Finger Injury Compensation Claims & Settlement Values

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Injuries to the fingers and hand are known to cause serious loss of independence and dexterity. They can lead to someone being unable to work, take care of day-to-day household chores or enjoy regular pastimes.

Around 10% of A&E visits relate to hand injuries and considerable numbers of UK workers report painful symptoms within the muscles, tendons and nerves of the fingers as a result of repetitive strains. If they can’t work, many are left with no option other than to make a claim for finger injury compensation.

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Can I claim finger injury compensation?

Any person who has suffered a finger injury as a result of negligence, whether that be after an accident at work, through a repetitive strain, or as a result of a slip, trip or fall in a public place, has a right to claim finger injury compensation.

UK employers face legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act with regards to minimising the risk of injury in the workplace. With specific regard to finger injuries, which are often caused in manual workplaces such as factories, construction or manufacturing, employers would be expected to ensure that all machinery is fit for purpose with adequate and well-serviced safety mechanisms. Employers must also ensure that all staff working in an area of finger injury risk must be properly trained to use any machinery and provided with appropriate personal protective equipment, and that all roles are risk assessed and machinery regularly checked and maintained.

If you have suffered a finger injury at work or have developed a repetitive strain injury to the fingers (such as vibration white finger), you may well have a valid claim for finger injury compensation.

All fingers are not equal

Claims for personal injury compensation are often governed by precedent and previous case law. As such, in claims for finger injury compensation, UK courts have issued rulings that recognise some fingers as being more important than others when considering full use of the hand and fine motor tasks.

The thumb, index and middle finger will be considered as the most important fingers, with injuries to these more dominant fingers achieving a higher compensation settlement than a lesser finger with a similar level of injury.

When an admission of liability is obtained by a solicitor pursuing a finger injury compensation claim, they will enter in to a settlement negotiation with the defendant and their insurers. Using medical evidence and expert reports and the guidelines published by the Judicial College, an acting solicitor will have an understanding of the maximum and minimum compensation award applicable for your type of injury.

How much compensation will I get?

Each and every claim for personal injury compensation will be settled at a level appropriate for the particulars of the claim. With regards to claim for finger injury compensation, approximate settlement values can be as follows:

  • A non-complex fracture to any finger is likely to obtain an average compensation settlement in the range of just under £2,000 and up to almost £3,500.
  • The loss of or amputation of a little finger will usually achieve a financial settlement value of approximately £5-6,000.
  • The loss of an index or middle finger which seriously impacts on the use of and dexterity of the hand and reduces hand use will reach a far higher settlement valuation and would usually be settled at a minimum of £50,000 to over £70,000.

The amount of compensation will depend on the severity of the injury and its long term implications. Having instructed a medical expert to review the finger injury and provide a detailed report, a solicitor will be able to advise on the appropriate tariff range for your particular claim.

Various issues will decide on an appropriate value for a claim, with the type of finger and how the injury impacts on the claimant being an important factor. If a claimant can demonstrate that their finger injury will prevent them from being able to further a specific career path, or prevent them from continuing with previously enjoyed pastimes, a claim will be settled at a higher rate than for someone who is unable to provide such proof.

The final compensation settlement provided in a finger injury claim will also take in to account special damages, ie. loss of income, personal care costs, incurred expenses and other costs caused by the injury.

Compensation amounts

The following figures are a guide to how much compensation you might expect for the finger injury itself, your final settlement could be a lot more when other costs are taken into account.

Severity of injuryCompensation amount
Amputation of index and middle and/or ring fingers£47,050 - £75,900
Serious finger injury which reduces the hand to about 50% capacity, along with disfigurement£22,050 - £51,760
Severe fractures to fingersUp to £30,720
Total loss of index fingerAround £15,680
Partial loss of index finger£9,250 - £15,680
Fracture of index finger£6,925 - £10,230
Total loss of middle fingerAround £13,060
Serious injury to ring or middle fingers, with permanent consequences£11,300 - £13,670
Loss of the terminal phalanx of the ring or middle fingers£3,000 - £6,600
Amputation of little finger£6,575 - £10,230
Loss of part of the little finger£3,000 - £4,900
Amputation of ring and little fingersAround £18,260
Amputation of the terminal phalanges of the index and middle fingersAround £20,900
Fracture of one fingerUp to £3,960

Here are the amounts for vibration white finger and thumb injuries.

Proving negligence in finger injuries

To succeed with a claim for finger injury compensation, it is vital that negligence can be attributed to a 3rd party – such as an employer, business or land owner.

The most common cause of finger injury compensation claims is as a result of an accident at work or repetitive strain injury. With employers being obliged to follow Health & Safety regulations and guidance, our expert staff will be able to help you to identify whether your employer has failed to fulfil their statutory duties. If so, negligence is likely and your claim for finger injury compensation will succeed.

If your finger injury was caused by a slip or fall or due to the negligence of another party, such as in a road traffic accident, you may also have a valid claim.

