Finger injury claims
Updated: October 8, 2018
According to recent NHS data, one in fifty employees have reported experiencing pain in the muscles and tendons of the fingers due to repetitive tasks at work. Around 10% of all Accident and Emergency department visits are for hand and finger injury.
The Courts recognise that finger injuries can have a debilitating effect on the long-term operation of the hand, affecting an individuals ability to work, perform jobs around the home and pursue sports and hobbies. For this reason, finger injury compensation awards can be relatively high, depending on the nature and severity of the injury.
Anyone who has suffered a finger injury due to the act or negligence of another party may be eligible to make a finger injury compensation claim.
Common finger injury claims
Quittance's network of solicitors have assisted and can assist people who have suffered finger injuries:
- caused by dangerous machinery at work
- due to an office accident, for example, repetitive strain injury caused by using a keyboard without wrist supports for long periods of time
- as a result of a slip, trip and fall accident
- as a result of an industrial disease such as vibration white finger or carpal tunnel syndrome
- in a road traffic accident
- in a school or nursery
- from a defective product
- playing sports such football or rugby
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 the Claimant both at the time of accident and in the future.
However, for the purposes of making a successful claim, the cause of the injury is significant. It must be shown that the accident was caused by another party's act or negligence, and that the accident in question was the cause of the injury.Back to top
Do I have a claim for a finger injury?
Anyone who has suffered a finger injury in the last three years as a result of an accident that was not their fault may be eligible to claim compensation.
Some industrial diseases such as vibration white finger are not diagnosed until several years after the work than caused the injury was performed. For claims of this nature, the time limit for bringing a claim is calculated as three years from the date the Claimant received a confirmed medical diagnosis.Back to top
Establishing liability for an accident or illness
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 and the law that surrounds accidents of the type that the Claimant has suffered. The injury 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 not certain who caused the accident, a claim may still be made. The Claimant's solicitor will be able to investigate the evidence relating to the accident to establish liability.Back to top
Calculate my finger injury compensation
Finger injury compensation may be claimed for injuries including:
- Fractures and breaks
- Ligament and soft tissue damage
- Laceration of skin, nerves, tendons or blood vessels
As an initial step, the Claimant's solicitor will arrange an independent medical report. This report will detail the finger injury, the likely recovery time and any future impact the injury will have on the operation of the hand. The findings of the independent medical report will be used to support the finger injury compensation claim.
How the finger injury affects a particular Claimant is key in estimating the value of a compensation award. For example, if the Claimant was an avid piano player, but suffered a disabling finger injury that meant he could no longer play, the Court would likely award a higher level of compensation than if the Claimant did not enjoy such a hobby. The higher award is to compensate the Claimant for the loss of quality of life.
Compensation awards also take into account the financial losses that a Claimant may suffer as a result of their finger injury. These expenses may include:
- Loss of earnings, both during the recovery period and in the future
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses
- Personal care costs.
The Claimant's injury lawyer will assess all aspects of the finger injury claim to arrive at a compensation amount.Back to top
Does it matter which finger is injured?
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. Read more about thumb injury compensation claims.
When negotiating a settlement with the Defendant or their insurer, the Claimant's solicitor will refer to a set of guidelines published by the Judicial College. Laid out in the form of a tariff, the guidelines list a series of common finger injuries and recommend a maximum and minimum compensation award for each type of injury and affected finger.
Applying the guidelines:
- A simple fracture to any finger would receive an average compensation payout between £1,700 and £3,400.
- Loss or amputation of the little finger may give a monetary settlement of around £5,500.
- Losing an index figure and a middle finger serious impairs the hand's ability to function and may be worth in the region of £50,050 to £73,315.
These figures represent the compensation award for the pain and suffering an injury has caused. Additional compensation may be available for the Claimant's loss of earning and expenses.Back to top
Guaranteed No Win No Fee - Pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful
Typically a no win no fee contract (more correctly called a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is agreed between a claimant and a PI solicitor.
The CFA is in essence the terms under which the solicitor represents the client.
The CFA lays out what the solicitors will do as well as how he will be rewarded if your compensation claim is successful.
If you decide to choose a Quittance solicitor for your finger injury claim there are no extra fees , nothing to pay up-front and the comfort that you will not be financially out of pocket.
Road traffic accident claims
Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.
Find out more about claiming finger injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim finger injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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