What To Do About A Chopped Off Finger
Firstly, let’s talk about how to protect yourself and avoid an accident like this in the first place.
Cutting off a digit can happen in a variety of situations. It happens when gardening, cooking, doing woodwork or using heavy machinery.
If you are using heavy machinery at work, make sure that you follow all safety guidelines and wear safety equipment. If your fingers are at risk, for example you work in a meat processing plant and you chop up meat, you’ll be provided with a protective chain mail glove. Make sure you wear it.
At home, follow common sense. Accidents happen when you are rushing or impatient. When you’re cooking, make sure that your knives are sharp.
It might seem counter intuitive to use sharp knives and not more blunt ones, but blunter knives can easily slip while sharp ones are more accurate.
Defrost Food Before you Prepare it
Make sure that food is properly defrosted before you try and cut through it. Trying to hack away at food that is still frozen will often end in disaster. Particularly sausages, which can roll away as you try and cut them. Cutting up frozen sausages has meant some people have missed and cut off their fingers instead.
When you are gardening, it’s a similar story. Gardening scissors, or secateurs, are designed to easily cut through strong twigs and branches, so if your finger gets in the way it’s very easy to chop through this too.
This is why you need to stand on a ladder to reach anything you want to trim, and not reach up blindly.
When you are doing wood work or home crafts, use good quality equipment, and don’t rush or cut corners. Drinking alcohol can also add to accidents.
Call an Ambulance
If you have accidently chopped off your finger, first of all call the ambulance. Then find the finger. Wrap the finger in a plastic bag, then put that in some ice. Don’t let the ice directly touch the finger because if the finger is frostbitten, it may not be able to be sewn back on again.
You need to keep the injured hand in the air so that blood does not flow out of it due to gravity.
When you get to hospital, the surgeons are usually able to sew it back on. The finger will need to be kept in bandages and in a splint for quite some time until it heals.
When it is healed, it will be able to bend and be used as normal, although there may be some numbness or stiffness from the scar.
Call a Solicitor
If you’ve had an accident like this and it wasn’t your fault, call our Leven no win no fee* solicitors. They will discuss compensation with you. The Leven no win no fee* team are friendly and helpful.
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Date Published: 15th November 2014
Author: David Brown