Fingers caught in the door claims – Can I claim compensation? Broken/Crushed Injured Fingers

By Joanne Jeffries. Updated July 29th 2021. Welcome to our guide which covers claims for someone who closed a finger in a car door, shop door and any other kind of door. Anyone who has caught his or her fingers in the door will know that it is not a nice experience. It can be exceptionally painful, and you are often left with a lot of swelling and bruising.

In some cases, the outcome can be a lot worse, with people suffering long-term symptoms and some individuals even requiring their fingers to be amputated. No matter what applies to you, if your fingers have been caught in the door, or if someone closed your finger in a car door and it wasn’t your fault, there is a high chance you could be permitted to claim finger injury compensation. The Accident Claims team have helped many people to get the payout they deserve for getting their fingers trapped in a door. We have over 4 decades of experience on our side and an exceptional reputation to back it up. With that in mind, read on to find out everything you need to know about claiming compensation for having your fingers caught in the door.

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A guide covering claims for getting your fingers caught in the door

Door Injury Claim Guide closed finger in car door

Door Injury Claim Guide

Are you suffering the effects of having your fingers caught in the door? Whether someone closed your finger in a car door, a shop door or another type of door this can be a very painful experience. Symptoms are often immediate and sometimes ongoing. If you have been affected by this type of accident at work, or in a public place and it was not your fault, you are going to need to make a claim for compensation. After all, why should you have to suffer due to an incident that was caused by someone else?

Guide to closed finger in car door work door or shop door accident claims

In the following guide, we will provide you with all of the details you could possibly need regarding these kinds of claims. The guide also includes information on whether you are eligible for compensation due to your finger being trapped in a door, how much your finger injury compensation claim could be worth, and how to go about claiming. If, by the end of reading this guide, you have some queries, don’t fret. You will find our contact information at the bottom of this page, and we would love nothing more than to hear from you to help you start a No in No Fee claim.

Can you claim if your fingers have been caught in a door?

In order to claim, you are going to need to prove that three things apply to your case…

The first, and most important, is that someone else is responsible for your injuries. This could mean that someone else has acted carelessly or negligently and it has resulted in the injuries you have sustained. For example, perhaps someone at work trapped your finger in a door

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because they did not follow correct procedures.

Someone closed my finger in a car door – could I claim?

Or, maybe your finger got trapped in a car door because of a vehicle fault? In this case, the car manufacturer would be to blame. You certainly cannot make a case for a compensation payout if you caused the accident and closed your finger in a car door due to carelessness. If you feel you were partly at fault, please get in touch with us for more information. It could be that you are entitled to a payout, but it will be of a lesser amount to reflect your involvement.

The second aspect of your case that needs to be true is that the incident happened within the past three years. This is the usual time limit on personal injury cases.

And, finally, you must have seen a medical professional for your injuries. If you don’t, it will only be your word against the perpetrator in court. By seeing a medical professional, they will put together a medical report, which will outline your injuries and treatment, and this is used to determine how much compensation you may receive.

Time limits when claiming for your fingers being caught in a door

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, there is a time limit on personal injury cases. You will need to claim within three years of the accident taking place. As court proceedings will need to be issued within this frame of time, it is advisable that you do not leave it until the last minute. There are some exceptions to the rule. If you have a valid reason for not claiming instantly, you may be able to go forward with your claim after the three-year time limit. Moreover, if you were a child when the accident occurred, you also have the opportunity to claim once you become an adult. This means that you will have three years starting from your 18th birthday.

Steps to take once your finger has been caught in the door

If your finger has been caught in a door, whether someone closed your finger in a car door on purpose or not it is important to take the required steps to gather as much evidence as you can so that you can build a strong case.

