A finger might be small in size, but the impact that the loss of a finger has on your life is by no means a small thing. Many people fail to recognise that a finger amputation can have a significant impact on a person’s working and personal life. Injuries resulting in finger amputation can affect various aspects of a person’s life, and in serious finger injuries the pain might still be present after ten years.
Do I Have A Finger Amputation Compensation Claim?
If your finger amputation has been caused as the result of another’s actions or by breach of a duty of care, you may have a lawful claim for compensation against the person who caused you harm
Finger amputation compensation claims usually arise as a result of a workplace accident, an accident in a public place, medical malpractice, or a car accident. Free Legal Justice has dealt with each of these types of personal injury claims before, and we are well placed to advise you on your potential finger amputation claim.
Contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly personal injury claims handlers on 0800 567 7074. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly accident claims handlers, so that we can start your finger amputation claim without delay
What Will I Get For My Finger Amputation Claim?
Your legal right to compensation is based on getting you back to where you were before your finger amputation. Generally in injury claims, compensation amounts are calculated based on how serious someone’s personal injuries are, and the type of care that they may need in the future to be able to recover from, or deal with, their injuries. In a finger amputation claim we will also claim for out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
Your finger amputation claim will likely include a claim for both general and special damages. Put simply, general damages are compensation for the personal injuries you have suffered, whereas special damages are compensation for additional expenses incurred as a result of the accident. Free Legal Justice will be sure to go through the calculation of general and special damages with you in detail once you have decided to make a finger amputation claim.
It may surprise you that different fingers are given different monetary values when looking at compensation claims. Personal injury solicitors use special guidelines which summarise past finger and thumb injuries and past compensation awards which are often used as a basis for new finger amputation compensation claims. These guidelines are not legally binding but they are recognised as extremely useful by lawyers, the insurance industry, and the courts. To give you an idea of the compensation that you could expect in a finger amputation claim, we have provided examples of finger compensation amounts below based on our years of experience. Note that these amounts are not in any way binding or fixed compensation amounts, but are merely to be used as a broad outline of the range of financial compensation that could be claimed in a personal injury claim.
|Finger Injury Compensation Amounts
|Serious injury – all fingers have been lost or amputated.
|£82,000 – £93,500
|Serious injury – amputation of middle, index, ring fingers.
|£52,800 – £77,400
|Serious injury- several fingers may have been amputated.
|£24,750 – £52,800
|Moderately serious injury – compensation for severely fractured fingers that might result in an impairment of grip.
|Up to £31,300
|Moderately serious injury – compensation for the amputation or loss of the terminal phalanges of the index or middle fingers.
|Moderately serious injury – compensation settlement for the amputation or loss of ring fingers and little fingers.
|Moderately serious injury – for a severe injury to either the ring finger or middle finger.
|£12,700 – £13,950
|Moderate injury – compensation for partial loss of an index finger where grip or dexterity is impaired.
|£10,380 – £15,990
|Moderate injury – compensation pay-out for a fracture of an index finger where grip function is impaired.
|£7,800 – £10,400
|Relatively minor Injury – compensation for the amputation or loss of a little finger.
|£7,380 – £10,400
|Minor Injury – partial loss of a little finger.
|£3,350 – £5,000
|Minor – minor fracture to a finger
|up to £4,050.
Causes of Finger Amputation Claims
Work-Related Hand and Finger Amputation Claims
If another person is to blame an accident at work that has caused your finger amputation, it is likely that you will be entitled to make a finger amputation claim against your employer. This will be a claim for compensation for the injuries you have sustained and pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the accident.
A work accident is an incident that happens during the scope of work, which leads to a physical or mental occupational injury. Work accidents are caused by a combination of unsafe conducts and hazardous working conditions. Employers are required by law to take various measures to try and prevent accidents from happening in the workplace, so that employees can be kept safe – and feel that they are safe- as they go about their everyday jobs. If an accident does arise in the workplace, it is crucial that an employer has the appropriate safety processes and policies in place to deal with the accident.
