How Could I Claim Cut Off Finger At Work Compensation?
By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 18th August 2023. Did you suffer a hand injury in the workplace? Would you like to know if you can claim cut off finger at work compensation? Then please continue reading our guide. We offer advice and essential information on how to go about filing an accident at work claim. We cover things like proving liability, the sort of evidence you need, and how a No Win No Fee lawyer could represent you.
Within the guide, you’ll find information on how much this type of claim could be worth. There’s a table that provides compensation brackets that have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. The figures are based on how serious the injury is. We also offer advice on the sort of damages you could seek in a successful claim. Moreover, the guide explains how there is a time limit attached to personal injury claims which you must respect.
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A serious hand injury could involve the loss of a finger or several fingers which means the victim suffers serious bleeding, pain and discomfort. It’s the type of injury that could affect a person’s ability to continue working at the job they used to do.
If this type of injury happens in the workplace you may be able to pursue a claim against your employer. However, what is key to the validity of any claim is proving liability. You would need to be able to show that your employer was responsible for the accident which caused your injury. If you are wholly responsible for the injury then a claim would not be possible.
Losing a finger in a workplace accident could have serious consequences. Not only is this type of catastrophic injury incredibly painful, but it could also mean you cannot carry on working as you used to do. You may suffer long-term psychological damage. You may even develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
Legal Expert can help establish whether you have grounds to sue for cut off finger at work compensation. Your first consultation is free of charge which allows you to ask questions. Moreover, it allows one of our experienced advisers the chance to review your case. If we determine you have a strong case, we can connect you to one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
There are many different laws that protect our safety while at work. The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 applies a duty of care on employers to protect their staff as much as can be reasonably expected while working.
If this duty of care is neglected and negligence allows an accident at work to take place in which an employee is injured then the employer could be deemed liable.
You must provide sufficient proof if you want to make a valid personal injury claim following an accident in the workplace. You must show that your injury was caused by employer negligence or because a work colleague made a mistake.
The following evidence could support your claim:
- Photos of your injuries and where the workplace accident occurred
- Medical evidence
- Witness contact details
- Workplace accident logbooks.
If you are wondering whether you have good cause to seek damages for an injury sustained at work, please call us today. A member of the Legal Expert team is here to answer all your questions and to let you know if you have grounds to sue. If we establish you have a valid case, we can connect you to one of our specialist No Win No Fee lawyers.
Time Limits Linked to Accidents at Work
You must respect the statutory time limit linked to your accident at work claim. This could vary depending on several things which is why we recommend you get in touch sooner rather than later.
You typically have 3 years to seek cut of finger at work compensation. However, there are exceptions to this deadline which are explained as follows:
- A claimant does not have the mental capacity to make a personal injury claim themselves
- The injured party is under the age of 18 and therefore a minor
In both instances, the court could appoint a litigation friend for a person who lacks the mental capacity to claim themselves or a minor. In which case a claim can be made straight away. However, if a minor wants to wait before seeking compensation, they have up till they are 21 years of age to do so. In short, the 3 year deadline only begins when a minor turns 18 years of age.
Contact us today an find out which deadline applies to your case. An adviser can also let you know whether you have grounds to seek cut off finger at work compensation.
You could claim cut of finger at work compensation if you were injured in a workplace accident caused because of employer negligence. You may have the right to seek both general damages for the injury you sustained, and special damages for all your out of pocket expenses.
You could lose a finger in a workplace accident in several ways which includes the following:
- Working with defective and faulty machinery
- Operating equipment without training
- Moving stock with no manual handling training
- Operating a forklift that is in need of repair.
Please call one of our friendly advisers if you are unsure whether you have a valid case. They will review the details of your case before putting you in touch with one of our specialist personal injury solicitors. They could offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis, taking all the worry of having to pay upfront off the table.
Your initial consultation is free of charge and you would not be obliged to go forward with your case if you don’t want to. That said, a member of our team will answer all your questions, review your case and let you know if you can seek damages.
You could lose a finger in a number of ways in an accident at work that was caused by employer negligence or because a colleague made a mistake. The more common job occupations that could mean this type of injury is a risk could include:
- Working as a chef
- Any kind of maintenance role.
Call an adviser today to find out if you can seek cut off finger at work compensation. We can review all the details of your claim. If the advisors can see that your case has a strong valid foundation they will ask if you would like one of our solicitors to begin work on your claim for you. Please note that all our solicitor’s work is done on a No Win No Fee basis.
Specific workplace injuries must be reported to the RIDDOR which includes injuries that involve amputations. The Health and Safety Executive HSE compile together statistics for accidents that happen in the workplace or in the work environment. According to the statistics published on their website collected by the Labour Force Survey or reported under RIDDOR, it shows that:
- 1.7 Million workers were suffering work-related ill-health new and long-standing (2020/21)
- 0.5 Million workers new and long-standing were suffering work-related
- Those workers who suffered a non-fatal injury at work accounted for 0.4 million.
- Of those who suffered work-related musculoskeletal disorders, 45% suffered these injuries to their upper limbs or neck.
- 453 workers suffered amputations due to a non-fatal accident at work
- However, there were no finger or thumb injuries recorded by RIDDOR 2020/21
Filing an accident at work claim means providing sufficient evidence that you sustained your injury in the workplace. In addition, you must show that but for the negligence of someone else, you would not have suffered the injury. In addition, you must respect any pre-action protocols attached to your claim. Then there is the statutory time limit which must be respected. If you decide to start a claim for cut off finger at work compensation too late, even if you have a strong case, it would be time barred. In short, you would have run out of time to claim compensation.
