Hand injury claims are a common occurrence, and hand injuries themselves account for as much as 10% of all visits to the Accident and Emergency department. These injuries could range from mild cuts and bruises to more serious contusions, lacerations and fractures, and they can result from numerous different types of accidents.
If your hand injury was because of an incident or accident that was due to somebody else’s mistake or negligence, you may have the right to file a hand injury claim. The success of your hand injury claim will depend on whether you can provide solid evidence that your injuries were caused by a third party’s negligence, and the amount of compensation you can claim for will depend on the nature and severity of your hand injury or injuries.
What Types Of Hand Injuries Can You Claim Compensation For?
Under personal Injury Law, you may claim compensation for any of these types of hand injuries:
Hand Sprains, Strains And Tears
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.
Crushed Or Fractured Bones In The Hand
The hand is a complex structure that is made up of numerous bones of varying sizes. When any of these bones in the hands get crushed or fractured 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.
Injured Nerve Fibres In The Hand
Our sense of touch is possible because of a network of nerve endings that are present in the fingertips. Damage to these 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.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Hand Injury?
There is no exact amount that you can claim as compensation for a hand injury. The amount of compensation for a hand injury claim that the court awards will depend on the nature and severity of your injuries and the extent of your financial losses. We can however provide average hand injury compensation amounts to give you an idea of what compensation you might expect, and these are listed below.
To support your hand injury claim you will need to submit a medical report by a medical expert with details about the injury, the medical treatment required and whether or not the damage caused is likely to be long term or permanent. We can arrange this medical local to you, and at no cost. We can also arrange for free local physiotherapy for hand injuries if you do have a claim.
When you file a claim for a hand injury, the court will usually not consider the circumstances under which you sustained the injuries. This means the amount of compensation you receive will remain the same whether you were injured due to an accident at work, a slip and fall accident, medical negligence, a cycling accident or a hit and run accident. When calculating hand injury compensation, the only factors that are taken into consideration are the type and severity of the injury, the actual medical expenses and the actual loss of income.
When calculating hand injury compensation the following factors should be included:
- Pain and suffering;
- Cost of medical treatment, which includes the cost of all diagnostic tests, 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.
- Compensation for the total loss of both your hands would be advised at around £120,040 to £171,920.
- 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, you could expect to receive around £82,040 to £93,540.
- For injuries where the hand has had index, middle or ring fingers amputated leaving little use, £52,810 to £77,430.
- Serious injury to both hands resulting in major loss of function, £47,550 to £72,150.
- The average payout 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 is £24,740 to £52,810.
- For less severe hand injuries such as severe crushing and impaired function the compensation amount you could expect is £12,340 to £24,740.
- In moderate hand injuries that might include penetrating wounds, crush injuries, deep lacerations, the compensation awarded may vary between £4,780 to £11,330 where 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.
- The average compensation for minor hand injuries is up to £4,055 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.
Proving Liability For Hand Injury Claims
Your claim for compensation can only be successful if you can provide sold proof that your hand injuries were caused by an incident that was the result of somebody else’s negligence, carelessness or mistake.
If your hand was injured in an accident in the workplace, you will have to prove that the accident was caused because of faulty equipment, lack of proper instructions, lack of protective gear or some other negligence on the part of your employer, colleagues or other person.
If your hand was injured in a road accident while you were riding a motorbike or bicycle, driving a vehicle or crossing the road, you will need to prove that the other party was responsible for the accident.
If a slippery, damaged or cluttered surface causes you to slip, trip or fall and injure your hand, the person liable for your injuries will depend on where the accident occurred. If the accident occurred indoors, the owner of the premises is liable to compensate you for your injuries. The local authorities would be responsible for any accident caused by a damaged pavement and your employer would be responsible if the slip, trip or fall accident happened in the workplace.
Can You Make A Hand Injury Claim Yourself?
Although you could file a hand injury compensation claim by yourself, it is inadvisable to do so. Personal injury law is complex and you run the risk of losing your claim on a technicality if you are not familiar with the law. Moreover, if you contact us, you can get professional legal advice without having to pay anything.
Our personal injury solicitors make it easy for individuals to get the compensation that is due to them by offering a free consultations, during which they will discuss all that has happened to cause your hand injury. If you have a strong case, they will even offer to help you file your claim without asking for any payment throughout the process. You only pay a fee if our solicitor assigned to your claim wins the case on your behalf and only after the compensation has been received. This is called a No Win No Fee or Conditional Fee agreement and ensures that you are never out of pocket at any time.
Under such favourable circumstances, you really have nothing to lose by contacting us as soon as possible rather than file the hand injury claim yourself.