Hand and finger injuries can occur as a result of a single incident, from extreme wear and tear or severe strain. Some common causes of finger amputations include:
- Severe slip and fall accidents
- Falling from a height
- Being caught in heavy machinery
- Use of sharp tools and objects
- Burns, explosions, chemical substances
- Vehicle accidents at work
While any worker is at risk when of suffering a work-related hand or finger amputation, some employees are much more at risk of these types of injuries than others. This includes people working in manufacturing and construction industries, hospitals or other care workers, as well as those in the retail and service industry including waiters, cashiers, barbers, chefs, shop assistants and bar staff.
It is not always obvious who caused or is responsible for the accident that caused the injury. In most cases however, your employer is ultimately liable for the harm you have suffered at work, and will have beached the duty of care that they have towards you because they failed to ensure your health and safety at work. If an employer does not comply with this duty, and their failure to do so results in an accident or injury at work, there will be sufficient grounds for the employee to make a finger amputation claim.
If your finger amputation was caused by the negligence of another employee, you should not worry that this person will be held personally liable for your finger amputation claim. As a result of a principle known as vicarious liability, your employer will remain responsible for all actions of their employees, whether negligent or otherwise. This means that an employer will be liable for the finger amputation that an employee has suffered at work. You need not worry about how your employer will pay the compensation, or who will pay for the claim -your employer is required by law to take out liability insurance to cover any claims made by employees that have suffered injuries at work.
Common Work-Related Finger Amputation Claims
Free Legal Justice handles numerous accidents at work which result in our clients instituting finger amputation claims against their employers. The list of various finger amputation claims is very long, but most of these injuries could be prevented with proper personal protective equipment or uniforms, and adequate levels of safety training. Some of the more common reported finger injuries that Free Legal has dealt with over the years include:
- Bone fractures in the fingers
Hands and fingers all have tiny bones that can easily be broken because of an accident in the workplace. If an employee is caught between parts of dangerous equipment or is crushed under the moving parts of defective machinery, they can sustain a serious finger amputation. If an employee is injured because of a car or other workplace vehicle, he/she can suffer multiple fractures in one accident.
Some finger fractures may require surgery for treatment of the injury. Depending on the nature and severity of a finger amputation, it can take as long as two years to completely recover fully from the pain, and to revert to your full motion range and strength of the finger joint. In other cases, people are able to resume their normal daily routine within three to four months.
- Puncture wounds to the finger
A finger could be damaged by means of a puncture wound, caused by a sharp tool or piece of dangerous machinery making contact with some part of the finger. A puncture wound can limit the employee’s ability to carry, grip, write and manipulate objects.
- Sprains and strains of the finger
An employee can easily twist his or her finger in the workplace. A twisted finger can result in a strain or a sprain. Naturally, the severity of your finger amputation will determine your recovery period. In serious finger amputation cases surgery may be required, and it can take several more weeks to several months for your life to return to normal.
- Chemical spills and burns
Harmful substances and fire can cause serious burn injuries to the internal and external parts of your body, including your fingers. Employees in the health, science and manufacturing industries are at risk of harmful substances and employers should take careful health and safety measures to ensure that accidents of this nature are prevented in the workplace.
- Cartilage damage to the finger
When an employee suffers a serious fracture or sprain, they could injure their cartilage as well.
- Amputation around finger
Amputations are disastrous, and can occur if an employee’s hand is caught in heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or if they are injured in an accident involving a moving vehicle at work. If the accident is severe and results in multiple fractures or crushed hand and finger area, injuries can necessitate medical amputation.
Car Accident Finger Amputation Claims
It isn’t just drivers who can claim for injuries sustained on the road – car accidents can cause injuries to all sorts of people, including passengers, drivers, and innocent bystanders. All of these people may have been affected by the road accident in some way, and may have a potential compensation claim.
