Last updated on May 10th, 2022
While you’re at work, your employer must take reasonable steps to keep you as safe as possible. If they don’t, and you suffer a broken finger at work as a result, you could be compensated.
Broken fingers are quite a common injury sustained in workplace accidents and so we’ve written this guide to explain how much compensation for a broken finger at work you could get if you’re eligible to claim. As we progress, we’ll explain how the claims process works and what amount of compensation could be awarded.
Our team can help if you are thinking of claiming damages for a broken finger from your employer. Firstly, they’ll review your case for free. Then they’ll assess the chances that you’ll win your case and provide free advice on your next steps. If your claim appears to be viable, they’ll pass it to one of our personal injury solicitors. They provide a No Win No Fee service for any claim they agree to take on.
To find out if you could be compensated for a broken finger at work, call us on 0800 6524 881 today. Alternatively, please continue reading our guide to learn more about how we can help.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For A Broken Finger At Work?
- Evidence To Support A Broken Finger At Work Claim
- Negligence That Might Lead To Broken Fingers At Work
- How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Broken Finger At Work?
- Average Compensation For A Broken Finger At Work
- Time Limits For Broken Finger At Work Claims
- Starting A Broken Finger At Work Claim
Employers have a legal duty of care to take reasonable steps to try and keep you safe at work. This duty is derived from the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. You might think that you’re automatically entitled to compensation for an accident at work in which you broke your finger. However, before one of our solicitors will take on your case, they’ll check whether:
- Your employer broke their duty of care through an act of negligence; and
- An accident happened as a direct result of that negligence; and
- You broke your finger at work in the accident.
If all of the above is true, you could be eligible to seek damages. To make a successful claim, though, you’ll need to supply evidence that shows why your employer was to blame for your broken finger at work and the severity of your injuries. We’ll show you what type of evidence you could use to do this, next.
Supplying evidence is vital if you’re to win a broken finger at work claim. It will need to show who was responsible for your accident and the extent of the break you’ve suffered. Examples of evidence you could use include:
- Medical notes from the hospital or doctor’s surgery that treated you.
- Accident report forms.
- Photographs of the accident scene.
- Security camera or dashcam recordings of the incident.
- Details of any witnesses who saw the accident occur.
- Photographs of your broken finger and any other visible injuries.
- Receipts, bank statements, and other documents to prove any expenses you claim back.
- A diary to explain how your accident happened and how your broken finger has affected you.
As part of your free claims consultation, we’ll look through any evidence relating to your broken finger at work you may have already gathered.
Employers will typically only pay compensation for a broken finger at work if their actions or lack of actions caused the accident to occur. Some examples of why you might be eligible to claim compensation for a broken finger at work is if:
- Your fingers were crushed because of a faulty piece of machinery.
- An accident led to a broken finger because you didn’t have suitable protective equipment.
- You weren’t provided adequate training on how to do a job properly and broke your finger as a result.
- Your finger was broken after you tripped on a hazard in an office accident.
- You slipped on a wet floor in the workplace (without warning signs) and broke fingers after putting your hand out to break the fall.
- If items were dropped onto your hand and broke your fingers because a colleague hadn’t been trained in the company’s safety procedures.
These are just a few examples of when you could be compensated for a broken finger at work. If you have a different scenario and would like to check if you’re eligible to claim, call our team today on 0800 6524 881.
When you calculate how much compensation for a broken finger at work to claim, it will be based on the severity of your broken finger (general damages) and any costs you’ve incurred as a result (special damages). You need to try and ensure everything is included as you can only make a single claim for the injury.
Although each claim will differ from the next, in general, you could claim damages for:
- The physical and psychological pain you had to suffer because you broke a finger at work.
- Any effect your broken finger had on your normal social activities and hobbies (loss of amenity).
- The cost of a carer if somebody needed to support you through your recovery.
- Travel costs linked to your injury such as parking fees at the hospital.
- Medical expenses including the cost of private medical treatment in some cases.
- Loss of earnings and future loss of earnings if your broken finger is going to affect your earning capacity in the long term.
- The cost of replacing any personal property that was broken or damaged during the accident.
To try and ensure you are compensated correctly, your solicitor will review your broken finger at work claim in some detail before sending it to your employer. They will handle all communication for you so you won’t need to deal directly with your employer in relation to the claim.
Now let us look at what level of compensation for a broken finger at work could be awarded. To help do this, we have included some average payout amounts below that are based on the figures advised by the Judicial College.
- Compensation of up to £36,740 for a severely broken finger at work that might lead to a partial amputation.
- Compensation of around £10,320 to £16,340 for a badly broken ring finger or middle fingers that cause permanent problems.
- Compensation from £9,110 up to £12,240 for a broken index finger at work that causes issues with gripping in the long term and osteoarthritis is likely to be a consequence.
- Compensation of up to £4,750 for a minor broken finger injury at work.
During your claim, it’s very likely you’ll need to see an independent expert for a medical assessment. Our solicitors can usually book these appointments locally. During the meeting, your medical notes will be reviewed and your broken finger/s will be examined. A report will follow to list your injuries and offer a prognosis.
All personal injury claims have a 3-year time limit as set out by the Limitation Act 1980. You’ll need to begin your claim within this timeframe otherwise you could lose the right to any compensation you might be due. The time limit for broken finger at work claims will usually start on the date your finger was broken or the break was diagnosed.
We would suggest that it’s best to start your claim as quickly as possible so that it’s easier to secure evidence and easier to recall exactly what happened. If necessary, your solicitor could also ask for an interim payment to be made before your claim is settled if private medical care is needed to improve your recovery time.
Employment law means it’s illegal to be disciplined, sacked, demoted or treated any differently for making an injury claim against your employer. Therefore, you should not worry about claiming compensation for a broken finger. If you were to suffer as a result of the claim, you could file a separate claim for unfair or constructive dismissal.
Additionally, some people worry about the effect of the claim on their employer’s business. Again, you needn’t worry about this as any compensation should be paid by their insurance company rather than coming directly from company profits.
We hope this guide has helped you to decide what you’ll do next. If you are going to make a broken finger at work claim and would like our help, please get in touch on 0800 6524 881 to begin.
If your claim is accepted, your solicitor will work for you on a No Win No Fee basis meaning you’ll only pay for their work if compensation is awarded. All in all, that should make the process a lot less stressful.
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