Finger Trapping – Keeping your Child Safe
Finger trapping is one of the most common areas of accidents involving children. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) record that a massive 30,000 children trap and seriously crush their fingers in doors at homes, schools, nurseries or shops every year. More than 1,500 of these children will need surgery – sometimes requiring ongoing reconstructive surgery.
This week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s (CAPT) child safety week. This week CAPT are encouraging everybody to raise awareness of child accidents and how they can be prevented.
The theme is – Family life today: where’s the risk? Its aim is to promote the new dangers facing families today from our modern lifestyles and offers simple solutions to keep our children safe.
At What’s My Claim Worth, we have seen many of the horrific injuries that children can experiences from accidents. This is why we are promoting the prevention of child accidents by focusing on the prevention of child finger door trapping accidents.
Steps to prevent finger trapping injuries
- Fit front and rear hinges with protection strips
- Fit doors with stoppers and jammers
- Fit safety catches to drawers and cupboards
- Use door wedges
- Fit door knob covers
What to do if your child traps their finger
Seek immediate hospital treatment if:
- There is obvious amputation or missing tissue
- There is severe pain or deformity
- There is heavy bleeding or bleeding will not stop
- Your child has no feeling in the finger
- Your child’s finger is not healing well after what seemed like a minor injury.
Finger trapping compensation claim
Recently, we acted for a 7 year old girl who was staying at a hotel with her parents when she trapped two of her fingers in a door that did not have a door guard fitted. The claimant suffered crushing injuries to both fingers.
In this case we recovered damages for the sum of £1,520 for her. On our client’s behalf, we claimed compensation for the physical pain suffered and expenses to cover the cost of travel and the care and assistance from her parents.
How can we help?
If you or your child has been involved in an accident, we may be able to help you claim compensation. See how much your claim could be worth by using our Claimometer. You can also contact us for free today on 0800 025 0000.