How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Finger Injury?
By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 1st December 2023. In this guide, we discuss when it may be possible to start finger injury claims. We’ll cover a variety of potential claims related to finger injuries.
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. Read on to learn more about the requirements for claiming personal injury compensation for a finger injury. We’ll also clarify what types of finger injuries can potentially occur and potentially lead to a claim. We’ll also discuss the topic of finger injury compensation amounts. This guide also talks about making a claim of this type with a No Win No Fee solicitor and what benefits that can bring you.
At Legal Expert, our advisors can help answer questions you may have if you want to explore the possibility of starting a finger injury claim. If our advisors find you have strong grounds to start such a claim, they may be able to put you in touch with a No Win No Fee solicitor. To speak to our advisors, you can reach us online through our contact form or 24/7 live chat service. Or you can call us on the phone on 0800 073 8804.
Select a Section:
- How Much Compensation For A Crushed Finger Can I Claim?
- Can I Claim Compensation For A Finger Injury?
- Common Causes Of Finger Injuries
- Finger Injury Claims – Time Limit For Starting A Claim
- Top Tips On Proving Finger Injury Claims
- Instruct A No Win No Fee Solicitor For Your Finger Injury Claim
You may have accessed our compensation calculator to assess your broken finger compensation amount. There is another way to help estimate your finger tendon injury compensation. In this section, we are going to examine how personal injury compensation is awarded.
Your personal injury claim could be made up of two heads. These are general damages for your pain and suffering and special damages to help recover costs incurred due to your injuries.
General damages will always be awarded in a successful claim. To help assign value to pain and suffering, legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document lists injuries next to compensation brackets. However, it is only used as a guideline. There are many factors that affect finger injury compensation amounts, including claiming for more than one injury as well as severity.
Our table below contains figures from the latest update of the JCG. It is only to be used for an illustration of how your claim will be valued and not as a guarantee for what you will get. Also take note that the first entry in this table is not based on the JCG.
|Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages||If you've sustained multiple serious injuries, then your claim may compensate you for all of these plus any special damages, such as loss of earnings.||Up to £500,000+|
|Amputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers||The hand and grip will be very weak following amputation.||£61,910 to £90,750|
|Serious Hand Injuries||Several fingers have been amputated and rejoined, leaving the hand clawed and reducing it to 50% capacity.||£29,000 to £61,910|
|Severe Fractures to Fingers||This could lead to an impaired grip and deformity if the fingers need to be amputated.||Up to £36,740|
|Very Serious Injury to Thumb||The thumb is left virtually useless due to the thumb being severed at the base and grafted together.||£19,600 to £35,010|
|Total and Partial Loss of Index Finger||Also covers the index finger being injured which causes grip impairment and disfigurement.||£12,170 to £18,740|
|Serious Injury to the Thumb||A fracture, nerve damage or the tip of the thumb being amputated.||£12,590 to £16,760|
|Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers||A permanent loss of grip with deformity and stiffness due to serious tendon injuries or fractures in the fingers.||£10,320 to £16,340|
|Moderate Injuries to the Thumb||Injuries could include damage to the nerves or tendons, which cause sensation impairment and a cosmetic or functional deformity.||£9,670 to £12,590|
|Fracture of Index Finger||The grip has remained impaired despite the fracture mending quickly.||£9,110 to £12,240|
In the next section, we’ll explore special damages. If you would like a free estimation of your claim, call our advisors. They can help you use the compensation calculator as well as work out what else could be included in your claim. In addition, they can advise on what special damages could be claimed for.
Special Damages In Finger Injury Claims
You can also seek special damages as part of your compensation. As explained, this is compensation for the financial losses you may have suffered because of the injury.
Special damages in finger injury claims could address losses such as:
- Loss of earnings: If you were left unable to work because of your injury and lost out on income
- Prescription costs: For medication you may have purchased to treat your injury
- Other costs towards treatment: Such as travel costs to appointments
If possible, you should maintain receipts and records of the financial losses. They can act as evidence in finger injury claims and strengthen your claim for compensation.
Our advisors can give you more information about evidence in claims and advise you on costs you could be able to include as part of your request for compensation in your broken finger claim. Please reach out to us today for information about evidence in your claim.
To be eligible to make a personal injury claim for finger injury compensation, you will need to prove that your injury was caused by a relevant third party breaching the duty of care they owed you.
