Hand Injury Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
By Olivia Fitzpatrick. Last Updated on 7th July 2021. Welcome to our guide to hand injury claims.
People often think that a hand injury caused by an accident is something that they cannot claim personal injury compensation for. However, if the accident was not your fault then there is a good chance that you may, in fact, be able to claim compensation.
In many personal injury cases, such accidents are caused by carelessness or negligence on the part of another party, perhaps a local business or even the council, and somebody needs to be held accountable. If the injury to your hand is affecting your daily life then you shouldn’t have to deal with any extra financial expenses that this might cause.
It may be possible for you to claim compensation for your injuries, whether you have suffered a hand injury at work, on the road or even when out doing your shopping. Our guide explains all you need to know about making a claim.
If you have any questions about making claims or would like to begin your case today, get in touch with our personal injury claims team. You can reach them:
- By calling 0800 073 8804
- Writing to us by heading here
- Or chat with us by using the live chat function, bottom right
Hand Injury Claims Time Limits
Did you know that all personal injury claims, including hand injury claims, have a set time limit within which they can be put forward?
Typically, this time limit is 3 years from the date of the incident in question or the date of knowledge (when you realised you suffered as a result of it). If you want to seek compensation, you must begin making legal proceedings for it within this time limit or you risk losing out on claiming the compensation that you deserve.
Some exceptions do apply to this time limit, however. In cases where the claimant is unable to make a claim for themselves, whether they’re mentally incapacitated or under the age of 18, there are ways that compensation can still be claimed after this 3-year period.
For example, if the claimant is under the age of 18, they can nominate a litigation friend to claim on their behalf as they’re legally unable to make a claim for themselves. Until they do so, the 3-year time limit does not come into effect. However, if they wait until they reach their 18th birthday, the usual limitation period will apply.
The same applies to mentally incapacitated claimants, meaning the time limit is frozen either until they appoint a litigation friend or until they regain the capacity to make legal proceedings.
If you’re interested in learning more about acting as a litigation friend or you’d like to learn how much your case could be worth, please read on or get in touch today for a free consultation.
Select a Section
- A Guide to Hand Injuries accident claims
- What is a hand injury?
- What types of hand injury can I claim compensation for?
- What to Do If You Are Involved in an Accident Causing a Hand Injury
- How to Begin a Hand Injury Claim
- Proving liability for a hand injury
- Hand injury accident at work Claims
- Hand injury slip trip or fall claims
- Hand Injury in a public place claims
- Hand Injury After a Road Traffic Accident
- What can be Claimed for after an Accident Causing a Hand Injury?
- The Most Common Types of Hand Injuries
- Assessing the severity of a Hand injury
- Hand injury statistics
- How Much Compensation Will I get after an Accident Causing a Hand Injury?
- No Win No Fee Hand Injury Claims
- Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for a Hand Injury Claim?
- Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim
Hand injuries are more common than you think. Therefore, so too are claims for hand injuries.
If the actions of another person have given rise to your inability to control your grip on objects effectively or use your hand as fully as you have previously been able to then it may be possible to make a claim for a hand injury. It doesn’t matter whether the symptoms of your injury are permanent or temporary, a claim may still be viable.
A compensation claim will also take account of the type of hand injury you have sustained; this can include any cosmetic factors, loss of function and pain and suffering.
Hand injuries are a very common type of injury and can involve any one of the various different structures that make up the hand, wrist or fingers, including bones, joints, tendons, blood vessels and even skin. Some injuries resolve themselves over time but depending on the type and severity of the injury others require medical or even surgical intervention. Hand fractures and tendon related injuries are the most common types of hand injury.
To learn what type of accidents establish grounds to make a valid claim, please continue reading or speak to a member of our team today.
We have a team of specialist solicitors who have many years of experience in handling personal injury claims, including those for the following types of hand injuries:
Fractures, breaks and crushes to bones in the hand – your hand is made up of many different bones. When an accident occurs that causes damage to any of these bones, not only can it be exceptionally painful, but it can also affect your ability to control your hand properly.
You might find that it is no longer possible to operate machinery and use tools, it might even affect your ability to use your hands for everyday tasks until your injury is completely mended.
