Hand injuries are a common injury particularly in claims involving an accident at work. Injuries can involve fractures to one or more of the fingers or cuts sometimes involving damage to the nerve. In more serious cases sometimes amputation of a finger, or part of it, can arise.
Because our hands are so integral to our day-to-day lives, an injury to the hand can have a major effect in a number of areas of life. It can of course mean a person has to take time off work but can also affect the ability to do everyday tasks such as driving, housework, cooking and even getting dressed.
Our personal injury compensation experts deal regularly with hand injury claims and will take the time to understand fully how the injury has affected you in all aspects of your life.
Hand and finger injury compensation
While there is no single figure that is “correct” in a legal sense for every injury, there are guidelines to identify ranges of possible awards depending on the type of injury and the severity. The values listed below are for guidance only. A more specific estimate will only be possible once further information is obtained in relation to your injury. The figures below are for only the “pain and suffering” category that a court may award – the figures below do not include any wage loss or other categories of compensation that may or may not be open to you (for more information see What Can I Claim For?)
- Minor hand injuries – recovery within a few months: £700 – £3,300
- Moderate hand injury, crush injuries, penetrating wounds, deep lacerations and soft tissue injuries – level determined by the extent of permanent disability remaining: £4,100 – £10,100
- Less serious hand injury with significant impaired function: £11,000 – £22,000
- Other serious hand injuries, including those where a function of hand is reduced by approximately 50% – may also include cases where several fingers have been amputated: £22,000 – £47,000
- Serious damage to both hands (but some function retained): £42,000 – £64,200
- Total or effective loss of one hand: £73,100 – £83,300
- Severe injuries – total or effective loss of both hands: £107,000 – £153,000
Injuries to Fingers
- Loss of index finger – depends whether loss is partial or total: £9,200 – £14,200
- Fracture of index finger where grip strength is restricted and there is ongoing pain and risk of arthritis: £6,900 – £9,300
- Loss of middle finger – depends on whether loss is total or partial: £3000 – £11,800
- Serious injury to ring or middle fingers – fractures or serious tendon injury causing stiffness and permanent loss of grip: £11,300 – £12,400
- Loss of little finger – depends on whether loss is partial or total: £3,000 – £9,300
- Fracture of one finger – depending on recovery time: up to £3,600
- Loss of thumb: £27,000 – £41,600
- Serious injury to thumb depending on the extent of any amputation and success of repair work and permanent loss of grip or dexterity : £9,500 – £26,600
- Moderate injuries to thumb – those requiring surgical treatment of a joint bone in which loss of sensation and function remain: £7,300 – £9,500
- Severe dislocation of thumb: £3,000 – £5,150
- Trivial or minor injuries to thumb – recovery within at most a few months: a few hundred pounds up to £3,000.