Hand & Finger Injuries
If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault and have suffered hand injuries as a result, then Smith Jones Solicitors are here to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Hand injuries can occur as a result of a variety of different accidents, and can range from relatively minor injuries, to the most severe injuries which result in the loss of fingers, or loss of the hand itself. These injuries can be life changing for the victim, especially if suffered by the dominant hand.
Smith Jones have advised injured people in relation to many hand injuries, including:
- Cuts and deep lacerations;
- Bruising and swelling;
- Broken or fractured thumb/fingers;
- Loss of thumb/fingers;
- Loss of a hand;
- Injuries resulting from an industrial disease.
All types of accident can result in hand or finger injuries, but the most common ones are accidents at work, slip and trip accidents, Road Traffic Accidents, and sports accidents. These injuries can take anywhere between a couple of weeks to recover to injuries that last a lifetime. If you have suffered hand injuries after an accident that wasn’t your fault, then the team at Smith Jones can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
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Hand & Finger Injury Types
MINOR HAND INJURIES
Minor injuries to the hand, such as cuts and scrapes, are a common occurrence in a lot of accidents. As a result, these types of injuries are often overlooked.
If you suffer minor cuts to the hand, the first course of action should be to stop any bleeding. Once this is done, you can then attend to cleaning the wound and dressing it. This will help to prevent infection and any further harm. If there are any signs of infection, it is recommended that you see your doctor so that they can treat it.
Bruising and swelling in the hand, or the fingers, could be an indication that your fingers are broken. If you think this is the case, then you should visit A&E as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
For more information regarding the compensation available for minor hand injuries, you can visit our useful hand and finger injuries compensation calculator. Alternatively, you can read our page on other upper body injury claims for more information.
Finger injuries range from bruising and swelling, to more serious injuries including sprained fingers, dislocated fingers or broken fingers. After suffering an accident, it can be quite difficult to know the extent of the damage as the injuries have similar symptoms. However, there are quite distinct differences in how the injuries are treated. In any event, if you are unsure whether your fingers are broken, then you should seek medical advice.
Sprained fingers often involve localised pain and swelling around the joint, and restricted movement in the finger. If treated correctly, mobility can improve within a couple of days. For sprained fingers, the best treatment is to rest, use ice and apply compression techniques. Painkillers, such as paracetamol, can also help to ease the pain.
Dislocated fingers are a relatively common sporting injury, usually suffered in sports that involve catching, and typically occur due to the finger being bent in the wrong direction. A dislocated finger involves the finger popping out of its normal position. It is often accompanied by swelling and an obvious bump or deformity, due to the displacement of the finger bones. Painkillers can be taken to ease any pain that you are suffering and you should seek medical advice. If you go to A&E, they will most likely X-ray the joint and then relocate it once they are satisfied that no fractures have occurred. Any attempt to relocate the joint alone may result in further damage.
Broken or fractured fingers can be more than a little inconvenient. They can cause you to feel a lot of pain and they will most likely be difficult to move. If you end up breaking your finger in an accident, then you should go to the nearest minor injuries unit, urgent care centre, or walk-in centre who are equipped to deal with such injuries. If this is not possible, or the bone has broken through the skin (a compound fracture), then you should go to the nearest A&E department. You should avoid moving the affected finger and consider holding ice wrapped in a cloth against the finger.
Once triaged, your finger will most likely need to be X-rayed. This will allow the doctor to determine the extent of your injury. If your finger is broken then the bone will be moved back into place (if necessary), and will be either put in a splint or strapped to the finger next to it. The splint will be removed after the bone has healed, which is usually between two and three weeks post injury. Once the splint is removed, it is advised that you keep moving the finger to prevent any stiffness in the joint.
Sprained, dislocated or broken fingers can have a big impact on your life, especially if these injuries occur to your dominant hand. Luckily, these injuries are usually temporary, but in the immediate future you may struggle writing, typing and even using the phone. This can get in the way of your work life and can also put your social life on hold.