Steps to take if someone closed your finger in a car door

Actions include the following:

  • See a doctor – If you have trapped your fingers in the door, and the injuries only seem minor, it can be very tempting to cope with them yourself at home. However, seeing a doctor is imperative for your health, and it is also vital for your case too. This is because the report that is constructed by your doctor is almost always the most pivotal document of evidence in your case. It is used to decipher how much money you will receive.
  • Make a note of what happened – It is a good idea to write down everything that happened at the earliest opportunity. This will guarantee you do not overlook any of the critical details as time passes.
  • Keep track of your related expenses – You should retain proof of all of the expenses you have paid because of the accident you have been involved in. This could be anything from loss of income to travel costs and counselling expenses. You can claim for those costs, yet you will need proof in order to do so.
  • Take photographs – It is a good idea to take photos of the swelling and bruising around your fingers.
  • Get witness contact information – Did anyone witness the accident? If so, it is a good idea to get their contact details. Witness statements stand up very well in court.
  • Report the incident – There are some occasions whereby you will need to report the incident. If the accident happened while you were at work, you should tell your employer. This is vital because employers are required to have an accident book by law. If the incident happened to your child while they were at school, you should report it to the school so that there is a record of what has happened. The same applies if the incident occurred because of a fault with an item – report it to the manufacturer.

My child got fingers crushed in a door at school can I claim?

When our children are at school, we expect them to be looked after and cared for properly. It can, therefore, be very upsetting and disappointing to find out they have been hurt. Of course, accidents do happen. However, there are occasions whereby injuries occur because a teacher has not been watching over the children properly or because someone has acted negligently. If this has happened, and your child’s fingers have been crushed in a door at school, you will be able to make a claim for compensation. You can claim on your child’s behalf, and if the claim is successful, the money will typically be placed in a trust fund until they turn 18-years-old. Alternatively, if you do not claim, your child has the option to do so once they turn 18. Nevertheless, we often find that it is better to claim as soon as possible, as it makes the whole process a lot more straightforward.

I crushed my fingers in a door at work by another colleague, can I claim?

If you got your fingers crush in a door while at work, and another colleague is to blame, you will have grounds for accident at work compensation. You need to be able to prove that someone else caused the accident. It can be very helpful if you have witnesses to back you up. You should also make sure that the incident is recorded in the accident book at work. All employers are required to have an accident and injury book by law, and so it is important for there to be an official record of the incident in this book. Aside from this, you simply need a good lawyer on your side who can fight your corner for you, and that is exactly where we come in.

Common symptoms of a smashed finger

A smashed finger that occurs through injury or trauma can be very painful. Some of the most common symptoms for someone who closed a finger in a car door or shop door are as follows:

  • Severe finger pain, especially throbbing and aching pain
  • Stiffness in your finger
  • Colour change and bruising of the skin and fingernail
  • Loss of sensation in the finger tip
  • Difficulty using the finger tip
  • Inflammation – pain, swelling and redness

Fingers crushed in a shop door, can I claim?

You will be able to claim for this type of finger injury incident so long as the accident was not due to your own error or carelessness. If you were not paying attention or carelessly jammed your own fingers in a door, you won’t have grounds for compensation. However, if there was a fault with the sliding doors, or you were injured due to another person’s action, you will most certainly have the basis for a compensation claim.

What damages can I claim for when making a case for smashed finger compensation?

When making this type of compensation claim, there are two distinct types of damages you can claim for. These are as follows:

  • General damages – This is the form of compensation you are probably already aware of. This is the money that you will receive to cover the injuries you have sustained. It is designed to compensate you for the accident you have been through, as well as the on going symptoms and treatment you may be subject to.
  • Special damages – Special damages is the term that is used to describe compensation you will receive to cover the expenses you have had to fund because of your injuries. When we suffer an injury, there tends to be some expenses that come along with this. This includes loss of income, travel costs, medication expenses, the cost of counselling, and such like. You are going to be able to claim for these expenses, but make sure you keep proof of these costs.

How much injury compensation can I claim after trapping my fingers in a door? – Updated July 2021

Quite simply, it does depend on the type of injuries you have sustained. We have put together a table, which shows the typical payout amounts for injuries relating to these cases. However, please note that all cases are treated on an individual basis. Numerous factors are considered, from the symptoms you have experienced to the long-term prognosis, and so it is impossible to give you an accurate figure regarding how much you will receive. Nonetheless, hopefully, the table will give you a good understanding.