How Direct2Compensation can help

At Direct2Compensation we know your rights and we know personal injury law. If you have suffered a finger injury, whether as a result of an accident or a repetitive strain, our simple to understand No Win No Fee claims process will give you the confidence to pursue your claim for compensation.

We have expert solicitors available to represent you through your claim and we’ll ensure that your compensation settlement will appropriately reflect your suffering and expenses.

How do I start my claim?

At Direct2Compensation finding out more about making a claim or starting your claim for finger injury compensation is easy. You can call our friendly and helpful staff on 01225 430285 or get your claim started online today. We take pride in making sure that you feel understood and look forward to helping you make your claim.

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  1. abdul

    My finger got trapped in a machine at work, it was trapped for about 1 minute while technicians were able to detach the rollers and get my finger out, it was a cut down my middle finger I lost total sensation for about a week it was swollen and I took 2 weeks off work on Sick pay, I wanted to know what my claim could be worth I’ve spoken to a few solicitors in my local area but I don’t feel they specialise in this field.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is very difficult and probably unhelpful to prescribe a figure of compensation at this stage. The value of claims for finger injuries can be substantial and each case needs to be assessed on its merits, with consideration given to which finger was injured, how severe the injury is and whether a full recovery will be made.

      In your case, the middle finger is an important digit and is used for fine motor skills, grip and handling. Therefore as you lost sensation and has to take 2 weeks off work, it certainly indicates that the injury was moderate and not minor.

      You are right that it is sensible to ensure that whichever Solicitor you choose to instruct to pursue your claim is a personal injury specialist – as are those with whom we work. A specialist personal injury Solicitor will ensure that your rights are upheld and that your claim is settled at the maximum appropriate value based on medical evidence and an experts report. Our Solicitors would also ensure that any loss of income is recovered along with any other incurred costs to ensure that you are appropriately compensated and that you are not out of pocket with regards to lost income.

      We would be very happy to help you make your claim and invite you to call us on 01225430285 or to visit the start your claim for compensation page of our website to get the ball rolling.

      Reply
  2. Ali

    Hi,
    How much could I get for a fractured ring finger that was caused by a road accident?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is impossible to provide an exact figure at this stage, indeed, it would be unwise to do so given the considerable differences in value for an injury depending on the severity of it and the long term consequences. I would go as far as to say that anyone giving you a specific figure is probably not to be trusted.

      Without having seen the contents of a medical experts report and prognosis on the injury and without knowing whether the finger has been left misshapen, whether dexterity and grip strength are impaired and whether a full recovery will be made, a Solicitor cannot know the value of your claim.

      What we can say is that injuries to the finger that do impact on grip strength, cause ongoing pain or affect fine motor skills or hand writing etc will see a claimant receive a settlement sum that will appropriately cover the loss of full use of the hand as a result of a permanently damaged finger.

      Our specialist Solicitors will ensure that your claim is settled at the maximum value possible and that the long term consequence of your injury are accounted for along with recovery of any lost income or other costs. We would love to help you in claiming compensation for your injury. Please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start your claim‘ page of our website to make further contact.

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  3. Ian

    I have recently had a work accident, my left hand little finger crushed between 2 large paving slabs that were dropped off by delivery driver. On trying to move the slab my foot slipped on all the wet mud that had been running down from the surrounding farm causing a slip hazard. My finger is fractured at the tip and as of now open as they can’t stitch it due to the swelling it reminds me of a spit open sausage. I have a photo of my finger and also of the site. I also believe that the storage off the concrete paving stones to be inappropriate and that there were no training or appropriate lifting gear / tools or even a risk assessment done for this procedure. I have sustained finger tip crush that has left me in a lot of pain and when looking at x ray I was shown multiple fractures to the tip.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You appear to have valid grounds to pursue a claim for compensation for the injuries you have sustained and any associated lost income or other costs.

      We would love to help you with your claim, so please call us on 01225430285 or use the form on the start your claim page of our website to get further help and advice.

      Reply
  4. Jason

    I have broken the tendon in my middle finger at work. I have been to the hospital and have been told to wear a plastic cover to keep it straight for 10 weeks. I have looked into the injury and it looks like I will be left with a crooked finger. I also dj as a past time and have done for over 30 years, this will affect my dj, do I have a case for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      How did the injury happen? What work do you do and what were you doing at the time of the incident in which the finger was injured? You may well have a valid claim and if so, any impact that the injury may have on your usual hobbies, pastimes and activities will be taken in to account when establishing the correct settlement value for your claim.

      Please use the ‘start your claim‘ form on our website to make further contact and we can then investigate your claim for you.

      Reply
    • Ian Morris

      How did you suffer the injury? Whether or not you have a valid claim will depend on the way that the injury happened and whether the employer has been negligent in anyway in that cause – such as a lack of training, inadequate PPE provision or the wrong tools/dangerous working practices.

      If you can pursue a claim, the impact of the injury on your life, both professionally, personally and with regards to your DJ activities will be accounted for in any settlement you receive.

