By Marlon Marquardt. Last Updated 6th January 2023. Have you been in an accident at work that was caused by employer or employee negligence? Has this caused you an injury? Possibly a broken finger? Are you wanting to claim compensation? This guide shall provide some vital information about making a claim for an accident at work. Here is what we will be discussing:
- We will explain how a broken finger could happen
- Who could be liable
- We will advise what evidence you will need
- An estimate on the value of your claim
- How to Make a No Win No Fee claim.
We aim to provide you with lots of information about the claims process. However, every claim is unique so we may not answer all your questions. For any answers to questions that you have please call our team any time that is convenient for you.
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- What Is A Broken Finger At Work Claim?
- How Could You Break Your Finger At Work?
- Who Could Be Liable For A Broken Finger At Work?
- What Evidence Do You Need When Making A Broken Finger At Work Claim?
- How Much For A Broken Finger At Work Claim Could You Get?
- Find Out How To Make No Win No Fee Broken Finger At Work Claim
At work generally, all employers owe their employees a duty of care. This is to provide a workspace that is healthy and safe as much as can be reasonably expected. The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 applies this legal duty of care and employers must abide by this.
It is when this duty has been breached that accidents could happen which could have been avoided. Accidents caused through negligence could qualify an employee injured this way to be eligible for compensation through an accident at work claim.
To find out if you could make an accident at work claim for a broken finger call our advisors. Any questions you have can be answered and you will receive some free legal advice.
There are different ways such an injury could be suffered in the workplace. There are so many job roles and positions that we could not mention them all here. However, we have provided some examples of accidents that could lead to a broken finger at work;
- Using faulty machinery or equipment at work
- A slip, trip or fall because there were no hazard signs to show the floor was wet.
- Jamming your finger in a faulty door or draw
- An employee dropping something onto your hand
- Lack of training on how to use different tools such as hammers.
No workplace is 100% safe. But employers are supposed to ensure that you receive the right training to do your job safely. Training in some key industries is vital to keep employees safe and well. This is also true for risk assessing not only the workplace but the job role also. And finally, personal protective equipment PPE allows employers to keep employees safe when risks identified in risk assessments cannot be removed.
If an employer fails to protect your safety by not implementing risk assessments, not providing PPE or failing to train you to do your job safely they could be liable if you are injured as a result.
Non-Fatal Workplace Injury Statistics
The chart below has taken figures from the Health and Safety Executive which illustrates the number of accidents that have caused non-fatal injuries to employees by most common accident kinds.
If you are reading this and you have broken your finger due to an accident at work that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
This could be a minor accident or a serious accident but under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 your employer has a duty of care to look out for your safety and wellbeing.
Accidents at work do not automatically mean that those injured could make a claim against their employer. It is only if it can be proven that your employer or another employee has through negligent practices caused or allowed an accident that could have been avoided.
If you are unsure whether your accident in the workplace was caused by a breach of the duty of care owed to you call our expert advisors. They will evaluate your case and can provide you with specific advice on what your next steps could be. This advice is free and comes with no obligation.
If you have suffered a broken finger at work and are thinking about making a claim we have provided information on what evidence you could use to prove your case. Evidence is key when it comes to proving your personal injury claim. It is always useful to know your rights to claim. Here are some key things to consider that could help support your case:
- It is important to make sure your accident is recorded in the accident report book
- Report this to the relevant person, such as the manager or owner of the company
- Seek medical attention
- Gather witness details in case they are asked at a later date for a statement
- See if the accident was caught on CCTV
- Take images of the cause of the accident.
- Seek legal advice
Finger Injury Claims – Time Limits
For a personal injury claim, the time limit to start your claim is usually 3 years from the date of the accident.
However, some exceptions are in place for various circumstances. This is under the Limitations Act 1980.
One example is if you were unaware of your injury or its cause. If you had continued to work with your broken finger or not sought appropriate treatment until later, you could use a date of knowledge. This is either the date you are made aware of your injury or aware of what caused your injury.
Those under 18 and those who lack the mental capacity to claim are also subject to exceptions.
A litigation friend can be appointed to represent either party whilst the time limit is suspended, but otherwise, the time limit would either start when the claimant turns 18 or if the claimant recovers.
If you would like to learn more about how to claim for your finger injury or claims in general, please reach out to one of our advisers.
If your personal injury claim for an accident at work is successful your settlement could be made up of two different types of damages. Firstly, we have general damages that look to compensate the claimant for the pain and suffering caused by their injury.
Next, we have special damages that will reimburse the claimant for losses and expenses. Special damages could cover any financial losses or loss of earnings you may have due to the injury, for example, loss of work, travel expenses or medical treatment etc.
We have taken these compensation brackets from the guidelines by Judicial College. These are only guidelines as all cases are different.
|Amputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers
|£58,100 to £85,170
|Severe Fractures to Fingers
|Up to £34,480
|Fracture of Index Finger
|£8,550 to £11,480
|Loss of Part of the Little Finger
|£3,710 to £5,500
|Amputation of Ring and Little Fingers
|In the region of £20,480
|Loss of Thumb
|£33,330 to £51,460
|Very Serious Injury to Thumb leaving a virtually useless and deformed
|£18,390 to £32,850
|Serious Injury to the Thumb involve amputation of the tip
|£11,820 to £15,740
|Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders
|disability with surgery and loss of employment.
|£20,560 to £21,700
|Complete recovery within a short period (of weeks or a few months).
|£2,070 to £3,310
As part of your accident at work claim, you may have to attend a professional medical assessment. At this assessment, the doctor would make a report regarding your injuries and the length of time for your recovery. The medical report is sent to all sides so that your injuries can be evaluated.
Generally, within this agreement, it should state that;
- No upfront fees are needed for your solicitor to begin work on your case, and
- Should your case fail there will be no fees to pay the solicitor, however
- If the case wins the solicitor will take a legally capped percentage from your compensation and send you the remaining amount.
Our expert advisors are waiting to take your call. They can offer you free advice and will assess the merits of your case. Where they can see good grounds to make an accident at work claim for a broken finger they may offer to connect you with a specialist solicitor. Please call our advisors today:
Hand And Finger Injury Claim References
Check the NHS guide whether you have a broken finger or thumb.
Have a look at the Health and Safety Executive website for guidance on first aid at work.
The Health and Safety Executive provide information on employer’s responsibilities for health and safety management.
If you have had a slip, trip or fall our guide provides additional information on making a personal injury claim.
Are you wondering how to make a personal injury claim – then see our guide for more advice.
Have you suffered loss of earnings because you have missed work while recovering then our guide has advice on how you could claim them back?
If you require any more advice on a broken finger at work claim please do not hesitate to get in touch any time.