A broken finger is a very common injury, particularly in the workplace. The most recent data from the NHS states that one in fifty people in the UK has reported pain in the finger muscles and tendons due to carrying out repetitive tasks at work. Furthermore, around 10% of all admissions to A&E departments are due to finger and/or hand injuries.
Because finger injuries can have such a debilitating and long-lasting effect on the sufferer - affecting their ability to work, carry out normal day-to-day tasks and pursue their old hobbies - compensation amounts for a finger injury can be quite high. If your finger injury was caused by the negligence of someone else then you may be entitled to compensation.
Finger injuries fall into the following categories:
There are a lot of different causes of finger injuries. In the past, Cute Injury's personal injury solicitors have dealt with finger injuries caused by:
In terms of the amount of compensation you may be awarded for a finger injury, the cause has no actual bearing on the payout amount. That will be decided based on the severity of your finger injury and the effect it has on you now as well as in the future.
The cause of the injury is however important in establishing liability i.e. if the injury was caused by the negligence of another party. For more information, read our guide: What is negligence?
As we've already touched upon, the amount of any personal injury compensation award is based on a number of factors - with the severity of the injury and the effect it has on the Claimant being the most pertinent factors. Finger injuries are no different, so as such there is no definitive answer to how much compensation you could be entitled to. However, using our past successful finger injury compensation claims we can provide a guide to how much compensation you could be awarded:
Amputation of index and middle and/or ring fingers: £47,050 to £69,000
Amputation of finger: In excess of £6,575 (this is the lower end of bracket for loss of little finger) Total loss of thumb: £27,000 to £41,675
Total loss of index finger: In the region of £14,250
Fracture of one finger: Up to £3,600
Severe fracture to fingers: Up to £27,925
Fracture of index finger: £6,925 to £9,300
** Information taken from Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – 13th Edition. Please note that these figures are for guidance only and the compensation that you receive may be outside of these guidelines.
If you have suffered damage or an injury to your hand or finger(s) due to an accident that was not your fault within the last three years then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. This is the standard personal injury claims time limit, and also applies to conditions such as vibration white finger.
As these types of industrial disease can take years to materialise, then the three years time limit begins when you receive a medical diagnosis of your condition. To find out more, get in touch with Cute Injury today: