By Daniel Janeway. Last Updated 3rd January 2023. 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
If you’ve injured your finger or sustained another kind of hand injury at work, compensation could be owed to you. However, you need to be aware of how long you have to claim. In accordance with the Limitation Act 1980, the time limit to start a claim is typically 3 years. However, this time limit is not necessarily absolute.
Certain circumstances can allow for an extension or even a suspension of this time limit. For example:
- Child injuries – The time limit for injured parties under the age of 18 does not begin until they become an adult. Whilst they cannot claim for themselves before this date, a litigation friend can be appointed to claim on their behalf.
- Reduced mental capacity – If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to make their own claim, then a litigation friend must also be appointed if a claim is to be made. However, they are also free of time constraints unless then the injured party is deemed to have made a suitable recovery to claim for themselves.
Get in touch today for more information, including how much compensation for a finger injury you could be owed. When looking for a valuation of your finger injury, a claim calculator you find online may not take all of your circumstances into account. Speaking with our advisors is the best way to receive bespoke advice.
You may be wondering, “how much compensation do you get for a finger injury?”. The answer to this question varies depending on a number of key factors. For instance, there is a figure that legal professionals calculate to compensate you for the level of pain and suffering you have experienced. It’s known as a general damages payment.
To help them with these calculations, they can use a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This resource was last updated in 2022. We have included some example figures from the JCG in the table below. Bear in mind that these figures are only illustrative. Your own claim needs to be addressed before an accurate amount can be calculated.
|(F) Severe fractures
|Up to £36,740
|Partial finger amputations causing deformity, reduced grip and loss of function.
|(I) Partial/ total loss of index finger
|£12,170 to £18,740
|The finger may be totally lost, or there may be other deformity and impact on the grip.
|(J) Index finger fracture
|£9,110 to £12,240
|Fracture of the index finger.
|(K) Serious injuries to the middle or ring finger
|£10,320 to £16,340
|Total loss of the finger, serious tendon injuries or fractures which lead to deformity and stiffness.
|(L) Loss of the terminal phalanx of the middle or ring fingers
|£3,950 to £7,870
|Loss of the tip of the finger
|(M) Little finger amputation
|£8,640 to £12,240
|Loss of the little finger
|(N) Little finger
|In the region of £6,000
|Some loss of movement in cold weather following surgery for a fracture
|In the region of £21,810
|Loss of the ring and little fingers
|In the region of £21,810
|Amputation of the index and middle fingers at the terminal phalanges
|(R) Loss of the thumb
|£35,520 to £54,830
|Complete loss of the thumb.
When seeking compensation for a finger injury, a claim calculator you find online may not take all aspects of your claim into account, such as special damages.
Special damages is intended to reimburse claimants for the financial impact of their injuries. Here are some examples:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earnings
- Damage to personal property
- Care costs
Get in touch if you have any questions about claiming compensation for a broken finger.
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