If your accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, the team at Smith Jones can help you to claim compensation for your injuries along with any loss of earnings you suffer as a result of the injury to your hand.
LOSS OF A FINGER
More serious accidents may result in you losing a finger, or in you needing to have a finger amputated. Following a serious accident one or more fingers may be amputated, and it may even leave you out of a job indefinitely.
After the surgery, you may require physiotherapy to help you get back into a normal routine following the loss of fingers. Physiotherapy will help you gain the most mobility out of the remaining limb. Furthermore, depending on the severity of your injuries, psychological therapy may also be provided to you, to help you cope with the trauma of losing one or more fingers.
The fingers are important for many everyday tasks, so we understand the trauma you can face if you end up losing one or more as a result of an accident.
LOSS OF A HAND
Severe accidents may result in you losing a hand, or needing the hand amputated. This could be required if you have suffered an accident resulting in:
- A severe infection in the hand;
- Gangrene in the hand (increased risk of occurring after a serious injury);
- Serious trauma to the hand (such as a trapping/crushing injury);
- The hand being deformed leaving it with minimal function.
In some unfortunate cases, both hands can be amputated following a severe accident, often resulting in the injured person having to give up work indefinitely. Surgery will be required, and afterwards you may require rehabilitation, in the form of physiotherapy.
Psychological rehabilitation may also be provided, especially if the injuries have had a significant impact on your life. This is just as important as physical rehabilitation in getting your life back on track. Psychological and occupational therapy can help you cope with the reality of your injuries and may be able to prepare for the daunting task of returning to work.
Losing a limb can fundamentally affect a person’s way of life, especially one which can have a tremendous effect on people’s work and hobbies. Our team understand the effect that amputation can have on you and your loved ones, and will be there to support you every step of the way.
OCCUPATIONAL HAND INJURIES
Hand injuries can result from repeated overuse and injury over years of working with them. The most common conditions affecting the hand are repetitive strain injury and vibration white finger. These usually occur in the workplace and can present real problems to your work and social life. Our solicitors will take all of this into account when helping you claim for an occupational hand injury.
Many people that contact us about an injury that has developed due to their work are concerned about the impact a claim may have on their employment. It is understandable that you may be worried about bringing a claim against your employer however, the likelihood is that most of the claim will be dealt with by your employer’s insurer. Companies are required to have insurance to cover such circumstances and so work accident claims are not uncommon.
AFTERCARE & MAKING A CLAIM
Hand and arm injuries can occur in many different ways. If an injury was caused due to the negligent actions of someone else, then Smith Jones are here to help. Our team specialise in personal injury and have the expertise to help you maximise the amount of compensation you could be entitled to. Using over 28 years of experience, Smith Jones Solicitors can assist you in getting the most out of your claim for compensation.
If a serious accident has occurred and you have complex hand injuries, you can rest assured we will liaise with specialist medical experts in order to make a detailed assessment of your situation. This will then allow us to plan for any modifications to your home, any treatment you may require and any immediate needs that you may have.
Claims involving the loss of a hand may require a prosthetic limb to be fitted, or modifications to the home. Especially in accidents where a limb is lost, physiotherapy will be required to help you adjust to living with an artificial limb. Our experts can arrange any physiotherapy and help you claim for any modifications you might need following an accident.
In an effort to put you in the best position possible, we can also help in claiming for loss of earnings and any future loss of earnings if you cannot return to work after an accident.
Easing the financial strain following a serious hand injury
Money can be a significant worry after suffering a serious hand injury. Our team understand how troubling money can be after an accident and so they work closely with clients to help them obtain interim payments where possible. These early payments can be used to pay for treatment, any equipment you may need, and also cover the cost of everyday expenses. We cannot guarantee that we will always be successful in these applications, but will always do our best to support you and your family throughout the claim.
If you wish to talk to us about making a claim for a hand injury, you can call our free advice helpline on 0800 195 9590 and talk to a member our specialist team. If you would rather submit some details online, then you can submit your enquiry here and a member of our friendly team will give you a call back to discuss your options.