If you have been involved in a road accident, there are many possible finger injuries that you could suffer. Finger and hand injuries are extremely common in car accidents, as fingers are rather delicate digits and are easy to break, crush or sever by force or impact. It is not just the bones that you have to worry about though – the finger and hand contains many types of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues that could be damaged as a result of a car accident. A finger amputation involving these tissues could result in severe impairment for the victim.
If you are the driver of a vehicle, your usually sit close to the steering wheel, the dashboard and the windscreen. If a car accident ensues, it is a natural reaction to lift your arms and hands to protect you. However, this reflex action increases the potential and likelihood of a hand or finger amputation, as the pressure makes it easier to be able to tear or stretch the soft tissues or fracture the bones in the finger. Even if the crash happens at a slow speed, a car accident can still exert a huge amount of force on those inside the vehicle. The arms of the driver or a front passenger could easily be crushed upon impact, leading to an array of arm, hand and finger injuries. The broken glass from the vehicle windows could severely cut and even sever your fingers, and if your finger is caught in a crushed vehicle it can also lead to finger amputation.
If you are thrown from a car or you are a pedestrian that has been hit by a car while walking or cycling, you can easily land on your hands, or have your fingers crushed by the moving vehicle, and resultantly injure your fingers badly. In short – there are countless ways that your fingers can be injured in a car accident, and if the injuries are extremely serious this could result in a finger amputation. No matter what type of injury you sustained, or whether you were a passenger, driver or cyclist, you may have a right to make a personal injury claim.
If you have been in a car accident and have experienced a finger amputation as a result, you should contact a friendly Free Legal Justice claims handler today, to find out more about your finger amputation claim. At the end of the day, if the car accident was not your fault, then you should not have to pay for your physical injuries or for the financial consequences of such injury.
Common Car Accident Related Finger amputation Claims
There are certain injuries that are more common than others in the fingers and hands when it comes to car crashes.
- Finger Fractures Due To A Car Accident
Possibly the most common type of finger injury resulting from a car accident is a broken bone. This type of injury commonly occurs in head-on collisions and rear-end collisions. Hand and finger fractures are particularly common because of the reflex that most people have to extend their hands when they are bracing for the impending impact of a crash, and the fact that these are tiny bones that are easily broken by blunt force or excessive weight.
- Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are also very common finger injuries resulting from car accidents. A sprain typically means that ligaments have been torn or stretched, and a strain entails the tearing or stretching of tendons or muscles. The bits of soft tissue around your hands and fingers are susceptible to these types of injuries if you are in a car accident.
- Finger Amputation
Amputations are devastating to any victim of an accident. If a hand or finger is severed in an accident or crushed by a moving car, this can have severe consequences for the victim. Where a car accident results in multiple fractures or a crushed hand and finger, injuries can necessitate medical amputation.
Whether you land up with a broken bone or a sprained tendon in your hand and finger, your day to day life will be affected by the car accident. Your fingers and hands are a crucial part of the human body, and you need them to move around and do simple daily tasks. As a result of a finger amputation, you may not be able to work, write, drive or perform simple daily tasks in the same way as before, which could result in a variety of financial losses. If you have found yourself in this situation after a car accident, it is important that you speak to Free Legal Justice as soon as possible. Our experienced legal team will guide you and help evaluate the finger amputation you are entitled to.
Public Place Hand And Finger Amputation Claims
Free Legal Justice is highly experienced in handling personal injury compensation claims which have happened in a wide range of public places, including theme parks, shopping malls, restaurants and bars, parks, schools, theatres, carnivals and music concerts.
If you have suffered a personal injury whilst in a public place and you believe it was due to negligence of another individual or body, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Councils, shop owners, businesses and public bodies all have a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent the public from being injured on the premises under their control.
If your accident was on a council owned property, such as a public walkway or a council house rented out to a member of the public, then you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against the local authority if the accident was due to their negligence. When we look at injuries occurring in public spaces, the accident generally involves a slip or a trip on a road or a pavement, a fall into an exposed hole, or heavy loads becoming unsecured and falling on an individual beneath, which means that the local council will be responsible.
