Finger Injury Claims – A Complete Guide

This guide will discuss the process of making a finger injury claim. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to a third party breaching the duty of care they owed you, you may be able to seek compensation for the harm experienced.

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Finger injury claims guide

We’ll be discussing the duty of care owed to you at work, in public places, and on the road. Also, we’ll look at the different ways you could injure your finger if this duty is not upheld.

Additionally, if you’re wondering how much can i claim for a finger injury, this guide could help. We’ll discuss the compensation that could be awarded after making a successful claim.

Furthermore, we will discuss the benefits of hiring a solicitor who offers their services on a No Win No Fee basis. 

If you’d like to get in touch to discuss finger injury claims further, then you can get in contact with us by:

  • Filling out our ‘contact us’ form online
  • Calling us on 0113 460 1216
  • Chatting with one of our advisors by using our live chat feature below.

Choose A Section 

  1. How Can I Make A Finger Injury Claim?
  2. Scenarios For Injuring Your Finger
  3. What Should I Do If I Hurt My Finger?
  4. Compensation Payouts For A Finger Injury
  5. What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement?
  6. More Information About Finger Injury Claims

How Can I Make A Finger Injury Claim?

There are different types of finger injuries that could be sustained, such as:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Amputations
  • Cuts

Additionally, they can vary in severity. The type of injury you sustain and the extent to which it’s affected your quality of life can be considered when valuing how much compensation you’re owed.

However, it’s not always possible to claim for a finger injury. We have explored when it may be possible in the following sections. Please continue reading to learn more. Alternatively, call us for more information.

Frequency Of Finger Injuries

Based on the latest available statistics from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that they collate from reports made by employers under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (2013), there were:

  • 23,091 injuries to the upper limb locations to employees in 2021/2022.
  • 6,431 of these injuries affected one or more finger or thumb.

Scenarios For Injuring Your Finger

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is the central piece of health and safety legislation governing the duty of care that employers owe their employees. This means that they must take steps that are considered reasonable to ensure the environment, equipment and facilities used by employees are safe. If they breach this duty and cause you harm as a result, this is known as negligence. An accident at work claim could be made if negligence is proven.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 sets out the duty of care road users owe one another. They must navigate the roads in a way that reduces the risk of harm to others on the road. Additionally, the Highway Code provides details on the responsibilities different road users have. Some of this is guidance, whilst some are rules that are backed elsewhere in law. A failure to adhere to their duty of care could cause another road user to sustain harm which could form the basis of a road traffic accident claim.

The person in control of a public space owes members of public a duty of care to ensure their reasonable safety under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. A failure to do so could lead to a member of the public sustaining harm which could form the basis of a public liability claim.

Below we’ve listed a few different examples of how a third party might breach their duty of care: 

  • An employer doesn’t provide necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) where required, such as on a construction site, resulting in an employee being injured.
  • The person in control of a public space fails to carry out regular risk assessments leading to a member of the public slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket.
  • A driver operates their vehicle under the influence of drugs resulting in them crashing into another driver head on.

In order for you to be successful when making a claim, it’s important that you provide the relevant evidence to prove that your injury was caused by third-party negligence; we’ll discuss this more below.

What Should I Do If I Hurt My Finger?

If you’ve sustained a finger injury in an accident, you’ll can gather evidence to prove a personal injury claim.

One of the first things you should do is seek medical attention. This is for a few reasons. Firstly, you’ll be able to understand exactly what sort of injury you have and your recovery plan. As well as this, you can ask for copies of any medical records that are produced, which is evidence you can use to support your claim.

Additionally, you can collect other evidence to support your case. This can include contact details of witnesses, CCTV footage and photos of your injury and the accident. Also, you can access a copy of the incident report in the accident at work book, which workplaces with 10 or more employees are required to have.

If you’re struggling to find evidence to support your claim, then you may find the services of our panel of solicitors helpful. You can get in touch with our legal advisors for free whenever you like, and providing that you have a valid claim, they’ll put you in touch with our panel of personal injury solicitors. You can start this process by using the contact information above.

Compensation Payouts For A Finger Injury

General damages is one of the heads of claim that can be awarded in a successful finger injury claim. These damages aim to compensate a claimant for the pain and suffering that their injuries have caused them.

Below is a table detailing compensation brackets that relate to general damages. These figures come from the Judicial College and are used by solicitors to assign a value to your injuries.

Note that these figures are in no way guaranteed. This is due to the many different variables that are taken into account when valuing general damages.

Hand injury£140,660 - £201,490(a) Total or Essential Loss of Both Hands: Serious injury to both hands which has rendered them little more than useless.
Hand injury£96,160 - £109,650(c) Total or Essential Loss of One Hand: Injury resulting in amputation, all fingers and most of palm have been traumatically amputated.
Hand injury£55,820 - £84,570 (b) Serious Damage to Both Hands: Injuries result in permanent cosmetic disability, and a significant loss of function.
Hand InjuryUp to £36,740(f) Severe Fractures to Fingers: Leading to small amputations and resulting in , impairment of grip, reduced function, and reduced sensation.
Hand Injury£19,600 - £35,010(t) Serious Injury to the Thumb: Injuries can involve an amputation to the tip, nerve damage, or a fracture necessitating the insertion of wires, where the thumb is cold and ultra-sensitive.
Hand Injury£12,170 - £18,740(i) Total and Partial Loss of Index Finger: Loss will result in an amount at the higher end of this bracket.
Arm Injury£39,170 - £59,860(b) Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement: Serious fracture of one or both forearms, leaving significant permanent disability, which is either functional or cosmetic.
Wrist Injury£47,620 - £59,860(a): Injuries resulting in loss of function in the wrist.
Wrist Injury£3,530 - £4,740(f) Very minor undisplaced or minimally displaced soft tissue injuries and fractures. Necessitates the application of plaster or bandage for weeks.
Elbow Injury£15,650 - £32,010(b) Less Severe Injuries: Injuries causing an impairment of function, but not involving major surgery or large disability.

Special damages are another head of claim that could make up your overall compensation amount. These aim to reimburse a claimant for any financial losses that they may have experienced due to their injury. Some examples of this include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Cost of care
  • Travel costs

It can be useful to provide evidence of any monetary losses, such as invoices, receipts, or bank statements.

Contact us for more information on the finger injury compensation you could be awarded after a successful claim.

What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement? 

There are different types of No Win No Fee agreements, including a Conditional Fee Agreement. This could be financially beneficial for you as it mitigates the risk of accessing a solicitor’s services. When claiming under a CFA, you typically don’t have to pay your solicitor for the work they have completed on your claim if it fails. 

However, if your claim does succeed, they will take a success fee from your compensation. This fee is a percentage which is capped by the law.

To learn more about whether a personal injury solicitor from our panel could represent your finger injury claim on this basis, please get in touch using the details provided below.

Call Us To Make A Finger Injury Claim

You can contact us to begin the process of making a finger injury claim. If you are still unsure whether you’re eligible to seek compensation, an advisor could help by assessing the validity of your claim. Additionally, they can answer any questions you might have after reading our guide.

You can get in touch by:

  • Filling out our ‘contact us’ form online
  • Calling us on 0113 460 1216
  • Chatting with one of our advisors by using our live chat feature below.

More Information About Finger Injury Claims

If you’d like to read more guides related to personal injury claims, then we’ve listed a few more of our guides below: 

Additionally, if you’d prefer, then below are a few external resources that you can use:

If you have any other questions relating to your potential finger injury claim, then please get in touch using the details provided above.