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Finger injury at work claims
If you are involved in an incident at work that causes a significant finger injury and it was someone else’s fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Some finger injuries can be serious and can have a big impact on your ability to work or carry out normal daily activities at home or elsewhere. It might be that you make a full recovery from your finger injury in time, or the damage caused might be permanent.
Depending on the circumstances involved, your employer could be liable for your injury and therefore you may be able to claim compensation from them for what has happened to you. It’s a legal responsibility for your employer to assess potential workplace risks and hazards and to put in place a health and safety plan to help minimise these. This may include things that could help with preventing finger injuries at work. Failing to do this could be considered negligence and if you are injured as a result, you can claim compensation.
You might be wondering, “can I get sacked for a finger injury at work?” and be unsure whether making a claim against your employer will put your job at risk. However, there are legal protections for employees making a legitimate claim against a negligent employer which means they cannot be sacked for doing so. Get in touch with our specialist team to find out more about claiming compensation for hand and finger injuries at work by calling 0161 696 6235.
Common finger injuries at work
There are many different ways in which people can suffer finger injuries at work, and regardless of where you work, or in which industry, this is a fairly common type of injury. Some workplaces will have higher levels of risk than others for finger injuries, but whether you work in an office, a factory, on a building site or anywhere else, you should be able to carry out your job safely, because of measures put in place by your employer to protect you. Some of the most common types of finger injuries at work include:
- Damage to the soft tissue or finger ligaments
- Dislocated fingers or thumb
- A fractured or crushed finger or thumb
- A badly cut finger
- Repetitive strain injury to the finger at work – from having to work in an uncomfortable position for long periods or being required to move your finger(s) repeatedly which causes strain
- Loss of one or more fingers in the incident, or injuries which lead to amputation
Whilst you might think that something like cut finger at work compensation isn’t possible or worthwhile, even finger injuries that might initially seem fairly minor can have a significant impact on your ability to do your job or carry out normal daily activities at home for a period of time whilst you recover, as well as the problems caused by a major finger injury at work. If your workplace injury causes you financial loss or seriously limits your quality of life for a period of time, you may be able to claim compensation.
Common types of workplace accidents where fingers are injured
Some of the most common workplace injuries involving fingers or thumbs can be caused by:
- Getting fingers caught in machinery
- Injuries at work caused by poor manual handling involving fingers
- Fingers being crushed by heavy loads that have slipped or are otherwise out of control
- Lacerations or burns to fingers in environments like professional kitchens
Many finger injuries will heal over time and you might be expected to make a full recovery eventually, but that doesn’t mean that your life won’t be significantly affected during the weeks and months that it can sometimes take to heal. Severe finger injuries do sometimes occur in the workplace and this can be life-changing if the damage is long-term or permanent, such as the loss of a finger altogether.
How much compensation could I receive for a finger injury at work?
The amount of compensation that you might receive for a successful finger injury at work claim will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the injury you have suffered. For example, if you’re claiming for the loss of a finger, you are likely to receive a larger sum of compensation than for an injury where you are expected to make a full recovery eventually. Other factors include the expected recovery time or the level of permanent damage and the impact that this is likely to have on your daily life.
If you have suffered any financial loss as a result of your injury, such as lost wages for when you couldn’t work during your recovery, this can also be factored into your compensation. Most finger injury at work claims can be made on a no win, no fee basis (also known as a conditional fee agreement or CFA), which means that if your claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay any legal fees.
If you want more information about claiming an injury at work payout for losing a finger or another serious finger injury, get in touch with our team by calling 0161 696 6235.
Why choose Stephensons for your finger injury at work claim?
Our team have a wealth of experience in a wide range of accident at work claims, including with finger injuries. This means we’re ideally placed to be your injury at work lawyers whether you have a broken finger or another serious thumb or finger injury.
Our dedicated accident at work team know exactly what is needed to build a successful compensation claim for a range of different finger injuries sustained at work, whatever industry or sector you work in.
Get in touch on 0161 696 6235 to find out more about how we can help you with your claim.
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