      Reply
  5. Alessandro

    I was carrying a little marble top and I slipped on the kerb, falling down I smashed my middle finger and now doctor have cut it off completely, am I eligible for compensation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You would be able to make a claim if you can attribute your injury to negligence. In this case, that would mean identifying some sort of disrepair or hazard with the kerb in question that should either have been repaired, or cordoned off prior to your fall.

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  6. Lucio

    Hi, I have cut my finger at work and had 4 stitches. I went to the hospital myself, my boss also was not happy for me to leave the job before end of service.
    The way I have cut my finger was quite surprising, on a metal shelf unit without any sharp edges, was bank holiday and the storage was overfull with goods. I needed something at the back, so I put my hand on the leg of the shelf and before I pull myself up I cut my finger.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the nature of your injury, you did the right and sensible thing in seeking immediate medical attention. The fact that your employer was not happy that you did so reflects poorly upon them.

      We feel that you have a valid claim for personal injury compensation, which if you chose to pursue, would give you the opportunity to recover any lost income as well as compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by the laceration you sustained at work.

      If you haven’t already done so, you should make sure you protect your interests by ensuring that an accident entry is made in writing within the employers accident book.

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  7. Kenneth

    I was injured at work on my right finger by glass that had been left in the bin. After a week my company sent me to a private hospital and I got operated on and had about 7 stitches to the finger. My finger has never the same as it was before this injury. Am I eligible to claim compensation, or did the company do everything correctly?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Broken glass should be disposed of in a secure was so as to avoid the risk of injury to those emptying bins or tasked with placing further waste within the bin. In this case, that appears to have not happened as the broken glass has caused your injury.

      Our view is that you have a valid right to pursue a claim against your employers insurance for compensation for your finger injury, any scarring or future problems caused by the same.

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  8. Nikita

    My partner has lost half of his right index finger at work after his finger went into a sizing wheel where he thinks the guard wasn’t on properly as he was freeing the product that had gotten stuck. He is also right handed and is off work for a minimum of 6 weeks. How much is he looking at if he is able to claim roughly?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      At this stage, it is not possible to say what settlement your partner would receive. This is because we do not yet know if there will be any associated nerve damage/pain caused by the loss of the finger or whether the injury will impact your partners work in the future. Also, we don’t know what hobbies or pastimes your partner undertakes that may be impacted by the injury and loss of the digit. However, we can say that finger injury compensation settlements can reach a substantial value. The loss of part or all of an important finger such as the index finger will reach a higher value settlement than that of say the little finger. Further, in this case, the loss of part of the finger is on the dominant hand and this will further increase the settlement value for the claim.

      We would very much like to help your partner pursue a claim for compensation for the loss of his index finger and any associated loss of income, incurred costs and the impact on his future – both physically and psychologically.

      Reply
  9. Janet

    A piece of my finger tip is now missing as part of my nail machine guard was not fitted properly.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have a valid claim for compensation and we would like to help you to make your claim. Our specialist Solicitors have a proven track record of success in handling claims for finger injuries, including partial amputation or loss of the finger and will ensure that your claim is settled at the maximum appropriate value on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  10. Emma

    My son had his finger partially amputated in a school gate with no finger guards, no holes for the drop bolts. Free to be swung by kids. They are now putting finger guards, drilling holes, chains etc to make the gate safe but I feel it should have been safe to start with!

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whilst it is good that the school are taking steps to prevent a repeat of this incident, shutting the door after the horse has bolted has not protected your son or his finger.

      We think your Son has a valid claim to pursue. We’d be more than happy to have our Solicitors pursue this a claim for your Son on a No Win No Fee basis in a bid to seek adequate compensation for the pain and distress that such an incident has caused and the impact that partial loss of a finger will have on his grip strength and dexterity going forward. Whilst the physical injury will be obvious and treatment will have been provided, if you notice any emotional trauma or related health issues caused by the incident, make sure that this is reported to your Son’s Doctors and recorded on his medical records too. Our Solicitors would then also be able to ensure that any claim included the psychological impact of such a traumatic injury.

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  11. Barbara

    What happens if you were helping a friend with gardening and the machine concerned was your friends but due to lack of attention you hurt finger, possibly going to lose the index finger.

    How can you claim then and who pays the amount of compensation? Would it come out of their public liability insurance?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the incident happened whilst doing some work for the machine owner – even if voluntary, the injured party may seek to pursue a claim against the machine owner. In the scenario you describe, if the machine owner does have public liability cover, you could seek to make a claim against that policy. However, if they don’t have such cover, the only option would be to pursue them directly as an individual.

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  12. Edel

    I was sweeping my kitchen floor when the handle of the brush snapped in half leaving a jagged edge that sliced my index finger. I was left needing treatment from A&E (paper stitches and a tetanus injection) and left me out of work for week with my finger throbbing.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Any claim for the injury to your finger would be a faulty product liability claim which is something we can help you with.

      To have any realistic prospect of succeeding with such a claim, you’d need to have recently purchased the brush in question (probably within the previous 3 months or so) and have proof of purchase (a receipt or bank statement) for example.

