The thumb forms a vital part of the use of the hand to enable grip, dexterity and independence. As such, injuries to the thumb are recognised within the legal system and courts during claims for personal injury compensation. In cases where a serious thumb injury has been sustained, the level of compensation settlement awarded can be substantial.
Table of contents:
- Common causes of thumb injuries
- Can I claim thumb injury compensation?
- Reporting your injury
- Compensation amounts
- How we can help
- Your questions answered
Common causes of thumb injuries
Injuries to the thumb are commonly caused as a result of a fall, causing damage to the joint or ligaments. Other scenarios we’ve dealt with in thumb injury claims include:
- Inadequate training from an employer
- A lack of appropriate personal protective equipment
- Faulty machinery in the workplace
- Slip, trip or fall accidents
- Road traffic accidents
Can I claim compensation?
If you have suffered an injury to your thumb in an accident that was not your fault, due to an incident at work, a road traffic collision, as a result of a slip or trip in a public place, you could seek to make a claim for compensation.
To succeed with a claim, you will need to be able to demonstrate that a 3rd party was negligent and this led to you suffering an injury to your thumb. The 3rd party could be an employer, a negligent driver, a business or local authority, for example.
If you are unsure as to whether or not the cause of your thumb injury would enable you to pursue a claim for compensation, contact us today. Our expert staff know your rights and after a brief chat will be able to advise you as to whether or not you have the grounds to pursue a claim.
Reporting your injury
After a thumb injury sustained in a non-fault accident, it is important that the details of any injuries are appropriately recorded and reported to the right people. This is particularly important when someone with a thumb injury wishes to proceed with a claim for compensation.
If the injury is work-related, you should ensure that the details are recorded within your employers accident book. Sometimes employers aren’t keen to report injuries, so it’s important to know your rights and what to do if they won’t let you see or use the accident book.
In cases where a thumb injury was sustained as a result of a slip in a shop or a tripping accident on a public footpath, you should report the details of the accident immediately to the relevant staff member or local authority contact centre.
It is also important that you seek medical attention in order that the extent of the damage to your thumb can be assessed by a medical professional and treated. This will then be noted on your medical records and provide important medical evidence to support any future claim for thumb injury compensation.
If you are unsure as to how to report your accident properly, contact us for advice and support.
Thumb injury compensation amounts
The following is a guide to compensation amounts for thumb injuries of varied severity. Figures are for the injury itself, but your final settlement could include lost income and costs as well.
|Severity of injury||Compensation amount|
|Loss of thumb||£33k - £51k|
(left virtually useless)
|£18k - £33k|
(impaired grip and dexterity)
|£12k - £16k|
(impairment of sensation and function, cosmetic deformity)
|£9k - £12k|
|Severe dislocation||£4k - £6k|
(recovery within six months)
|Up to £4k|
How Direct2Compensation can help you claim
We know your rights and have expert trained staff on hand ready to answer any queries you may have regarding thumb injury claims. We offer a simple and easy to understand process and will help you throughout the claim should you need assistance.
Direct2Compensation work with expert personal injury solicitors who will ensure that any settlement you receive is appropriate for the level of injury you have sustained, and we’ll also recover any loss of income and expenses that you have incurred as a result.
Our No Win No Fee service affords you the opportunity to pursue your claim safe in the knowledge that if for some reason, your claim does not succeed you will not have to pay any costs.
With Direct2Compensation, starting your claim for thumb injury compensation couldn’t be easier. You can call us on 01225 430285 or use our ‘start a claim’ page to provide your contact details so that our claims team can call you to discuss your situation and the specific details of your thumb injury.