Finger Injury Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? – Calculate Amounts

By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 28th May 2021. Welcome to our guide on finger injury claims. If you suffered a finger injury whether you were at work, travelling on public transport or in a public place, you could be entitled to claim finger injury compensation providing liability for the accident can be established.

One of the most common workplace injuries involves workers damaging their fingers, whether it was due to an accident or because they operate machines for long periods of time, resulting in vibration white finger. People who work in offices and who are constantly on computers or laptops are more at risk of developing repetitive strain injuries to their fingers, and employers under Health and Safety regulations must set in place safeguards to reduce the risk of this happening.

If you suffered a finger injury and would like to know if you have the right to file a personal injury claim against a negligent employer or another third party, please click on the Select a Section below. Or, if you have any more questions about finger injury compensation or if you would like to start your finger injury claims, call us on 0800 073 8801

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Finger Injury

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Some of the more commonly reported injuries in the workplace involve damage to the fingers. However, many people slip, trip and fall in public areas and sustain a finger injury in the process. Employers have a duty of care to keep their staff safe when operating machines, and under Health and Safety regulations, they must set in place safeguards to protect workers from not only suffering a broken finger, developing vibration white finger or a repetitive strain injury.

Local authorities must ensure that pavements are maintained to reduce the risk of people tripping over and injuring themselves, and any hazards in a public place must be well signposted, so the public is made aware of them. Slippery surfaces in shops and other public places must be cordoned off to prevent anyone from falling over, which could result in a finger injury.

Should an employer, local authority, shop/restaurant or other owner fail in their duty of care, or if you suffer a road traffic accident, and you suffer a finger injury as a direct result, providing you can prove they were responsible, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim against them for the pain and suffering you’ve endured through no fault of your own.

Our guide walks you through the process of filing a claim for a finger injury and offers essential information on what is needed in the way of evidence to do so. It also takes you through the process and what you have to do following an accident that left you injured whether you were at work, travelling on public transport or in a public place.

The guide provides an idea of how much you may be awarded for a finger injury using our personal injury claims calculator, bearing in mind that each and every claim is unique. And therefore every potential payout of finger injury compensation is unique too.

To find out how an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor can help you through the process of filing a personal injury claim working on a No Win No Fee basis, please call us today. And we can then help to manage your finger injury claims.

What Are Finger Injuries?

Finger injuries can include one or more digits, including thumbs and index fingers, being damaged in an accident or through repetitive work. Some finger injuries are more severe than others which can be debilitating when it comes to carrying out day to day chores.

If you suffered a very severe finger injury that led to the loss of use of a digit or you had to undergo a finger amputation, the long-term consequences of the injury can negatively impact your life and your ability to work.

To discuss a finger injury claim and find out how much is a finger worth in compensation, please contact an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor today.

What Steps Should You Take After Having A Finger Injury

If you sustain a finger injury, whether in the workplace, in a public area, or when you were travelling on public transport, the first and most important thing to do is seek medical attention, no matter how slight you think the injury may be. This not only ensures you receive the right treatment as soon as possible, but it also means you get an official medical report detailing your finger injury.

However, there are other steps that must be taken is you suffer a finger injury which is detailed below:

  • If you sustained your finger injury at work, you must make sure the incident is written down in the company’s accident report book
  • If the finger injury occurred at school, whether you were visiting or a member of staff, you must report it to the relevant person so that the incident is recorded correctly
  • If you suffered a finger injury in a public place, you should get contact details of any witnesses and inform the relevant authority/person of the incident as soon as possible

What Are The Most Frequent Or Common Injuries To The Fingers Or Thumb?

Although there are many forms of finger injuries you may sustain, whether in the workplace or in a public place, there are some which are more commonly reported than others which are detailed below:

  • Thumb injuries – broken thumbs are extremely commonplace in the workplace, with many workers not realising the extent of the damage straight away. As such, it’s essential to seek medical attention if any excessive bruising and swelling occurs
  • Broken fingers – another very commonly reported finger injury, and again many workers are not aware of the extent of damage they sustained, which is why medical attention should always be sought as soon as possible
  • Dislocations – many workers in the manufacturing industries sustain dislocated fingers because of the type of work they do
  • Fractures – along with broken fingers, fractures are also commonplace, which typically happen through a slip, trip and fall accident
  • Amputations – many workers lose a finger which negatively impacts how they carry out mundane daily tasks

If you sustained a finger injury, whether at work or elsewhere and would like to know if you could file a personal injury claim against a negligent third party, an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor is waiting to take your call about finger injury compensation for your finger injury claims.

