Any sort of accident can be seriously traumatic and have long-term impacts on your life that you may not even be able to foresee in the days and weeks following the accident. However, losing an appendage like a finger is an extremely serious injury that will impact you every day for the rest of your life. If someone else caused an accident in which you lost a finger, toe, limb, or any other part of your body, then you are entitled to significant compensation for your injuries caused by someone else’s recklessness, negligence, or malice. As the injured person, you should not have to suffer the financial consequences of someone’s else’s mistake.
The award-winning team at Fasig | Brooks is available to help you fight for compensation following a finger amputation injury, and will be happy to talk with you about the support we can offer during a free initial consultation. We understand that you are likely going through a very difficult and emotionally-taxing time in your life, and we think that an initial consultation is an excellent way to put some anxieties to rest about your legal options and your rights as a victim.
Read more below to get a general idea of the legal process following a personal injury caused by someone else, and contact us as soon as possible so that we can discuss the specifics of your situation. The sooner we are working together, the sooner you can alleviate the stress of your legal needs so that you can focus on what is truly important: your own personal needs, and getting your life back on track after this terrible experience.
What To Do After a Finger Amputation Accident
The moments after any accident, especially one that involves an amputation, are extremely stressful and overwhelming for everyone involved. The most important thing to remember is that your safety is your absolute priority and that unless you are able to help yourself, you will not be able to help those around you. Keep the following steps in mind, and while every accident is different and you may not be able to follow these steps to the letter, they are a good reference.
After any accident, one of the essential steps to take is to ensure that you or someone else calls 911 and informs the dispatcher about the accident, the location, and any injuries that the caller is aware of – including your finger injury. The dispatcher will then alert police officers, firefighters, and EMTs in the area who will be able to get to the scene of the accident as soon as possible.
Elevate Your Hand, Clean, and Immobilize Your Injury
Blood loss is a serious risk after any sort of amputation injury, so it is important that the wound is tended to as best as possible to reduce your risk of serious blood loss. Clean the wound, wrap it in gauze or any other clean material that you have available in order to slow the blood loss, and keep the wound from being exposed to other dangerous or infectious materials. Elevate the injury to reduce blood loss, even after you have applied pressure and material to staunch the bleeding.
If possible, place the amputated finger in a watertight bag, and then into ice water to keep the tissues alive in the hope that the amputated piece may be reattached at the hospital.
You can read more about emergency care for a finger amputation here.
Get to the Hospital
It is important that you get to the hospital as quickly as possible so that you can get emergency medical attention. Whether you take an ambulance to the hospital or you are able to get a ride is up to you, but it is important that you DO NOT drive a vehicle after suffering this injury, as you are at risk for loss of consciousness, lightheadedness, and other side effects of such a serious injury that put you and others at risk on the road.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If someone else caused the accident where your finger was injured, then you can be certain that one of the first things that they do after leaving the scene of the accident is to hire a defense attorney or contact their own insurance company, who both have a vested interest in limiting the amount of money that you ultimately receive in either an insurance settlement or lawsuit. While filing an insurance claim on your own is procedurally simple, getting the money that you deserve is not. By partnering with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, you are giving yourself an advantage that many people either overlook or wait until they receive the first offer from the insurance company to take. Don’t wait.