What amount of compensation for cut tendon on hand should I be entitled to? My employer’s insurance company have made me an offer but it does not seem like enough.

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

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Eoin P. Campbell

The amount of compensation for cut tendon on hand that you are entitled to will depend on a number of elements – not least the impact your injury has had on your quality of life. It is unfeasible for the employer’s insurers to calculate how much compensation an individual should receive by looking in a book or by referring to previous awards given in similar cases, and offering a settlement without making a full evaluation of your individual circumstances.

The first element a solicitor will look at when preparing a compensation for cut tendon on hand claim would be the extent of your injury and its severity in relation to your age, sex and general state of health before the accident occurred. The solicitor will then consider the affect your injury has had on your quality of life due to your inability to use your hand, and any psychological trauma you may have experienced as a result.

You will also be eligible to recover any financial expenses you have incurred in a compensation for cut tendon on hand claim, such as loss of income, overtime, promotion prospects and pension contribution. Additionally, your solicitor will examine the circumstances of your accident to see if there is any way in which you could have contributed to your own injury, as this will have a negative impact on the amount of compensation you receive.

Since you have already been made an offer of compensation for cut tendon on hand, the company has effectively admitted liability and the only step you need to take is to engage with a solicitor who can organise a full evaluation of your claim. He or she can establish whether or not the compensation offer made by your employer’s insurance company adequately reflects the extent of your injury and the affect it has had on your quality of life and if it is worth accepting, or if you would be better served by pursuing legal action.