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My wife had an injury at work in 2005 and it was proved that the company was at fault. the insurer's paid out compensation eventually in 2009.

In the meantime she was advised by the job centre to have a medical examination by ATOS as the ring finger that is damaged had to be permanently fused and she cannot bend it which makes it a bit difficult when working either at work or at home.

She went for the ATOS` examination and was basically told no chance as she another nine fingers that she could use. This was at a time when we really did not know much about CAG and ATOS.

Do you think that she is entitled to an industrial injury benefit?

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Loss of the ring finger equates to between 2% to 7% of disablement. That is loss of the finger, not damage to (where I can find no prescribed degree of disablement/prescribed disease or injury set down for IIDB for a single affected digit). To have a sucessful claim to IIDB, a person needs to have at least 14% disablement.


So it would seem not - but as I always say, if you don't ask, you don't get. Nothing to lose other than a few moments of time completing a form by applying again.

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