What if I have a finger injury at work and need to make an injury claim in St-Just-In-Roseland?
What is a mallet finger injury?
This is often caused, at work or in sport, when the finger is struck head on. It causes the tendon that straightens the finger to tear. Sometimes when the tendon tears it also pulls away a small potion of bone; this is then called a Mallet Fracture.
What are the symptoms of a mallet injury that could lead to me needing to make an injury claim in St-Just-In-Roseland?
- Inability to straighten end of finger
- Pain and swelling
- End of finger lies in a bent position
Other than painkillers you will also need to spend 6-8 weeks with your finger in a splint. This should lead to a full recovery.
What is vibration white finger, and could I make an injury claim in St-Just-In-Roseland?
Vibration white finger is also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome, and dead finger. This can be a common problem for people who constantly use power tools that vibrate. It causes a whiteness in the fingers affected, as well as pain and numbness.
What if it is just the fingertips? Can I still make an injury claim in St-Just-In-Roseland?
The tips of our fingers are the most vulnerable part. They are often getting minor injuries from little paper cuts, or slight cuts when preparing food. The injury can vary greatly from a small cut to part of or the entire finger being lost. A lot of the severe types of finger injuries happen in the workplace.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There is a small passageway that runs from the forearm to the middle of the palm, called the carpal tunnel. It is made of bone and connecting tissue, and has tendons and one nerve running through it. If one of the tendons gets inflamed or damaged, the nerve gets trapped and creates carpal tunnel syndrome, affecting the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half the ring finger.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are
- Change in skin colour or dry skin
- Pins and needles
- Thumb weakness
- Dull ache in hand or arm
The only complete cure is surgery to release the nerve, but the symptoms often reduce on their own with proper rest. This problem is caused usually by heavy manual labour or working with vibrating tools and equipment.
What if it happens at work and I need to make an injury claim in St-Just-In-Roseland?
We have mentioned just four of the many different types of finger injury, and all of these could happen while you are at work. Should that be the case, you may well be entitled to claim personal injury compensation from your employer through their employer liability insurance. Not an easy process but something we here at Accident Advice Helpline do every day.
The advisers and solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline are all experienced in dealing with work related personal injury claims, and you will find them friendly and efficient. Call our helpline, 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone), and speak to one of them, they are there all day every day to take your call.