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  13. Peter

    Started down the road of action for a work injury to ring finger last year and they have accepted liability. Broke finger but caused damage to ligaments and tendons. Finger no longer closes properly in grip unless forced which is incredibly painful. Been told by consultant that it’s the best it will ever be. Causes a great deal of aches and pains especially as work involves a lot of keyboard use. They have offered £2000 compensation but seems low. My solicitor says she can’t comment on what I could expect.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      £2000 would seem to be unreasonably low and below the lower level that one would expect for a permanent injury to a finger which will affect dexterity, grip strength and fine motor skills in the long term.

      Of course, so long as you can provide medical evidence (an experts report) to demonstrate the severity of the injury and the permanence of the injury, you should receive a far more reasonable offer in due course.

      It is worth pointing out that defendants will almost always make an initial offer that is very low.

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  14. Matt

    Hi, I work for the ambulance service. When manoeuvring a patient out of the ambulance on a stretcher, I placed my hand on the rail of the ramp on the ambulance. The rail failed, causing it to collapse and me fall with it also out of the ambulance. The rail locking mechanism failed. I broke my middle finger in two places, and now have to have physio as I can no longer make a fist. I don’t yet know if the finger will fully heal, it only happened 1 month ago, but the doctors and physios said they were hopeful I’d have made better healing progress by now. Would I be entitled to anything in this circumstance? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your injury would certainly warrant a claim for personal injury compensation. As the rail locking mechanism has failed, the accident (and injury) was clearly a non-fault incident. As such, you have every right to make a claim and given the nature of the injury and the potential longer term consequences, taking such action would be totally justified.

      We would be happy to help you with this matter and have expert specialist Solicitors who have a successful track record of acting for health care professionals injured whilst providing their services.

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  15. Chris

    If I have a thumb injury from an attack that’s left me with some nerve damage and sharp shooting pains when stretched or used to much, what would be a reasonable pay out? Thanks In regards

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you started a claim for compensation for your injury? In terms of reaching a fair valuation for your injury, it is impossible to say without having had sight of the medical records relating to the initial injury and subsequent treatment and a medical experts report (that would be obtained during the claims process) giving a longer term prognosis.

      However, injuries to the thumb can see high claim settlement values in cases where the injury is long term or permanent and the impact on the claimant is considerable. The thumb is vital to the dexterity of the hand, grip strength and the loss of use of the thumb or sensation within the thumb will clearly have a big impact on the injured person.

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  16. Malcolm

    I was working on a manual lathe and the swarf partially gloved my middle and ring fingers. I had previously informed my employer that I was not qualified to work the machine and was not comfortable in doing so. I am looking at months off work and possibly losing the fingers if they do not heal properly. I am on full pay but I feel that because I complained on many occasions about using the machine I could be compensated. Please advise if I can claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can help you start your claim for compensation. Your employer has been negligent in tasking you with the use of potentially dangerous machinery without having ensured that you were appropriately trained and qualified to use safely. As such, I feel that you do have a valid claim and that the serious injuries you have sustained warrant immediate action to uphold your rights after an accident at work.

      Our specialist Solicitors will ensure that you are appropriately compensated for the injuries sustained and that any loss of income incurred, both in the short and potentially longer terms (should that become an issue) is recovered too.

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  17. Paul

    I was working for a agent in November this year when I damage my finger at work which is in their accident book a few weeks later the company finished my contract with the agent, now out of work with damaged finger.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      How did you damage your finger? Whether or not you still work for the employer is irrelevant in terms of any claim for personal injury compensation.

      Please contact us for further help on 01225430285

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  18. Brendan

    I was working as a temp through an agency spot welding with no previous experience or training, the machine in question was not setup correctly resulting in my middle fingertip been severed off. I have been off work a week with the pain and no real sleep but I am actually a guitarist and only took the job because off lockdown, it will definately affect my playing ability in future. What kind of figure am I looking at?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have a very strong claim that you should start without delay. The failure to provide training and also the failure to correctly set the equipment up is negligent and the company for whom you were working should compensate you for your injury and future losses.

      It is impossible to give an accurate value to your claim at this stage, but if we can demonstrate that your future musical career will be impacted (which should not be difficult), the value of your claim would account for that. You should be wary of any person or firm advising you of a specific settlement value at this stage as it is simply impossible to be sure of the value of your claim. However, the middle finger is a vital part of grip strength and dexterity, so the loss of use of or part of that digit would see a claim settle for a substantial sum.

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  19. Joe

    I have had an injury at work which is a crushed index finger due to another colleague, the finger is not broken shown by xray but I might have nerve damage. I have not been able to work since the 19th of November 2020. I will have lost about £1000 in wages by the time I’m due back at work due to doctors sick note, do you think I would have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We can help you to recover your lost wages and also get compensation for the pain caused by the injury and for any longer term nerve damage that may affect your dexterity and use of the finger in the future.

      If you would like to find out how we can help you and take advantage of your right to make a No Win No Fee claim, please call us on 01225430285 or use our claim enquiry form to start the process and we’ll call you.

