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

If you have been affected by a thumb 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.

Thumb injuries are very common - you are not alone

Thumb injuries are quite common, especially in activities that involve gripping, twisting, or repetitive motion. These injuries can range from sprains and strains to more serious conditions like fractures or ligament tears. They are frequently seen in sports, manual labour, and increasingly in repetitive strain injuries (RSI) from prolonged use of mobile devices or keyboards.

Thumb injuries are common, in particular thumb extensor tendon (EPL) ruptures, Flexor tendon injury and skier's thumb (bssh.ac.uk).

If you are looking for information on thumb pain symptoms and treatment, visit: thumb pain (nhs.uk).

Do I qualify for thumb injury compensation?

You will usually be eligible to claim compensation if you have been injured in the following circumstances:

  • in the last 3 years, and;
  • another person or organisation was to blame, and;
  • they owed you duty of care.

Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.

Can I claim if I feel I was partly to blame?

Identifying who is legally responsible for a claimant's injuries is not always obvious.

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

You can often still claim compensation even if you were partly to blame, as cases with shared fault usually settle with 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 claim thumb injury compensation?

For most injury claims, you have up to 3 years from the date of your injury to start the claims process.

The 3 year limitation period does not apply to minors (under 18s). A parent, guardian or litigation friend can start a claim on a child's behalf up to their 18th birthday and the child has until their 21st birthday to claim for themselves.

How much compensation can I claim for a thumb 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.

Thumb injury compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated June 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

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 importance of the thumb in the overall operation of the hand is recognised by the courts. Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, thumb injury compensation awards can be relatively high.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred because of your accident. In addition to paying for loss of earnings, special damages can cover any care costs and medical procedures you need, such as splint and pain medication.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average thumb injury general damages compensation

The following thumb 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
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

Who can make a thumb injury claim?

You may be entitled to make a compensation claim if you have sustained a thumb injury due:
  • An accident at work - your employer has a duty of care to protect your health and safety in the workplace. If your thumb injury is the result your employer failing in this duty, it is likely that a claim can be made.
  • Road accidents or accidents in a public place - if your thumb injury has been caused by the negligence of another party, it may be possible to make a compensation claim. This may be the case in instances such as thumb injury caused by the negligence of a driver in a car accident.

If you are unsure who is at fault for your thumb injury, you can still start a personal injury claim. Your solicitor will be able to gather evidence relating to the accident, to establish the liable party.

How did your injury happen?

The claims process for a thumb injury will depend on where and how the accident happened. Click the icons below for more information:

No win, no fee thumb injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim thumb 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

Get expert advice now

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Source: (reviewed: 10/12/2023)

Chris Salmon, Director

Chris Salmon, Director