Finger or Thumb Injury Claims

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Finger and thumb injuries are common – they can however cause long-term damage and seriously interfere with your day-to-day tasks. Finger injuries can be extremely painful because fingers have such a high concentration of nerve endings.

If you had an accident at work, on the road, or in a public place, it may have even lead to the loss of a finger or the need for an amputation. You shouldn’t have to suffer with the consequences of a finger injury that was not your fault - our Personal Injury Solicitors could help you make a claim for compensation.

If you injured a finger on your dominant hand, your thumb or an index finger, it will naturally affect your ability to perform tasks more. You may have also had to take time off work, so our lawyers will take factors like these into account to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. We could help you secure compensation for finger injuries such as:


How much compensation will you get for a finger injury claim?

Compensation is split up into two types:

  • General damages – which cover the pain, suffering and loss of amenity your finger injury has caused;
  • Special damages – any financial impact caused by your injuries, such as medical costs, loss of income or travel.

Your special damages will account for the largest part of your compensation, because they’ll take into account your specific situation. For example:

  • How severe your injury is;
  • Whether you lost income from time off work;
  • Any costs you’ve already incurred e.g. travel to appointments;
  • Any care, aids or adaptations you may need in the future.
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Some guidelines for general damages are set out below – but it’s important to note these are just a guide and a baseline – your special damages will be added on top of these.


Guideline of general damages

Amputation of index and middle and/or ring fingers         

£39,500 to £58,000

Severe fractures to fingers

Up to £36,740

Total or partial loss of index finger

£12,170 to £18,740

Fracture of index finger

£9,110 to £12,240

Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers

£10,320 to £16,340

Amputation of the little finger

£3,950 to £5,860

Loss of thumb

£35,520 to £54,830

Very serious injury of the thumb, leaving it virtually useless

£19,600 to £35,010

Moderate injuries to the thumb e.g. nerve damage, soft tissue injuries or dislocation

£6,340 to £12,590

Minor Hand, Finger, and Thumb Injuries

Up to £4,750

If you’ve had to take time off work because of your finger injury, compensation could help with financial difficulties and help you buy aids to transition back to the workplace. If your job was manual, you may be unable to return to your previous job - compensation can ease your worries and even pay for you to be retrained in a different industry.

We could help you access early rehabilitation if you need it, by asking the responsible party to make early interim payments. You might urgently need this care or be struggling financially because of loss of income, so you could access some of your compensation before your case has settled. We can get you access to the best medical experts, such as surgeons and physiotherapists, and work with them to help you recover.

Get in touch for a Free Case Assessment, where we’ll listen to your situation and tell you if we think you have a claim. Our job is to put you first, make the process smooth and straightforward and get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

Could I Claim Compensation for a Finger Injury?

You could claim compensation for a finger injury that was someone else’s responsibility, even if it may been partly your fault. You may have been injured in one of the following scenarios:

In the workplace

Our Personal Injury solicitors could help you claim compensation if you had an accident at work or in the military that led to a finger injury, e.g:

  • a serious wound or even loss of a finger from faulty machinery;
  • a crush because of shelves/objects falling on you.

If you developed other conditions such as  Vibration White Finger (also known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from exposure to vibrating tools at work, our Industrial Disease team could help you make a claim.

Even if you think you could’ve been partly responsible for your injury, we’d encourage you to get in touch, because your employer has a legal duty of care to keep you safe at work and prevent accidents happening. For example, they must:

  • Ensure you have the correct training on tasks and the use of machinery, for example if you work in a factory or warehouse;
  • Monitor the environment to ensure any hazards or faulty equipment/tools are dealt with;
  • Provide you with protective equipment, such as safety guards on cutting machines and gloves, to reduce the likelihood of injury. This equipment must be appropriate for the task – for example, non-waterproof fabric gloves will not prevent chemical burns.

Why Choose Simpson Millar?

Here are some of the reasons why you should choose Simpson Millar to help with your injury claim.

  • We’re specialists

    We have a track record of recovering significant amounts of compensation for people with finger injuries.

  • We open up the law

    We use straightforward language to make things simple. We can also visit you anywhere in England and Wales, at home or in hospital.

  • Accredited lawyers

    We’re nationally accredited solicitors, and proud members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

  • We’ll keep you informed

    You’ll be kept up to date at every stage in the process, while we gather evidence and work out your compensation amount.

How the claim process works


    You contact us

    Get in touch with Personal Injury Lawyers and for a Free Claims Assessment. We’ll find out how your finger injury has affected your life and tell you about the next steps.


    We’ll contact the other party

    If we think you’ve got a chance of getting compensation, we’ll get in touch with the other party, to ask them to admit liability for your accident and finger injury. This might be your workplace, another firm or supplier or a healthcare organisation. If you sustained an injury in a public place, it might be a local authority or business.


