Hand tendon injury claims
The tendons in your hands are important for dexterity and full range of motion. They allow you to move and use your hands without pain, but they are very easily damaged.
Once you’ve sustained an injury, you must seek treatment as soon as possible to ensure you have the best chance of making a full recovery.
It’s also vital that the doctor or specialist who treats you makes an accurate diagnosis and acts quickly to carry out the most appropriate treatment. Failure to do this can result in long term or even permanent loss of movement and sensation in your hands.
You may experience ongoing pain in your hand and fingers and you may even need additional surgeries to repair your tendons. In these circumstances, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Symptoms of Tendon Injuries in the Hands and Fingers
Some symptoms of tendon damage might include:
- The affected finger(s) straightening involuntarily
- The inability to straighten or bend your fingers
- Pain when straightening or bending your fingers
- Numbness in your fingers or hand
- Sometimes, swelling may be present
Common causes of hand tendon damage:
- Crush injuries
- Sports injuries
- Cuts across your palms or the backs of your hands
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Injuries to tendons are sustained very easily and it’s important to see a doctor straight away. Wherever possible, any necessary surgery should be carried out within 24 hours. Even small delays can damage your chances of a good recovery. If the surgery is not carried out within two weeks, the prognosis is poor.
Diagnosing Hand Tendon Injuries
Tendon damage in the hands or fingers is not typically difficult to diagnose. A thorough examination of the hand and fingers should be carried out. The doctor should also record how the injury occurred.
As soon as a diagnosis of tendon damage has been made, you should be referred immediately to a specialist. Any necessary surgery should be carried out as soon as possible and after surgery you will need physiotherapy to restore mobility to the damaged tendon. You may also need to wear a hand splint and avoid overusing your hands. It can take up to three months to fully rehabilitate the affected hand or fingers.
Any delay in the treatment process may cause the injury to deteriorate, or damage your chances of recovery. If this is the case, you may be entitled to claim compensation as the result of clinical negligence.
Claiming for Misdiagnosis
You may be able to make a medical negligence claim if:
- There was a delay in diagnosing tendon damage, even though you sought medical advice at the time of the injury
- You weren’t offered adequate physiotherapy after surgery
- The surgery wasn’t carried out within an appropriate timescale
Delays in properly diagnosing and treating hand and tendon injuries can mean that you need additional surgeries that wouldn’t have been necessary had the diagnosis been made when you first sought treatment.
There are time limits which restrict how long afterwards you can make a claim. This is why it’s important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
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