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How Much Is a Finger Worth in a Lawsuit?

Jul 18, 2020

How Much Is a Finger Worth in a LawsuitIf you have ever sustained a significant injury to one of your fingers, you might be wondering what the average jury verdict is for finger and hand injuries. Whether you are hoping for six figures or expecting five figures or less, it can be difficult to pinpoint how much hand and finger injuries are worth. A variety of factors are taken into consideration with an injury lawsuit and can ultimately come down to the jury verdict determining the worth of the finger injury. Dollar amounts and lawsuits should never affect your ability to seek out quality medical treatment from a hand surgeon who can provide you with the specialized care you deserve.

Type of Injury

The type of hand and finger injuries you sustain can significantly impact both your life and the value of the injury case. A severe injury to a finger that requires significant medical intervention from medical professionals such as a hand surgeon can potentially affect motor function for the rest of your life and could lead to a higher value hand injury case. Some injuries that are not as debilitating or life-altering could result in a smaller payout, but it is still important to seek quality medical treatment regardless to avoid any negative health implications such as pain and impairment.

Damages

There are different types of damages taken into consideration for an injury lawsuit, including both objective and subjective damages. Objective damages, also known as concrete damages, include medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary implications that are easily recorded and tracked. Subjective damages are also referred to as “pain and suffering” and include how the injury has affected your life and may continue to do so in the future. When seeking medical attention, you want the best quality care no matter the potential outcome of a lawsuit, and you want an orthopedic doctor or hand surgeon you can trust.

Daily Effects

If you end up with an injury that has been thoroughly assessed and treated by a doctor you trust then your doctor should be able to clearly communicate how your injury may affect your daily life. Depending on the type of injury, you may only be affected when performing certain actions, or it may affect the motor function of your whole hand. A skilled orthopedic doctor and hand surgeon can explain these expectations and help you identify ways to manage any chronic pain and discomfort that may be associated with such an injury. Successful medical intervention helps you get back to brushing your teeth, combing your hair, cooking, and other daily tasks with ease.

Long Term Effects

Our hands are so important to most actions in our daily lives that you want an orthopedic hand specialist or hand surgeon to treat and care for you. An injury to even one finger on one hand can significantly impact the ability to complete daily tasks and, over time, can even affect your wellbeing. Hand surgeons and orthopedic doctors are skilled in not only addressing the immediate injury but are also well-versed in addressing potential complications from injuries to such an intricate part of the body. These medical specialists can help identify ways to mitigate long term effects of injuries such as arthritis or chronic pain to avoid affecting your quality of life. The sooner a medical professional can address the root cause or issue, the more they are able to effectively treat the symptoms and address any potential effects on your quality of life.

Complications

When considering the value of an injury case it is important to consider multiple components because simply looking at the cost of a surgical procedure with a hand surgeon does not show the whole picture. A hand or finger surgery may seem quick or easy compared to a surgery on a larger part of the body like a leg fracture, but it is no less intricate or important. A good hand surgeon might be able to get you back on your feet faster than someone with a spinal injury, but both types of surgeries and their recovery periods may similarly impact daily life.

The AICA Experience

At AICA Orthopedics, our multi-disciplinary medical team has specialized doctors who can work with specific injury types so you get the quality care and attention you need. We have a huge team of doctors with specializations to address every aspect of care so you can receive individualized treatment specific to you. Our hand surgeons are highly skilled in addressing all types of finger and hand injuries, from bone fractures to nerve injuries to sprains and strains. You can also expect your doctor to utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging such as X-Rays, MRIs, CT scans, and EMG tests, to provide you with the comprehensive care you deserve.

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