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  20. Steve

    I had an accident at work 2 yrs ago whereby, my thumb was chopped off whilst i used a chop saw at work. I was an apprentice carpenter at the time and was working the weekend whilst supervised. However, i tried making a claim at the time and was told I had no chance as I shouldn’t have been using the saw even though I regularly used the saw supervised and unsupervised. The only witness to the accident for whatever reason did not provide a statement, I believe he was scared of losing his job.

    I have left it this long as I have suffered stress as a consequence of the accident and only now am i able to think about it. I also understand that I only have until April 2021 to instigate a claim. Are you able to assist me please?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please go to our ‘start your claim for compensation‘ page to provide your details, contact information, a description of the accident and the details of any Solicitor firm that you previously spoke with.

      One of our team will then contact you to further discuss the potential claim and we can then have our Solicitors consider this and talk to you in more detail with a view to taking this claim further if at all possible.

      The injury you sustained is clearly serious and given the fact that you have around 6 months (just over) of your 3 year period remaining, you should avoid any further delay and contact us now.

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  21. Guy

    I was practising at my golf club last Saturday when I caught my right index finger on the plastic rim that fits around the hole on the practice green. At the time, I thought I had just cut it but decided over the weekend that I would attend A&E on the Monday. By then my finger had swollen up significantly. This I did and the nurse who treated me extracted from my finger a splinter of white plastic of significant length. She also gave me a tetanus injection. The finger still looks swollen 5 days after the accident but is not overly painful or hot to touch.
    I shall see today if I can get a telephone appointment with my GP. I have already reported the accident to my golf club by email. If I make a complete recovery, what is the injury worth?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is not possible to state in exact terms what the injury is worth at this time as the value of a claim will depend on the amount of time the injury was problematic, how it impacted day-to-day activities and the amount of pain and discomfort caused. If you made a complete recovery after 4-6 weeks, you would probably expect such a claim to have a value in the range of £1200 – £1800.

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  22. Paul

    Can I claim for finger amputation due to work related injuries

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, such an injury would warrant a claim for compensation. As long as the injuries were caused through negligence and the claim is made within the statutory limitation period, you will succeed with such a claim.

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  23. Marie

    I work in a prison and 6 months ago a fire door closed quickly on my hand and I broke 2 fingers, had to get my nails removed for surgery and am left with sensitivity in both fingers. Is it worth claiming compensation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the injury is causing trouble for you with simple tasks or if you are left with pain and discomfort, it is sensible to pursue a claim for compensation.

      If you would like to discuss a potential claim with us, please contact us on 01225430285 so that we can talk about your accident at work, the injury sustained and the claims process.

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  24. Adam

    Hello I drive an hgv class c cement lorry and have recently injured myself offloading concrete from the back of the vehicle.
    I was trying to set the shoots up into a narrow doorway . Watching not to damage the walls i broke and crushed a finger. I’m off work and getting treatment but the full extent of the damage is unclear . Would i be able to claim for damages and lost of earnings or is it just my own fault?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We need to speak with you further about this matter in order to ascertain whether or not you can make a claim against your employer for the injuries you suffered in the incident you describe whilst at work. We understand your rights and the obligations that your employer had in minimising the risk of the nature of the injuries you have sustained and can help you to find out whether or not you can recover your losses and pursue a claim for compensation.

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  25. Joe

    I have severed the tendons in my right ring finger at work and had to have an opp , I’m now off for 3-6 months on sick pay which is £79 , I’m a car mechanic and was being put under a lot of strain to get everything done on my own , have I got a claim ?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the severity of your injury and the loss of income, you have every right to attempt to pursue a claim against your employers insurance for both the injury and loss of income. We would be only too happy to help you in this process.

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  26. Aisha

    Hiya, I tore the ligaments in my thumb, they treated it as a brake for weeks then finally realised there was no brake on x ray and my ligament had fully snapped he performed an operation and all was well. I ended up going back and for over a year he didnt know what was wrong and was just basically experimenting putting un necessary injections in etc then after he had ‘tried everything’ basically told me I was lying about the pain. I got referred to a different hospital and within 5 minutes she knew what had happened and said I needed another operation on my thumb to remove a mass on my stitching that was sitting on my nerve as my body rejected the stitch he put in. I then had to get a second operation, do I have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you have a claim will depend on why and how you came to injure your thumb and the ligaments around it. Although the medical treatment issue you raise could be considered, it is unlikely that there has been clinical negligence, so the only realistic route is to make a claim for the cause of the injury – but you can only make such a claim if the injury was caused through negligence – whether it be an accident at work or due to a fall.

      Please reply to elaborate on the cause of the injury and we can then advise you further regarding a potential claim for personal injury compensation.

