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. 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.

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    • 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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  2. 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.

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    • 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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  3. 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.

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    • 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. We offer a No Win No Fee service which you can access by using the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ page of our website to provide us with some initial information. We’ll then call you at a time that suits you to run through the process, answer any queries and take the details needed to start the claim.

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  4. 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

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    • 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.

      If you have yet to start your claim, please do so with us – either via our website or by calling us on 01225430285.

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  5. Malcolm

    I was working on a manual lathe and the swarf partial de gloved my middle and ring fingers
    I had 5 1/2 hours of surgery last week
    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

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    • 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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  6. 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 damage finger

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    • 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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  7. 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?

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    • 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.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to make your claim. Alternatively, you can use our website to start your claim for compensation.

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  8. 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

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    • 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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  9. Christine Davids

    I injured my finger while on duty…had seven stitches.i never received any compensation can I still claim that happened five years ago.and how do u go about it

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law requires that any claim be made within 3 years of the date of the injury. As more than 3 years have passed since your finger injury at work, you cannot now make a claim for compensation.

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  10. Karen

    Hi I tried to take neighbours bin out as they had moved out & the bin was full of dirty nappies & tins etc which was smelling as had not been emptied fir about 6 months. When I tried to move it, there was rain water had got in & the bin was heavy & toppled back with my hand on the handle. The bin blootered bones in tip of index finger which had to have tip of finger taken off. Can I claim any compensation for this

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Notwithstanding the nasty injuries to your finger and the permanent consequences of such injuries, it would appear that you have no obvious route to compensation as there is no 3rd party against whom you could make your claim. Whilst the previous neighbours should have emptied their bin, it is unlikely to be possible for you to pursue any action against them.

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  11. Steve

    Hi there,
    I had an accident at work 2 yrs ago whereby, my thumb was chopped of 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, if he had!

    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 onluy 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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  12. jabulani mlambo

    My middle finger on the right hand was broken at work on 17th July. I need help.

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    • Ian Morris

      How did you break your finger? Finger injuries can cause lengthy recovery periods during which time independence and dexterity can be impaired. As such, personal injury settlements in such claims can be of a fairly high value.

      If you would like to make a claim for compensation or discuss how we may be able to help you, please call us on 01225430285 or use our claim starter to provide further details.

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  13. Sylvia Valdez abara

    I have injured my thum finger at work cleaning the windows as they asked me, it’s several cut crossing my nail.
    The company said if I don’t come to work they not gonna pay me .
    Please I would like to make a claim

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We would like to speak with you to find out a little more about the incident and how you sustained the injuries so that we can have our specialist Solicitors help you further.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to start your claim.

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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. Im 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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  18. Alex

    Hi, I work for a wholesaler and was tasked with erecting covid 19 screens at work. I was given no training, just a brief sent down via email on how to do it. I’ve been informed that there was no risk assessment done before the work was carried out either. As a result I’ve cut some of my middle finger off with a stanley knife which has resulted in me having to go to hospital 3 times having tie knots, liquid acid and burning to stop the bleeding. I was in a sling for just under a week and i’m currently having dressing changes at my local gp surgery. Also I’m on light duties and amended hours for the last two weeks which is being extended tomorrow for a further two weeks. I’d like to add on the day of the accident my boss had me going around in my own vehicle trying to source the materials which resulted in me missing numerous breaks. On returning to the branch I was told to get straight on with the work. I was due to leave work at 2.30pm as I had started at 6am so I managed to squeeze in about a 20 minute break. I also had to use my own power tools to do this work. It was 3.40pm when I sliced a chunk out of my middle finger. I was not seen by a first aider I had to find a colleague to stop the bleeding for me then I was told to go to hospital. I couldn’t drive my manual vehicle to hospital with my finger in this condition so I called my partner to come and pick me up to take me to hospital some what 20 to 30 minutes after. I have to be honest I wasn’t intending on making a claim but today they’ve had me in the office to try to change my hours and shift pattern which will result in me losing about £500 a month. As you can tell I’m not very happy about this and it has made me think that I’m being treated unfairly so I’d like to know where I would stand on making a claim for the injury to my finger due to there negligence.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      For the majority of people who are injured in an accident at work, the thought of making a claim against the employer isn’t something that they really want to have to go through with. Indeed, as with your situation it is often the way that they are treated after their accident at work that motivates them in to making a claim for personal injury compensation. Given your description of the injury you have sustained (and how it happened) and how the employer appears to have treated you, you have every right to make a claim.

      You cite two areas of interest that indicate you may have a valid claim for personal injury compensation. 1, no risk assessment and 2, no specific training on the work involved. As such, there is certainly an indication of employer negligence and that would warrant further work on this matter for you.

      We have specialist Solicitors who can help you to understand your rights and help you claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis for the injury to your finger, the impact that injury has had on your day-to-day life and also recover loss of income and incurred costs from your employers insurance cover.

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  19. Monrique

    I had a operation on my right index finger hand sanitizer was the cause of it

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    • Ian Morris

      Have you reported the injury to the provider of the hand sanitiser? Was this at your workplace?

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  20. 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 ?

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    • 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. To find out more about our No Win No Fee service and how we can help you, please call us on 01225430285 or you can ask us to call you if you prefer.

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  21. 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?

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    • 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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  22. Amit

    Hi my dad had an accident at work i can explain the whole story over the phone but he got fractured on one finger, second finger tender broken, third one also i think fracture or stiches

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    • Ian Morris

      We would be very happy to talk with you regarding your Fathers accident at work. Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you so that we can offer help and advice.

