Construction Accidents and Fingertip Injuries
No matter what type of work you do, chances are you use your fingers every day to do it. As handy as our fingers are, there are many jobs that expose employees to potential fingertip injuries. Perhaps no industry puts workers in greater danger than construction, as construction accidents and fingertip injuries are more likely to occur in this field.
Fingertip injuries can range from severe crushing to broken finger bones. If you suffered a fingertip injury at a construction site, do not hesitate to contact the construction accident lawyers at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. in Melbourne, FL.
Common Fingertip Injuries Experienced by Construction Workers
Some fingertip injuries are not serious enough to require worker’s compensation, but many are. Among the more serious types of fingertip injuries include:
- Severe Crushing: When the skin from the fingertip is removed or bone is exposed at the tip of the finger, it can be extremely painful to manage. This type of injury can sometimes be treated with dressing. In other cases, it may require surgery.
- Nail Bed Injuries: Nail bed injuries occur when blood collects under the nail. They may be drained by making a tiny hole in the nail. However, if the nail is seriously injured, it may require a splint or surgery.
- Broken Bone: A very common type of injury in construction, broken fingertip bones can be treated with a splint or temporary metal pins that hold in place bone fragments. However, in severe cases, amputation may be necessary. Amputations are perhaps the most devastating outcome an individual can suffer in a hand injury, as it can be immensely painful and disabling. In some cases, an amputated finger can be reattached.
The Short- and Long-term Effects of Fingertip Injuries on the Victim
When a construction worker suffers a fingertip injury, it does more than just affect his or her ability to work. It can also have a profound effect on other areas of life.
The victim may have difficulty with tasks that were once a given or an afterthought, such as:
- Eating and drinking
- Writing or typing
- Personal grooming
- Changing clothes
- Providing care for children and pets
- Making household repairs
Secure Damage for Your Fingertip Injury
It can be difficult to estimate exactly how much compensation you will receive for the fingertip injury you suffer at work, partly because a jury may be the one to decide how much the defendant owes you.
Some damages, such as lost wages and medical bills, are fairly straightforward to pinpoint because they will be based on concrete figures.
However, subjective damages such as pain and suffering are more difficult to predict and can really only be estimated based on the precedent set in cases that came before. To ensure you are awarded the maximum compensation possible, call on the experts at Charpentier Law Firm.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
The expert team of personal injury attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm understand what it takes to secure maximum compensation on behalf of clients. If you suffered a fingertip injury at work, contact us online or call (321) 308-8020 today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.