Last updated on May 10th, 2022
If you break your wrist, you’ll probably suffer a lot of pain until the fracture is treated. Even in straightforward cases, a broken wrist can take around 6 to 8-weeks to heal. In more serious cases, you could end up suffering for a lot longer. That’s especially true if the broken bone doesn’t heal properly and leads to some form of disability such as restricted movement. If you’ve suffered a broken wrist due to somebody else’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your suffering.
In this guide to claiming compensation for a broken wrist, we’ll show you what types of incidents could lead to a claim, and how the claims process works, and review how much compensation for a broken wrist might be paid out.
To help clarify whether you’re eligible to claim compensation for a broken wrist, our team offer a free case review. During your initial call, they’ll provide legal advice and information about your options. If the claim appears to be viable, we’ll ask one of our personal injury solicitors to review it. If they take on your claim, they’ll do so on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you’re ready to begin your claim today, call for a free consultation on 0800 6524 881. To learn more about claiming compensation for a broken wrist before calling, please read on.
Table of contents
- Eligibility To Claim Compensation For A Broken Wrist
- Evidence To Help Support Your Compensation Claim
- Accidents That Result In A Broken Wrist
- How Much Compensation For A Broken Wrist?
- What’s the Average Settlement For A Broken Wrist?
- How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation For A Broken Wrist?
- Do I Need A Personal Injury Solicitor For A Broken Wrist Claim?
Before one of our solicitors can take a broken wrist compensation claim on, they’ll need to check that your claim has a reasonable chance of success. Some of the questions they’ll ask include:
- Did the defendant owe you a duty of care?
- Did an accident occur because the defendant was negligent?
- Was your wrist broken because of that negligence?
If you are able to answer yes to each of the questions, it’s very likely you’re eligible to make a claim. Duty of care is something that our advisors can assess for you. It can be established in many ways including legislation. For example, if you’ve broken your wrist in a car accident, the Road Traffic Act 1988 might be relevant. Similarly, if your wrist was fractured at work, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 might apply.
The next thing to do is prove how your broken wrist occurred. This is where evidence can help and so we’ll look at what could be used to support your claim next.
To help establish how your accident happened and what injuries you sustained, you could provide:
- Camera footage. CCTV and dashcam recordings can go a long way to proving who was at fault when your accident occurred. Try to secure a copy quickly as it can be deleted quite quickly.
- Witness details. If liability for your broken wrist isn’t clear, your solicitor might ask any witnesses to explain what they saw happen.
- Accident report forms. If your accident took place in a public place or at work, you should report it. Proving where and when the incident happened is a lot easier if you can provide a copy of your report.
- Medical information. During your visit to A&E, your wrist should be x-rayed and documented in your medical records. These reports could be used to show the extent of the fracture.
- Photographic evidence. It’s a good idea to take pictures of the scene of the accident. Ideally, this should be done safely before anything is removed.
- Financial documents. Where you incur costs because of your fractured wrist, you should retain any invoices or receipts. These costs could be added to the value of your claim.
After you’ve collected evidence to support your claim, or simply for advice on how to obtain evidence, call our advisors today. If your claim for broken wrist compensation appears to be viable, we’ll ask one of our personal injury solicitors to review your options.
Generally, compensation claims for a broken wrist can be made against:
- Shops or shopping centres.
- Your employer.
- The local council.
- Road users.
In most cases, your claim will be processed by the defendant’s insurance policy. Our solicitors specialise in personal injury claims and understand how the claims process for a broken wrist works. If you’d like their support with your claim, please call our accident claims helpline today.
We are now going to list some common accidents that could result in a broken wrist. Don’t worry if your accident is not listed, we could still help you to claim so long as your injury resulted from somebody else’s negligence. The examples include:
- Road traffic accidents. A driver or passenger injured in a car accident may fracture their wrist if their hands hit the dashboard or steering wheel during a car crash. Similarly, a cyclist hit by a car or motorcyclists might break their wrists if they put their hands out after being knocked off of their bikes.
- Accidents at work. You could claim compensation for a fractured wrist if your arm and hand are crushed because of a faulty machine in the workplace.
- Trips, slips and falls. Wrist injuries are common from a fall. That’s because you’ll usually use your hands to lessen the impact of hitting the ground.
- Sporting injuries. While you probably wouldn’t claim for an injury caused by a tackle during a contact sport, you could be eligible to claim if your injury was caused by an unsafe pitch or equipment.
To find out whether we can help you seek damages for a broken wrist, please get in touch today.
As with other bones in the body, fractured bones can be classified as simple, comminuted, greenstick, or compound. Some of the more common wrist fractures that are diagnosed include:
- Colles’ fractures.
- Scaphoid fractures.
- Smith’s fractures.
- Barton’s fractures.
- Ulnar styloid fractures.
Treatment and recovery times will depend on the type of fracture you’ve sustained and this will be factored into any compensation claim you make. Why not call today to see if we could help you make a claim?
The amount of compensation you would get for a broken wrist, if your claim is successful, will be calculated by your solicitor based on two heads of loss:
- General damages. This part of the claim is based on how much pain and suffering you’ve endured. Also, it can include compensation for loss of amenity (activities your injuries prevent you from doing).
- Special damages. Here you’ll try to claim back any costs or expenses your injuries have caused. For example, you may be able to ask for any lost income to be paid back.
During your claim, a medical assessment of your broken wrist may be required. This is something that can usually be carried out locally with an independent medical expert.
Although compensation settlements typically vary from case to case, the average settlement for a broken wrist will be based primarily on general damages. We’ve supplied examples of broken wrist compensation amounts (advised by the Judicial College) in this section to demonstrate potential payouts.
- £3,530 – £4,740 compensation for a broken wrist considered a minor injury.
- Around £7,430 compensation for an uncomplicated Colles’ wrist fracture.
- Unlikely to exceed £10,350 in compensation for a broken wrist with a complete recovery.
- £12,590 – £59,860 for more seriously broken wrists.
Please bear in mind that we can’t guarantee how much you might be paid as each broken wrist compensation claim is unique.
Personal injury claims have a 3-year time limit in the UK. If you break your wrist, the time limit will generally start from the date your wrist was broken.
If your child has broken their wrist in an accident, though, the time limit will not apply. That’s because you can begin a claim (as a litigation friend) at any point before they become 18-years old. If you don’t claim, they’ll have until their 21st birthday to claim for themselves.
As explained earlier, insurers generally deal with broken wrist claims on behalf of the defendant. Even if your case appears to be clear cut, the insurer won’t compensate you unless you convince them of why their client caused your wrist fracture/s. We believe you have a better chance of doing so when working with a specialist personal injury solicitor.
If your claim is accepted, your solicitor will do as much as they can to try and make sure you are compensated fairly. You won’t need to speak to the defendant or their insurer as your solicitor will handle all communication for you. However, you will know how your case is progressing because you’ll receive regular updates.
If you’re ready to take action and claim compensation for your injuries, call us on 0800 6524 881 today. If your claim is suitable, one of our No Win, No Fee solicitors could begin working on it right away, and better inform you of how much compensation for a broken wrist you could receive.