There are various places where you are owed a duty of care. These include:
- In the workplace – Employers owe each member of their staff a duty of care, as stated under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. As part of this, they should take reasonable steps to protect their staff from harm while they are working.
- On the roads – Road users owe one another a duty of care to use the roads in a way that will avoid causing harm to themselves and others. Furthermore, they must adhere to the regulations and rules found in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.
- In public spaces – Per the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those in control of a public space owe you a duty of care while you are using that space. They must take all the necessary precautions to ensure your reasonable safety.
If you want to know whether you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for a finger injury, or for information about using a finger injury claim calculator, contact our advisors for free today.
There are many different types of accidents that could cause a finger injury. You may have grounds to make a finger injury claim if you can prove that it occurred due to another party breaching a duty of care they owed you.
Potential causes of finger injuries can include:
- A slip, trip or fall: For example, if you tripped over a loose cable in a supermarket and landed on your hand, this could cause a finger fracture.
- Manual handling injuries: If your employer asks you to lift or move heavy loads without proper training, this could lead to your finger getting trapped or sprained due to improper lifting techniques.
- Road traffic accidents: You could suffer a finger injury if you are involved in a car crash, as broken glass from a windscreen or window could cause cuts or lacerations to your hand. Similarly, if you were hit by a car, the impact could cause breaks and crush injuries to your fingers and hand.
For more advice on starting a finger injury claim or potential finger injury compensation amounts in the UK, get in touch with our advisors for free today.
If you have strong grounds to make a personal injury claim for a finger injury, you must make sure you start proceedings within the relevant time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 states that you’ll typically have three years to start a personal injury claim from the date of the accident.
Within certain circumstances, this time limit can work differently. For example, if a child has suffered a finger injury, then the time limit is paused until their 18th birthday. Before that day comes, a court-appointed litigation friend could make a finger injury claim on the child’s behalf. If a claim is not made before the day of the child’s 18th birthday, then the injured party will have three years to start their own claim from that point.
If a party who has suffered a finger injury lacks the mental capacity to make their own claim, then the three-year time limit is indefinitely suspended. A litigation friend could claim instead on their behalf. However, if the injured party later regains this mental capacity, and a claim hasn’t already been made for them, then the time limit will start from the date of recovery.
Contact our advisors on the phone or online today if you would like to ask questions about the time limits or other aspects of claiming finger injury compensation.
If you’ve suffered a finger injury, compensation amounts may vary depending on the specific circumstances. However, you should know that your chances of making a successful claim for compensation can be increased by making sure you acquire as much quality evidence as possible. For instance, if you’ve suffered the loss of a finger, then compensation could depend on whether you can prove this.
It can be confusing to know what kinds of evidence can be helpful. So, we have included some examples below.
- Photographs – Images of what caused your injury can prove useful. Additionally, you can provide pictures of your injury too.
- Video evidence – CCTV and other surveillance may have captured footage of how your injury occurred.
- Medical records – Whether you received treatment through a private healthcare company or the NHS, a dislocated finger or similar injury will be recorded in an official capacity. You can request access to your medical records at any time.
If you want to know more, our advisors are available to answer your questions. Simply, call on the number above.
If you are eligible to seek compensation for the loss of a finger, you may wish to claim with the support of a solicitor. One of our personal injury solicitors could help. They generally use a type of No Win No Fee arrangement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to work on your case.
When your solicitor works on a No Win No Fee basis, they generally don’t take an upfront payment. There also won’t be any ongoing costs. However, if the outcome of your claim is positive, your solicitor will subtract a success fee out of your award. The amount that can be taken is a small percentage that is capped by the law. However, if you aren’t awarded compensation following an unsuccessful claim, your solicitor will not ask you to pay this fee.
If you have any questions about loss of finger compensation, or if you would like to check your eligibility to claim, one of the advisors from our team could help. If it seems like you have a good case, you could be connected to one of our solicitors.
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Learn More About Finger Injury Claims
Below, you can learn more about finger injury claims and personal injury compensation:
- Accidents At Work – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? – Seeking cut finger at work compensation? You can read the following guide for extra insight into work accident claims, or you can contact us today for free legal advice.
- Maximum Criminal Injuries Compensation Guide
- How To Claim When Hit By An Uninsured Driver
- Kettering Personal Injury Solicitors
Feel free to contact us online or by phone if you would like to speak to an advisor about finger injury claims.