Can I Claim Compensation For A Finger Injury At Work?

If you suffered a finger injury whilst at work, whether through an accident because your work involves repetitive work causing you to develop vibration white finger or repetitive strain injury, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim for any pain, suffering and long-term damage you may have to endure as a direct result of a work-related incident.

Finger injuries in the workplace are commonplace whether you sustain a cut, burn, scald or broken finger. If your job entails lifting heavier items, you are at greater risk of sustaining a finger ligament injury. With this said, even a slight finger injury can negatively impact how to manage your day to day chores in the home. As such, if you have suffered some form of finger injury in the workplace, whether slight or more severe, you should discuss your case with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.

To find out how an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim against a negligent employer, please contact us today.

Compensation Claims For Broken Fingers

If you suffered a broken finger injury whether at work, in a public place, or when you were using public transport, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim against a negligent third party, providing liability can be established. The most common reasons why broken finger injury claims are filed are detailed below:

  • You suffered a broken finger injury whilst at work because your employer did not adhere to Health and Safety directives
  • You broke your finger while travelling on public transport
  • You sustained a broken finger in a public area
  • You broke your finger due to a slip, trip and fall accident in a public area

The list above covers just some of the ways and circumstances which could lead to you breaking a finger, but there are many other ways this type of finger injury can happen. It is also worth noting that the broken finger compensation amount you may receive would depend on the severity of your injury.

To discuss your finger injury compensation claim with an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor, please do not hesitate in contacting us today.

Claiming Compensation For Vibration White Finger Injuries

Vibration white finger is a type of injury that many workers in the manufacturing industry often develop because of the long hours they spend operating equipment and machinery. The condition is a specifically work-related finger injury. As such, all employers must set in place safeguards to reduce the risk of staff developing the disorder.

Health and Safety Directives clearly state that all machinery is made safe and that anyone using them must take regular breaks. If you operate a machine every day, your employer should also ensure you are given regular health checks to ensure you are not developing vibration white finger.

Employers must adhere to Health and Safety Executive legislation, and if they fail to do so and you develop the condition, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim against a negligent employer.

Can I Claim If I Lost Part Of A Thumb Or Finger?

Losing a finger or part of a finger through amputation or loss of use of a digit can have an impact on how you grip things and the way you use your hand. It’s a permanent finger injury that will not improve over time. With this in mind, partial finger compensation amounts tend to be higher than some other types; namely, a lost tip of finger compensation or any other finger injury compensation.

An Accident Claims personal injury solicitor would establish liability whether you sustained the injury in the workplace or when you were in a public place. Call us today to discuss your finger injury claims so we can advise you on how best to proceed when it comes to filing a personal injury claim against your employer for workers compensation for loss of a finger or against another negligent third party.

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) To The Fingers

One of the most commonly reported complaints involving fingers is known as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), which is especially true when it comes to clerical and blue-collar workers. The reason is that they spend a large percentage of their working day on a computer and/or laptop keyboards.

Employers have a duty of care under Health and Safety regulations to set in place ways to protect their employees from developing and suffering from this painful finger injury, and if they fail to do so, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim against them for negligence.

With this said, filing an RSI personal injury claim against your employer can prove challenging because establishing they were negligent can often be difficult. The reason is that you may enjoy a specific hobby that could contribute to you having developed a Repetitive Strain Injury.

At Accident Claims, a specialist personal injury lawyer would assess your case and establish whether you have a strong case against a negligent employer before offering advice on how best to proceed.