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  27. Charlotte

    Hi, I crushed my finger in a fire door at work 8 weeks ago which resulted in me having to have surgery on a nail bed laceration and a distal phalanx fracture so was off work for 5 weeks. I’m back at work now but after a follow up with fracture clinic yesterday ive been informed that the nerves are damaged at the tip of my finger so I’ve been referred to a hand therapist to help me cope with the loss of feeling and weakness in my hand as its likely to be permanent damage. My colleagues have advised me to put a claim in because over a month before I had the accident the door was reported as faulty which to this day still has not been repaired.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You really have every right to make a claim. The employer was already on notice of a fault with the door BEFORE your accident and they failed to do anything about it. This is important as it indicates negligence on their part and as such, I would anticipate you would succeed with a claim.

      As you will appreciate, injuries to the hands and fingers can cause complex ongoing problems and given the severity of your injury, you need to consider your long term future and how the injury may impact on your life. This would all be accounted for in a claim for personal injury compensation.

      We would like to help you make a claim on our No Win No Fee basis with our specialist Solicitors. Please call us on 01225430285 to get some initial help and find out how we can assist you. Alternatively, you can email me directly at ian@direct2compensation.co.uk and I will be only too happy to help you.

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  28. Jack

    Not sure if I’m at the right place but I climbed over a fence at school which had no sign stating it was sharp at the top. I tore my hand/finger and had 20+ stitches, and had general anaesthetic operation, not sure if I can claim on this but just wondering.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is not likely to be the case that you could succeed with such a claim. The question of ‘why were you climbing the fence’ and ‘why didn’t you use the gate’ would be asked and you would probably be held liable for your own misfortune.

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  29. JONATHAN GOODING

    Hi, My son used to work in the kitchen of our local bowling alley. He was emptying the dishwasher in work and grabbed two plates together to dry. It seemed one of the plates had cracked and the cracked plate cut the inside of his middle finger on his left hand, he is left handed. This resulted with his manager taking him to A+E and his finger in a terrible state was sutured with about 6 stitches or more. He now has a numb finger where he has suffered nerve damage and is unable to bend his finger. It was approx 5 years ago and do wonder whether he would be entitled to make a claim as it is affecting his work, now he is a barber. I wonder if you would be kind enough to advise us. Many thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      If your Son is under the age of 21 years, he would be within the limitation period for such a claim. UK law requires that any person wishing to make a claim for personal injury compensation must do so within 3 years of the date of their accident or for those under the age of 18 at the time of injury, before their 21st birthday.

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  30. sharon

    I have got trigger finger. I have worked in the pottery industry all my life until last year and now been diagnosed with trigger finger. I have only worked at two pot banks during my career. Could I make a claim for compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      As long as your diagnosis of the condition was made within the past 3 years, you have the right to make a claim for compensation.

      Trigger finger is an injury caused by repetitive use or movement and is commonly associated with manufacturing work. Our team are ready to help you understand the process of making a claim and will answer any questions you may have before submitting your claim to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration.

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  31. Byron

    I suffered a cut to my finger today whilst at work. The cut was caused by a glass jar that was smashed whilst loading stock onto the shelves. Everything was logged and cctv was recovered, I have been A & E and had butterfly stitches. I have been told to avoid bending the top of my middle finger for 10 days whilst the wound heals. Do I have a case?

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    • Ian Morris

      There is a possible claim for compensation as a result of your injury. We would need to consider whether the employer could have prevented the injury – perhaps by providing safety gloves?

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  32. Jerry

    I cut myself at work with a Sawzall I did have to go home for the rest of the day because I got sick and the next day. I can move my finger decent. My concern is my finger and thumb feel like they are asleep all the time. And while holding a glass sometimes I will just drop it. It’s like my hand just quits working. And then not all the time but sometimes my thumb area will get a deep pain in it and I have to yank on it and pop it for it to quit. It didn’t hurt when it happened it’s now five months after the incident that I’m starting to see all these things I told my boss about them and he told me not to worry about it his wife was a nurse and the feeling will come back all that it is is a little after shock. And no I didn’t go to the hospital when it happened we just glued it.

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    • Ian Morris

      The situation you describe highlights why it is so important that the details of any accident in the workplace are properly reported and recorded in an accident book and that appropriate medical attention is sought for the injuries sustained.

      An accident book entry and appropriate medical records provides a specialist Solicitor acting for a claimant with helpful evidence to be used to support their efforts in attempting to succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation.

      In your case, if the accident was not officially recorded and reported in the employers accident book, how can you demonstrate that the accident happened at work. Further, the lack of medical records makes it harder for you to prove that the injury sustained at the time, is related to the problem that you have now. In other words, a defendant insurer and their legal representative will find many avenues to make it difficult for you to succeed with a claim against them.

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  33. terree

    I was injured on the 17th of May 2019. I cut my palm open and the start of my right middle finger and the skin from the front.
    I did this by climbing over a fence in school. I did speak with the leader of the school and he asked me a few questions such as: was there a ‘do not climb sign’ which there wasn’t and there still isn’t.

    I am only 16 but i want something doing about it. The fence that I climbed over had little spikes at the top and that’s what I got caught on.

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    • Ian Morris

      There are a few issues to address in response to your comment.

