By Fern Easton. Last Updated 23rd February 2021. Welcome to our guide on finger amputation claims, where we’ll look at the process of claiming finger amputation compensation. 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 life is affected, and this is even more true if your injury results in an amputated finger. Finger amputation injuries may seem minor, but the loss of even one digit can result in the need to relearn how to do even the simplest of tasks. If you have lost a finger due to the negligent actions of another person, such as in a car accident, an accident at work, etc., then you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation, which could help ease the hardship of living with a finger or thumb amputation.
It is common for people who have had to have a finger amputated to ask questions such as:
- How much compensation do you get for a finger injury?
- Is finger amputation painful?
- How much does a finger amputation cost?
- How long does a finger amputation take to heal?
- How much compensation do you get for losing the tip of your finger?
- What is considered a finger amputation?
We get questions like this all the time here at Accident Claims, and in response, we have put together this guide on making a no win no fee personal injury claim for amputated or severed finger injuries. We have included all the basic information on finger amputation injuries, on the types of causes, and on the type of claims that could be made for this type of injury. We have also included a personal injury claims calculator to help give you an estimate of the types of figures awarded for finger amputation compensation claims in the UK.
We hope that this guide gives you all the information you need if you are considering making a personal injury claim for a finger injury, but 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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- A Guide To Claiming For Finger Amputation Injuries
- What Is A Traumatic Finger Amputation?
- Accidents Which May Cause Finger Amputation Injuries
- Partial Finger Amputation Claims
- Workplace Amputations To Fingers And Severed Finger Injuries
- Car And Road Accidents Causing Severed Fingers
- Slips And Falls Causing Severed Or Amputated Fingers
- Finger Amputation Injuries Compensation Calculator
- What Special Damages Could I Claim?
- No Win No Fee Claims For Finger Amputation Injuries
- I Have Suffered A Traumatic Amputation Injury, What Should I Do?
- How Our Personal Injury Claim Team Could Help You
- Start Your Finger Amputation Claim
- Essential Resources
Finger amputation injuries can be debilitating to a person’s everyday life. Losing even one of your fingers can make it difficult to perform normal everyday tasks and may require the need to relearn certain activities. It could also have a significant impact on your ability to work, depending on what you do for a living. If you have had to have a finger amputated after an accident, or you lost the finger as a direct result of an accident that was not your fault, you could make a claim for compensation.
The amputation of a finger or thumb can result from too much damage after an injury to save it, or it can be severed as a direct result of the accident. There are many ways this can happen, and this is reflected in the many different types of claims that could be made for an amputated finger. Though making a claim for a finger injury can be a complicated process, our personal injury lawyers have years of experience in helping people get the compensation that could make all the difference to their recovery.
Personal injury claims for finger amputation compensation in the UK can include different types of damages, such as for general pain and suffering, medical costs, special damages, etc., and claims can also vary depending on the severity of your injury.
All of these are factors in how much an injury is worth in a claim, and there is also a personal injury claims time limit that could affect each case. Read on for more detailed information on finger amputation claims, or contact us today for more specific advice relating to your individual situation.
Traumatic finger amputation injuries occur when a person is forced to have a finger amputated or has lost their finger as a direct result of an accident. Amputation happens when the damage to a finger or thumb is so severe that removing it is a better option than trying to save it. A finger or thumb can also be amputated or severed entirely as a result of an accident where reattaching is not possible. Essentially, the loss of any part or the entirety of one or more fingers or thumbs is classified as an amputation.
The loss of a finger or thumb could prevent you from being able to do your job or affect your prospects for employment in the future. In some cases, it may be possible to say that losing a finger is like a disability, in so far as it renders simple tasks more difficult to complete, could affect your ability to work, and could also affect you psychologically. Amputation can have an impact on someone psychologically, and people have been known to suffer from mental health issues as a result.
This can lead to prolonged impacts on a person’s life, especially from a financial perspective. Not being able to work due to physical demands or missing work due to mental health issues means a loss of earnings, needing special medical assistance either physically or psychologically could also result in financial costs, as well as many other related costs. That is why it is common for people who have experienced an amputation as a result of an accident that wasn’t their fault may choose to make a claim for compensation.
For free legal advice on finger amputation claims or to start your own, get in touch with our team today.
There are many different possible causes for finger amputation injuries. The most common among them can be accidents involving machinery in a person’s workplace. Other accidents that can result in an amputated finger or thumb can include a road traffic accident, where severe trauma results in surgical amputation or the digit was severed during the accident itself. There have also been cases where a person lost a finger due to a slip, trip or fall accident in a public area.
These are only a fraction of the many types of causes for an amputated thumb or finger, but if you have lost a finger or thumb as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you could have grounds to make a claim. If you are unsure who is to blame, or you are not certain if you could make valid finger amputation claims, contact us today, and we could give you more accurate advice on your specific situation.
It is common or people to ask, “Can you claim compensation for a cut finger?” or “Can you make a claim for finger tendon injury compensation?” In the case of making a claim for amputation, these may not be enough to qualify; however, it is possible to claim for partial finger amputation compensation, which refers to losing only a portion of a finger rather than the entire digit.
