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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Finger Injury?

Finger injuries can be especially debilitating. We need our fingers to tackle almost every day to day task. Therefore, even a mild finger injury can have a significant effect on life quality. More serious finger injuries can be entirely life-changing. In this guide, we attempt to give information and guidelines on how to claim personal injury compensation for a finger injury.

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A Guide to Finger Injury Claims

On this page, you will find a comprehensive guide to finger injury claims. We aim to educate people who may feel they are entitled to compensation for a finger injury, explaining just what can be claimed for, and how to begin making a compensation claim.

This guide also covers any finger injury NHS services such as a hospital or clinic may have caused, whether the sufferer was receiving finger injury treatment, or simply involved in an accident causing a finger injury whilst under NHS care.

Towards the bottom of the page, you will find information on just what you can claim for in compensation for a finger injury, along with some example amounts that typical finger injuries might pay. Finally, we explain our No Win No Fee finger injury claims service.

What Is a Finger Injury?

A finger injury can be defined as any harm done to one of the four digits of the hand or the thumb, that is either minor or requires some form of finger injury treatment.

Furthermore, a more serious finger injury may also require that the sufferer undergoes finger injury physiotherapy to regain full use of the injured finger once the original injury has fully healed.

What Should You Do If You Have Suffered a Finger Injury?

Depending on where you were when the injury occurred, and whether or not it was as a direct result of an accident that was the fault of another party, will drive your actions following the injury.

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Of course, the first thing you should do is get the injury treated. If you believe it may be the basis of a compensation claim, be sure to visit a recognized hospital or clinic so that the treatment is documented.

If you have suffered a finger injury at work, you must make sure you report the injury, and also make sure that it has been recorded in the company accident book.

If you have sustained a finger injury at school, either as an attendee or a member of staff, you should also make sure that the injury has been reported and recorded properly.

If you are in any doubt about what you need to do if you have suffered a finger injury, we are happy to talk you through the process, just get in touch with us using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Can I Claim Compensation for a Broken Finger?

The simple answer to this question is yes. However, the full answer is rather more complex. If a third-party can be seen as responsible for the injury occurring, you will likely have a viable reason to seek personal injury compensation. Examples of this include:

  • You were injured at work, due to lax Health & Safety standards.
  • You were injured whilst traveling on public transport such as a bus or train, that was involved in an accident.
  • You have been injured in an accident in a public place that a company is responsible for maintaining a safe environment in, such as a supermarket.
  • You were injured due to a slip, trip or fall caused by a faulty public pathway that is maintained by the local council.

These are just some examples of the reasons why a valid reason to claim personal injury compensation for a finger injury may exist. There are many more.

I Have Been Diagnosed with Vibration White Finger Can I Claim Compensation?

In some occupations, employees will spend a lot of time operating moving or vibrating machinery. These could include drills, electric saws, sanders, and so on. Prolonged use of machinery with moving parts can eventually induce nerve damage. This is known as Vibration White Finger. VFW affects circulation and induces twitching, shaking, and numbness in the fingers.

Employers have an obligation to note where there is a risk of VFW from the use of machinery and power tools and to provide safety equipment as well as the measures needed to make the machinery itself safer, through regular maintenance and inspections for example. This is a legal obligation under the Health and Safety Act.

If you develop VFW from your work and you believe it was because inadequate safety measures were implemented, you may have grounds to make a personal injury claim against your employer. We can help you do this, call us today and receive free advice about how our lawyers could help you.

Had a Finger Injury at Work Can I Claim Compensation?

Finger injuries in the workplace are very common. For example, kitchen and cooking staff are at a very high risk of suffering from cuts, burns and scalds to their fingers.

In any job role where heavy lifting is required, the risk of finger ligament injury will always be high.

If you have received a finger inquiry at work, either due to an accident in the work place or through some form of work-related illness such as vibration white finger, then you are likely to be able to claim personal injury compensation.

Additionally, minor injuries that affect your life outside work, will also be a valid reason to claim. For example, many people who suffer even a mild finger injury can’t bend their fingers for a period of time. This has a serious negative effect on their home lives. If the injury was due to work, the employer may be liable to pay compensation to make up for this hardship.

Partial Loss of Finger or Thumb Do I Have a Claim?

