26 Apr Fingersafe® finger and hand injury protection safety products
COSTLY ACCIDENT THAT COULD OF BEEN EASILY AVOIDED
A Circuit Civil Court judge has approved a €40,000 settlement of compensation for a severed fingertip accident in favour of a nine-year-old girl.
Julia Roman from Lucan in County Dublin severed her fingertip and lost a nail in November 2012, when she caught her finger between the doors of the local Doc Morris Pharmacy. Julia – who was just six years old at the time of her accident – was taken to the Emergency Department of Our Lady´s Children´s Hospital in Crumlin by her father.
Doctors were able to reattach the severed fingertip while Julia was under a general anaesthetic and the little girl had to attend the hospital several more times so that doctors could check on how she was recovering from her injury. Now nine years of age, Julia has a small scar on the bulb of her finger.
On her daughter’s behalf, Elena Roman made a claim for compensation for a severed fingertip against the owners of the Doc Morris Pharmacy – Unicare Pharmacy Ltd – and Lovco Cleaning and Building Services of Tallaght in Dublin – the company that had installed the doors between which Julia had caught her finger.
Liability for Julia’s injury was conceded by the two defendants, and an offer of compensation for a severed fingertip was proposed to the family amounting to €40,000. The family agreed to the settlement but, before Julia’s claim could be resolved, the proposal had to be approved by a judge to ensure that it was appropriate for the degree of her injury.
Consequently, at the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard how Julia’s accident happened, and heard from Julia that she had to give up playing the piano because of the pain in her finger. Judge Groarke approved the settlement of compensation for a severed fingertip and closed the case.
This is yet another injury that could of been easily prevented with the use of door finger guards.
Surgeons call for routine use of door safety catches to curb epidemic of fingertip injuries
12 October 2017
The British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS) is today calling for all parents and carers to routinely use doorstoppers in an effort to cut the estimated 50,000 children and toddlers each year whose hands and fingers are crushed by closing doors.
Fingertip injuries are the most common hand injury seen by plastic and reconstructive surgeons with toddlers most at risk. Most parents present at A&E which can mean lengthy waits, at least one x-ray and consultation with specialist consultants. Many require multiple procedures with one in six injuries resulting in an amputation. Such injuries can leave children with lifelong disfigurement, pain and even depression.
Figures collected in just one London hospital reveal that last year door crushing accidents resulted in 630 nailbed injury operations – 40% of these were paediatric cases. Yet routine use of door safety catches that cost a little over £1 can guard against injury to little fingers.
At Fingersafe we can help you protect children and adults from these dreadful injuries.