Hand injuries such as contusions, lacerations, or fractures can make it difficult for you to attend work, enjoy your hobbies and simply carry out everyday chores at home. More severe hand injuries can literally be life-changing. Importantly, if you’ve injured a hand in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to make a hand injury claim for compensation against the responsible party for your suffering.
If you are going to proceed with a claim, our personal injury could help you. Our specialist advisors are available right now to answer any questions you might have. They’ll listen to what’s happened, review any evidence you might have, and supply free legal advice about your options. There is no obligation to make a hand injury claim but, if your case appears to be strong enough, we could appoint one of our personal injury solicitors to it.
Should you ask our solicitors to take your claim on, they’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. That means you only have to cover the cost of your solicitor’s work if you are paid compensation.
To start your claim right away, please call our team on the number above. Otherwise, please read on to find out more about your options.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Hand Injury Compensation Claim?
- Common Causes Of Hand Injury Claims
- Common Types Of Injuries To Hands
- How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Hand Injury?
- Evidence To Support A Hand Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Hand Injury Compensation
- Starting The Hand Injury Claims Process
To help you understand whether you have the grounds to make a hand injury compensation claim, we’ve added the checklist below. If you answer yes to all three questions, one of our personal injury solicitors could help you to seek damages. Here’s the checklist:
- Did the defendant (the person you blame) owe you (the claimant) a duty of care?
- Was that duty breached by a negligent act that resulted in an accident?
- Did you sustain a hand injury because of the accident?
Proving legal duty of care is not something you should be too concerned about. For now, it’s enough to say that this comes from legislation like the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which means employers have a legal duty to try and protect their staff’s welfare. Similarly, the Road Traffic Act 1988 means there is a legal duty of care for road users to try to drive safely to avoid accidents. Your solicitor will explain which law applies if your case is taken on.
Hand injuries could occur in various different accidents. Here are just a few of the more common causes of hand injury claims:
- Slips, trips or falls. You could injure your hand if you put it out to break your fall on a damaged pavement.
- Workplace acccidents. Where your hand is crushed by faulty machinery, for example.
- Road traffic acccidents. Hand injuries are particularly common when cyclists or motorbike riders are thrown from their vehicles.
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Caused by the use of vibrating tools for a prolonged period.
- Playground accidents. Commonly caused by damaged or defective playground equipment such as swings and slides.
- Criminal assaults. Defensive actions from a violent assault can lead to severe hand injuries.
- Dog attacks. Protecting yourself from getting bitten by an uncontrolled dog.
Whatever type of accident has caused you to hurt your hand, we could help you to claim the compensation you deserve even if the cause isn’t shown above, so please don’t hesitate to contact our advisors today.
Again, there are many different types of hand injuries that might lead to a compensation claim. Here are a few examples:
Hand sprains, strains and tears may sound like minor injuries but when they affect the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the hand, they can hamper your ability to grasp objects. This can have far-reaching effects as they can impede your day-to-day functioning and may even force you to take time off from work or quit your job permanently.
The hand is a complex structure that is made up of numerous bones of varying sizes. When any of these bones are fractured or crushed it can be debilitating. Not only is the pain unbearable but it may make it difficult or even impossible to carry out tasks at home or at work until the injured hand has healed completely. This could mean having to pay somebody to help you out 24/7 and loss of income from having to stay away from work temporarily or permanently.
Our sense of touch is possible because of a network of nerve endings that are present in the fingertips. Damage to nerve endings can reduce the sense of touch, making it cumbersome to perform the simplest tasks with the hands. It could even result in severe burns because of the inability to feel heat or cold.
Not only do hand injuries affect your quality of life, but they can also result in enormous financial losses by way of medical expenses and loss of income.
We could help you make a hand injury compensation claim whether your accident or injury is listed above or not. So long as you can show that somebody else was to blame for your accident, you could be compensated for your suffering.
There is no exact amount that you can claim as compensation for a hand injury. What you could be awarded will depend on the nature and severity of your injuries and the extent of your financial losses. Personal injury solicitors base compensation claims on elements known as heads of loss. These are:
- General Damages. This is where your solicitor will seek damages for any pain or suffering you have endured. To help prove this, a medical assessment will be needed. Our solicitors can arrange appointments locally so you won’t usually need to travel too far.
- Special damages. This part of your claim looks to recover any costs, expenses or monetary losses that have resulted from your injuries. For example, you could ask for any lost income to be returned as well as any medical expenses, travel costs or care costs. Also, you could ask for the cost of replacing any personal property damaged in the accident.
