This guide will explain how to make a finger injury at work claim for compensation. When you are at work, your employer is responsible for your health and safety. Therefore, if your employer neglects their duty of care toward you causing an accident at work, your employer may be responsible for your injuries. So you could make a personal injury claim for your finger injuries.
A finger injury can mean that you cannot work for some time. Therefore you may experience a loss in income. What’s more, a finger injury can be painful and normal everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning and looking after the children may all cause issues. This guide will explain how to sue for injury at work. And we will look at how much a finger injury claim could be worth in compensation.
If you have suffered a finger injury at work, contact Public Interest Lawyers to begin your claim. Our advisors can review the merits of your case as well as any evidence you have managed to collect. When it is possible for you to make a valid accident at work claim they could connect you with a specialist solicitor from our panel. A solicitor from our panel could offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. This means you would not need any funds to pay for legal representation upfront. To begin your finger injury claim, please contact us today at 0800 408 7825.
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You might be eligible to claim compensation for a finger injury at work if the accident was not your fault. Can I claim for a broken finger at work? Your employer owes you a duty of care when you are at work. So, if there is evidence that your employer acted negligently and this led to your finger injuries, you may be eligible to claim compensation from them.
Examples of finger injuries at work:
- A Cut finger injury at work could happen because there are sharp unkept pieces of machinery. Such an injury can cause extensive soft tissue damage and mean you need to take a period of time away from work.
- If items are poorly stocked on shelves and racking, those items may fall causing a crushed finger accident which could potentially lead to broken finger injuries.
- If an employer fails to provide the correct personal protective equipment PPE to staff who need it to do their job safely contact with heat or harmful chemicals can cause a burn injury at work.
- When the correct training is not given to forklift truck drivers accidents causing serious injuries can happen to those working in warehouses.
- Falling or slipping due to poor housekeeping can cause soft tissue injuries such as strains or sprains.
You may be wondering how to claim for a work injury. Please get in touch with Public Interest Lawyers for your free consultation.
Having a solicitor or legal team supporting you through a personal injury claim can ensure that everything is filed correctly and on time. The pre-action protocols are initial steps that your legal team can undertake on your behalf. It is the stages that need to be completed to try and resolve the case before there is no alternative but you take the case to court. The purpose of the pre-action protocols is to settle the claim and avoid going to court. Here are the steps of the pre-action protocols.
- Letter of Notification: The claimant or their solicitor will send a letter notifying the defendant of the claim.
- Rehabilitation: There is a medical assessment to see what treatment you need.
- Letter of claim: Your legal representative or you will write to the defendant or their insurer detailing the claim.
- Response: The defendant’s legal team must reply within 21 days.
- Disclosure: Both sides will exchange any documents and relevant information about the case.
You can read more about the steps of making a personal injury case in our online guide.
To make a successful finger injury at work claim, you will have to provide evidence to prove the following:
- Firstly, the defendant owed you a duty of care. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe all their workers a duty of care.
- Secondly, the defendant breached their duty of care by acting negligently. Subsequently, your employer’s negligence caused an accident at work.
- And finally, your finger injury was caused by an accident at work. You will need to provide medical evidence to demonstrate this.
You can gather evidence to prove your accident at work claim. Evidence you can provide includes:
- Medical evidence such as your medical report and medical records
- The accident report log, which was made in your company’s accident book
- Photographs of your finger injury
- Pictures of the hazard which caused your injury
- Physical evidence such as receipts of purchases you have made
- Bank statements and other financial documents which show your loss of income
You may wonder how much money you can get from losing a finger at work? If you have lost a finger or suffered a finger injury, you may be eligible to claim compensation. You can use the table below as a personal injury claims calculator. The compensation brackets in the table are based on guidelines from the Judicial College. Solicitors use these guidelines to help them value claims for accidents at work.
|Finger Injuries||(F) Severe fractures||Up to £34,480||Partial finger amputations causing deformity, reduced grip and loss of function.|
|Finger Injury||(I) Partial/ total loss of index finger||£11,420 to £17,590||The finger may be totally lost, or there may be other deformity and impact on the grip.|
|Finger Injury||(J) Index finger fracture||£8,550 to £11,480||Fracture of the index finger.|
|Finger Injury||(K) Serious injuries to the middle or ring finger||£13,970 to £15,330||Total loss of the finger, serious tendon injuries or fractures which lead to deformity and stiffness.|
|Finger Injury||(L) Loss of the terminal phalanx of the middle or ring fingers||£3,710 to £7,390||Loss of the tip of the finger|
|Finger Injury||(M) Little finger amputation||£8,110 to £11,490||Loss of the little finger|
|Finger Injury||(N) Little finger||£3,710 to £5,500||Loss of part of this finger|
|Finger Injury||(O) Amputation||In the region of £20,480||Loss of the ring and little fingers|
|Finger Injury||(P) Amputation||In the region of £23,460||Amputation of the index and middle fingers at the terminal phalanges|
|Finger Injury||(Q) Loss of the thumb||£33,330 to £51,460||Complete loss of the thumb.|
Depending on the individual circumstances of your accident at work, how much compensation you receive may vary.
Additional as well as general damages compensation as shown in the table above you may be eligible to claim special damages compensation. Special damages cover losses and predicted losses of moneys attached to your injury.
So, please feel free to contact Public Interest Lawyers to enquire about how much compensation you can receive.
If your finger injury at work claim is successful, you will be paid up to two heads of claim. The first is general damages which will compensate you for the hurt your injuries have caused. And the second is special damages, which will pay for your loss of earnings. And reimburse you for any expenses associated with your injuries. Special damages are not included in the table.
Please get in contact with us, if you would like to claim compensation for a hand or finger injury. How can we help you? Wherever you are based in Great Britain, we can help you by assessing your case for free and providing free legal advice. What’s more, we will value your claim accurately so you receive the right amount of compensation.
When our advisors can see that your case could be awarded compensation they could offer to appoint a specialist solicitor. The solicitor will offer you the option to sign a Conditional Fee Agreement. This means they are providing their services on a No Win No Fee basis. Therefore you will only be charged a success fee if your legal team win your claim. So for many claimants making a No Win No Fee claim is less stressful.
Explaining The Injury At Work Claims Process
You can learn more about making a workplace injury claim by reading these guides.
Injuries that are reportable to RIDDOR
A guide to the symptoms and treatment of finger pain, from the NHS
How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? – an NHS guide
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Article by AH