If you have experienced a partial finger amputation, then compensation could be owed to you. However, simply experiencing a finger injury such as this is not enough to make you eligible to receive a payout. It must have taken place due to the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care. This could be an individual or even a company.
The process of making a claim can seem intimidating. However, we are here to guide you through the process and explain any terminology you may not understand.
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What Are Partial Finger Amputation Claims Worth?
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- A Guide: How Much Are Partial Finger Amputation Compensation Payouts Worth?
- What Are Partial Finger Amputations?
- Causes Of A Partial Finger Amputation
- Medical Negligence Causing Partial Amputations
- Surgical Vs Traumatic Amputations
- Treating And Caring For Amputation Sites
- Liability In Partial Finger Amputation Compensation Cases
- Calculating Partial Finger Amputation Compensation Payouts
- Further Types Of Damages Payable
- No Win No Fee Partial Finger Amputation Compensation Payouts
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- Surgical Never Event Statistics
- FAQs On Partial Finger Amputations
For a partial finger amputation, compensation amounts can vary quite a lot. This is because the finger or fingers that are lost can play different roles in the injured party’s personal and professional lives. The financial losses that present themselves as a result of the partial amputation of your finger can directly impact how much you’re awarded.
Compensation for the loss of a finger in the UK could also be worth more if you lose more than 1 digit. Whether the cause for your partial amputation was due to a road traffic accident, public place accident, medical negligence or even a workplace accident, if someone else caused it, you could claim.
However, you could be partially responsible for how your injury occurred and still receive a partial payout. For example, if it’s deemed that 30% of the responsibility rests with you, then you could still be offered 70% of the compensation. To put this into context, if your claim is worth £10,000, then in this instance you would be awarded £7,000.
Partial amputation of the finger is when only a portion of a finger is removed as the result of your injury. These injuries differ from full amputations, as part of the finger may remain and could even provide some use to the individual. In cases of a full amputation, the entire finger is removed.
Whilst the word “amputation” carries with it certain surgical connotations, the finger does not need to have been removed during a surgical procedure to be considered eligible for compensation.
For example, factory workers may work with heavy machinery. If this machinery is not properly maintained, it’s possible that it could malfunction and lead to a traumatic injury that severs the finger from the hand entirely. This could be an example of employer negligence, as the machinery was not kept to a safe standard.
There are a number of scenarios that can result in an injury like this. In this section, we’ve included some examples.
Road Traffic Accidents
High impact collisions on the road can result in a number of injuries. Hands and fingers are used to operate many parts of the vehicle. For example, if you are driving and are hit by another car, you could try and brace yourself against the steering wheel.
The ensuing impact could result in broken fingers, amongst other injuries. If the fractures are severe enough, it may become impossible for medical professionals to save the digits. Therefore, either a full or partial amputation may need to be carried out.
As mentioned earlier, some industries require the use of specialist heavy equipment that can be quite dangerous. If you are not trained properly in the use of this equipment, or if it malfunctions, then this could lead to an injury that leads to a full or partial finger amputation compensation claim.
Slips And Falls
These can happen in many places. For the sake of an example, let’s focus on falls in public places. Regardless of where you are in public, there should be a person or body responsible for maintaining the safety of the area.
Pavement can become loose, for example. If you were to trip and fall on a paving stone whilst walking along, you could land in such a way that damages your finger. As a result, it may need to be amputated if the injury is severe enough.
If you suspect you may have a broken finger, then you should seek medical advice. However, sometimes a medical professional will misdiagnose a patient. If this happens with a severe finger injury, a doctor could incorrectly tell you that it’s not broken.
Or they may tell you that it’s broken when there is actually a different issue. This may lead to an amputation that could have been avoided if the injury had been correctly identified.
Misdiagnoses are somewhat expected in the medical profession. For example, sometimes symptoms of different illnesses are similar. However, if the misdiagnosis occurs due to negligence (such as a healthcare provider ignoring clear symptoms), and you suffer an amputation as a result, you could claim.
