Trigger finger is an injury caused by the thickening of tendons in your hands. The result is a finger or thumb which locks into position when it is bent and when it unfolds it does so in a trigger-like mechanism. It can happen to one or more of your fingers and or thumbs.
Trigger finger is can sometimes lead to the more serious condition of tendonitis. Tendonitis can be very painful and have long-term effects for some sufferers.
When the finger is bent for too long it can cause the tendons to overlap – hence the term – thickening.
There are a number of causes related to trigger finger compensation. One of the main causes is when there has been repetitive use of certain digits on the hand/s. It is therefore often classed as a Repetitive Strain Injury or a Work-related Upper Limb Disorder.
Often, the reason for your trigger finger injury can be no fault of your employer. However, if it has not complied with legal health and safety protocol then it could have acted negligently in relation to your injury.
Powerful tools in the workplace can often cause the condition. Because of this, it is important that employers recognise that employees need to have regular breaks from repetitive tasks. They should also make sure that they properly maintain all tools.
If you have not been given regular breaks or have been using tools that have not been maintained and this has resulted in your injury, you may be able to make a trigger finger compensation claim.
There are a number of potential consequences of trigger finger injuries. Firstly, you are likely to be in a great deal of pain and your condition may life day-to-day life difficult.
Sufferers can end being unable to grip objects which can be very debilitating in many aspects of everyday life. For example, you struggle to hold a pen or fasten belts and buckles. Some people experience sleeping difficulties because of their injury.
Sometimes the effects of this kind of Work Related Upper Limb Disorder can mean that you have had to have some time off work. If you have encountered a loss of earnings after taking time off, this could be reimbursed in your compensation claim.
You may also have incurred various expenses, such as the cost of travel to medical appointments or prescription costs.
A trigger finger compensation claim will factor in the pain and suffering you have undergone; this could be long or short-term effects. If you experience ongoing pain or have had to have surgery in an attempt to correct or ease the symptoms of your condition, your compensation amount will be higher.
In all cases, you must be able to prove that your injury exists because of the negligence of someone else. In more trigger finger cases, it is usually an employer that has been negligent.
At First Personal Injury we are experienced in dealing with accidents at work and industrial injuries. Our team will be able to advise you on all aspects of your injury claim. Please call us on 0800 808 9740 and we can take some information and advise further on whether we can help you in making a claim for compensation.
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