Loss of a portion of a finger may receive a different award amount than the loss of an entire finger, but you could still make a valid claim for this if it was caused by an accident that was not your fault. This can also be the case for children who have experienced a severed or amputated finger or thumb. An adult can claim on behalf of a minor for compensation for this type of injury.
If you choose not to claim on behalf of your child, it is possible for them to claim up until three years after their eighteenth birthday, as is stipulated by current laws. This means that if your child suffers from an amputation in an accident that was not their fault, they would have up until their twenty-first birthday to pursue a claim for compensation.
Accidents can happen in the workplace, maybe due to your own mistake, but they can also happen when your employer has been negligent in their duty of care to you as an employee. If this is the case, and you have lost a finger or thumb as a result of an accident at work that was not your fault, you could have a valid reason to make a claim.
There are many ways in which finger amputation injuries could happen at work for which your employer could be liable. These include but are not limited to:
- Slipping and falling on an untended wet surface resulting in trauma that results in a need for amputation.
- Not being supplied with appropriate safety equipment while using dangerous machinery resulting in finger amputation at work
- Using faulty equipment that your employer failed to correctly maintain that malfunctions, resulting in amputated or injured fingers.
There are many other possible ways that you could sustain an injury at work resulting in an amputated finger or thumb, and we recommend that if you are unsure if your situation is a valid one, you should contact us today, and we could help you determine if you could make a claim.
Finger amputation claims against an employer can seem daunting, but they are legally obliged not to treat you any different because you are making a claim. This is true whether your claim is successful or not, and it is classed as unfair dismissal if they terminate your employment with them because you made a claim. It is also possible to take further legal action against an employer that has dismissed you without just cause, and this is another type of claim that we could advise you on here at Accident Claims.
It is possible to sustain finger amputation injuries as a result of a Road Traffic Accident (RTA). No two RTA’s are the same and can result in a wide variety of injuries to the body and its extremities. Our hands are what we reflexively put out in front of us when we fall, or something is about to come into contact with us, and having your hands on the steering wheel during an impact also makes your hands and fingers even more vulnerable to trauma.
If you have suffered from trauma to your fingers or thumbs as a result of an RTA that was not your fault, you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation. Possible examples include the partial amputation of a finger to having several digits completely amputated. If you have lost a finger or thumb because of an RTA someone else caused, contact us today for more advice on finger amputation claims.
Finger amputation injuries that happen in a public place are also a common claim we handle. These involve a person being injured by the failure of a responsible person, authority or business owner to ensure that all areas open to public access are safe to inhabit.
An example could be an accident in a supermarket where perhaps glass jars have fallen from shelving, and a person slips, falling onto glass with an outstretched hand, either severing a finger or thumb or resulting in the need for surgical amputation as a result of severe trauma. In this case, a claim could be made against the owner of the supermarket for failing to ensure that the hazard was not immediately cleaned up or at least highlighted or supervised until it could have been.
If you’re wondering how much could be included in a finger amputation compensation claim, then read on to find out more.
If you are thinking of making a claim for an injury to your fingers that resulted in an amputated finger or a severed finger, you may be wondering what the average finger injury compensation amounts might be. Contacting us directly for accurate information on your individual situation is highly recommended, but in the meantime, to give you an idea of the typical figures awarded for a lost finger or thumb, we have included our compensation calculator below.
|Injury||Average Compensation Awarded||Comments On Severity|
|Total or effective loss of one hand||£90,250 to £102,890||This includes injuries that have resulted in the loss of all fingers and part of the palm through traumatic or surgical amputation.|
|Amputation of index and middle and/or ring fingers||£58,100 to £85,170||This bracket includes injuries that leave the hand of very little use, with severe impairment to the ability to grip.|
|Severe fractures to fingers||Up to £34,480||This bracket includes injuries that lead to partial amputations, resulting in significant impairment to mechanical function.|
|Total and Partial Loss of Index Finger||£11,420 to £17,590||The top end of this bracket would more likely be awarded for total loss.|
|Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers||£13,970 to £15,330||This bracket includes injuries resulting complete loss of the middle finger.|
|Amputation of Little Finger||£8,110 to £11,490||This bracket includes complete loss of the little finger.|
|Amputation of the ring and little fingers||In the region of £20,480||This bracket includes complete loss of the little and ring finger.|
|Loss of the thumb||£33,330 to £51,460||This bracket includes injuries that have resulted in complete amputation of the thumb|
|Moderate psychiatric damage||£5,500 to £17,900||This bracket includes cases where a person may struggle with daily life, relationships have been damaged, if treatment was successful, and where there may be a moderate risk to their future.|
|Less severe psychiatric damage||£1,440 to £5,500||This bracket takes into account affect on sleep and daily activities, and the length of time a person has been disabled by their injury.|
As mentioned above, these figures are only indicative, and if you would like to know more accurate figures based on your personal situation, you could contact us today for free, no-obligation legal advice.