How To Begin A Finger Injury Compensation Claim

When it comes to filing a claim for compensation for a finger injury, it would depend on where and how the accident happened. The reason being that should the incident involve a trip, slip and fall on a public footpath or another public area, liability could fall to a local authority. However, if you sustained your finger injury whilst at work, a negligent employer may be held responsible for the accident.

As such, it is far better to contact a personal injury solicitor straight away because, like all personal injury claims, there is a specific time limit involved. A personal injury claims time limit in this instance is typically 3 years starting from the date you sustained your finger injury.

Working with an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer on a No Win No Fee basis ensures you receive legal representation when you need it the most. We would ask you to provide specific information relating to the accident, which is detailed below:

  • What caused your finger injury?
  • Where did the accident occur, whether in a public place or at work?
  • Were witnesses involved?
  • Did you seek medical attention and get a medical report?
  • Was the incident reported by your employer/manager in the accident report book?
  • Did you get photos of your injuries?
  • Do you have photos of the accident?

A personal injury lawyer would ask these questions in order to build up a picture of how the incident occurred and who would be held responsible for the injuries you sustained to give your finger injury claims the best chance of succeeding. At Accident Claims, we would ensure you receive the level of finger injury compensation you rightly deserve for the pain and suffering you had to endure through no fault of your own.

What Could My Compensation Claim Include Damages For?

If you suffered a finger injury in the last 3 years through no fault of your own and are planning to file a personal injury claim against a negligent employer or third party, there are several things that can be included in your claim, which are detailed below:

  • General damages
  • Medical expenses for treatments that are not NHS covered
  • Travel expenses to receive treatment whether at a clinic, hospital or surgery
  • Special damages including loss of earnings
  • Loss of projected earnings
  • Care claim

To find out how an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor can help you file a personal injury claim for a finger injury you sustained in the last 3 years through no fault of your own, please give us a call today.

Calculating Compensation Settlements For Finger Injuries

The personal injury claims calculator we provide below offers an idea of how much you may be awarded in a successful personal injury claim bearing in mind that each case is unique. In short, the amount you could be awarded may be less or more than the figures shown in our calculator. We base these figures on Judicial College guidelines and on successful personal injury claims that were filed in the past.

Type of injuryAmounts awardedNotes
Fracture of 1 digitUp to £4,461
Amount awarded depends on recovery period
Amputation of terminal phalanges of middle and index fingersAround £23,460Amount awarded depends on how much loss of use is involved
Amputation of little and ring fingersAround £20,480
Little finger£3,710 to £5,500Loss of part of the digit
Amputation of little finger£8,110 to £11,490
Loss of the terminal phalanx of the middle or ring fingers£3,710 to £7,390
Middle or ring fingers £13,970 to £15,330Damage is deemed severe
Amputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers£58,100 to £85,170
Fracture of index finger£8,550 to £11,480Amount awarded depends on how much loss of grip is involved
Total or Partial loss of index finger£11,420 to £17,590
Fracture/s of fingers deemed severeUp to £34,480
This could result in partial amputations and loss of use
Minor injuriesUp to £4,461
Recovery is achieved in 6 months
Loss of earnings£5,500 to £550,000+Awarded when a person is unable to work which results in a loss of income for the time it takes for them to recover
Loss of projected earning£11,000 to £440,000+Amount awarded depending on how an injury negatively impacts a person's ability to work

No Win No Fee Thumb And Finger Injury Claims

If you suffered a finger injury in the last 3 years through the negligence of a third party, working with an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer on a No Win No Fee basis means you can seek the necessary legal presentation to file a claim. A personal injury lawyer works hard to ensure you are awarded the level of compensation you rightly deserve for any pain, suffering and out of pocket expenses you had to endure.

Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) were set up so that everyone who sustains an injury or suffers damages through no fault of their own has the opportunity to seek legal representation when they need it the most without having to worry about finances.

Having entered into a CFA with a firm of solicitors, you can concentrate on your day to day life while a specialist personal injury lawyer acts on your behalf without having to request an upfront fee. Once a judge rules in your favour or your case is settled “out of court”, the agreed fee is deducted directly from the amount you are awarded. Should your finger injury compensation case be unsuccessful, you would have nothing to pay for the legal representation you received.