Hand crush injury compensation claims will take into account the severity of your injuries, including the pain, suffering and losses you suffered as a result.
Sprains and muscle tears, strains, tendons and ligaments in the hand – Your hand’s ability to grasp and release is controlled by its ligaments, muscle and tendons. When you suffer palm injuries as a result of an accident that causes hand injuries, tendons can become damaged and the hand’s ability to function can be considerably compromised by an injury that affects these soft tissues.
Damage to the nerve fibres in the hand – there are copious nerve endings in your fingertips that are vital to your sense of touch. Unfortunately, any damage sustained by these nerve endings can result in a reduced sense of touch. A loss of sensation in your hands can have a serious impact on your work or even how you handle day to day tasks, making them difficult or even impossible.
The circumstances under which your hand injury occurred do not usually have any influence on the amount of compensation that you get from claiming for a hand injury. So, whether your injury is a consequence of a road traffic accident, an accident in the workplace, or even medical negligence this will not normally have any influence on the amount of compensation that you could potentially claim.
In cases where negligent behaviour and legal responsibility are at fault, compensation is based on the type and gravity of your hand injury.
If you have been caught up in an accident that has resulted in a hand injury, then it is imperative that you follow the correct procedure to help you create a good case. For claims for hand injuries, this procedure should include the following steps:
- Get medical attention – It is important that your injuries are assessed by a doctor and that the appropriate hand injury treatment is started as soon as possible. A doctor will be able to produce a report based on the injuries you have sustained. This could be very important when it comes to establishing the claim amount you receive. Should you need any assistance we can help you to arrange a local medical.
- Collect witness contact information – Getting contact details from anyone who was a witness to your accident could really help to support your claim in the event that witness statements are required.
- Make a record of the events that happened – Once you are in a position to write things down try and remember as many details as possible. This will ensure that those important bits of information do not escape you later on.
- Keep paperwork relating to expenses – Any costs that you incur as a direct result of your injuries might be claimable, these are called special damages. Make sure that you keep any paperwork and receipts you are given as you will need to be able to provide proof of any expenses you have had to payout.
We know just how complicated it can seem to begin the process of making a claim for a hand injury but don’t worry, that is why we are here; to make the claim process easier for you. We can assist you from the first step of your claim right through to the last step, making the whole process stress free.
Why not start with a free consultation session? Just give us a call and we can take it from there. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have and a consultation will give us the opportunity to ascertain a clear understanding of your case. Having all the information to hand will allow us to offer you the best advice. If you need we can also arrange a medical nearby for you.
Our company work on a No Win No Fee basis when processing your claim. This means that whatever the state of your finances you should still be able to make a claim as the cost of your legal fees will only be payable in the event that you win your claim. There is more information on this towards the end of this informative post.
In order to make a claim for a hand injury, it is important to prove that any injuries to your hand have occurred through the fault or negligent behaviour of another person. Our expert team of solicitors have helped clients with lots of claims for hand injuries including:
- Motorbike accident claims and cycling accident claims – it is a common response to throw your hands out to protect you or help with the fall when you are thrown off a bike during an accident. The person who caused the accident which resulted in a hand injury from a fall may be liable as the result of a claim or your hand injury.
- Slip trip or fall claims – in the event of a hand injury caused by a slip, trip or fall that is caused by floors that are damaged, cluttered or slippery the liable party is the person who owns the premises. In the event of an accident occurring in the workplace then the liability may lie with your employer.
- Accident at work claims – as part of their work many employees who use machinery and tools may suffer from hand injuries whilst undertaking their work. If your hand injury results from your employer failing to put into place the appropriate health and safety practices then you may be able to claim compensation from them.
Should you be unaware of a third party that’s responsible, a personal injury solicitor from our panel will be able to help you to identify the liable party, and advise on whether you would have a strong claim for compensation.
For information about making a claim for a hand injury following an accident at work, please see the next section.
If you have had an accident in the workplace that has resulted in a hand injury, we’re here to help with making a claim for a hand injury. Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that the workplace is a safe and healthy place to work. If they have failed to put the appropriate health and safety checks in place then you could be entitled to make compensation for a hand injury at work claim.
