If you injure your finger in an accident that was not your fault, then you may be able to make an injury claim, using the solicitors in Finsbury Park at Accident Advice Helpline to help you.
One of the finger injuries that you could suffer from is mallet finger. This is when a tendon tears, which usually straightens the end joint of you finger. This can happen while you are playing a sport or while you are at work. If it pulls off a fragment of bone as well then this is called mallet fracture.
The symptoms of this injury are:
- End of finger lies in a bent position
- Inability to straighten end of finger
- Pain and swelling
Wearing a splint for 6 to 8 weeks is the normal treatment for a mallet finger injury and generally a full recovery should be made.
Vibration white finger
Another name for vibration white finger is dead finger. This is caused when you are constantly using a vibrating tool or equipment. It causes your finger to become white and you may have some tingling and some numbness before the pain and discomfort starts.
The only way to stop this condition, is to stop using the tools or equipment that are causing the problem, but once the damage is done it is not curable.
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 signs of carpal tunnel syndrome are:
- Dull ache in hand or arm
- Change in skin colour or dry skin
- Pins and needles
- Thumb weakness
The only way to completely cure this injury is for you to have 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. It is sometimes called typist finger, because the constant use of a keyboard can also cause it.
Solicitors in Finsbury Park can help with your finger injury
These are just three finger injuries that could happen in an accident that was not your fault or through the negligence of your employer.
The advisors and solicitors in Finsbury Park 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 freephone number on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, or complete our 30-second test to get an estimate of the amount you might be awarded.
Date Published: 1st April 2014
Author: David Brown