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Advice On How To Make A Claim For A Finger Injury At Work

If you’ve suffered a finger injury while at work, we can help you claim compensation 

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If you’ve suffered a finger injury while at work, we can help you claim compensation

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What Is A Finger Injury At Work?

If you suffer an injury to your finger while carrying out your work duties, this would be classed as a workplace accident. 

For example, if you’re using a machine with a broken safety guard, you could cut your finger. In this case, because the safety guard was broken, your employer could be held responsible. 

Let’s take a look at some other examples of the types of finger injuries you could suffer at work.

Examples Of Finger Injuries At Work

  • Full and partial amputations to one or multiple fingers
  • Fracturing finger bones
  • Broken finger
  • Crush injuries to fingers
  • Soft tissue and ligament damage
  • Lacerations
  • Burns to fingers
  • Finger dislocation
  • Vibrating White Finger (VWF)

Common Examples Of Accidents At Work Leading To Finger Injuries

Below, we have provided examples of accidents that could lead to someone sustaining a finger injury at work. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you don’t see your circumstances described here please contact us to discuss your case.

  • An employee may have sustained a crushed hand injury, breaking several fingers, because an emergency stop button failed to work on a faulty piece of machinery.
  • Due to a missing safety rail on a cutting machine, an employee sustains an amputated finger injury on one hand and other deep lacerations on the other hand.
  • An employee sustains fractures to several fingers after putting their hand out to break a fall after slipping on a spillage or leak that wasn’t cleared up or signposted in a reasonable time frame.
  • An employee breaks their hand and fingers in a fall at work from height because of an employer’s failure to carry out a risk assessment before instructing employees to work from a height.

To discuss your specific accident at work and find out whether you could make a claim for a finger injury at work, please contact us via the number above.

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Can I Claim Compensation For A Finger Injury At Work?

In order to make a compensation claim for a finger injury at work it’s necessary to prove that your employer was at least partially responsible for what happened. 

All employers must adhere to the duty of care placed on them by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This law means that reasonable steps should be taken to try and prevent employees from experiencing harm at work. As such, they must:

  • Ensure that the workplace is regularly risk assessed and any hazards are dealt with.
  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves, hard hats and steel-toe capped boots, where necessary.
  • Train staff regularly on health and safety policies and how to carry out their roles safely.
  • Keep all machinery, equipment and tools safely maintained.

If you suffer a finger injury at work because your employer was negligent in some way, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.

However, the following criteria need to be met in order to pursue a personal injury claim:

  • Your employer owed you a duty of care at the time and place of the accident.
  • Your employer breached that duty.
  • As a direct consequence of the breach, you sustained a finger injury in an accident.

To see if you might be entitled to start a finger injury at work claim, why not speak to our team today?

Is There A Time Limit For Claiming Compensation?

In order to make a claim, it’s also necessary to take legal action within the time limit. 

By law (The Limitation Act 1980), you have just 3 years from the date you injure your finger to issue your claim in court. If you don’t do so, you could be prevented from claiming compensation.

While this may sound like a decent amount of time, some cases require more investigation than others, especially if they’re complex or if the injuries are severe.

It’s therefore best to get legal advice as soon as you can to avoid any issues developing down the line. 

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Do I Need Evidence To Prove My Finger Injury Claim?

When you make a finger injury at work claim, you must collect evidence to help prove how your finger injury was sustained, who caused the accident and the extent of your suffering.

The following evidence could all prove useful:

  • Photographs of the cause of your finger injury and the injury itself.
  • The contact details of anybody who saw you get injured so that witness statements can be collected at a later date.
  • A diary that lists any suffering you’ve endured plus the dates you needed to go to your GP or a hospital for medical treatment.
  • A copy of your employer’s accident report form to confirm where and when you were injured.
  • CCTV footage of the accident occurring if it is available.

If you are eligible to proceed with your case and wish to seek legal representation, you could benefit from working with one of our accident at work solicitors. They have experience handling claims for workplace injuries and could help you build a strong case.

To find out whether you could instruct one of our solicitors, please contact an advisor on the number above.

How Much Compensation Could I Get For A Finger Injury At Work?

Personal injury settlements awarded following a successful claim can comprise up to two forms of compensation, also known as heads of loss:

  • General damages: Compensating for the pain and suffering of your injuries, both physical, mental, or both. This head of loss will be awarded if your claim succeeds.
  • Special damages: Compensating for the financial expenses caused by your injuries. This could include lost income, care costs and medical costs. Evidence, such as payslips and receipts could help prove these losses. This head will only be awarded if general damages also comprise your settlement.

When valuing general damages, solicitors can use the guideline compensation brackets set out in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). They could also use medical evidence alongside these figures.

The table below contains figures from the latest version of the JCG (17th edition, published in 2024). However, please keep in mind these are only guideline amounts.

InjuryCompensation Guidelines
Index and Middle and/or Ring Finger Amputation£75,550 to £110,750
Serious Hand Injury£35,390 to £75,550
Crush Injuries£17,640 to £35,390
Severe Finger FracturesUp to £44,840
Serious Injury To Little FingerIn the region of £7,320
Partial Loss Of The Little Finger£4,820 to £7,150
Partial or Complete Loss of Index Finger£14,850 to £22,870
Serious Ring or Middle Finger Injury£12,590 to £19,940
Amputation Of Little Finger£10,550 to £14,940
Index Finger Fracture£11,120 to £14,930

To see how much compensation you could receive following a successful finger injury at work claim, please get in touch with a member of our team.

How Can JF Law Help Me?

We’re specialists in accident at work claims and with a tremendous track record, we can help you too. Our solicitors could offer the following services:

  • Manage the claims process from start to finish.
  • Gather any evidence needed to substantiate your case.
  • Make sure you are kept up to date with the progress of your claim.
  • Value your compensation payout.
  • Send correspondence on your behalf.
  • Submit your claim within the relevant time limit.

 

They provide these services under No Win No Fee terms, in particular offering you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a type of No Win No Fee contract that allows your solicitor to begin working on your claim without you paying upfront. You also won’t need to pay for their continued work as your case proceeds. Nor will you need to pay for their completed work if the case fails.

Should the claim be won, you’ll retain the majority of your compensation but a percentage (which is legally capped) will be deducted from your compensation. This is taken by the solicitor as their success fee.

Why not contact us to see if you could make a finger injury at work claim with one of our solicitors on this basis? To get in touch, you can:

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