Hand and finger injury compensation claims
Learn more about making a compensation claim if you suffer an injury to your hand or finger(s) below. For more information about personal injury claims, see our full Resource Library
Hand and finger injuries are very common, and account for as much as 10% of all trips to the A&E.
A lot of these injuries are mild cuts and bruises, often caused by DIY accidents or similar mishaps. However, many injuries to the hands and fingers can be much more serious and have a long lasting, sometimes permanent, impact on the sufferers quality of life.
We use our hands all the time, so a serious injury can significantly impair your ability to continue working and lead the same lifestyle you had before the accident.
If the injury to your hand was caused due to the negligence of someone else, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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Common hand injuries that lead to compensation claims
Hand injuries can happen in numerous ways. Some of the most common hand injuries that lead to compensation claims include:
Hand muscle sprains, tears and strains
These may sound like minor injuries, but if an injury affects the ligaments, tendons and muscles in the hand then it can affect your ability to hold objects.
This can have a lot of knock-on effects to your day-to-day life, and could even lead you to take a lot of time off work or even have to quit your job completely.
Broken, crushed or fractured bones in the hand
We tend to take for granted how complex our hands are. They are made up of a lot of bones of different sizes, and if any of these bones get damaged (broken or crushed in a work accident, for example) then the results can be very debilitating.
As well as the pain the injury causes, any damage to either one or both hands can make it very difficult to lead your normal life at home and at work. This could lead to expensive treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare costs as well as loss of earnings.
Hand nerve injuries
Damage to the nerve endings in the hand can reduce your sense of touch, making it very difficult to carry out even the most simple taks with your hands.
This can even lead to further injuries - particularly burns as the loss of sense means you are less able to feel extreme heat or cold.
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.
How to make a hand and finger injury compensation claim
If you have suffered an injury to your hand or finger that wasn't your fault, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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