A common reason for damaged finger compensation is vibration white finger (VWF), also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HVS). The symptoms include numbness and pins and needles. These are the early symptoms — the nerves of the tips of the fingers in particular lose feeling, to the extent where eventually the digit goes dead. VBF is caused by the use of heavy vibrating machinery over time, leading to the gradual desensitising of fingers and thumbs. The injury is most common in construction and road repair workers using pneumatic drills, or any worker using (or overusing) power tools.
It is not clear exactly how vibration causes the numbness, but it is thought that it damages the fine blood vessels in the tips of the fingers, along the finger and thumbs and up into the arms. The ‘deadness’ is a secondary form of Raynaud’s syndrome.
Typical damaged finger compensation values
Highest values are paid for the thumb, index and middle finger, as these are the most crucial for all tasks. Minor damage resulting in diminished use of one or more fingers can achieve a compensation award of up to £3,000. Moderate damage restricting the use of the hands can be awarded on a scale rising to £10,000, and severe damage resulting in severe restriction of use of hands as much as £25,000, depending on circumstances.
Other damage to fingers and hands
Since we do everything with our hands, they are in that sense possibly the most exposed and vulnerable parts of our bodies, at risk of damage from machinery, moving parts, electric shock or exposure to toxins, chemicals and fire. For whatever reason damage may be cause to fingers or hands, a range of values for damaged finger compensation applies, depending upon the individual circumstances of the case.
Some examples of damaged finger compensation values for general accidents:
- Single finger fracture, recovery within one year: £1,500 to £3,500;
- Multiple fractures to fingers, incomplete recovery: upwards of £5,000;
- Loss of part of finger: up to £11,000; and
- Loss of finger/amputation: up to £65,000 (for several fingers and thumbs).
These amounts are illustrations and should not be taken as specific guaranteed sums to be awarded, since each case has to be argued on its merit and your solicitor will advise.
Damaged finger compensation
If you have suffered a finger or thumb injury and are seeking compensation from a third party who was at fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline on our 24/7 numbers and ask us to advise you. You can reach us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.