No, I wasn't wounded there already. Was a single knife wound to that end, the other two wounds I got, also by knife, were on the other side of my body. I mean, yeah, you can kinda bleed to death if you lose a finger. I dunno. Might there be a critical damage range that allows for this sort of thing?
After all of this, I *did* recently get an actual in-game, red box error message that the game couldn't find some temp ( as in .tmp) file or another. This was when I was going to save, but didn't quite click directly on the save button, if that had anything to do with it. I did manage to save properly though, and haven't seen that error since.