      Firstly, as you are 16 years of age, you will not be able to pursue a claim without having parental or legal guardian support. Any person under the age of 18 can only pursue a claim if they are supported by a parent or guardian who will act on their behalf as a litigation friend – a role that enables them to make a claim for a child.

      Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it would appear that you have climbed over a fence that is designed to prevent access. Fences with spikes are commonly used for security purposes and one would not expect a sign to be erected to warn against climbing.

      In this matter, my initial view is that you have been the author of your own misfortune and it is unlikely that you would succeed with a claim against the school.

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  34. Jolka Auskas

    Hey, I work as cleaner for flats in central London. Recently I have had many issues with my employer and work. They have consistently paid me late for no valid reason. They do not provide me with staff toilet facilities. Only the flats I work in. Moreover, they do not even provide a first aid kit. Recently I cut my finger deep while working. I had to use a tenants toilet to clean up, go to buy a plaster and band aid. No concern was shown towards me and was told to continue even though the pain was very agonising. These standards are a recurring theme here, so would i be able to make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      The issues with late payment is something you should discuss with your Union, the HR department of your employer or an employment law Solicitor as are the issues with the lack of first aid kits and staff toilets.

      With regards to the laceration to your finger, you may be able to claim against the employer for that but only if the cut can be attributed to employer negligence and if the injury is sufficiently serious.

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  35. Andrew

    I lost the tip of my finger on a machine at work. I placed my finger into the machine while it was still running and it got mangled. I was operating the machine alone which is normal.

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    • Ian Morris

      If you were operating the machine having had specific training from your employer and with the appropriate safety equipment and guidance it is unlikely that you could succeed with a claim.

      However, if you were not trained or if there was a fault with the machine or the way that your employer had shown you to use the item, you could claim compensation.

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  36. juan

    I fractured my finger placing grills at my worksite. I had no experience and nobody had shown me how to do it. It isn’t even in my department because i’m supposed to be with the pour crew. The employer did send me to the doctor and everything. I’m going to almost 2 months and my index finger hasn’t got better – I cant fully close my hand because my index finger is still swollen. Is there anything i can do? I can’t operate well with my job duties because of my finger.

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law obliges all employers to ensure that staff can work safely and that the risk of injury in the workplace is minimised. With this in mind, an employer needs to ensure that staff are adequately trained in order that they can work safely and it would seem that in your case, this has not been the case.

      Injuries to the fingers, particularly the index fingers can be very problematic and hinder day-to-day activities and dexterity, therefore claiming compensation for the pain and discomfort of such an injury along with hopeful access to specialist rehabilitation therapies provided during the claims process is a just and sensible move to make.

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  37. Patricia

    I am a genuine claimant yet solicitors will not take my case to court as no one is claiming liability. I am left with my index Finger severed off from door at doctors surgery, my whole life has changed, lost job and my home, where do I go from here?

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    • Ian Morris

      If a Solicitor has been unable to take a claim to court, it is not because they question your honesty, it is clearly because they do not believe that they have sufficient evidence to succeed before a judge. Having insufficient evidence does not mean that you are dishonest, it simply means that there is nothing available to prove that the defendant has been negligent.

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  38. Elaine

    Hi i injured my finger cleaning a toilet bowl in work, there was a large crack on it and resulted in me having to get 5 paper stitches on my finger and take off work for a week! Can i make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Given that your injury was caused by a dangerous hazard in the workplace, it is likely that you could make a claim for compensation against the employers insurance cover. Any person injured in a workplace accident where the injury can be attributed to negligence is likely to succeed with a claim for compensation under UK law. In this case, the fact that the toilet bowl was broken is something that may well see the employer having to admit a safety breach and therefore pay compensation.

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  39. Shane

    I’m working in a butcher I’m a assistant blockman on the 21st of December 2016 I cut my fingers and my tendons was repaired so my question is can I claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, you would have a valid claim for compensation if the cause of your injuries can be attributed to employer negligence. In your case, if your employer has not provided you with adequate training in the safe use of the knives required for your work or any of the equipment provided was not fit for purpose, you would have a valid claim for compensation.

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  40. Bellie lipska

    Okay i got injured on the job back in September of 2018 and was discharged from Banner Occupational in November 2018 and my claim was denied the day i was discharged I told the doctor i was still in pain and nothing has helped pain relievers, physical therapy, ice pack and heating pads they all have failed but they discharged me anyway. I been working in pain ever since i September i can’t bend my finger without pain and i found out if i don’t wear the finger splint i got from the store my finger hurts all the time but when i wear the splint I’m pain free and i ended up back in urgent care just recently for this injury and they want me to reopen the case and sent me to a Orthopedic Hand Surgeon well I talked to Human Resources at my work and they told me i had to tell the Ortho that it’s a personal injury. Which is a lie.
    What would you do?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is always important to make sure that you act with total honesty and do not mislead any parties or act dishonestly when claiming compensation.

