Injuries in the workplace, on the roads, and in public places affect thousands of people every year and if you were the victim of an accident that should not have happened, this article could help you.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors will share their expertise and knowledge to guide you through the process of making a claim for little finger amputation compensation. We will look at a typical example case study of an accident that required the removal of a digit and how the person successfully won £17,000 in damages.
You might have considered making a claim for compensation before but were worried about what it entailed. Is it expensive? What happens if my case loses? Who do I hold responsible for my injuries? We hope to clarify these questions and provide relevant links to Government websites and Legislation to help you in your decision to claim.
At any point throughout this article, if there’s anything you don’t understand or would simply like more information about, please feel free to contact our friendly team on 0800 408 7825.
Select a Section
- A Guide To Calculating Little Finger Amputation Compensation
- Non-Dominant Hand Amputations Explained
- Types Of Financial Repercussions
- Frequent Amputation Accidents
- Care Claim Breakdown
- Professional Estimate Of Your Compensation
- Case Study: £17,000 Non-Dominant Little Finger Amputation Claim
- Your Specialist Estimate
- No Win No Fee Terms
- Find The Right Personal Injury Solicitors
- Contact Options
- More Reading
In this online guide as well as providing an example case study so you can see what can be included in a compensation settlement package we look at 3 separate areas where a duty of care is applied; accidents in the workplace, accidents in public places, and road traffic accidents (RTA’s) and we discuss the laws that apply the duty of care in each circumstance. We will also look to discuss the following;
- Recording your accident at work properly using RIDDOR
- How to correctly value a claim for little finger amputation compensation?
- What evidence is needed in a compensation claim?
- What damages could you be eligible for?
- How could a No Win No Fee solicitor help you?
The best No Win No Fee solicitors may not always be in your area which is no longer an issue as the internet allows solicitors to connect remotely with clients based anywhere in the country. So you have the choice of any solicitor you would like to use. Although we must add that you are not required by law to have a solicitor represent your case.
An amputation is a serious medical procedure that is normally carried out when a part of the body is damaged beyond repair or there are blood poisoning issues. It can also happen in a severe accident where a body part is torn from the body. The NHS gives information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of amputations which you can read here.
If you suffered an injury like this as the result of poor health and safety at work, in public, due to a negligent road user you may have the foundation in which to build a successful compensation claim. We are going to discuss three main duties of care that are applied so that peoples’ health and well being are protected as much as possible. In the workplace, The Health And Safety At Work, etc Act 1974 explains the importance of workplace safety and the responsibilities of employers.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 applies a duty of are for business operators. Councils are included within this legislation. Anywhere that is accessible to the public is controlled by a party who would be liable if you injured yourself in a no-fault accident on their premises or land.
The Highway Code gives guidance and a set of mandatory rules for road users to follow. This expectation of diligence also includes keeping in mind that some motorists may not show the requisite standard of care and to anticipate that.
Special damages can be included in your compensation package These damages need proof in the form of receipts and bills, but they can massively enhance the ultimate amount you are rewarded in your little finger amputation claim. Costs refundable to you, as a result of the impact of your injuries, might include:
- Loss of earnings
- Missed bonuses or work engagements
- Travel costs to and from hospital appointments
- Specialist medical equipment or medicines
- Adaptations to your home
- The costs of professional care
All these implications can carry a heavy financial burden. An accident caused by the negligence of someone else could turn your life upside-down both from a health and financial perspective. A No Win No Fee lawyer will show you how to properly keep records of all these costs and get them included as part of your settlement in court.
Yearly statistics are available to show just how common accidents in the workplace are. For example, in 2019/2020, 693,000 people suffered an injury at work and this website breaks down the prevalence and types. Anything that could involve the crushing of a finger, a heavy object landing on your hand or malfunctioning machinery could result in an injury that requires amputation.
Road collision or cycling accidents also carry a significant risk from injury (you can download statistics from this website). If you were involved in an avoidable incident that resulted in serious damage to either your little finger or any digit, speak to our team today about starting a little finger amputation claim.
Even if your damaged finger is not on your dominant hand, you may experience significant pain and difficulty trying to perform daily tasks the way you are used to. You might need to ask family and friends to help, taking them away from their jobs or domestic demands. This is called ‘gracious care’ and can be reimbursed to them at an hourly rate.
