Broken finger in accident at work Andrew was a stores operative and was at work when his accident happened. He was working a night shift and was getting a metal slow-ring pole out of a container in a poorly lit area. The heavy pole was covered in too much oil and it slipped out of his hand, crushing his finger between two poles. Andrew was wearing work gloves at the time. Andrew's finger was broken in three places and sustained some nerve damage. He subsequently lost the fingernail four times, each time growing back discoloured and disfigured. Liability was admitted by our client's employer and their insurers put forward an offer to settle of £3,000, however they alleged contributory negligence. With medical evidence and negotiations the claim was concluded with an award of £5,000 and no contributory negligence.