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Finger Fractures

Following a finger fracture, several ongoing health issues may arise if the injury is not properly treated or fails to heal correctly. These issues include chronic pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion, which can impair the finger’s functionality. Arthritis is another potential long-term consequence, particularly if the joint surface has been damaged. Additionally, some individuals may experience swelling that can persist for months. In severe cases, malunion or nonunion of the fracture could occur, leading to permanent deformity.

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A finger fracture refers to a break in one or more of the bones in a finger. This injury can result from direct trauma, such as a crush or fall, or from twisting the finger. Symptoms typically include pain, swelling, bruising, and limited movement of the affected finger. Diagnosis is confirmed through X-rays. Treatment varies depending on the fracture’s severity and may involve immobilisation with a splint or cast, pain management, and in some cases, surgery to realign and stabilise the bones. Proper treatment is crucial to ensure the finger heals correctly and maintains its function. In scenarios where this type of injury is directly caused by the negligence of a third party, it may be possible to bring a compensation claim.

What are the most common causes of these types of fractures?

Common causes of finger fractures include direct blows to the hand, such as from sports injuries, falls, or workplace accidents where the finger is crushed or struck by an object. Twisting injuries are also frequent, occurring when the finger is caught in equipment or clothing. Additionally, high-impact activities or sports that involve catching, throwing, or striking objects, like basketball or cricket, can lead to fractures. Automotive accidents are another common scenario where fingers can be fractured due to the force of impact or attempting to brace against a collision.

In what sort of scenarios might negligence play a part?

Negligence may be a factor in various scenarios. For instance, in the workplace, an employer may fail to ensure proper safety measures, leading to machinery accidents or mishandling of heavy equipment that results in a fracture. In sports, inadequate supervision or failure to provide proper protective gear by coaches or organisations can cause injuries. In public spaces or commercial properties, slip and fall accidents due to poorly maintained facilities or wet floors without proper signage might result in such fractures. Additionally, car accidents caused by another driver’s reckless or distracted driving can also lead to finger fractures if the hands are injured during the crash.

Is it possible to bring a compensation claim for a finger fracture?

Yes, if it can be demonstrated that another party’s negligence or wrongdoing caused the injury. This might include workplace accidents, car crashes, or unsafe conditions in public or private premises. Claimants need to prove that the responsible party had a duty of care, breached that duty, and that this breach directly resulted in the injury. Compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related costs.

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