A broken finger may seem like a relatively small injury, but for someone whose livelihood depends on their ability to work with their hands, something like a finger avulsion fracture could be very costly in terms of medical bills and lost wages. Upfront costs and inconveniences aside, if the finger avulsion fracture is a result of negligence of another party, your injury is absolutely legally significant and you have the right to file a claim for compensation.
If you have suffered a finger avulsion fracture and you believe it is due to negligence or carelessness of another party, contact us today at 888-804-5044. We will put you in touch with a trustworthy avulsion injury lawyer in your area who can help guide you through the process of filing a claim or lawsuit. We know that suffering an injury can be trying on everyone involved. Let our experts take the wheel so you can focus on what matters most: recovery.
What Is a Finger Avulsion Fracture?
A typical avulsion fracture injury is the result of a ligament or tendon and a small piece of bone it is attached to pulling away from the main piece of bone. Because your fingers are relatively fragile bones compared to the rest of your body and you use them constantly (especially if you work with your hands), it may come as no surprise that finger avulsion fractures are relatively common. When suffering from one of these types of injuries, you may experience a severe reduction of dexterity, as you may not be able to flex or move the injured finger – this is especially troublesome if you work with your hands.
Finger Avulsion Fracture Treatment
If you have suffered a finger avulsion fracture, visit a doctor immediately. Treatment recommendations will depend on how bad the fracture is, and what part of your finger is affected. Best case scenarios include immobilization to allow the injured finger to heal properly. However, if your finger avulsion fracture involves more than 30% of the articular surface, or if there is joint subluxation, surgery is usually required.
After speaking to a medical professional, if you believe that you suffered your finger avulsion fracture due to negligence or carelessness of another party, your next best step is to speak with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney who is well versed in finger avulsion fracture claims will be able to help you determine the best next steps in ensuring your rights are protected.
How Much Is a Finger Avulsion Fracture Worth?
Even a minor finger avulsion fracture injury can be a serious case in the eyes of the law. Below are some examples of cases in New York that have involved finger avulsion fracture injuries (often with other injuries) to help you understand how much your case may be worth. These cases have been handled by various law firms throughout the state and are provided for information only.
- R.A., PRO AMI, ARRIAZA v. SAMSON – $45,000 Settlement
- 13-year-old male, reportedly suffered a volar plate avulsion fracture to the middle phalanx of his fifth finger on his right hand, a focal tear to the posterior horn of his right medial meniscus, and left shoulder and right wrist derangements with partial tears, sprains to the cervical and lumbar regions of his spine and a sprain to his left ankle, when he was a pedestrian crossing an intersection when he was struck by a vehicle.
- ZILAHY vs. ANDRE – $50,000 Verdict
- The plaintiff driver, approximately 40 years old, contended that the defendant driver negligently made a left turn into his path, causing the collision. The plaintiff maintained that he suffered an avulsion finger fracture on the non-dominant hand that was treated conservatively, and which, the plaintiff maintained, will cause permanent pain and weakness.
- MIRANDO v. WAYSIDE CONSTRUCTION – $60,000 Verdict
- A 18-year-old deli clerk suffered a dislocation of the metacarpo-phalangeal joint of the right thumb with avulsion fracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, and chipped teeth when the vehicle she was driving was struck by the defendant’s vehicle in an intersection.
- NATHAN JONES & EVELYN JONES V. CARMEN FIGUEROA & VICTOR M. MACHADO JR. – $85,000 Verdict
- On Jan. 3, 2004, plaintiff Nathan Jones, 67, a retiree, occupied a vehicle that was parked on one side of East Gun Hill Road, in the Bronx. The vehicle’s rear end was struck by a vehicle that was being driven by Victor Machado Jr. Jones claimed that he sustained injuries of his back, a finger and his head. Jones ultimately claimed that he sustained a subdural hematoma; a concussion; an avulsion fracture of his right, dominant hand’s fifth finger; derangement of lumbosacral intervertebral discs; and herniations of his L2-3, L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1 discs.
- KAVITA RAGOONATH V. MARC LAGALLA AND ELRAC, INC. D/B/A/ ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR – $125,000 Settlement
- Plaintiff Kavita Ragoonath, 27, an executive administrative assistant, was a passenger of a vehicle that was being driven by Marc Lagalla. As Lagalla approached the intersection at Queens Boulevard, he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle mounted a sidewalk and struck two utility poles. Ragoonath sustained a nondisplaced fracture of the distal metaphysis of her right forearm’s radius; a nondisplaced transverse fracture of the distal portion of the same arm’s radius, which forms an upper portion of the wrist; and an avulsion of her left hand’s third finger.
- MICHAEL J. CURRAN, JR. V. ESTATE OF JAMES H. STEINHOFF SR. BY EXECUTRIX JANE A. BACHISON – $1,000,000 Settlement
- Plaintiff Michael Curran Jr., 35, a police investigator, was driving on a detour of Clinton Street, near its intersection at Route 77, in Bennington. As he proceeded through the intersection, his vehicle struck a vehicle that was being driven by James Steinhoff Sr., who was traveling on Route 77. Curran sustained herniated discs at C3-4, C5-6, C7-T1, and L4-5, which included an annular tear. The plaintiff also sustained a right ankle peritalar fracture, a dislocation of the right foot, derangement of the left knee, a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in the wrist and an avulsion fracture of his right, dominant hand’s index finger’s metacarpal.
Contact Us to Get in Touch with a Finger Avulsion Fracture Lawyer
If you recently suffered a figure avulsion fracture and you believe that your finger avulsion fracture is the result of someone else’s negligence, contact us today at 888-804-5044. Our avulsion injury attorneys are ready to help you file your claim and get the compensation you deserve for medical costs, lost wages, and future medical costs that may accrue.