Partial loss of a digit, either through amputation or loss of function, leaves the sufferer with vastly reduced utility in the hand that has sustained the injury. And these are finger injuries that will no heal over time, they are permanent.

Therefore, claiming compensation for partial loss of a finger or thumb can result in some of the highest compensation payouts for finger related injuries.

Whether you sustained an injury at work, or in a public place, as long as we can plot a route back to a responsible party, it should be possible to claim compensation.

Can You Sue for a Finger Injury?

Yes, suing for a finger injury is entirely viable. Who you sue, and the types of damages you sue for will be entirely dependent upon the individual circumstances that lead to your finger injury in the first place.

It is also important to understand that you can sue not just for the pain and suffering caused by the immediate injury, but also tertiary losses such as reduced earnings due to the finger injury recovery time.

The processing of suing for an injured finger will differ depending upon who you are suing. Whether you are suing your employer for a breach of Health & Safety standards, a firm that is responsible for the circumstances causing the injury, or a local government body that has failed to provide a safe environment for the public.

Starting Your Finger Injury Claim

The process for starting a finger injury claim will depend upon the type of injury, and the way that it was sustained. For example, claiming against an employer for a finger tendon injury caused by inadequately maintained machinery requires a different approach to claiming for a sprained finger caused by a slip, trip or fall on a government maintained pathway.

Therefore, we recommend that you contact us for an entirely free legal consultancy session. During this session, we will gather all of the pertinent details of your personal injury claim, and then use these details to offer you the best advice we can on how to proceed with your compensation claim for a finger injury.

We will ask you questions such as:

  • How was the injury caused?
  • Where did the accident happen?
  • Did anyone witness the accident?
  • Was the treatment of the injury documented?
  • Has the accident been recorded in your company accident book?

These kinds of questions help us to build a picture of your specific compensation case and make sure that we are working in the most effective way possible, to secure you’re the highest compensation amount.

Finger Pain Due to RSI Repetitive Strain Injury Do I Have a Claim?

Finger pain is one of the most common RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) symptoms. Especially amongst blue collar and clerical workers who may spend long periods operating a computer or laptop keyboard.

Since RSI was defined as a recognizable work-related illness some 20 years ago, all employers have been required under HSE regulation, to take steps to protect employees from this painful condition.

If your employer has failed to take such steps, and your finger pain can be proven to be a symptom of RSI caused by your work, then yes you will have an entirely valid reason to claim. However, it should be noted that work-related RSI is a tricky medical condition to lay solely at the feet of the employer. If for example, you have hobbies such as playing a musical instrument, knitting, sewing or any other pastime that could also lead to RSI, then you could yourself be partially to blame for your condition. And therefore, any court case against the employer would likely encounter opposition from the employer’s legal team, in an attempt to shift blame from their client on to the sufferer.

What Is the Most Common Finger Injuries?

There are a whole range of finger related injuries that could be the basis of a valid personal injury compensation claim, the most common of which are:

  • Thumb injury – our thumb acts as the fulcrum of our hand. We use it as a lever to apply force. Therefore, it is often injured due to over execution and is also the part of the hand that gets cut the most frequently.
  • Broken finger – thousands of people in the UK suffer from a broken finger every day. Indeed, some of them do not even realize they have broken their finger, as a minor fracture could just be construed as bruising. If you have finger pain, with discoloration and loss of function, then you should see a doctor, you may have a broken finger.
  • Dislocations – Dislocated finger, another very common finger injury, especially amongst people working in manufacturing fields and operating industrial machinery. Although our fingers are quite strong, they can be easily dislocated if the wrong angle of pressure is applied.
  • Finger Fractures – alongside broken fingers, fractured fingers are one of the most common types of finger injuries. Often encountered after a slip, trip or fall accident where the sufferer has tried to break their fall with their hands.
  • Finger amputations – complete loss of a finger can be a disabling wound. We rely heavily on our hands to undertake just about every day to day task. Loss of a finger makes those tasks much more difficult.

These are just some of the main types of finger injuries that we have successfully claimed compensation for in the past, there are many more.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Finger Injury?

