By Danielle Newton. Last Updated 2nd May 2023. This guide explains if you could claim if your finger is trapped in a door at work and what compensation you could be entitled to. We provide a compensation table below with brackets guidelines taken from a source used by personal injury solicitors when valuing claims. In addition, our guide distinguishes between the types of compensation you could receive.
Furthermore, we look into the eligibility criteria you will be expected to meet when making a personal injury claim and the evidence that will be useful to have if you get injured at work. Our guide also expands on what injuries you could sustain from an accident at work and how long you generally have to start a claim.
To conclude, we detail how a No Win No Fee arrangement works, what a Conditional Fee Agreement entails and how it could be a financially beneficial option to work with solicitors on your claim.
Please keep reading if you require more information on what you could claim after your work accident. Alternatively, you can get in contact with our advisors by using the contact methods below:
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- What Could You Claim If Your Finger Was Trapped In A Door At Work?
- Could You Claim If Your Fingers Were Trapped In A Door At Work?
- How Could Your Finger Get Trapped In A Door At Work?
- What Evidence Do I Need Before Filing An Accident At Work Claim?
- What Injuries Could Your Fingers Being Trapped In A Door Cause?
- How Does A No Win No Fee Work Accident Claim Work?
- My Finger Was Trapped In A Door At Work – What Else Do I Need To Know?
To begin, when making a claim, you may want to know what payout you could receive for your injuries. One form of compensation you could receive is general damages. These cover the suffering you have endured as a result of your injuries.
When valuing your injuries, solicitors may use the compensation brackets provided by the Judicial College Guidelines. These show amounts alongside various injuries. As can be seen below, the table depicts these figures, though they are not definite amounts.
|Amputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers (d)
|The use of the hand is reduced and the grip is weak.
|£61,910 to £90,750
|The function of the hand has been reduced to half of its usual capacity.
|£29,000 to £61,910
|Fingers are Severely Fractured (f)
|This could result in partial amputations and deformity.
|Up to £36,740
|Very Serious Injury To Thumb (s)
|The thumb has been severed at the base and the grafting has left a useless digit.
|£19,600 to £35,010
|Less Serious (g)
|A severe crush injury causing impaired function.
|£14,450 to £29,000
|Amputation of the Terminal Phalanx Bone in the Index and Middle Fingers (q)
|Involving scarring, restricted movement, and impaired grip.
|Total and Partial Loss of Index Finger (i)
|Total loss or disfigurement.
|£12,170 to £18,740
|Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers (k)
|Fracturs or serious injury causing stiffness and permanent loss of grip.
|£10,320 to £16,340
|Fracture of Index Finger (j)
|Fracture has mended quickly but the grip is impaired.
|£9,110 to £12,240
|Serious Injury to the Little Finger (n)
|A fracture requiring surgery and causing a small loss of movement.
Another kind of compensation you could claim for is special damages. These aim to restore you to the financial position you were in prior to your injuries by compensating you for the monetary losses you have experienced due to this. Although you may incur these losses, evidence is significant to have. Examples of these losses and the evidence that could support them include:
- Payslips to show a loss of earnings.
- Invoices and bank statements to illustrate the costs incurred for professional care that you require.
- Bus or train tickets to show public transport costs.
When looking at special damages, a loss of earnings calculator can be advantageous in gaining perspective on what you could be entitled to receive.
Work Accident And Injury Claim Time Limits
In relation to time restrictions, the Limitation Act 1980 states that generally, when you make a personal injury claim, you will have three years from your accident at work or from the date you became aware of your employer’s negligence.
Exceptions to this time limit do exist, and they are as follows:
- If a person were under eighteen at the time of the accident, they would have three years from their eighteenth birthday to make a claim.
- A person lacking the mental capacity to claim will have three years from the event in which they recover their mental capacity if this is a possibility.
A litigation friend can start a claim on behalf of an individual. They are a trusted adult who prioritises the injured person’s best interests.
You could be eligible to claim compensation for your accident at work. To do so, you should be able to show that your employer was responsible for your injuries. Under the Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974, your employer is legally obliged to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety in the workplace.
Moreover, you must demonstrate that:
- Your employer owed a duty of care.
- There was a breach of this duty by your employer.
- This breach caused you to suffer injuries.
If you can illustrate the above, this will help show your employer’s liability, which amounts to negligence.
As stated above, your employer owes you a duty to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety. This includes carrying out risk assessments for doors, both electric and manual.
If your employer were to fail to adhere to their duty of care, you could suffer an injury at work, and you may be eligible to make an accident at work claim.
Some examples of how our fingers could be trapped in a door at work include:
- Due to poor maintenance, an automatic door could malfunction, resulting in it closing too soon, causing you to suffer a hand and arm injury.
- Faulty anti-slam mechanisms on a heavy door could result in your fingers being crushed.
- If a door has faulty hinges, this could result in the door closing too quickly, and your fingers could become trapped.
Contact our advisors today to see whether you could make a personal injury claim for a trapped finger at work. They could also offer you free advice for your potential claim.
After having an accident at work, you may wonder what steps you should take when claiming for a finger injury at work. After receiving the medical attention you require, evidence will be an important factor in your claim. It can help to support your claims of employer negligence.
Examples of such include:
- CCTV footage and photographs of the accident site and injuries caused.
- A diary illustrating your symptoms and the psychological impact
- Copies of medical records.
- Witness contact information.
A solicitor from our panel could assist you with this process.
Evidently, if your finger was trapped in a door at work, you could sustain numerous injuries of various natures. Examples include:
- Fractured or broken fingers
- Lacerations, cuts, or bruises
- Severed fingers
- Crushing injury
If your employer’s negligence caused an accident at work and consequently led to your injuries, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
When making a claim for your accident at work, you may choose to work with a No Win No Fee solicitor. You could be offered a Conditional Fee Agreement.
Generally, with these kinds of agreements in place, you will not pay for your solicitor’s services in the event your claim is unsuccessful.
Comparatively, your solicitor can take a success fee if your claim is successful, and this is a proportion of your compensation that your solicitor deducts. The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 legally restricts the percentage solicitors are allowed to take.
Moreover, you and your solicitor will most likely discuss the amount before entering the agreement.
For further information about No Win No Fee, please contact our team.
In conclusion, please contact our team if you have any questions or queries about the personal injury claims process after your finger was trapped in a door at work.
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- How Long Do You Have To Claim After An Accident At Work?
- How To Find The Best Fatal Accident Solicitor For You
- Child Personal Injury Claims Solicitors
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