Alternatively, the negligence could be on the behalf of a surgeon. There have been cases of procedures being carried out on the wrong patient or the wrong site (such as the left thumb instead of the right). This is an example of what’s called a “never event”.
Never events are occurrences so extreme and avoidable that they should never take place. Unfortunately, they still do. So, if you have a finger partially amputated as a result of being mixed up with another patient, you could also make a claim for this.
There are two main kinds of amputation. These are surgical and traumatic. Traumatic amputation is when a part of the body is removed during the process of an accident. Surgical amputation is when a part of the body is removed during a surgical procedure.
You could sustain a finger injury during an accident that doesn’t result in it being lost in the moment. However, it could be true that the injury is quite severe and the finger can’t be saved. It would then need to be surgically amputated at a later date.
The treatment of an amputation site involves reducing blood loss and avoiding infection. The wound would likely be open following the partial amputation of a finger. The site could be very sensitive and painful to the touch. However, if the loss of blood is not stemmed, your condition could become worse.
So, applying pressure gently to the area is a good way to do this. You may need to be careful not to press too tightly, as you could cut off the circulation to the remainder of the finger.
Once you have been seen by a medical professional, you may also be prescribed antibiotics to combat or avoid infection.
It’s important to note, however, that we provide legal advice and aren’t medical professionals. Always refer to medical professionals for treatment advice.
It’s important to know who is responsible for your injury so that you can make a claim against them. Below, we’ve supplied this information for you.
Road Traffic Accidents
Every road user has a duty of care to themselves and other road users. The rules that need to be followed are listed in The Highway Code. If these rules are not followed then this could lead to road traffic accidents and a number of injuries. This could be an example of a breach of the road user’s duty of care.
If the duty of care is breached and this leads to injuries, this could be deemed negligence. Therefore, you could have a valid claim. In these cases, you would make a claim against the driver responsible for your injuries. In the event of a successful claim, the partial finger amputation compensation would be awarded to you by the claimant’s car insurance company.
Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 says that employers must make sure that the workplace they are responsible for is safe for their employees. This means they should take all reasonable steps to reduce the risk of avoidable injuries.
In addition to this, employers should also have an insurance policy in place in case an employee of theirs does sustain an injury that was the employer’s fault. This is so that if you do suffer from partial finger amputation (for example), compensation can be awarded to you.
Slips And Falls
These accidents could take place almost anywhere. For the sake of illustration, we’ll use a supermarket as an example. If cleaning has recently taken place, then the floor may be slippery. There should be steps taken to reduce this hazard.
There should be a wet floor sign present to warn customers that there is a danger of them slipping and injuring themselves. If there is no sign and you slip on the wet floor, then you could be injured and claim against the supermarket.
As an additional example, you could trip and fall on a loose paving stone whilst walking down the street. If you injure yourself and the hazardous paving is raised by 1 inch or more then the party responsible for the safety of the area could have a claim made against them. You’d need to show that they could’ve reasonably removed or reduced the hazard. This could be someone like the local council for the area you were injured.
If a medical professional, such as a doctor or surgeon, has caused or worsened your injuries through negligence, then this could be an example of medical (or surgical) negligence. When you make a claim, you are not always making the claim against the medical professional directly.
Your claim would usually be made against the hospital or practice in which you were treated. They should have insurance policies in place for events such as this.
Compensation for the loss of a finger in the UK will be worth differing amounts depending on individual case circumstances. In this section, we will be giving you an idea of what your specific injury could be worth.
There is a figure known as general damages. This is awarded to you to account for your physical and mental injuries caused by an incident that wasn’t your fault. It can be calculated by legal professionals with the assistance of a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). These guidelines are made up primarily of a list of injuries and what they could be worth in compensation.
