actually a fairly common injury, and usually take a few weeks to heal, regaining full strength in a matter of months. It can often be difficult to spot the symptoms of a broken finger though, as they can be similar to a dislocated or sprained finger, so it’s important to seek medical advice if you have been injured in this way. You may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation if you suffered a finger injury after a road traffic accident or an accident at work caused by somebody else.
Symptoms of a broken finger
So how do you spot a broken finger? Common symptoms can include:
- Swelling, bruising and pain
- Stiffness and difficulty moving your finger
- Finger sticking out a strange angle
Any of these symptoms could also indicate a sprain or dislocation, so you’ll probably need to go to your nearest minor injuries unit to have your injuries assessed. In the meantime, you can keep your finger(s) immobile and use ice to reduce pain and swelling.
Treatment for finger injuries
The type of treatment you will need will obviously depend on the type of injuries you have sustained. An x-ray will normally be carried out to assess your injuries. In the case of serious crush injuries (often caused by heavy machinery in factories), you may need surgery. For a broken finger, your bones may need to be realigned before your finger is placed in a splint or cast to help it heal. If you have suffered an open fracture then there is the risk of infection, which means antibiotics and a tetanus jab could be on the cards.
How long will my finger take to heal?
For a broken finger, healing time is normally two to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the fracture. If you have suffered nail bed damage or a crushed finger, then you may be off work longer and your recovery period could take more time, especially if you have undergone surgery for your injuries. It can take a few months before you regain full strength in your finger and you may be recommended a course of physiotherapy, where your physiotherapist will recommend hand exercises to stop your finger from getting stiff.
Choosing the right lawyer to handle your finger injury claim
It’s important to choose a reputable personal injury lawyer to handle your broken finger claim, but also make sure you opt for a lawyer with experience handling claims relating to crushed or broken fingers. This experience will ensure that they’re able to give your claim the best possible chances of success, and offer you expert advice along the way.
How much compensation can I get for my finger injury?
The right lawyer will be able to offer you advice when it comes to answering this question, or you can take the 30-second test on our website right now, for an idea of how much you could claim. You may have suffered an injury to your fingers or nail beds whilst working on a building site – this commonly happens when there is a lack of safety equipment and bricks fall on workers’ hands, causing serious injuries that could even lead to amputations. Or perhaps you have broken your fingers in a road traffic accident that was caused by another driver speeding. You may even have suffered life-changing crush injuries to your fingers after an industrial accident in a factory caused by faulty machinery, in which case your employer could be held liable for your injuries.
Finger injuries are more common than you might think – in fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22.8% of all injuries sustained at work yearly are finger injuries. The amount of compensation you could get will take into account how severe your injuries are, how they have affected your life (for example, if you’re unable to work for several months) and how long your recovery period will be.
What are the most risky jobs for finger injuries?
Of course there are some jobs which are riskier than others when it comes to suffering a broken finger and other finger injuries such as nail bed damage. The construction industry, manufacturing industry and drilling industry are three of the most dangerous industries to work in when it comes to hand and finger injuries. In fact, 34% of recordable injuries in the drilling industry relate to hand and finger injuries. Between 2008 and 2014, 3,992 people suffered a finger crush or nail bed injury at work. Some of these injuries may be relatively minor, taking just a few weeks or a couple of months to heal. But what happens if you have suffered a life-changing finger injury in a workplace accident? Around 30,000 people a year amputate a finger in an accident in the US (this includes all types of accidents), with the middle or index finger most likely to be injured.
Loss of one or more fingers could leave you unable to work, particularly if your role is a physical one, and also unable to carry out everyday tasks such as cooking or getting dressed independently. Serious injuries like this can change your whole life, and as a result, attract a higher level of compensation than minor injuries such as a broken finger.
How did you injure your finger?
Whether you’ve suffered a fractured finger or more serious crush injuries, you may have sustained your injuries in a fall, a crushing accident at work, whilst playing sports or even in a road traffic accident. Accident Advice Helpline has helped people claim compensation after all these types of accidents, and we could help you too. Just get in touch with us today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and you’ll be able to get expert, no-obligation advice from our team of advisors.
Date Published: 19th May 2014
Author: David Brown