Your fingers and thumbs are key components of your hands which allow you to touch and grip objects. Your fingers have many nerve endings in their tips (allowing your sense of touch). They also have various tendons, ligaments and muscles which allow your fingers to be so flexible and versatile.
Each finger consists of three bones extending from the knuckles on your hand. These are known as phalanges. The phalange closest to the knuckle extends to the first joint in the finger, the middle phalange extends from the first joint to the second joint and the phalange furthest from the knuckle forms the fingertip housing your nail (extending from the second joint to the end of your finger). Your thumb is made of two phalanges – the proximal and distal phalange.
Common causes of finger injuries
A broken finger is a common injury often caused by a trip, fall or a sports injury. A broken finger usually takes four to six weeks to heal.
If you suffer an injury to any of the part of your finger or thumb in an accident or as a result of medical negligence you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Symptoms of finger injuries
It can often be difficult to tell if a finger is broken, dislocated or just sprained. This is because the symptoms tend to be the same – the finger will be swollen, painful and stiff.
You should check whether your finger looks disfigured. If part of the finger is pointing in a different direction, the bone is probably broken or dislocated. A dislocated finger, where the bone has moved out of position usually looks deformed at a joint such as the knuckle.
A broken or dislocated finger may also appear bruised and you will feel a sharp pain when you touch it. If you have fractured a fingertip there is likely to be purple blood visible under the nail as well as bruising on the pad of the finger.
There is a wide and varied scale of finger injuries. Minor finger injuries often involve soft tissue damage and minor fractures which heal within a few weeks or months. These injuries can still prevent you from working or enjoying hobbies on a shorter term basis. Some injuries can also result in long-term disability and on-going pain, limiting your ability to work. If you injure your finger while playing sport, your ability to continue taking part in your chosen activity may be seriously affected.
What will my finger Injury compensation include?
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. For your claim to be successful you will need to demonstrate that your finger injury a third party was liable for your finger injury.
If you are successful then your claim will be evaluated on financial losses. This might include loss of earnings if you have been unable to work either temporarily or permanently. If you have had to pay for medical expenses in relation to your finger injury, you may be able to recover the cost of these too.
As well as financial losses your compensation will also consider the level of pain and suffering you have endured in your accident.
Making your finger injury compensation claim with First Personal Injury is a straight-forward process. Our experienced solicitors can help with a range of different personal injury cases. Please call us today on 0800 808 9740 to discuss the details of your accident or injury claim.
*Please note – With regards to No Win No Fee - In limited circumstances, fees may be charged when your accident claim is not successful. These specific limited circumstances will be explained to you by your Solicitor.
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