We have included a compensation table below with some figures from the JCG. However, it’s important to remember that these figures are only guidelines. Final sums can be worth more or even less than those that appear in the table.
|Fingers||(f) Severe fractures to fingers - possible partial amputations and deformity as a result.||Up to £34,480|
|Fingers||(i) The index finger will be either totally or partially lost||£11,420 to £17,590|
|Fingers||(I) The loss of the ring or middle fingers’ terminal phalanx||£3,710 to £7,390|
|Fingers||(n) Loss or partial loss of the little finger||£3,710 to £5,500|
|Fingers||(p) The index and middle finger phalanges will have been amputated||In the region of £23,460|
|Thumb||(s) Serious injury. The tip may have been amputated||£11,820 to £15,740|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder||(c) Moderate. You will have a good recovery, and if there are any lasting effects they will not be too severe||£7,680 to £21,730|
If you can’t see your injury in the compensation table above, why not get in touch? Our advisors are available 24/7 and give free estimates.
There are other sums that can make up your partial finger amputation compensation. You may have certain costs that arise that wouldn’t have needed covering if it weren’t for your injuries. These are called special damages. Some examples of these are:
- Loss of earnings: your injury may result in an absence from work. Alternatively, it could stop you from ever returning to your old job. For example, you could be a professional pianist and can no longer play because of the damage to your fingers. You could be compensated for the income you would have accrued if you had never sustained the injuries.
- Damage to property: the accident that caused you injuries may also have led to some of your belongings being damaged or destroyed. The cost of repairing or replacing these items could be included in your special damages payment.
- Loss of deposits: you may have had a holiday or activity planned and paid for that required the use of your fingers, such as skiing. You could be reimbursed for the cost of these lost deposits.
There are other financial losses that can be reimbursed via special damages. For more information, get in touch with us today.
All of our lawyers work with their clients on a No Win No Fee basis. This is as easy to understand as the name suggests. If you do not win your claim, you won’t be responsible for covering their legal fees.
If you are awarded a settlement, then your lawyer will be paid via a small percentage taken from the compensation amount. This percentage is kept low by law and is agreed upon in advance.
What’s more, if you make a No Win No Fee claim, you would:
- Have no upfront solicitor fees
- Have no ongoing solicitor fees
- Only pay the solicitor fees if the claim wins
So, if you are worried about the financial implications of using a solicitor’s services to make a claim, don’t worry. Arrangements such as these exist so that all those who need it can access the legal help they deserve.
We are aware that there are many options when trying to decide who to approach for legal assistance. However, we have could have the experience and expertise you need when making personal injury claims. We have a long history of successful claims being made for our clients.
We are also available whenever you need us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your claim.
The next step is to get in touch with us to see if you can start your claim. Don’t hesitate: many personal injury claims have a time limit placed on them. If you don’t start your claim before this timeframe expires, then it becomes very unlikely that you’ll ever be able to claim compensation for it.
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We’ve included some helpful links for further reading on this and similar subjects.
Here is another of our guides regarding finger injury compensation claims
Find out about complete finger amputation compensation claims.
Our guide to manual handling injury accident claims.
Information from the NHS about amputation in general.
Read about how a litigation friend could make a claim on your behalf.
If your accident was captured on camera, you can request CCTV footage of yourself to use as evidence during your claim.
As mentioned earlier in this article, never events are occurences that should never happen in a medical setting. However, they can still take place. The NHS releases never events data regarding how many cases they record each year.
With regards to surgical never events, there were a total of 72 cases of wrong-site surgery from 1st April – 31st August 2021.
Whilst the full report is available online, we have included a graph below to display some of the instances of this happening.
We’ve answered some of the more common questions asked on this topic.
What is a partial traumatic amputation?
This is when a part of your body is only partly removed. A soft tissue connection would remain. For example, your thumb may be partially severed and no longer completely attached to the rest of your hand.
How long is amputation surgery?
This depends on different factors such as what is being amputated.
What are the three main causes of amputation?
Some sources say that physical trauma, infection, and untreated conditions such as diabetes can all lead to the need for amputation.
Thank you for reading our guide on partial finger amputation compensation.
Guide by DB
Edited by RV