Can I claim for cut finger tendon injury compensation? I work at a recycling plant and I recently cut a tendon in my finger from broken glass, despite wearing protective gloves. However my employer says I should have noticed the gloves were faulty. Is this correct?
Your eligibility to claim cut finger tendon injury compensation will depend upon the negligence of your employer and whether you were in any way liable for your injury. Your employer has a duty to provide you with a safe environment in which to work, which is particularly important if working with hazards such as broken glass. As a result it is important that the protective gear provided to you is of a high standard. This was clearly not the case in this situation as the broken glass pierced the protective gloves, resulting in your injury. If the gloves in question were of a poor standard, claiming compensation against your employer may be possible.
The likelihood that you contributed to your own injuries must also be considered before initiating a claim for cut finger tendon injury compensation. This could happen if you had been provided with suitable gloves but you did not wear them. It may also be the case if you had noticed beforehand that the gloves were of a poor standard but you did not report this. These situations will not necessarily disqualify you from making a claim — however the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled can be reduced as a result.
After an accident has occurred, immediate medical attention should be sought. A record of your accident and injury should be made in the “Accident Report Book” of your employer, which can be used in order to support your claim. A personal injury* solicitor should then be contacted in order to initiate a claim for compensation. It is possible around this time that you may be directly contacted by your employer’s insurance company with an offer of compensation.
Even if this offer seems tempting, caution should be exercised before accepting it. This is because such offers are often made with the intention of saving money for the insurance company rather than fairly compensating the victims of an accident. For this reason, the offer should first be referred to a personal injury* solicitor, who can advise you on whether it represents a fair settlement and, if not, negotiate a fairer amount on your behalf. For this reason, it is important to contact a personal injury* solicitor at the earliest opportunity if you believe you have a valid claim for cut finger tendon injury compensation.