If a finger injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

A finger injury can significantly hinder hand function, affecting daily tasks and your ability to work. A compensation claim can help cover the costs of surgery, rehabilitation, and potential loss of dexterity or strength, reflecting the injury's impact on your personal and professional life.

If you have been affected by a finger injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

With 80,000 admissions for finger and hand injuries each year, you are not alone

Finger injuries are very common, particularly where manual handling, machinery use, or physical activities are involved. They frequently occur on building sites, manufacturing plants, kitchens, and in sports. Common types of finger injuries include cuts, fractures, dislocations, sprains, and tendon injuries.

In 2021-22, over 82,000 people were admitted to hospital with finger, hand and wrist injuries, according to an analysis of NHS reports (digital.nhs.uk).

If you need information on finger pain symptoms and treatment, visit: finger pain (nhs.uk).

Am I eligible for finger injury compensation?

You should be entitled to finger injury compensation if your injury resulted from the negligence or actions of another person or organisation, or from an accident that was not your fault.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Can I make a claim even if I'm partly liable?

Pinpointing liability for an accident will depend on the context, with different legal principles applying to different circumstances.

In our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents felt they were at least partly responsible for their accident or injuries.

When fault on both sides caused a claimant's injuries, this is called 'contributory negligence'. In these situations, compensation may still be payable on the basis of a split liability agreement.

Read more:

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to start a finger injury claim?

In most cases, you have up to 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.

For an injured child, the three-year limitation period begins on their 18th birthday, giving them until they are 21 to start a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for a finger injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Finger injury compensation calculator

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

The cause of a finger injury has no bearing on the amount of compensation that is awarded. The settlement award will depend on the severity of the injury and the effect it will have on your life, both during your initial recovery, and in the future.

The courts recognise that some fingers are more important than others for the functioning of the hand. The thumb, index and middle finger are considered the most important digits. The more dominant the finger, the more compensation a claimant is likely to receive for the same type of injury.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages is compensation for quantifiable financial losses you've incurred as a result of your finger injury. Compensation can include loss of income, including future loss of income, and any additional expenses directly related to your injury.

These damages will also cover any medical or treatment bills, such as splint, pain medication and physiotherapy.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average finger injury general damages compensation

The following finger injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Finger injury
Fracture of one finger Up to £4,320
Loss of part of the little finger £3,590 to £5,330
Loss of the terminal phalanx of the ring or middle finger £3,590 to £7,150
Amputation of the terminal phalanges of the index finger Around £22,720
Amputation of several fingers £56,280 to £82,500
Fracture of index finger £8,280 to £11,130
Partial loss of index finger £11,060 to £17,040
Total loss of index finger Around £17,040
Thumb injury
Minor thumb injuries Up to £4,320
Severe dislocation £5,760 to £7,070
Moderate thumb injuries £8,790 to £11,450
Serious thumb injury £11,450 to £15,240
Amputation of thumb £32,290 to £49,850

Establishing liability

Employers are required to follow Health and Safety legislation to keep their employees safe and avoid accidents at work.

Where the finger injuries are sustained in a work accident, the injury lawyer will consult relevant Health and Safety Regulations such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Work at Height Regulations 2005 or the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 in order to show that the employer was liable for the accident.

For other accidents, determining fault depends on the circumstances of the accident. Your lawyer will gather evidence to prove that:

  • the accident was caused by the negligence of another party, and
  • the accident caused the finger injuries.

Even if it isn't certain who caused the accident, a claim may still be made. Your solicitor will be able to investigate the evidence relating to the accident to establish liability.

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No win, no fee finger injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim finger injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Citations

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Chris Salmon, Director

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Chris Salmon, Director