If you need to hire a professional carer, these costs can be very high. The NHS states that to pay for someone to come to your home to help you cook, clean, shop, or assist with personal care could cost as much as £650 per week. These expenses would need to be met by you immediately and would create a sudden and alarming financial burden for many.
A No Win No Fee lawyer can help. By showing you how to record and keep receipts or bills, of these costs so that they could be included under special damages and claimed back for you.
Many online websites claim to offer instant settlement amounts with ‘compensation calculators’. These often over or under-value claims and fail to take into account the subtle details of your case, such as the results of a medical assessment.
A medical assessment presents a great opportunity for you to have a medical expert confirm that your injuries were sustained as a direct result of what happened to you that day and not a prior illness. This evidence will vitally underpin your claim and allow your claim to be valued correctly.
There are two heads of loss you can seek. General damages, which reflect the pain and suffering caused by your injuries and special damages which seek to restore your finances to where they were before the injury.
It is not a requirement to appoint a solicitor for your compensation claim but their knowledge and expertise may allow for your claim to reach its right amount. They will have the capabilities of building a successful claim in which you receive all the compensation you are entitled to. They will know which legislation is needed to back your claims and what evidence will effectively support it.
Mr. Douglas was at his local shopping centre. He needed the shop on the second floor so proceeded towards the lift. As he entered the lift the doors closed on him trapping his hand in the door. Straight away he began to scream for help. The pain was unbearable thankfully the lift remained still. Security was called straight away and emergency services. The lifts had to be pulled open by the fire birgade for Mr. Douglas’ hand to be released. Straight away he was aware his little finger was not right. It was comeplety blue and almost detached from the hand.
Mr. Douglas was taken straight to hospital where he had emergency surgery. The little finger could not be saved and was surgically removed.
After speaking to a No Win No Fee solicitor, Mr. Douglas realised he could have a case for seeking damages. He retained the invoices for the professional care he needed and proof of lost earnings. After a brief investigation, it became apparent that the lift had not been serviced in the last couple of years. The case was settled in his favour and he received an award of £17,000 in little finger amputation compensation for both general and special damages.
This case is merely an example but it illustrates a typical scenario and what can be achieved in a compensation claim
When you speak or contact a No Win No Fee lawyer in person, they are able to understand your case on a deeper level than any online compensation calculator could. They have the expertise to recognise and acknowledge costs to you that you may have thought either lost or just part of the overall misfortune of your accident. When costs are calculated properly, they can look like this:
|General damages||Special damages|
|Amputation of little finger£11,000||Loss of earnings - £4,500|
|Physiotherapy and pain management - £1,250|
|Travel costs to hospital - £250|
Speak to our team today to see how we might be able to help you.
No Win No Fee is a term you may be familiar with. Also called CFA’s (Conditional Fee Agreements) as the title suggests, you only need to pay a fee on the condition your case is successful, but there are many other benefits:
- No fees to pay upfront.
- Nothing to pay while the case is on-going.
- Nothing to pay your solicitor if your case fails.
- If your case wins, a small ‘success fee’ is sought. Capped by law to remain low, it is only deducted after you receive your compensation payout.
- The bulk of the money goes to you.
- You receive expert legal advice and support throughout the case.
For many people who may lack the funds to even think about engaging a solicitor, No Win No Fee solicitors offer an excellent opportunity to right a wrong. If you were harmed at work, on the roads, or in public because of negligence or recklessness, speak to our team today to see how a No Win No Fee lawyer could help you.
Once you’ve made a decision to start a claim against a liable party, you might start by doing a No Win No Fee search on the internet. This is likely to throw up a bewildering amount of search results and not offer much actual guidance. Reviews can be a useful way of seeing how a firm might operate and help you, but there is an easier way.
We can help. Our team can introduce you to No Win No Fee solicitors that combined have decades of experience handling cases like yours and guiding them to successful outcomes. It’s no longer important to use a local firm, thanks to the internet you can choose a solicitor no matter where they are based.
Contacting us couldn’t be easier. If you’re ready to start a claim for little finger amputation compensation or any no-fault injury, you can:
- Call us on 0800 408 7825
- Speak to our ‘live support’ option, bottom right
Thank you for reading our guide about personal injury claims. We hope it has been helpful and useful in your decision to start a claim for compensation. We look forward to helping you.
For more information about public accident hot spots, please click here
For further reading about claims against the council, please read here
Please read here to learn more about cycling accidents.
For more information about using NHS services, please read here
Further medical reading on amputations, please click here
Article by EA