When calculating hand injury compensation the following factors could be included:
- Your pain and suffering, including psychological injuries;
- Cost of medical treatment, which includes the cost of hand therapy, consultation fees, prescription medicine, and surgical procedures if necessary;
- Cost of rehabilitation such as physiotherapy;
- Associated expenses such as the cost of travelling to and from treatment;
- Loss of income and work-related perks such as bonuses or promotions;
- Loss of quality of life caused by the inability to enjoy hobbies and other social activities.
If you’d like us to work out what compensation you claim for your hand injury, please contact our team today.
In this section, we are going to consider what level of compensation might be awarded in hand injury claims. To help us do so, we have included compensation amounts for injuries to the hand. They are based on amounts listed in the Judicial College Guidelines as this is something that solicitors, lawyers, courts, and insurance companies use to determine what level of payout to award.
- £140,660 to £201,490 compensation for the total loss of both your hands would be advised.
- £96,160 to £109,650 for very severe hand injuries such as the total or effective loss of one hand that has been crushed and then amputated, or most of the palm and all fingers have been amputated.
- £61,910 to £90,750 compensation for injuries where the hand has had index, middle, or ring fingers amputated leaving little use.
- £55,820 to £84,570 for serious injury to both hands resulting in major loss of function.
- £29,000 to £61,910 compensation for serious hand injuries where the hands capacity may have been reduced to around 50%, or cases where several fingers were amputated and rejoined but have left the hand hard to use, unsightly or clawed-like.
- £14,450 to £29,000 compensation for less severe hand injuries such as severe crushing and impaired function.
- £5,720 to £13,280 for moderate hand injuries that might include penetrating wounds, crush injuries, and deep lacerations. The higher amount might be awarded if permanent hand disability remains, and the lower end being a hand injury that has permanent but non-intrusive symptoms.
- Up to £4,750 in compensation for minor hand injuries where the injuries might be similar to moderate hand injuries but the hand is expected to, or has recovered in a matter of a few months.
Importantly, the figures listed are only guide amounts. Therefore, you may receive more or less than the amounts specified if your hand injury compensation claim is successful. Should one of our solicitors agree to represent you, they will explain what amount they’ll claim once they have reviewed your case completely.
Before we move on to look at what type of hand injury claims might be possible, let’s look at the types of evidence you could use to help you prove what happened. You could use:
- Photographs and/or video: To show the accident scene. Where possible, this should be taken before anything is moved.
- CCTV footage. If you know the cause of your hand injury was recorded on dashcam or CCTV, you should ask if the owner could send you a copy.
- Medical records: From A&E or a minor injuries unit to help prove the full extent of your hand injuries.
- Witness details: A witness statement might help if the defendant denies liability for the accident or your injuries.
- Accident reports: Where an accident occurs in a workplace, public place or on business premises, it should be documented in an accident report book. Your copy could be used to help prove the date, time, and location of the incident in which your hand was injured.
- Financial records. For special damages, you’ll need evidence of your financial losses incurred due to your hand injury, for example, receipts for medication, receipts for travelling to treatment appointments, wage slips and bank statements for lost earnings, and so forth.
Gathering as much evidence as possible could make the claims process a lot easier. If you are interested in claiming compensation for a hand injury, we can review your evidence for free.
It is important that we point out that time limits exist for personal injury claims. Generally, for hand injury claims, this will be a 3-year period starting from the date of your accident. An exception to this rule is when a child suffers a hand injury. In this situation, a parent, guardian, or responsible adult is able to make a claim as a litigation friend on the child’s behalf. The 3-year time limit won’t apply and the claim can be made at any point prior to the child’s 18th birthday. If no claim is brought, when the child becomes an adult, they’ll have 3-years to start their own claim.
If you’re claiming for yourself or for your child, we’d suggest that it is easier if you begin the claims process sooner rather than later. That’s because you’ll find that everything is still fresh in your mind. Additionally, your solicitor will be grateful for the additional time because they will need to complete several tasks before they submit your claim.
To begin the hand injury claims process right away, please call today.
Whether you’ve hurt your hand at work, in a shop, on the street, or in a road traffic accident, the chances are that your claim will be dealt with by an insurance company that represents the defendant. Unless you can demonstrate exactly why their client is liable for your injuries and that they were to blame for the accident, you could miss out on the compensation you might be entitled to.
For that reason, we would suggest using a personal injury solicitor to help you claim compensation for your hand injury. They will use their legal expertise and experience to prepare a concise claim on your behalf. Additionally, they’ll deal with the insurer’s questions and objects so you won’t have to deal with any complex legal issues. Our solicitors will always work hard to try and ensure that your injuries receive the maximum level of compensation possible.
If you are ready to start the hand injury claims process with us today, please get in touch via our free advice line on 0800 6524 881.