When instituting a claim against a public body for failing to maintaining and keep safe the public space, the claimant will need to prove that the public body was negligent in their duty to the public by failing to keep the space safe. This involves proving that, based on the circumstances of the case, it was not reasonable for the body to let the public space to fall into a state of disrepair that it could result in a person being injured.
Medical Negligence As A Cause For Amputation
Doctors will generally not amputate any body part unless it is a last resort. Surgical amputation is however sometimes the only option to treat an injury, where an amputation is considered as a life-saving (or limb-saving) option.
If you have had a finger amputated for medical reasons, this in itself is not a basis for a finger amputation claim. However, there are certain conditions under which you may be entitled to claim compensation. In most cases involving illnesses such as diabetes or cancer, these diseases can be diagnosed and treated during the early stages, so that further complications related to these conditions are prevented. If a medical professional fails to diagnose these conditions early on, it can result in the disease becoming more advanced, necessitating amputation of a body part (such as a finger).
If you did not receive the appropriate treatment because you received a wrongful diagnosis, and you have had a finger amputation as a result, your doctor may be found to be negligent. This means that you would have the basis for a finger amputation claim. This claim will be based on the damage that the delay or failure to diagnose has caused you. Medical malpractice cases can become complicated, and it is a good idea to get the help of an expert legal professional, such as the solicitors at Free Legal Justice, before you make a finger amputation claim of this nature. Get in touch with us today to start your medical malpractice claim.
What Will A Solicitor Cost For My Finger Amputation Claim?
Many potential claimants worry about the cost of a solicitor when it comes to making a compensation claim. We have good news- at Free Legal Justice, the vast majority of cases that our amputation claims solicitors take are structured on a no win no fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you.
A No Win No Fee agreement lets you continue with your amputation claim on the condition that if the claim is not successful, you won’t owe the Free Legal Justice team any money. Put simply, it is a way for you to take the needed legal steps to claim rightful compensation for your amputation, without any financial risks weighing over your head. Our highly skilled amputation claims solicitors are happy to offer No Win No Fee agreements to clients seeking rightful compensation for personal injuries, because they are extremely confident in their legal skills and have a track record of successful claims behind them.
Our accident claims solicitors work on an average success fee of 25% of the total compensation received for your claim. Your solicitor will make sure to discuss the success fee upfront, and this success fee will be agreed in writing between the parties before you make your finger amputation claim. If Free Legal Justice helps you to win your case, we will receive the success fee as payment for our legal fees. The Free Legal Justice claims team will be able to answer any questions that you might have regarding the success fee once you have agreed to continue with your amputation claim.
Contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly personal injury claims handlers on 0800 567 7074. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly injury claims handlers today, so that you can start your serious work injury claim and get the justice you deserve.
Why Choose A No Win No Fee Agreement With Free Legal Justice?
Free Legal Justice has an entire panel of specialised personal injury solicitors who resolve thousands of No Win No Fee claims every year. The dedicated Free Legal Justice team works around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help our clients get justice for the harm they have suffered, and receive the maximum compensation that they deserve.
By working with Free Legal Justice on a No Win No Fee amputation claim, we promise that:
- You will receive free legal advice from one of our expert solicitors as to how best to proceed with your finger amputation claim;
- A member of the Free Legal Justice Team will be available to speak to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you with any questions that you might have regarding your finger amputation claim;
- We can conduct consultations from the comfort of your home;
- If you are unsuccessful in your claim, we will not charge you any legal fees for the work that we have done on your case;
- You won’t pay a thing from your own pocket;
- We will help you to recover the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest possible time; and
- We will manage your case efficiently, keep you updated on its progress, and will try to make the entire finger compensation claim process as stress-free as possible for you.
Contact Our Finger Amputation Claims Solicitors
Contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly claims handlers on 0800 567 7074. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly accident claims handlers, so that we can start your claim without delay.