When Can You Claim For A Finger Injury At Work?
This guide explains when you could be eligible to claim compensation following a finger injury at work if your employer was negligent. For personal injury claims, there are a set of criteria that need to be met. We explore these as well as the evidence you could gather to strengthen your case later in our guide.
Additionally, we provide an overview of the duty of care your employer owes you with regard to your health, safety and well being in the workplace. We also provide examples of how a finger injury could be sustained at work.
Furthermore, we look at how personal injury settlements are calculated and how they aim to address the different ways in which your injury has affected you.
Additionally, we’ll explain how our solicitors could help you through the claims process and the No Win No Fee terms under which they offer their helpful services.
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- When Can You Claim For A Finger Injury At Work?
- Examples Of Accidents Leading To A Finger Injury At Work
- What Evidence Could Help You Claim Finger Injury Compensation?
- Calculating Accident At Work Compensation Payouts
- Claim For A Finger Injury At Work On A No Win No Fee Basis
- Learn More About Claiming For Hand Injuries At The Workplace
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?
Below, we have provided examples of accidents that could lead to an employee sustaining a finger injury at work.
- 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 an advisor on the number above.
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.
Personal injury settlements awarded following a successful claim can comprise up to two 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 comprises 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 JCG. However, please keep in mind these are only guideline amounts.
|Hand||Index and Middle and/or Ring Finger Amputation||£61,910 to £90,750||The hand is rendered of very little use and any remaining grip will be exceedingly weak.|
|Serious Hand Injury||£29,000 to £61,910||Cases where several fingers have been amputated but rejoined at the hand resulting in it becoming clawed, clumsy and unsightly.|
|Amputation||£35,520 to £54,830||Loss of the thumb.|
|Severe Finger Fractures||Up to £36,740||Injuries leading to partial amputations and resulting in grip impairment, deformity, and reduced function.|
|Amputation||In the region of £24,990||Where the terminal phalanges of the index and middle fingers are lost.|
|Amputation||In the region of £21,810||Loss of the ring and little fingers.|
|Partial or Complete Loss of Index Finger||£12,170 to £18,740||Cases involving total loss will likely result in an award at the top end of the bracket.|
|Serious Ring or Middle Finger Injury||£10,320 to £16,340||Fractures or serious tendon injuries that result in stiffness, deformity and permanent grip loss.|
|Amputation||£8,640 to £12,240||Loss of the little finger.|
|Index Finger Fracture||£9,110 to £12,240||A fracture that has mended quickly but impaired grip has remained and osteoarthritis is likely.|
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.
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:
- Call 0151 375 9916.
- Chat with an advisor online.
- Send details of your claim via our “Contact Us” page.
For more of our helpful guides:
- A guide about what to do after an accident at work including how to start a compensation claim.
- Details on your rights after an accident at work.
- Information about when you could make a manual handling claim if injured in the workplace.
For more external resources:
- A government guide exploring statutory sick pay.
- NHS guidance that may help if you’ve broken your finger at work.
- Advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about cutting or severing hazards.
Thank you for reading our helpful guide on when you could make a personal injury claim for a finger injury at work. If you have any other questions, please contact an advisor on the number above.