Finger injuries

Road Traffic Accidents

Around 10% of all Accident & Emergency attendances in the UK are for injuries to the hands or fingers. But did you know, it is also one of the most common types of injury caused as a result of a road traffic accident. And did you also know that if you have suffered such an injury, in an accident on the road that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make an accident claim – no matter how minor you think you injury is or was.

 What are the different types finger injuries?

Finger injuries can range from minimal cuts and grazes to serious bone, tendon or ligament damage. Any of these can be caused in a road traffic accident – mainly to motor and pedal bike users, but it is not uncommon for car driver involved in a road traffic accident to suffer a finger injury.

Minor finger injuries fall into three main categories – lacerations, contusions and infections. More serious injuries, to the bones or ligaments for example, can result in permanent deformity and loss of function.

If you have been involved in road traffic accident and have suffered any of the abovementioned injuries as a result, then you could be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.

Tell me more about the different types of finger injury I can claim for…

As mentioned above, finger injuries can fall into several different categories of severity. They can all be suffered in a road traffic accident. Listed below are some of the types of injuries you could make a claim for in a little bit more detail. Remember, if you’ve suffered any of these injuries in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could make a personal injury compensation claim.


  • Laceration or cut – a surface wound. A serious laceration could even cut through a tendon or blood vessel
  • Avulsion – where part of the skin or soft tissue of the finger is torn off
  • Amputation – where tissue is completely cut or torn away from the finger
  • Fingernail injuries – one of the most common types of finger injury. Also important to note that a heavy blow, the underlying bone may also brake
  • Fractures – another common type of finger injury from a road traffic. There are three bones in the finger that could be fractured in a road traffic accident – the proximal phalanx, the middle phalanx and the distal phalanx. Note that a fracture of a phalanx is rarely an isolated injury and often occurs when there is also considerable ligament damage
  • Dislocation – a very painful and often unsightly injury, a finger dislocation is an injury to the a joint that causes the bone to move out of its normal alignment. Very common among motor and pedal bike riders involved in road traffic accidents
  • Ligament injury – also known as a sprain, this type of injury is also very common in road traffic accidents. Ligaments can be torn or by a forceful stretch or blow, as often happens in road traffic accident 
  • Tendon injuries – a tendon injury can be caused by a deep laceration or crush injury
  • Nerve injuries - damage to the nerves in the finger can often lead to loss of sensation on the side of the finger the damaged nerve supplies (each finger has two nerves supplying it). Commonly caused by an impact or crush injury

Remember, if you’ve suffered any of these injuries in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could make a personal injury compensation claim. Contact Manners Pimblett today to help us help you claim back the compensation you are owed for your injury.

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