By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 17th November 2023. Welcome to our guide on finger amputation claims, where we’ll look at the process of claiming finger amputation compensation payouts for claims. In it, we explore how full and partial finger amputation compensation claims work, and what you could claim for the impact on your life after a finger amputation, whether it’s a severed index finger, a middle finger amputation, or a partial thumb amputation accident you’ve experienced.
We hope our tips on claiming compensation for a finger amputation or an amputation of a thumb will assist you in deciding whether to go ahead with a claim for an index finger amputation or another serious injury to the finger. Whatever your case, we could work with you to ascertain whether you could be eligible for a finger amputation payout.Our fingers are our primary tools for performing our everyday tasks, as well as more specific tasks such as part of our job or profession. When finger injuries happen, every aspect of your day to day life is affected, and this is even more true if your injury results in an amputated finger.
We hope that this finger amputation claims guide gives you all the information you need if you consider making a personal injury claim for a finger injury. Still, if you have further questions, you can contact our legal team today on 0800 073 8801 for free, no-obligation legal advice. Alternatively, you can use our online contact form to have us contact you at a time that suits you best.
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- Am I Eligible To Claim For A Finger Amputation?
- What Evidence Do I Need To Claim Compensation For Losing A Finger?
- Loss Of Finger Compensation
- What Special Damages Could I Claim?
- Claim For A Loss Of Your Finger With One Of Our No Win No Fee Solicitors
- Essential Resources Relating to Finger Amputation Compensation
Not every accident involving amputated fingers would automatically lead to a personal injury claim. There are certain eligibility criteria your claim must meet. This is:
- You would need to prove that a relevant third party owed a duty of care to you.
- They must have breached that duty of care.
- As a result of them breaching their duty of care, you experienced a physical and/or psychological injury.
There are various third parties that owe a duty of care towards you. These include:
- Employers – Per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers must take reasonable and practicable steps to ensure the safety and health of their employees while they are in work and completing work-related tasks.
- Occupiers of public places – Per the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, parties in control of public places must make sure they take the necessary steps to ensure the reasonable safety of those using that space for its intended purposes.
- Road users – Road users owe each other a duty of care. They must use the roads in a manner that avoids causing harm or damage to themselves and other road users. To uphold this duty of care, they must adhere to the rules set out for them in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.
If you can prove that your amputated finger was caused by a relevant third party breaching their duty of care, you could be able to make a personal injury claim.
To check your eligibility to claim, you can contact an advisor at any time.
If you are seeking compensation for losing a finger, you will need evidence to back up your claim. Evidence can help strengthen a number of areas of your case by proving the severity of your injuries, who is responsible for them, and how they will affect your life going forward. Useful evidence in a finger amputation claim could include:
- Medical evidence – This could include your medical notes, copies of any scans or X-rays and details of your treatment.
- Evidence of the accident – This could be CCTV footage, an accident report, and photographs of the scene or your injuries.
- Witness details – Should someone have witnessed the incident that caused your amputated finger, take down their contact details so they can be approached for a statement at a later date.
To get help with gathering evidence from one of our No Win No Fee solicitors or to check your eligibility to claim compensation for the loss of a finger, please contact an advisor.
A successful claim for compensation for losing a finger could result in an award of general damages and special damages. General damages is the head of claim that compensates you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
When calculating compensation for the loss of a finger and the pain it has caused you, solicitors and other legal professionals could look to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for reference. The JCG is a publication that provides guideline payout brackets for a variety of different injuries at different severities.
