By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 6th October 2023. Welcome to our guide about claiming cut finger at work compensation. If you suffer an accident at work due to another person’s negligence, you could look at taking legal action. However, you may wonder what goes into making a compensation claim for such an injury. Additionally, you might be curious about how much compensation you could receive for your cut finger injury.
In our guide, we look at this as well as the personal injury claims process. We also discuss the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor on your claim.
If you have any questions about personal injury claims, our advisors are on hand 24/7. They also give free legal advice. They can advise you about the cut finger at work compensation that you could claim. In addition, if you have a favourable claim, they can connect you with our solicitors who work on a No Win No Fee basis.
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- Can I Claim If I Cut My Finger At Work?
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- Claiming For A Cut Finger At Work Under A No Win No Fee Agreement
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If you have cut your finger at work, you may be wondering if you could claim compensation. To be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you’d need to be able to prove that your cut finger resulted from your employer breaching their duty of care.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, all employers owe employees a duty of care to take reasonably practicable action to prevent accidents at work. The actions they take would depend on the work and workplace but could include:
- Ensuring you receive sufficient training to carry out your duties safely.
- Providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if there is an identified need for it.
- Performing regular risk assessments and maintenance checks.
- Fixing or replacing broken furniture or machinery
If your employer breaches their duty of care towards you, and your finger is cut because of this, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
However, you would need to be mindful of the accident at work compensation time limit. Under the Limitation Act 1980, you would typically have 3 years from the accident date to start a personal injury claim. There are, however, a few exceptions to this time limit.
To learn more about your eligibility to claim for a workplace injury or to check how long you’d have to claim, please contact an advisor.
There are numerous ways that you could cut your finger at work. For example:
- Machinery that isn’t maintained properly could trap your finger.
- A knife that isn’t properly stored could fall onto the finger.
- Slipping on an unattended spillage with a sharp object in your hand.
- Falling off a faulty stepladder whereby the impact of the fall on your hand cuts your finger.
Many roles require the use of sharp objects such as blades, knives or glass. For example, if you work in a kitchen, there is a chance you could accidentally cut yourself using sharp cutlery.
If any of the above accidents result from somebody else’s negligence, you could claim cut finger at work compensation. Make sure to contact us if you want to receive further insight.
If you are eligible to make an accident at work claim after suffering a deep cut on your finger, your compensation settlement may include general and special damages.
General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced due to your cut finger. When valuing this head of claim, a legal professional may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document lists guideline compensation brackets for various injuries. In the table below, we have included some of the amounts stated in the 16th edition of the JCG.
It is important to note that the specific factors of your claim may affect how much compensation you receive. So, please only use this table as a guide.
|Amputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers
|£61,910 to £90,750
|The hand will no longer function properly and have weak grip.
|Serious Injury to the Thumb
|£12,590 to £16,760
|Significant thumb damage due to a deep laceration that causes permanent nerve damage.
|Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers
|£10,320 to £16,340
|Serious tendon injury causing stiffness, deformity, and loss of dexterity or grip.
|£5,720 to £13,280
|Deep lacerations causing some scarring & minor lasting damage.
|A number of noticeable laceration scars or one disfiguring scar
|£7,830 to £22,730
|A number of noticeable laceration scars or one disfiguring scar to the hand.
Contact our advisors today to see if you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you have suffered a cut on your finger.
When it comes to a compensation claim, the payout itself can consist of two parts. The first of these would be general damages, which compensate you for physical injuries. General damages also compensate you for any psychological harm that you may suffer due to the injury.
Furthermore, general damages would cover the injury’s impact on your life and any loss of amenity suffered. An example of this would be any lasting nerve damage that limits what the fingers can physically do, meaning that you can’t cook or play an instrument as you previously did.
The other potential part of the payout would be special damages. These relate to the expenses and losses that come up due to your cut finger injury. An example of this would be a lack of income during your time off work while recovering.
You could also look to claim the costs of transportation to and from hospital or doctor appointments as part of your recuperation.
Perhaps you needed to pay for care while you recovered, or your family provided gracious care. You could recover the costs of a caregiver or claim the time a family member spent caring for you as compensation.
You can discuss damages that make up your potential cut finger at work compensation with us anytime.
A No Win No Fee agreement (otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement) is an arrangement between a solicitor and a claimant.
Let’s say that you do win your case, and you receive your cut finger at work compensation. In that scenario, you would pay a success fee to your solicitor. (Note that this success fee is capped by law, and it would be a small percentage of the compensation.)
However, let’s assume that, for some reason, you don’t win your case. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, this would mean that you don’t pay a single penny in solicitor fees. You wouldn’t cover their fee unless they win your case. This encourages your legal representative to work harder because they receive a payment if you receive compensation.
Furthermore, you wouldn’t pay any hidden solicitor fees before the case or while the case is ongoing.
Our solicitors offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. Speak to us if you have any questions when it comes to No Win No Fee.
With all of this being said, all that remains is for you to begin discussing your compensation claim with us. Note that you’re under no obligation to pursue legal action purely because you contact our advisors. What’s more, they give free legal advice and could connect you with our solicitors if you have a strong claim.
Once they assess your case, if it’s valid and accurate, they could then handle your claim. This would then represent the first step towards you potentially receiving your cut finger at work compensation.
To get in touch with us today, you can:
We understand that you may want to read some additional sources of information about claiming cut finger at work compensation. Therefore, you may find the below mix of internal and external pages useful.
Our article on accident at work claims gives varying different accident scenarios and compensation figures.
We also have a post about your legal rights if you suffer an accident in the workplace.
In addition, we have a guide focusing on finger injury compensation claims as a whole.
The NHS has a page that spotlights how to provide first aid for an injury.
It also gives advice on how to treat cuts and grazes.
Learn how to get compensation in an accident at work claim
Finally, the NHS explains how to identify if a cut requires stitches.
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