In this guide, we’ll be discussing when you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim after your finger has been trapped in a door at work. There are certain requirements that need to be met in order to seek compensation for your injuries. We will discuss these further in our guide.
Additionally, we will discuss the duty of care owed to employees and how this could cause an accident if an employer fails to upheld the duty they owe.
Further down in this guide, we’ll be discussing the process of making an accident at work claim, including the steps you can take to gather evidence to support your case.
We will also discuss the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel and the ways they can help you.
If have more questions about the personal injury claim process, then you can get in touch with our team of advisors. They can provide advice relating to your specific case. You can reach them by:
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In order to make a personal injury claim following an accident at work, you need to be able to prove the following:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care at the time and location of the accident.
- This duty was breached.
- You became physically or emotionally injured due to the breach. This constitutes negligence, for which a claim could be made.
As per The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a duty of care to their employees. This means that employers must take practical and reasonable steps to provide safe working conditions, facilities and equipment as a way to prevent employees from becoming injured at work. They could fail to do so by:
- Not providing any workplace training to ensure employees have the knowledge to perform their work-related duties safely.
- Providing inadequate protective equipment that is necessary to reduce the risk of employees becoming injured.
Applicable Limitation Periods
It’s also important to be mindful of how long you have to start a personal injury claim after an accident at work. The time limit outlined in The Limitation Act 1980 states that you’ll have three years from the date of your accident to begin your claim. However, certain exceptions can apply.
If you would like to find out whether you could be eligible to put forward a claim after you had your finger trapped in a door at work, call an advisor on the number above. They can also discuss the time limits and exceptions to help you understand how long you have to seek compensation.
There are various types of injuries that could be sustained after trapping your finger in a door. For example:
- Broken finger
- Cuts and lacerations
- Nerve damage
Several factors will be considered when assessing how much compensation you could be awarded for your injuries, such as the severity, the psychological impact, any financial expenses incurred and the overall effect on your quality of life.
Evidence can help to demonstrate the impact your injuries have had. Read on to learn more about this. Alternatively, get in touch with an advisor using the details provided above.
When making a personal injury claim for an accident at work, it’s important that you’re able to provide evidence to prove that negligence occurred. This can include:
- CCTV footage of the accident taking place
- Pictures of your injury and the cause of the accident
- A diary of your treatment, and any symptoms you experience as a result of your injury.
- Copies of any medical records.
- Contact details of any potential witnesses.
If you’re struggling to find evidence, then providing you have a valid claim, a solicitor from our panel could help you with this aspect of the claims process.
After making a successful workplace injury claim, you could receive two different heads of claim within your settlements. The first of these is general damages, which aims to compensate you for any pain and suffering your injury has caused you.
Guidelines produced by Judicial College can help solicitors value this head of claim. This is a document containing guideline compensation amounts, some of which we have included in the table below.
Note that the figures cannot be guaranteed. This is because of the wide amount of variables that have to be considered when determining your settlement.
|(c) Hand Injuries||Total or effective loss of one hand||£96,160 to £109,650||Injuries that involve fingers and most of the palm being amputated, or the whole hand after a crush injury.|
|(d) Hand Injuries||Amputation of the index and middle and/or ring fingers||£61.910 to £90,750||The hand will be rendered essentially useless, and any grip remaining will be extremely weak.|
|(e) Hand Injuries||Serious||£29,000 to £61,910||Such injuries will reduce the hand's function to around 50% capacity. Several fingers have been amputated, but rejoined to the hand leaving it unsightly.|
|(f) Hand Injuries||Severe fractures to fingers||Up to £36,740||Severe fractures that may lead to partial amputations causing an impairment of grip, disturbed sensation, and deformity.|
|(i) Hand Injuries||Total and partial loss of index finger||£12,170 to £18,740||There is disfigurement and grip is impaired.|
|(j) Hand Injuries||Fracture of the index finger||£9,110 to £12,240||The fracture has mended in a short amount of time, but the remaining grip will be affected.|
|(k) Hand Injuries||Serious injury to ring or middle fingers||£10,320 to £16,340||Fractures, or serious injury to tendons, resulting in stiffness, and permanent loss of grip.|
|(l) Hand Injuries||Loss of the terminal phalanx||£3,950 to £7,870||This affects the ring or middle fingers.|
Learn More About Special Damages
Special damages are the other head of claim that could be included in your payout. This aims to reimburse you for any financial losses you have experienced as a result of your injuries. You can be reimbursed for:
- Cost of care
- Loss of earnings
- Cost of renovations in aid of your recovery
- Cost of medication
You’ll have to provide evidence of these losses. This can come in the form of invoices, receipts, and bank statements.
For more information on the compensation you could receive after making a successful workplace accident claim, get in touch on the number above.
If you are eligible to claim after your finger or hand was trapped in a door, you might benefit from working with a solicitor from our panel. They may take your claim under a type of No Win No Fee agreement which is called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Firstly, under a CFA, you won’t be expected to pay any upfront or ongoing fees for your solicitor’s work. You also generally won’t pay for their work if your claim fails.
In the case that you’re successful in your personal injury claim, you’ll have to pay a success fee. The amount of which is legally capped, and is decided with your solicitor before you begin your representation. The cap is put in place by The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
If you have any questions about working with a solicitor from our panel on a No Win No Fee basis, you can speak with an advisor. They can provide further guidance on the different aspects of the personal injury claims process, including the eligibility requirements and the steps you can take to support your case.
For more information, you can get in touch by:
If you’d like to learn more about personal injury claims, then you can read more of our guides below:
- £5,000 compensation payout for a broken pinky toe
- £25,000 compensation payout for an Achilles tendon injury
- What are your employer’s responsibilities after an accident at work?
Alternatively, you can read more by using the below links.
- GOV- Statutory Sick Pay
- Health and Safety Executive – Guidance on powered door and gate safety
- NHS – A guide to broken fingers
Thank you for reading this guide on when you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim after your finger was trapped in a door at work. If you have any other questions, please get in touch using the details provided above.
Written by LP
Edited by MMI