Visitor Question

Finger amputated by table saw…

Submitted By: Brett (West Fargo, ND)

I live in North Dakota and this accident is a workers compensation case. I cut off my index and middle finger and also had tissue damage to my thumb.

I am currently in rehab for the fingers, which where reattached.

The doctor says that my index finger has the potential to have full movement again, but my middle finger will be completely locked and pinned together with zero movement.

My question is… Am I entitled to a settlement as compensation for the loss of use of my middle finger?

How about the other finger and thumb?

What should a settlement from workers comp look like, a lump sum, payment over time, etc.? Thank you.

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Dear Brett,

We would refer you to Section 97-31, Subsection 3 of North Dakota Workers Compensation

“Schedule of injuries; rate and period of compensation”:

For your middle finger permanent injury, you would be entitled to sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the average weekly wages during 40 weeks.

For your other fingers the following benefits would apply:

For the loss of a thumb, sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the average weekly wages during 75 weeks.

For the loss of a first finger, commonly called the index finger, sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the average weekly wages during 45 weeks.

You can find more information at the North Dakota Risk Management Division website.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: March 14, 2015

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