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  41. Sam

    I work in retail and part of this is moving cages of stock off a truck. One of the cages was too heavy and buckled the wheels under the weight of the stock, trapping my finger between it and another cage, ripping out my nail in the process. I wasn’t given formal training or spoken to about/provided any safety equipment, such as gloves. I’m only seventeen and don’t get paid very much, but I had to miss out on 8 hours worth of wage when I’m only working 12 hours this week. From talking with my boss he is unsure if it will even be compensated through company health insurance as I didn’t have to stay overnight in hospital. Is there a claim here?

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    • Ian Morris

      My initial view is that you do have a valid claim against the employer’s insurance cover in this matter. If the cages of stock were over-loaded or dangerously heavy, then the employer is likely to be liable when you sustain injury as a result. Further, the employer has failed to provide training or safety gloves for your use and as such, I believe you have good prospects of succeeding with a claim.

      We would be very happy to help you pursue a claim for compensation here. The loss of a finger nail is painful, unpleasant to look at and will affect the use of the finger for a while. As such, there are no problems with regards to the value of the claim either.

      It is worth pointing out that as you are 17 years of age, you will require a parent of legal guardian to sign the Solicitors paperwork – unless you will turn 18 very soon?

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  42. David

    If my garden gate slammed shut in the wind and breaks 4 of my fingers have i got a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You would not have a claim in the scenario you describe – except if you rent the property and the gate latch/lock is broken, or if fitted, disrepaired and therefore you could not prevent the gate from slamming in the wind. You’d also have had to make a report of the disrepair or missing lock to the landlord to put them on notice of the possible risk to health.

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  43. Margaret

    I got hurt at work by a fabric cutting machine. Two fingers on my left hand were badly laceration and I had to go to Hospital for emergency treatment. An Ambulance had been called but as the wait was so long, I went under my own steam to Hospital.

    Once at Hospital, the Doctor stitched my fingers and I transferred to another Hospital. At work they didn’t even do anything about my injury until very recently. My fingers are still in considerable pain and I can’t even wash myself properly.

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    • Ian Morris

      If your hand was caught in the fabric cutting machine through a lack of training or supervision or because of a faulty or missing safety guard, you would be able to succeed with a claim against your employer.

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  44. Mathew

    I work on the railway and was sent in to a steel mill to conduct a job I was neither trained for, nor supervised appropriately. During this role I ended up with a finger Locked in a rail wagon door, resulting in a fractured index finger. Taking prescribed medicine I ended up with feeling of depression and sadness. Am I in a position to claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You describe a clear case of employer negligence and as such, my initial view is that you have a valid claim to be pursued against your employer. The injury to your finger can be directly linked to a lack of training and supervision in a role that you were not ‘qualified’ to perform. As such, I think you should make a claim.

      We would be very happy to help you in this instance. If you would like to take it further, please use our ‘contact us’ function on the website so that we can call you to discuss this with you.

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  45. Emily

    I fractured my little finger at work while going through swinging doors – my finger got stuck in the handle, and bent right back until it cracked. I have now been put on light duties at work. Can I make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      We can look further in to this for you as there could be a claim. We need to find out a little more about how the accident happened and the nature of the walkway/swing door before we can ascertain whether or not you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation.

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  46. GILLIAN

    I severed the tip of my middle finger last week passing through a door in my workplace and just had surgery to remove the top joint so it can heal – I am doing medical assessments and type reports and am a touch typist/Nurse. Can I claim compensation for long term affect of my injury?

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    • Ian Morris

      You have clearly suffered a serious laceration injury at work and should investigate further as to whether or not you have a valid claim. If it can be shown that the cause of your laceration and amputation of the tip of your finger joint was due to negligence on behalf of the employer, you would be able to claim compensation for the injury and also recover any loss of income caused by the incident.

      It is obvious that something extremely sharp has injured your finger and the question is whether that item should have been present or protected by a guard etc.

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  47. Alfred teffu

    I got injured on workplace on the 3rd of July, my finger got broken by a hammer. The doctor of my boss found that it is a serious injury and they gave me 6 weeks to stay at home. After 4 weeks I have been called to come back to work and still injured, they told me that I won’t be paid if I don’t work and I working now and I’m still injured on my finger at the left hand side, I don’t what to do.

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    • Ian Morris

      In the UK, there is no requirement for an employer to pay an injured worker their usual salary if they are unable to work due to injury or sickness – even if the injury or sickness was caused through their work. With this in mind, many accident at work victims are motivated to claim compensation from their employer as it is the only way to recover the lost income. In your case, you may have a viable claim for accident at work compensation if you can demonstrate that your injury was caused by employer negligence – such as a lack of training, a failure to provide protective equipment or through dangerous working practices.

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  48. maesela

    Hi guys just had an accident at work. I fell from the roof it was around six in the afternoon, took myself to the hospital with blood all over me. My fingers were cut very deep by a gutter, my back very painful, it’s been three weeks now. My seventh finger has stitches and it’s still very painful I do not know what to do when things are going on like this. So please help me out I need to find out more information.

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    • Ian Morris

      If your employer has failed to provide a safe working environment when working at height, you may well have grounds for a viable claim for accident at work compensation. In this case, was there not scaffolding around the roof with a safety rail in place?

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