For such a small area of the body, damage to the fingers causes a lot of problems. It goes without saying that we use are hands quite a bit in everyday life. Even a small break to the little finger can suddenly make the most mundane tasks difficult to deal with.
A serious finger injury will have an even bigger impact on someone’s life. While a minor injury might improve over a relatively short period, a serious one may require surgery and a great deal of effort and physiotherapy to fix.
Even then, there may be some form of disability that means, for example, fine motor movement is impaired. The team at Accinet can discuss in detail the injury you have sustained and the impact it has had on your life.
How a Finger Injury Impacts Your Life
If you have a job such as inputting information onto a keyboard and your fingers are damaged, it could mean you aren’t able to perform that work at all. You could lose income while you heal. If the injury persists, that could severely affect your salary.
Many jobs like construction require fine motor movement and this can be severely impaired if you break just one finger. Pain from a broken finger can be excruciating and prevent you from carrying out certain heavy-duty manual tasks.
If you are unfortunate to lose fingers because of an accident, it can be very difficult to perform even simple tasks such as holding a knife and fork to eat or picking up a cup. That doesn’t even take into account the psychological impact of such an injury.
What to Do If You Suffer A Finger Injury
Before you do anything else, you’ll want to make sure that you get your injury treated. If you think that someone has been negligent and caused this to happen, you will certainly want to get the damage seen to and treated by your GP or at the local A&E.
Should the injury have occurred while you were at work, for example, it’s also important to make sure that this is noted, and the details registered. Most companies should have an accident book but if they don’t make sure that the information is noted somewhere. If it happens in somewhere like a supermarket, they should also have an accident procedure to follow.
If possible, collect as much information as possible about the incident. That could include taking photos of the area where the accident took place and details of any witnesses. This may not be the first thing on your mind but is useful if you can manage it. If you are with a friend, make sure they do it for you.
Can I Make a Claim?
Whether you can make a claim or not will depend on several factors. For example, if you were at work and the damage was caused because of poor health and safety practices or machinery that wasn’t maintained properly, your employer may well be at fault.
These kinds of accidents, of course, can happen anywhere. We’ve seen clients that have suffered finger injuries on public transport, others who have slipped or fallen and broken a finger in a supermarket.
You will be able to claim if the injury was caused in some way by a third party that was at fault or negligent. The first thing you need to do once you have had your finger treated by medical staff is to contact a personal injury lawyer.
If you have suffered a recent finger injury and believe you may be entitled to compensation, contact our team today.