In this guide, we will look at making a broken finger at work claim. Unfortunately, there are many ways a finger injury can happen at work. A heavy object can crush a worker’s finger. Or faulty machinery can trap a worker’s finger, potentially breaking the bone.
We are often asked, “Can I claim for a broken finger?” You can claim compensation if your employer acted negligently and caused an accident. And consequently, you suffered a workplace finger injury such as a fractured finger or broken finger.
To begin your finger injury at work claim, don’t hesitate to contact Advice.co.uk today. Our trained advisors will be happy to answer your questions about claiming compensation for an accident at work. Once our advisors have heard the merits of your claim they could offer to connect you with a specialist solicitor if they can see that your case has a good chance of succeeding. All the solicitors on our panel work under a No Win No Fee arrangement.
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- Can I Make A Broken Finger At Work Claim?
- Common Causes Of A Broken Finger Injury
- What Do I Need To Prove A Broken Finger At Work Claim?
- Negotiating Your Settlement
- How Much Money Can You Get For A Broken Finger At Work Claim?
- Getting Advice And Help To Claim
What are your rights if you suffer a broken finger? If you have suffered a broken finger because of an accident in your workplace, you may be eligible to claim compensation if the accident was not your fault. You would need to prove that your employer is liable for the accident or that another employee caused your injury that could have been prevented.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 generally all employers owe their employees a duty of care. This implies that employers must keep workers as safe as can be reasonably expected. When health and safety legislation is not adhered to and an employee becomes injured as a result it may mean the employer is liable for the damages caused.
There must be evidence to prove the following to claim for broken fingers at work.
- Firstly, you were owed a duty of care by your employer, and
- Secondly, your employer neglected health and safety standards in the workplace, which caused an accident.
- And finally that you suffered a finger injury or thumb injury because of the accident.
You could make a broken finger at work claim if your employer caused your injuries by acting negligently. Let’s look at accidents at work that could potentially cause a broken finger:
- An employer’s responsibility is to carry out regular safety checks on their equipment. Because if an employee uses faulty handheld equipment at work, the equipment can cause finger injuries.
- A worker could slip and fall on a wet floor. Injuring their fingers as they break their fall because there was failure to put out wet floor hazard signs.
- A faulty or broken chair can trap a worker’s finger, causing a finger crush injury.
- Or, a heavy object can fall on a worker’s hand, causing a fractured or broken finger injury because it was not stored correctly.
- A worker may have to have their finger amputated because an employer never trained them on how to use an electrical saw.
If you wish to claim for a broken finger, please contact us today.
Workplace Hand And Finger Injury Statistics
The HSE has released a report which shows the number of finger injuries in the workplace, for 2020/21. During this time, there were 5,181 injuries at work to one or more fingers or thumbs.
If you make a broken finger at work claim, you will need evidence to demonstrate what happened. You can start to gather this evidence when you are well enough:
- Your medical records, from where a doctor diagnosed and treated your injuries. And a copy of the medical report from your medical assessment.
- CCTV footage of your accident at work
- Photographs of your injuries, if they are visible
- Photographs of the hazard at work that caused your accident
- Gather witness details so that a statement can be taken at a later date from a solicitor.
- A copy of the report made in your company’s accident report book
- Receipts of any purchases you may have made because of your injury
The time limit to start a finger injury at work claim is three years. Your claims time limit begins on the date of your accident. Or the date that you connected your injury with negligence. There are several exceptions to this especially for those who are under the age of 18 and for those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves. So please get in touch with us today to claim compensation before it is too late.
If your broken finger at work claim is successful, you can receive up to two heads of claim. Let’s look at what damages you can claim now:
- General damages are a pain and suffering settlement, which compensates you for the harm brought on by your injuries.
- Special damages are a settlement to reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses relating to your injuries. Examples of special damages can include your medical or travel costs.
The Mediation Process
Our panel of solicitors settle the majority of compensation claims out of court. However, if the claimant and defendant cannot settle, a mediation process may begin. A mediator will negotiate with both parties to settle a claim “without prejudice”. Settling a claim through a mediator is often preferable to taking the claim to court.
If you wish to make claim compensation for a broken finger, you are probably curious about how much compensation you can claim.
Please use the table below as a guide. Every claim is unique to its own circumstances and until all aspects of your case are evaluated it is very difficult to come to a value for your case.
|Severe Finger Fracture (F)||Up to £34,480||The injury could lead to a partial amputation being performed. This could leave the person with deformities, impaired grip function and loss of sensation.|
|Index Finger Fracture (J)||£8,550 to £11,480||Finger fractures could fall into this level when the fracture has healed quickly but where the person's grip is still impaired. It is likely that the person could develop osteoarthritis in the future.|
|Serious Ring Or Middle Finger Injuries (K)||£13,970 to £15,330||A fracture or break of the finger or tendon injuries. This could cause the person to suffer an impaired grip.|
|Total/ Partial Loss Of The Index Finger (I)||£11,420 to £17,590||Where the finger is totally lost the award will tend to be towards the top end of the bracket.|
|Loss (At The Terminal phalanx) Of The Ring Or Middle Finger (L)||£3,710 to £7,390||The loss (at the terminal phalanx) of the ring or the middle finger.|
|Little Finger Amputation (M)||£8,110 to £11,490||The loss or the amputation of the little finger.|
|Amputation Of The Ring/ Little Fingers - (O)||In the region of £20,480||The amputation/ loss of the little and ring finger(s)|
|Loss Of The Thumb (Q)||£33,330 to £51,460||Loss of the thumb.|
The table only includes general damages.
Please be aware solicitors take many things into account when they value a compensation claim. So, you may receive more or less compensation than the table includes. Please feel free to call our helpline, and an advisor can accurately estimate how much compensation you could potentially claim.
We hope this guide has answered the question, “Can I claim for a broken finger at work?“. If you have suffered a broken finger because of an accident at work that was not your fault, we can help you. Contact Advice.co.uk today about starting a compensation claim.
We could connect you to a No Win No Fee solicitor. When you work with a No Win No Fee solicitor there is no upfront fee to pay. Instead. You will only be charged a success fee if you win your claim. The solicitor will request you sign a Conditional Fee Agreement to formalise this process.
Call us today on 0161 696 9685 to begin your claim. Alternatively, use our Advice widget to ask us anything about your claim.
More About Us And Trusted Resources
You can read these resources to learn more about making a personal injury claim.
An NHS guide to a broken finger and broken thumb injuries.
An NHS guide to finger pain.
A guide to the symptoms of broken bones, from the NHS.
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