Why Accident Claims UK Are Best Placed To Help You

Accident Claims is recognised nationwide for being a trustworthy, dependable provider covering a vast range of personal injury claims. We provide legal representation on a No Win No Fee basis, and as soon as a Conditional Fee Agreement is signed, a specialist personal injury solicitor can start working on your claim without requesting an upfront fee or retainer to do so.

Our initial, no-obligation consultation is free of charge, which allows you to ask any questions and queries that you may have about filing a claim for a finger injury you sustained through no fault of your own.

We work hard to ensure you receive the level of compensation to suit the finger injury you suffered through the negligence of a third party, and we always pay particular attention to any personal injury claims time limit associated with this type of personal injury case.

Our team of personal injury lawyers have years of experience in their specialist fields and boast vast knowledge when it comes to providing legal representation for clients when they need it the most, and our personal injury claims lines are open 7-days a week, 24 hours a day.

Accident Claims is also recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as well as the Law Society. And we’re able to handle any finger injury claims that you may wish to file.

Contact Accident Claims UK Today

Getting in touch could not be simpler, and our claims lines are open 7-days a week, 24/7, so we never miss your call. You can ring an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor directly on 0800 073 8801, or you can opt for a “call back” by filling out the form provided. We will get back to you ASAP about your potential claim for finger injury compensation.

You can also email Accident Claims at office@accidentclaims.co.uk a personal injury lawyer will call you back to answer any question you may have about filing a claim for a finger injury you sustained through no fault of your own.

Finger Injury Claims FAQs

How do I know if I have a torn ligament in my finger?

There are two different kinds of tendons in your hand. Extensor tendons run from your arm across the back of your hand and make it so you can straighten your thumb. Flexor tendons run from your arm across the palm and allow you to bend your fingers. If you’re not able to bend or straighten one or more of your fingers, it might be because of a tendon injury.

Sometimes, if your extensor tendons are damaged, then you may be able to repair them by wearing a splint. However, surgery is available for tendon injuries.

How long will it take my injured finger to heal? 

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how long a finger injury will take to heal. Some injuries, like minor fractures or soft tissue injuries, can heal in a matter of weeks.

Some injuries that you might sustain to your finger, however, will continue to affect you for some time after your accident. For instance, if you seriously injure the tendons in your hand, then you may have permanently restricted movement, even after undergoing surgery. Vibration White Finger, which you can sustain through prolonged exposure to vibration, is a painful numbness and tingling in the hand, which is permanent. It’s important that you communicate any long-term effects your injury has on you when making a claim, as this will contribute to your general damages.

Can you claim for a cut finger?

You could make a claim for any finger injury which occurs due to the negligence of a third party.

Can I sue for trigger finger?

Yes, you could sue for workers compensation if you have trigger finger because of your work tasks.

Who is most likely to get trigger finger?

Women in their 40s or 50s with a previous hand/finger injury are most likely to develop trigger finger.

Is trigger finger a sign of arthritis?

Though the root cause can vary, trigger finger is oftentimes a consequence of arthritis.

How long does a trigger finger last?

The condition could last anywhere from a number of weeks to six months.

Is hot or cold better for trigger finger?

You can use either to reduce the swelling within your fingers.

Helpful Resources

For more information on hand injury claims please click the link below to read our guide to claiming compensation.

More information on hand injury compensation claims

If you are thinking about filing for compensation for a broken or fractured bone that was not your fault, click on the link below to find out what the process involves:

More about filing a fractured/broken bone injury claim

Have you been injured at work and the accident was not reported? Read our guide below to see if you could still make a claim:

Claiming for an accident that was not reported

If you would like to know more about vibration white finger, the following link provides essential information on the condition:

More about vibration white finger

If you think you are suffering from repetitive strain injury, the link below provides valuable information on the condition and how to avoid it:

More about repetitive strain injury (SRI)

If you’d like to know more about the signs of a broken bone, this helpful NHS guide has all the information you need:

How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? 

Thank you for reading our guide on finger injury claims. We hope that you’ve found this useful in pursuing your finger injury compensation.