As the table above highlights, each and every case is complex, and it is difficult to say exactly how much a finger or thumb is worth in a compensation claim. There can be many varying factors between each claim, but there are some similar damages that might be claimed for across each case. These can include:
- General damages include a claim for the pain and suffering a person was forced to endure because of their injuries, and claiming for this is meant to try and compensate you for the hardship.
- Medical expenses you incur as a result of your injuries can also be claimed for. 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 for 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 in relation to your claim.
It is important to note that not all of these damages may apply to your case and that overall 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, just call our team.
Our solicitors here at Accident Claims all operate on a no win no fee basis. This means that they take on cases under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A CFA states that the claimant does not have to pay for the personal legal fees of their solicitor if their claim is not successful. Furthermore, in the event that the claim is won, the personal legal fees of the solicitor are taken from the overall compensation awarded, which is capped at a maximum of 25%. All possible fees and additional costs should be discussed with your solicitor before proceeding with a claim.
If you are considering making a no win no fee personal injury claim for a severed or amputated finger or thumb, we are only a phone call away to answer any and all questions you may have. Our solicitors have extensive experience in handling no win no fee personal injury claims and could help guide you through the process of claiming compensation for your injury.
To find out more about making a finger amputation compensation claim on a no win no fee basis, get in touch with us today.
What do you do when someone loses a finger? Apart from seeking immediate medical attention and getting the right treatment, there are other important things you should do if you have lost a finger or thumb in an accident that was not your fault and you are thinking of making a claim for compensation.
Taking the following steps could make all the difference if you are thinking of making a claim for finger amputation injuries and damages:
- Take pictures or ask someone else to take pictures of where the accident happened, e.g. the road where a crash happened, and take pictures of your amputation, other injuries and damages to your property, e.g. a crashed car. Photographic evidence can help others see what happened to you and support you in your claim.
- Note down and keep a log of the events leading up to the event, the event itself, and the events following the accident, such as aspects of your required treatment for your amputated finger and recovery. This can help you to keep your memories in order, so you don’t get confused when trying to prove the circumstances in future.
- If there were witnesses, ask them for statements that may be able to confirm the events that led you to need to have a finger or thumb amputated, collect their contact details, too, as they may be able to give statements later in support of your claim.
- Keep receipts of any and all expenses you incur that may be related to your injury and subsequent legal proceedings. This can include travel and medical costs.
- If you have been injured in an RTA, you should take the details of any other drivers involved so that they can be contacted in future. You should also collect details of the vehicle they were driving, such as the colour, make, model, registration number, etc., and if it was a commercial vehicle, you should collect details of the company they work for too.
The common personal injury claims time limit for each case is three years from the date of the injury, but there can be exceptions in the case of minors, and we recommend you contact us if you are uncertain about how much time has elapsed or you need more information on claiming on behalf of a minor. If you choose to proceed with a claim with us, there are three main steps that will be taken by us as we get your claim started.
- The first step is to have a free consultation with us where you will have the opportunity to ask any and all questions you may have, and this will also give us the chance to collect all the details we may need to help you proceed with a claim.
- If it is deemed you have grounds to make a claim, and you decide to proceed with us, it is likely that we may send you for a medical assessment in your area, which will document the extent and severity of your injuries and be used in support of your claim.
- Once all of the facts shave been gathered, and we have determined what type of claim you might make, we will decide which of our solicitors we might pair you with, as choosing the one best suited for your particular unique case is important to its potential success.
Throughout the entire process of making a claim for finger amputation compensation, our advisors and your personal injury solicitor will be dedicated to giving you the most accurate advice for your claim, and we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help you make a successful claim. We have years of experience behind us in handling personal injury claims and will always endeavour to keep you informed at every stage of the process.
Finger amputation claims – FAQs
How much is a finger amputation worth?
It’s really difficult to put a value on a finger amputation compensation claim without knowing more details about your specific case. There are many different factors that will impact the final amount you receive. Within the category of finger amputations, there are several injury severities that range from the amputation of a little finger to the total loss of multiple fingers. The latter will have a more profound effect on hand use in the future, and so it will attract a higher compensation amount. You’ll also receive compensation based on any out-of-pocket expenses that you’ve incurred because of your injuries, like time taken off work or travel expenses, the value of which will vary from person to person.
How long will a finger amputation take to heal?
The amount of time that it will take for you to recover from your finger amputation will depend on the kind of amputation you’ve had. It can take months for a finger amputation to fully heal.
You may need a splint to protect the tissue in your finger while it heals. You might be able to go back to work with this splint on, but that will depend on the kind of job you do. Driving with a splint on may be possible, but you should speak to your doctor about this before trying to drive.
Some common complications of finger amputations include increased sensitivity to cold, stiffness and heightened sensitivity to touch. These complications might affect you for longer than the injury itself, and in some cases, can be permanent.
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.
NHS Broken Finger Or Thumb – See this NHS article for more information on what 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 to the finger.
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