What are you claiming for?The payout you are likely to receive:Extra notes
Minor finger or thumb injuryUp to £4,461
Amputation of the terminal phalanges of the middle and index fingersSomewhere around £23,460This type of injury will involve impairment of fine handling and grip, restricted movement, and scarring.
Amputation of little and ring fingersSomewhere around £20,480
Loss of part of the little finger£3,710 to £5,500If the remaining tip is sensitive, this type of payout can be expected.
Little finger amputated£8,110 to £11,490
Loss of the terminal phalanx of the middle or ring fingers£3,710 to £7,390
Injury/ies to middle or ring fingers deemed serious£13,970 to £15,330Serious injury or fracture to tendons, which results in a permanent grip loss or dexterity, deformity, and stiffness.
Total loss of middle fingerSomewhere around £11,875
Fracture of index finger£8,550 to £11,480If the fracture has mended quickly, yet the person's grip is impaired and heavy use results in pain, this payout will be awarded. It is also likely that osteoarthritis will happen in due course.
Partial loss of index finger£11,420 to £17,590
Total loss of index finger£11,420 to £17,590

If you are unable to locate the kind of injury that is applicable to your case, please use our contact details at the end of this guide to make contact and we will happily assist you.

No Win No Fee claims for fingers being crushed in the door

If you lose your claim, you won’t pay anything when you work with us. This is because our claims are 100 per cent No Win No Fee. This is a legal payment structure that has been designed to provide the personal injury victim with protection. A lot of claimants are worried that they will end up spending a huge amount of money on legal services and, in the end, they may not have any compensation, meaning they will have lost money overall. Our No Win No Fee approach means that there is no chance of this ever happening. Not only this, but it ensures our solicitors are accountable, so you know they are always committed to your case. Plus, you know we won’t waste your valuable time. If your case isn’t strong, we will tell you!

Why should people choose Accident Claims to launch a compensation case?

When it comes to claiming compensation, you will struggle to find a better company for the job than us – in both our opinion and previous clients’. We have many years’ experience in the industry, and we provide free legal advice. We handle all types of cases, and we have an excellent track record. We don’t expect you to just take our word for it. You can read the comments that have been given by our previous clients and we are sure that this will put your mind at ease. One thing that makes us stand out from other legal firms is that we are very in tune with our customers and we are respectful of what you are going through. We won’t pester you. We aim to secure compensation efficiently and quickly. We want you to focus on getting better, rather than worrying about the legal side of things. You can be safe in the knowledge that we are doing all in our power to secure the highest amount of compensation that is available to you. Hopefully, this will make the process as easy as possible for you. Nonetheless, should you ever need us, we are only ever a phone call away.

Contact Accident Claims today to get started

Hopefully, you now have all of your queries answered regarding making a claim for fingers being trapped in the door. However, if you still have any concerns or questions, we are ready and waiting to assist you. We can also help you get started with making your claim. The number you can reach us on is 0800 073 8801. This our claims helpline, and it is open 24-hours a day, meaning you can call at any time that is convenient for you. If you preference is for us to call, then we can call you.

Someone closed my finger in a car door, but I would prefer to claim online – what do I do?

On our website, you will find a call back option. Simply fill in your details and we will get back to you as soon as we can. You will also notice that we have a live chat support feature on our website. You can type your queries and one of our advisors will reply instantly. Furthermore, you can send your questions to We aim to answer all emails within three hours, Monday – Friday.

Helpful links

Broken Fingers – NHS Guide

This link will take you to the NHS page for broken fingers, where you will read information on symptoms of a broken finger, treatment, aftercare, where to get medical help, and what to do.

Self Diagnosis – NHS

You can use this page to check your symptoms in an effort to try and diagnose the injury you have sustained.

Closed finger in car door claims – FAQs

Someone closed my finger in a car door in an assault, could I claim?

If as part of an assault, someone closed your finger in a car door, causing injury, you may be concerned that you wouldn’t be able to claim compensation. However, this may not be the case. You could, in rare cases, make a claim against the perpetrator of such an assault. However, most claims of this type would be criminal injury claims, and you would make them against the CICA.

The CICA is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. They could compensate victims of violent crime for injuries suffered as a result of an assault of this nature. We could help you make a claim for compensation to the CICA. However, you would need to have reported the incident to the police and you would need to cooperate with them. There may be some restrictions to claiming if you have a prior criminal record. If this is the case, please speak to our team.

My neighbour closed my finger in a car door by accident and I can’t work – who could my claim be against?

While some people may worry about taking action in such a circumstance, we could advise you on the best course of action. You could potentially claim against your neighbour’s car insurance or even home insurance if their car was on their property. Please speak to us if this has happened to you as we would be able to take some details from you and advise on the most appropriate course of action.

Thank you for reading our guide for those who’ve closed a finger in a car door, shop door or another type of door.