The exact amount of compensation received will always depend entirely upon the unique circumstances of each case. For example, Injuries to tendons, such as mallet finger will receive a different compensation settlement than Injuries to ligaments, such as a skier’s thumb injury. Additionally, special damages are always calculated on a case by case basis. However, the table below can be used to judge rough amounts of compensation for different finger injuries.

Loss of index finger£11,420 to £17,590
Fracture of index finger£8,550 to £11,480
Injury to ring or middle finger£13,970 to £15,330
Partial loss of ring or middle finger£3,710 to £7,390
Amputation of little finger£8,110 to £11,490
Partial loss of little finger£3,710 to £5,500
Amputation of ring or little fingersin the region of £20,480
Partial amputation of index or middle fingersIn the region of £23,460
Loss of thumb£33,330 to £51,460
Very serious injury to the thumb£18,390 to £32,850
Serious injury to the thumb£11,820 to £15,740

Note that these amounts only take into consideration the actual pain and suffering of the finger injury. They do not include special damages such as medical costs, or loss of earnings.

No Win No Fee Finger Injury Claims

Taking on any form of legal case as a private citizen is expensive, and personal injury claims are no exception. Legal fees, solicitor’s costs and other tertiary expenses can add up fast. And if you lose your case, it’s all money down the drain.

We have come up with a better option. We offer a No Win No Fee finger injuries claim service. What this means is there is no upfront payment, and you won’t need to pay us anything across the lifecycle of the finger injury compensation case. You only have to pay us if we actually win a compensation settlement on your behalf. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay us anything. You really have nothing to lose by using our No Win No Fee claims service.

If you have any questions about this No Win No Fee arrangement, please use the contact details at the bottom of this page to get in touch with us, and we can answer your questions.

How to Start Your Finger Injury Claim

Starting a claim for personal injury compensation due to a finger injury is very simple. No matter what type of injury, from broken knuckle claims to complete amputation of several fingers claims, the process is the same.

Simply contact us, and we will arrange to have a brief fact-finding session with you. Once that has been done, we will advise you on what to do next. For most people, this will mean us offering to take up your compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

Why Choose Us for Your Finger Injury Claims Service?

We are a well-established claims service firm, with years of experience under our belt. We know that helping people receive the most compensation possible, in the quickest time, is the best way to ensure the health of our company.

We always work in an entirely ethical fashion, and will never take any action that could put the validity of your compensation claim in jeopardy.

Any questions you may have, we will do our best to answer them in simple terms, without confusing you with legal speak of confusing legal terms. We put you first and make sure that you receive a stellar service, no matter how large the compensation claim is you are seeking.

Call for Free Advice and to Start a Claim

Have you recently suffered a finger injury at work, in a public place, or on the premises of a private company? If you have, then we can most likely assist you in claiming compensation for your injury.

By calling us on 0800 073 8804, using the web chat feature of this site, or emailing us directly, we can start to help your claim the compensation that is rightfully yours today. And best of all, we will do this under a No Win No Fee agreement, you won’t pay us a penny unless we actually win your claim for you.

Helpful Links

NHS On A Broken Finger

A useful page that discusses the symptoms and treatment of a broken figure in medical terms. If you are not sure you have broken your finger, read this page, it should help you decide whether you have a full break or a minor injury.

Accidents At Work – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

Have you injured your finger at work and want to know how much compensation for can claim for your finger injury? contact us today for free legal advice.

NHS On Repetitive Strain Injury

A good introduction to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury). It’s most common symptoms and also its main causes. It also takes a look at some of the treatments that can help to alleviate the symptoms of RSI.

NHS On Mallet finger

Mallet finger is a condition that is very common in machinery operators. Many people fail to realise that they are suffering from a medical condition, and put the misshapen finger down to ageing. This page explains exactly what mallet finger is and why it occurs.

NHS about tendon injuries

An in depth look at what tendons are, why we need them, and how they can be easily damaged by a finger injury. It also talks about the possibility of repairing tendon damage through surgery.

HSE Infomation on vibration white finger

A complete guide to vibration related injuries such as vibration white finger, published by the Health & Safety Executive. It discusses what causes these types of injuries, and what employers should do to help protect their workforce from them. Included are a number of insightful case studies and sufferer stories. A good starting place for private research if you feel you are suffering from vibration white finger, and want to learn a little more.

Jack Clark 18/1/ 2021 update

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