All employers are required to carry out regular risk assessments, and whilst there are many causes of hand injuries in the workplace if the injury occurred as a result of an accident that was not your fault, then contact us today to begin your claim.
If your hand injury is the product of a slip and fall in a public place that is due to the appropriate people failing to maintain the area properly then you might be able to make hand injury claims for compensation as a result of their negligence.
Property owners, businesses and even the council have a duty of care to maintain their property in order to avoid slip, trip or fall accidents happening. If they have been negligent in this duty and you have suffered a hand injury as a result of this, we’re here to help with making a claim for a hand injury to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you have sustained a hand injury as a result of an accident that has taken place in a public place, it can often be the council who are at fault. We have handled many claims for hand injuries, including those for accidents the happened in a public place, and have assisted many clients to get the hand injury settlements they are entitled to.
Whether you have suffered a soft tissue hand injury or something more serious if the local council have been negligent you should be entitled to a compensation payout.
If you have been in a road traffic accident, either as the passenger or driver of a vehicle, as a cyclist or even as a bystander that was not your fault then you might be entitled to claim compensation for any injuries to your hands.
We have dealt with many claims that have resulted in broken hand car accident settlements over the years, so if you would like to start your claim today give us a call.
To learn what damages you could be compensated for as part of a claim for a hand injury, please see the next section.
When it comes to making a claim for a hand injury following an accident that has resulted in a hand injury there are several things that you may be able to claim for:
- General damages – this is any amount of compensation that you may be able to claim as a consequence of any pain or injury that results from your accident.
- Care claim – If you need assistance in your home whilst you are recovering from your hand injury then the person who looks after you can file a care claim.
- Loss of earnings – If as a result of your hand injury you are not able to return to the workplace for an extensive length of time then you should be able to claim for your future loss of earnings.
- Travel expenses – If you have suffered from a hand injury that has affected your ability to drive then you may have to use other forms of transport, for example, taxis. You might be entitled to make a claim for this.
- Medical bills – If as a result of your hand injury you have incurred and cost relating to the medical bills, such as prescription fees or hospital bill then you might be entitled to claim for these expenses.
In exceptional situations, your solicitor may be able to arrange a provisional payment before your claim is completed. However, this is not always possible. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please do give us a call.
Whilst no two hand injuries are exactly the same (just like no two claims are) there are a number of common hand injuries that you may have been unlucky enough to have suffered due to someone else’s fault. Here, we list the most common.
- A car door slammed on hand
- Hand caught in machinery
- Item dropped on the hand
- Slip, trip or fall with hand injury due to putting the hand out to lessen the impact
- Slip, trip or fall with hand impacting into a window
- Manual handling accident at work
- Road traffic accident as a driver
- Road traffic accident as a passenger
- Road traffic accident as a pedestrian
- Injury as part of a military training exercise
- Injury in combat
If your injury is not listed here, that does not mean you will be unable to make a claim for a hand injury for yourself.
Simply call our team and explain what has happened to you and we will be able to assess if someone else is at fault and whether you could be in a position to make a claim for compensation for your injuries. You are under no obligation to act on our advice at any time – we are just here to help.
Assessing the severity of a hand injury can often be difficult, especially when trying to assess what effects the injury might have on the claimant in the future; healing times and response to surgery may vary from one person to another.
In most personal injury claims, the claimant will need to undergo a medical examination, often by a doctor who specialises in hand medicine and surgery. The purpose of any medical undertaken will be to assess the extent of the injury and to recommend any further courses of treatment that may be necessary.
The medical, which is a simple and quick examination, will be carried out at a local medical centre at no cost to the claimant.
Here are some recent statistics relating to making a claim for a hand injury:
Thanks to The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, it’s a requirement of employers to report certain types of injuries that happen in their workplaces.
By looking at the latest statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive, we can gain an idea of how common hand injuries are.
- In the year from 2019 to 2020, there were a total of 4,470 hand injuries reported to RIDDOR. This is a slight decrease compared to 2018/19, in which there 4,738 hand injuries sustained at work.
- It’s possible to gauge the severity of these injuries too. 3,129 of the total number of hand injuries in 2019/20 required a recovery period of greater than 7 days.
