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Compensation for Broken Finger at Work

My employer says that I am not entitled to compensation for broken finger at work because my injury occurred while I was having a cigarette break and not while I was working. Is this correct?

Question:

My employer says that I am not entitled to compensation for broken finger at work because my injury occurred while I was having a cigarette break and not while I was working. Is this correct?

Answer:

You are entitled to claim compensation for broken finger at work if you sustained an injury due to your employer´s negligence and not because of your own lack of care. This applies whether you were working or on a break, provided that you were on company property at the time. If you broke your finger because of a scenario which could have been prevented – for example you tripped on an uneven surface in the company car park – your employer is liable for your injuries and you are entitled to claim compensation for broken finger at work.

Ideally you will have witnesses to your accident – other smokers perhaps who were enjoying a short break with you – as their testimony will be important to support your claim for compensation for broken finger at work. If not, a solicitor may be able to gain access to security camera footage to justify your compensation for broken finger at work claim. It would be advisable to take a photograph of the hazard which caused you to break your finger and make sure that your injury is recorded in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”.

It is also recommended that you speak with a solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity. The solicitor will be able to determine how much broken finger at work compensation you are entitled to and assist you with the procedures for making a claim for compensation for broken finger at work. Once a report has been written in the “Accident Report Book” it is possible that you may be directly approached by your employer´s public liability insurers with an offer of compensation for broken finger at work. If you have had your claim professionally assessed by a solicitor, you will be aware of whether their offer is reasonable or not.