    We’ll gather evidence

    We’ll start to collect evidence to prove that your injury happened because of someone else’s actions or negligence. This might include CCTV footage, photos, witness statements or logbooks if it happened in your workplace.


    You’ll get a medical assessment

    We’ll send you to an independent medical expert, who will assess your injury and find out about how it has affected your life. We try to intervene early if we think you’d benefit from rehabilitation. Sometimes the other party can send you early interim payments, before the claim is settled.


    We’ll work out the compensation amount

    Based on your medical assessment, we’ll work out how much compensation you’re owed and take this to the other party.


    We’ll settle your claim

    If the other party does not accept liability, then the claim may have to go to Court. Luckily, this doesn’t happen with most personal injury claims. If it does, we’ll keep you informed and provide expert advice throughout the whole process.

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FAQs about Finger Injury Claims

We could handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that if we don’t win your case, you won’t need to pay us a penny. However, we believe in open communication and complete transparency when it comes to billing our clients, so you will always be aware of what the final bill could be at the end of the process.

The exact amount of compensation you could get will depend on:

  • The severity of your injuries, and to what extent they’ve impacted your life;
  • Who was responsible for your injury;
  • Which finger(s) you injured;
  • Any loss of earnings or expenses you’ve incurred e.g. travel to appointments or prescriptions;
  • Long-term specialist care or rehabilitation you might need.

Our Personal Injury lawyers have recovered thousands of pounds for people with finger injuries, so get in touch to see what you might be entitled to.

You’ve got 3 years from the day you were injured to make a claim for compensation.

If you developed a complication or condition as a result of your finger injury, you will usually have 3 years from the day this was diagnosed.

We’d advise you get in touch with us as soon as you can so we can advise you on your claim, because the time limits can vary slightly.

Yes, it is possible to make a claim on behalf of a child. If they’re under 18, you could make a claim on behalf of them at any point until they turn 18.

Once they are 18, they can make a claim for themselves  – they have until their 21st birthday to do this.

The person or organisation who pays for your finger or thumb injury will depend on who was responsible. For example:

  • Healthcare organisations (both the NHS and private), and in some cases councils, have specific budgets set aside for medical negligence claims, so you wouldn’t be claiming against them directly;
  • Drivers should be legally covered by their Road Insurance for accident claims;
  • Your workplace should be covered by their own insurance company – so it is unlikely you would be claiming against your employer directly.

If the other party in your claim admit responsibility, we could ask them to make early interim payments to you, to help you recover from your finger injury or amputation quicker. This means that part of your compensation can be paid to you in installments before your case is settled. We could arrange for these payments early, so that any urgent rehabilitation or care you need is not delayed, while we work hard to negotiate your compensation.

Yes, you might have multiple injuries from an accident, or be dealing with psychological effects such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our Multiple Injury Lawyers will assess the overall impact of all your injuries so that you can achieve the maximum compensation.

We know that finger injuries can have a huge impact on other areas of your life. You can claim for any travel costs you’ve incurred, or for any ongoing support and rehabilitation you might need. This could include physiotherapy or adaptations to your home or car.

Your finger or thumb injury could affect your ability to grip, twist or lift objects, and we may be able to secure specialist rehabilitation for you, so you can learn to work around your finger injury. Compensation could help you access care and assistance for your whole life if you need it, such as:

  • Aids and adaptations, such as jar openers, grips, handles, grabbers and bra fasteners;
  • A driving assessment, special adaptions to your vehicle, or for the additional cost of buying an automatic car if this is recommended to you.

Prosthetic fingers or hands can significantly improve your quality of life after an amputation or long-term finger injuries, so compensation could cover the cost of this. Prosthetic fingers/hands can allow to you:

  • Restore length to a partially amputated finger;
  • Enable opposition between the thumb and finger;
  • Help you grip and hold objects with bendable fingers.

You might not require a prosthetic finger, or decide not to use one, but compensation could also help access private healthcare and support that the NHS alone can’t provide, such as a specialist hand therapist.

You might be worried about returning to work and how your finger injury will impact your ability to perform your job. Not only will compensation account for any income you’ve lost, but it can help you with your transition back to the workplace.

If you work from home on a computer a lot, compensation could help you buy arm rests, an ergonomic desk, or digital dictation software if you’re unable to type. Compensation could even help you study a new course if you need a complete career change because of your finger injury or amputation, particularly if you used to work in a manual job.

The loss of a finger, or multiple fingers, can also be very emotionally challenging. You might be struggling to come to terms with the changes in your appearance or ability to carry out daily tasks after your injury. Our Personal Injury team are here to support you as much as possible, and we can secure compensation to help you access therapy if you feel you would benefit from it.

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