Hand and finger injury compensation claims
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Common hand injuries that lead to compensation claims
Hand muscle sprains, tears and strains
Broken, crushed or fractured bones in the hand
Hand nerve injuries
Common causes of finger injuries that lead to compensation claims
Like injuries to the hand, finger injuries can be caused by a wide range of accidents. Some of the most common accidents that lead to finger injury compensation claims include:
- Injury caused by dangerous machinery at work
- Injury caused by office work, for example repetitive strain injury due to using a keyboard without wrist supports
- Injury to fingers after a slip, trip and fall accident
- Industrial disease like vibration white finger or carpal tunnel syndrome
- Injuries to fingers following a road traffic accident
- Injury caused by a defective product
- Finger injuries after a sporting accident e.g. football, rugby, hockey etc.
Types of finger injury
There are many different type of finger injury, ranging from minor cuts to more serious injuries that lead to long-lasting damage.
Some of the more common finger injuries include:
Laceration - A finger laceration or cut can vary in severity, from a small cut to much more deeper cuts that damage the nerves, tendons and blood vessels.
Avulsion - This is the term for when a bit of skin or soft tissue is torn away from the finger.
Amputation - A finger amputation is when a part of the tissue, and possibly bone, is torn or cut off the finger.
Fingernail Injuries - Injuries to a fingernail or the fingernail bed are the most common form of hand injury.
Fractures - Each finger has three separate bones known as 'phalanges'. A fracture or break to any of these can be an isolated injury, or it can lead to damage to ligaments, tendons and fingernails as well.
Dislocation - A finger dislocation is when the bone moves out of its normal alignment with the other bones. This can be caused by a direct blow to the finger which moves it, and often includes damage to ligaments.
Ligament sprains - The ligaments hold the bones in place to form a joint. Following a finger dislocation the ligaments can get stretched and the damage can last after the disclocation has been treated. This can lead the joint more susceptible to further injuries as it is less stable than it used to be.
Tendon injuries - Tendons attach muscle to bones, allowing for the precise flexible movements that most of us take for granted. A tendon can be damaged by either a cut of crush injury. An avulsion fracture is when the tendon is torn away from the bone attachment.
Nerve damage - Two nerves running alongside each finger give us our sense of touch. A damaged nerve can cause numbness on the side of the finger that is supplied by that nerve.