Your first consultation is free of charge. Furthermore, if you decide not to go forward with your claim, you would not be obliged to. So call our advisors for free legal advice.
The sort of proof you must provide includes the following bearing in mind the more evidence you have, the stronger your case would be:
- Photos of where the workplace accident happened together with photos of your hand injury
- Medical evidence
- Witness contact details
- A copy of the report as written in the Accident Book
As soon as you are able to you should gather all of the above. If you cannot do so yourself, ask a trusted friend to do this for you. You could also seek legal advice. This is where we can help. An adviser will go over all the details of your case. If your case is valid and you are eligible to claim compensation they will connect you to one of our expert No Win No Fee solicitors.
The amounts provided in our table below are based on the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) which legal professionals, insurers and personal injury lawyers use when valuing injuries. For a more accurate idea on how much cut off finger at work compensation you could receive, please call an adviser.
|Finger Injury||Potential general damages awarded||Details|
|Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers amputation||£61,910 to £90,750||Hand will be categorised as virtually useless.|
|Loss of Thumb||£35,520 to £54,830||Amputation of the thumb.|
|Amputation of the Terminal Phalanges of the Index and Middle Fingers||In the region of £24,990||Impairment of grip, strained movement and weakened strength.|
|Loss of Ring and Little Fingers ||In the region of £21,810||Amputation of little finger and also ring finger.|
|Moderate psychological harm||£5,860 to £19,070||With professional help the claimant should make a near full recovery. Any remaining symptoms will be minor.|
|Loss of index Finger ||£12,170 to £18,740||Loss or partial loss of the index finger.|
|Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers||£10,320 to £16,340 ||Serious injures or fractures to the tendons of these fingers.|
|Loss of Little Finger ||£8,640 to £12,240||Claimant losses their little finger and suffers pain and discomfort|
|Minor Hand, Finger and Thumb Injuries||Up to £4,750||Six month recovery from fractures.|
Our table only provides the amounts awarded in general damages and does not include any special damages which could you be entitled to. There is more information on special damages in the section that follows.
What Differentiates General Damages And Special Damages?
You could also be entitled to special damages which are awarded to reimburse your out of pocket expenses. However, you must provide adequate proof of both your losses and expenses. This could be in the form of relevant documentation like payslips and receipts. The sort of losses and expenses you may be able to claim back could include the following:
- Medical costs
- Travel expenses
- Care costs
- Home adaptations
- Vehicle adaptations
- Loss of earnings
- Lost future income
- Other losses and expenses linked to your injury
Call one of our advisers today and find out whether you have good cause to seek cut off finger at work compensation. A member of the Legal Expert team will review your case could introduce you to one of our specialist No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers.
If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for your cut off finger sustained in a work accident, you may wish to have the support of a solicitor. One of our accident at work solicitors could help with your case. Our solicitors generally provide their services under a type of No Win No Fee arrangement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Under this type of agreement, your solicitor typically won’t ask you for an upfront fee to cover their work on your case. There also aren’t any ongoing costs for their services. Furthermore, you will not be asked to pay for your solicitor’s services if you are not awarded compensation following an unsuccessful claim.
However, if your claim has a positive outcome, your solicitor will take a success fee out of your compensation. The amount that can be deducted as this fee is a percentage that is subject to a legislative cap.
If your fingers have been cut off in the workplace due to your employer breaching their duty of care, and you wish to work with one of our solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis, our advisors might be able to help you. You can contact one of our team members for a free consultation and if your case is eligible, you could be passed onto one of our solicitors.
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Below, you can find a list of guides which may tell you more about accident at work claims:
- Discover more answers to your queries on our accident at work FAQs page
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- Can you lose your job if you claim against your employer?
- Injured due to tiredness or fatigue – can I claim?
- I hurt myself at work, can I make a claim?
- I suffered a burn injury at work, how much could I claim in compensation?
- How to claim compensation for industrial dermatitis
- I was injured at work – what are my rights?
- Is my employer liable for an accident at work?
- What should I do if I hurt myself at work?
- Who pays my medical bills if I’m injured at work?
- Can I make a claim if injured in my probation period?
- Who pays damages in an accident at work claim?
- I slipped on water at work, can I make a claim?
- Does my employer pay my medical bills if I’m injured at work?
- Can you still claim compensation f you didn’t take time off work?
- Do you have to be an employee to make a workplace injury claim?
- I am a new employee, can I make a claim?
- How do you prove an accident at work claim?
- Do you need to be an employee to make a workplace accident claim?
- What happens if you do not report an injury or accident?
- Can I make a claim if I’m an agency worker?
- I was dismissed after an accident at work, what should I do?
- If I was partly at fault for an accident can I still make a claim?
- I am self-employed and had an accident at work, can I make a claim?
- I had an accident at work due to no safety boots – can I make a claim?
- Can an apprentice make an accident at work claim?
- I suffered a head injury due to no helmet – can I make a claim?
- Can I claim if injured because of no safety goggles?
- What is the time limit for an accident at work claim?
- What are my employers’ responsibilities after an accident at work?
- Will suing my employer create problems?
- How to make a claim for inadequate tools and equipment
- What is the maximum weight I can lift at work?
- I had an accident at work, what are my rights?
- Who has the overall responsibility for recording injuries at work?
- How long after an injury at work can I make a claim?
- I fell down the stair at work, can I make a claim?
- Learn more about accident at work claims here
- NHS advice on how to deal with hand pain
- More information on an employer’s Liability Insurance