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  23. Bob

    my husband had a accident at work four years ago, he has a solicitor dealing with his claim after four years he has been informed he has less than a 50% chance of winning, can you advise him please? my husband works in construction and at the time of his accident he was operating a MEWP when his finger became trapped between a metal pipe and the hand rail severing from the last joint of his finger for which he has had two operations, his first operation the following day to save his finger which is now deformed and another some time later to remove the nail bed, the two companies are denying any blame and are saying my husband was to blame as he had his hand on the handrail, he was working in a small room with no lighting and no windows with only the light from his own head helmet light which he provided himself. He works as a subcontractor to the one company who subcontracted to this much larger company, however eleven days after his accident he was asked to go to the site where it happened just to sign in, it was a foreman who picked him up of the morning and drove him there to sign in have a cup of tea and bring him back home and pay his wages, this happened for two days then they told him they didn’t need him to do this again, so now after four years and receiving all their statements it has been highlighted from one company that the other company (2nd defendant) made it clear that they did not want to report the accident to the health and safety executive as a RIDDOR and have it on their record. The photo’s that they have produced do not show the true conditions of the environment to which i was working, could you please advise me, all the emphasis on their part seems to be on the way the machine was operated as my hand was on the handrail whilst i was travelling upwards , there was old disused services in the soffets of the ceiling , it was a protruding pipe from the wall that he tore his finger off , he has had all the qualified training IPAF, and never once in all the three IPAF training courses five years apart has it ever been mentioned about to not put hands on a hand rail whilst it’s elevating upwards . The following day of my accident there was a tool box talk in which the other workers were advised to keep their hands inside the cage with signatures, my husband was unable to work for four months following the accident as he could not wear his PPE being his gloves due to wearing dressings on the finger, he had been working in the same position for one and a half days, i would really appreciate your advice.

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    • Ian Morris

      It would seem that the issue your Husband has is a lack of evidence regarding the working conditions and the items sticking out of the soffits and ceiling. Has the Solicitor acting for your Husband closed the case? If so, the reality is that without any new evidence to add support to his claim and to prove that the defence offered by the insurers of the defendants is wrong, a new Solicitor would be unable to take this further.

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  24. Sylva

    Good evening, please I got my little finger cut off with a table in my work place Last week when trying to position the table. I am so confused I just want to know if it’s ok for me to ask for a compensation and how do I go about it?
    Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      Please ensure that the details of your injury and the cause of the injury are noted within your employers accident book. If you would like to pursue a claim for compensation, please call our office to seek further help. You can call us on 01225430285 or you can let us know of a good time to call you.

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  25. 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.

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    • 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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  26. 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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  27. 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?

      Our Solicitors would certainly be happy to consider your claim and offer qualified advice, so please do call us on 01225430285 to speak with our team or if you prefer, you can use this link to make further contact.

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  28. 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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  29. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  30. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  31. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  32. darryl

    I suffered a badly broken finger at my previous place of employment 5 years ago which required surgery and rehabilitation. I won a personal injury claim against my previous employer and was paid compensation. The surgeon assured me my finger would be like normal after physiotherapy, it isn’t, it’s very badly bent and iv lost nearly all movement in the top half and it’s getting worse – can I claim against the surgeon or hospital?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the surgery was conducted 5 years ago, you would be out of limitation to pursue a claim for clinical negligence.

      However, if the surgery was more recent, or you have only recently been aware of the ongoing issues with your finger, you may have grounds for a claim. This is something you would need to address with a clinical negligence Solicitor.

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  33. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  34. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  35. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  36. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  37. James

    I have a colleague who is a Postman, over twelve months ago he injured his little finger [of his dominant hand] by slicing through the tendon with a knife while at home. As a result of this injury, scar tissue formed which substantially limited the movement in that little finger of his dominant hand.

    He has recently had surgery to remove the damaged tendon and needed four weeks off work to recover. He was instructed to have four weeks off work by his surgeon. He will have a graft to replace the tendon at some point in the future.

    As a result of him needing time off to recover from the first surgery, he may be given an attendance warning by our employer.

    I might say:
    He has a disabled finger;
    It is a substantial disability because he works with his hands;
    It is a long-term disability because it has lasted longer than twelve months, and in any event, it will be for the rest of his life;
    It affects his ability to do ‘normal day-to-day activities’ include everyday things such as eating, washing, and his work;
    Because He has a Substantial Long Term Disability which affects his ability to do ‘normal day-to-day activities’ he qualifies for protection under the Equality Act 2010;
    And as such he is protected by law from being disciplined for the time he was off work.

    Would he have a case to bring a claim if he were disciplined for taking four weeks off work to recover from surgery on his disabled finger?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This scenario is one of employment law matters and not personal injury.

      Reply
  38. David

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

    Reply
    • 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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  39. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  40. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  41. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  42. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  43. relebohile matlaletsa

    My husband got hurt at work, now his boss don’t wanna pay him but his finger is broken.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In the UK there is no legal requirement for an employer to pay an injured employee their usual or full salary if they are unable to work due to ill health or injury. This applies even when someone has been injured in an accident at work.

      The only legal requirement is for an employer to ensure that an injured or unwell employee who cannot work due to injuries suffered in an accident at work receives Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This leaves an injured employee with a heavily reduced income until they are able to return to work. Whilst it isn’t an immediate fix for this problem, one of the benefits of succeeding with a claim for compensation after injuries suffered in an accident at work is that the claimant can also seek to recover all lost income and expenses.

      We understand that coping with a loss of income after an accident at work is a very stressful and troubling situation. You may find this article of interest as it provides more information about coping with a loss of wages after an accident at work.

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