- As well as hand injuries, there were also 4,464 wrist injuries sustained, with a total of 1,529 requiring a greater than 7 day recovery period.
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to suffer an injury like this at work, we can support you in taking action. Our personal injury claims team can tell you how, as well as offering free legal advice on your circumstances.
To discover more about making claims of this nature, please continue reading.
We recognise that most claimants might want to know what sort of compensation payout amount they might receive from their claim, it is not however possible for our company, or indeed any other one, to give precise figures of hand injury compensation amounts.
An online search might give you an estimate of compensation amounts, via a compensation calculator, but any claim amounts that you are able to find will probably not be 100% accurate for your injuries. We would recommend that you use these figures from any hand injury compensation calculator for rough calculation purposes only as compensation amounts, just like injury severity, will vary.
We will be able to provide you with some figures that will give you an idea of average compensation amounts for hand injury accident claims. This table, which is for illustration purposes only, gives a good idea of the payment amounts that are typical for those hand injuries that are most common following an accident, including finger injury compensation amounts.
It is possible that the injury you have experienced is not included in the table. If so, if you contact us we will be happy to discuss an estimate of the claim amount you may be able to receive.
Updated July 2021.
|Compensation reason||Typical Amount of Award||Notes|
|Hand Injury - Loss Of One Hand||£90,250 to £102,890||This applies to a hand which has been amputated. The higher amounts in this category are for dominant hand loss.|
|Hand Injury - Serious||£27,220 to £58,100||The use of the hand will be severely restricted to around 50 percent capacity, with loss of grip and/or dexterity.|
|Hand Injury - Less Serious||£13,570 to £27,220||Crush injuries are often found here. Function will be impaired, often despite treatment.|
|Hand Injury - Moderate||£5,260 to £12,460||Soft tissue injuries, penetrating wounds, and deep cuts. If surgery has not fixed the issue and there is residual disability it is often an award at the top end of this bracket.|
|Hand Injury - Minor||Up to £4,461||Same injuries but less severe as above but with good chance of recovery.|
|Wrist Injury||£44,690 to £56,180||Complete loss of function in the wrist.|
|Wrist Injury||£22,990 to £36,770||Significant, permanent disability, but some movement remains.|
|Wrist Injury||£11,820 to £22,990||Permanent disability with a degree of residual pain and stiffness.|
|Wrist Injury||Rarely exceed £9,620||Recovery from fracture or soft tissue injury takes longer but is complete.|
|Wrist Injury||In the region of £6,970||Uncomplicated Colles' fracture.|
|Wrist Injury||£3,310 to £4,450||Minor, undisplaced fractures or soft tissue injuries. Require bandages, plasters and the like with full recovery within 1 year.|
Working with a company that operates on a No Win No Fee Basis offers a number of advantages, the foremost of which is that regardless of a person’s finances anyone can make a claim for compensation. If we are not able to win your hand injury compensation claim for you then you will not need to pay anything. This affords you the level of financial security that you need in order to proceed with a claim.
When you work with a solicitor who charges on an hourly basis, you may find that you worry about the cost of the work they are doing for you, and the size of the bill you may receive at the end of your case which will require paying regardless of the outcome.
There is always the worry that the solicitor might have taken on your case purely to make money, even when there is little chance of a compensation payout. We do not believe in wasting anybody’s time – this is not something that should cause you any concern if you work with us.
We are a well-established and well-respected company with many years of experience within the industry, handling all claims with the professionalism they deserve.
We have been involved in successfully securing compensation payments for many hundreds of clients over the years and have handled each case with the same care and attention that we apply to all the cases we handle. It is our belief that the compensation process, which can be stressful, should be as simple as possible for all our clients.
We pride ourselves on offering an expert service that is compassionate, and we believe in treating all our customers well and offering the best service possible.
If you have suffered a hand injury as a result of an accident and you would like to learn more about hand injury claims, please get in touch with us and we will begin the process for you.
You can contact our professional and highly experienced team on 0800 073 8804. We are happy to review any concerns that you may have about the claims process, and we will make it our primary goal to achieve a compensation payout of the maximum amount you may be entitled to.
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Hand Injury Claims FAQs
Here are some common questions related to hand injury claims: