If you’ve ever trapped your finger in a door or had a splinter under your nail, you’ll know how painful and limiting this can be. We use our fingers for so many things from pressing a doorbell to intricate and precise technical operations. In fact, did you know that the human hand has 27 bones, 14 of which are located in the fingers? We have three phalanges in each finger, separated by interphalangeal joints. If you have sustained an injury to your finger, chances are you have fractured a finger, damaged your fingernail or sustained a joint injury. You could also have injured your finger by burning it or suffering lacerations or a crush injury.
If you’ve had an injury of this kind that wasn’t your fault you may be feeling more than a little annoyed. If your injury was serious, such as the loss of a finger, then it could be life changing for you. The good news is that if somebody else caused your accident then Accident Advice Helpline should be able to help you make a personal injury claim, provided we can prove that somebody else’s negligence caused your accident.
How did you injure your finger?
Just how you could develop a finger injury will depend on your lifestyle, your hobbies and your work. If you work with machinery then you may be at risk from amputation if your employer doesn’t maintain the equipment. If you’re not provided with protective gloves on a construction site then you could suffer damage to your hands, including finger fractures. The constant and repetitive use of hand held vibrating machine tools can cause ‘white finger’ or HAVS (hand and arm vibration syndrome). This is a serious condition that can affect your daily life. You could even sustain serious burns to your fingers and hands whilst working in a commercial kitchen, or chemical burns if you work with hazardous substances.
Of course, you don’t have to have injured your finger at work to make a finger injury claim. If you injured your finger after a slip, trip or fall or another type if accident in a public place, or in a road traffic accident, then you could be eligible to make a finger injury claim within three years of your accident.
What are the symptoms of a finger injury?
Some of the symptoms of a finger injury include pain (minor to severe), loss of feeling, loss of movement in the finger and the hand or feelings of tingling or numbness. You may also notice swelling, bruising and difficulty moving your hand or wrist. Your finger may be discoloured if bruising is severe, and you should seek medical attention if you are experiencing pain or difficulty moving your finger. Although a finger injury may appear minor, it’s much better to seek medical advice and get the treatment you need straight after your accident, as this will mean that you have the best possible chance of recovery from your injuries. If you have sustained a life-changing finger injury then you may need to have surgery or even have your finger or fingers amputated, which can be a traumatic experience both emotionally and physically. We will take into account the impact your injury has had on your life when handling your finger injury claim.
How long did your finger injury take to heal?
The amount of time your injury takes to heal will depend on the severity of the injury and the treatment you have received – and everybody heals at different rates. A fractured finger, for example, takes around 4-6 weeks to heal fully, and you may need to wear a splint for some of this time, to support your finger as it heals. More minor injuries to tendons and ligaments may heal more quickly, but it is important to rest if your doctor recommends it, and to carry out any finger exercises as recommended, to help regain full mobility and strength in your injured finger(s). If you have been off work for a few weeks or even months with an injured finger, then Accident Advice Helpline will take into account any loss of earnings you have suffered as part of your finger injury claim.
Getting help with your finger injury claim
Make sure you get some medical attention for your injury. This will support your case if you decide to proceed with a claim for personal injury compensation. Treating a finger injury that is minor is usually quite simple. A sticking plaster and a painkiller might be all that’s needed. For more serious injuries urgent medical care might be necessary. If you’re experiencing the long-term effects of a finger injury that was serious, then you might want to contact us at Accident Advice Helpline to discuss making a compensation claim. There is a three-year time limit in place for this, so don’t wait around too long – it’s best to contact us as soon as possible.
You may be unfamiliar with legal matters but claiming for a finger injury is quite simple with Accident Advice Helpline. In the paperless world of today, we deal with our clients by telephone, which can be particularly helpful for those suffering a finger injury. The chances are you won’t even have to go to court, as you can usually make your claim in full over the phone. We are a large and well-established law firm whose expert personal injury lawyers have been achieving compensation for our clients for over 16 years. If your accident happened in the last three years, wasn’t your fault and you’ve received medical attention for your injuries then we’d like to help you get justice too.
Just tell us what happened and provide us with all the evidence you have surrounding your accident and we will tell you if you have a strong case. If your accident has cost you money then keep all your receipts so that you can claim these expenses too.
What’s the cost of making a finger injury claim?
Accident Advice Helpline believe that making a personal injury claim after being injured is something which should be available to all. Our professional personal injury lawyers all work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so there are no upfront legal fees to worry about – there is nothing to pay to start your claim. The cost of claiming for a finger injury need not deter you from pursuing the compensation you could be entitled to. Call us now and get all your questions answered. It’s 0800 689 0500 from a landline and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Get the compensation you rightly deserve and get in touch with us today.