The table below contains figures from the 16th edition of the JCG. However, this table is only to be used as a guide.
|A combination of injuries||Multiple injuries leading to significant impacts on the person’s life and finances.||Up to £150,000|
|Total or effective loss of one hand (c)||The hand has been crushed and needed to be amputated. Or all the fingers and the majority of the palm have been amputated.||£96,160 to £109,650|
|Amputation of index and middle and/or ring fingers (d)||The hand's grip will be very weak and will be of little use.||£61,910 to £90,750|
|Loss of the thumb (r)||This bracket includes injuries that have resulted in complete amputation of the thumb||£35,520 to £54,830|
|Severe fractures to fingers (f)||This could potential result in a deformity with grip impairment due to partial amputations.||Up to £36,740|
|Amputation of the ring and little fingers (d)||This bracket includes complete loss of the little and ring finger.||In the region of £21,810|
|Total and Partial Loss of Index Finger (i)||The top end of this bracket would more likely be awarded for total loss of the index finger.||£12,170 to £18,740|
|Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers (k)||Permanent loss of grip, stiffness and deformity due to a serious injury to the tendons or fractures in the fingers.||£10,320 to £16,340|
|Fracture of index finger (j)||Despite the fracture healing quickly, the person still suffers with grip impairment and osteoarthritis is likely.||£9,110 to £12,240|
|Amputation of Little Finger (m)||This bracket includes complete loss of the little finger.||£8,640 to £12,240|
|Serious Injury to the little finger (n)||The finger will require surgery and time in plaster due to a fracture.||In the region of £6,000|
If you would like to know how much finger loss compensation could be appropriate for your claim, please contact an advisor for a personalised estimate.
There can be many varying factors between each claim, but there are some similar damages that might be claimed across each case. These can include:
- Medical expenses you incur as a result of your injuries can also be claimed. These can include prescription costs for medication and even bills for needing psychiatric care and support during your recovery.
- Loss of earnings can occur as a result of your injury, in so far as you may need time off to recover but may also be physically incapable of performing the same tasks as you did before. These damages can be claimed to try and alleviate the financial strain caused by your injury.
- Travel expenses you accrue of the course of your recovery can be claimed for, and this includes paying for transport to medical appointments, as well as legal appointments made about your claim.
It is important to note that not all of these damages may apply to your case. Overall, finger amputation compensation awards are primarily affected by the severity of the injury and its direct impact on your life.
To find out what else can be included within finger amputation claims, call our team.
One of our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors could assist you when making a personal claim for a loss of your finger. Using their experience and specialist knowledge, they’ll be able to collect evidence on your behalf and ensure that your personal injury claim is submitted in full.
Whether you have suffered a partial amputation or lost the tip of your finger, compensation may be easier to secure with the help of our expert solicitors. Additionally, they could offer you a type of No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement.
The benefits of this type of agreement typically include:
- No service fees to pay upfront.
- No ongoing service fees to pay.
- Not having to pay your solicitor for their work if your claim does not succeed.
If your finger injury claim is successful, your solicitor deducts a success fee from the compensation awarded to you. There is a legal cap in place for the percentage this fee can be.
For any further questions about finger injury compensation amounts in the UK, or if you would like to connect with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our advisors will be happy to assist where they can.
Below are just some of the ways you can reach out to us:
Accident At Work Claims – Read this article on knowing your rights when you have had an accident at work.
Road Traffic Accident Claims – This guide covers the process of claiming compensation for a road traffic accident claim.
Wet Floor Accident Injury Claims – Our online guide takes you through the process of claiming for an accident on a wet floor.
Get help making a funfair accident claim by reading our article on claiming personal injury compensation after being injured in a funfair.
NHS Broken Finger Or Thumb – See this NHS article for more information on what to do if you get a broken finger or thumb.
NHS Amputation – See this NHS guide to amputation and the reasons why it may be needed.
Soft Tissue Injury To The Finger – This NHS article discusses the symptoms and treatments associated with soft tissue damage.
Thank you for reading our guide on finger amputation claims. We hope you have learned a lot about claiming for full or partial finger amputation compensation. Whether you’ve suffered a severed index finger, and are learning to cope with life after a finger amputation, or you’ve only just suffered a full or partial amputation accident, we could assist you with your claim.