A dislocated wrist injury can have quite an impact on your day-to-day activities. More serious wrist dislocations can mean that you need time off from work, you can’t drive or look after young children. If you’ve suffered physically or financially because of a dislocated wrist due to somebody else’s negligence, you might be eligible to claim compensation. Therefore, this guide will look at how much compensation for a dislocated wrist could be awarded.
If you have any questions about personal injury claims, we can help. We offer a free consultation where your claim will be reviewed and your options will be explained. There’s no obligation to claim but if you want to and a personal injury solicitor on our team believes your claim is strong enough, they could work on your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
You can speak to a member of our team on 0800 6524 881 or you can find out more about dislocated wrist compensation claims by reading on.
Table of contents
- What Is A Dislocated Wrist?
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For A Dislocated Wrist?
- Common Causes Of Dislocated Wrist Compensation Claims
- How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Dislocated Wrist?
- Evidence To Support A Dislocated Wrist Compensation Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Dislocated Wrist Compensation
- Starting The Dislocated Wrist Compensation Claims Process
The wrist is made up of a collection of eight carpal bones. They are connected by ligaments that keep them in position and allow movement. A dislocated wrist is where a torn ligament pushes one or more of your bones out of place. Any of the carpal bones can be affected but the scaphoid and lunate bones are the most common.
There are a few common symptoms associated with wrist dislocation including:
- Bruising and discolouration.
- Swelling around the wrist joint.
- Weakness in the wrist or hand.
Where one of the carpal bones presses against the nerves in the wrist, numbness or tingling may be felt in your hand or fingers.
The general criteria a personal injury solicitor will usually check to determine your eligibility to claim compensation for a dislocated wrist are:
- Were you owed a legal duty of care by the defendant; and
- Were you involved in an accident resulting from the defendant’s negligence; and
- Was your wrist dislocated in that accident?
If all three points are true in your case, you may be eligible to begin a dislocated wrist compensation claim.
If you’d like to check, call our advice centre today so that one of our specialists can review your chances in more detail.
In reality, there are many different ways in which you could dislocate your wrist. Remember, though, you can only make a personal injury claim if the accident/incident was caused by somebody else’s negligence. We’ve listed some example scenarios that could lead to dislocated wrist compensation claims below:
- Sporting injuries. While there is a known risk when playing some contact sports, you could still claim for a dislocated wrist if you were injured because of an unsafe pitch, damaged equipment or bad coaching advice.
- Workplace accidents. Your employer has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to keep you safe while you’re working. That means that if you dislocated your wrist at work, you could be compensated if your injury was caused by a lack of proper safety training, poorly maintained equipment, inadequate PPE or a lack of regular risk assessments.
- Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs). In any sort of accident involving vehicles, the forces involved mean there’s a risk of dislocating your wrist. If this has happened to you and another road user was to blame, we could help you to claim.
- Slips, trips and falls. Our first instinct when falling is usually to put our hands out to break the fall. While this can reduce injuries to other parts of the body, it can increase the risk of arm injuries such as broken wrists and dislocations. If you’ve dislocated your wrist after falling over a trip hazard, slipping on a wet floor or you’ve tripped on a pavement, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
- Children’s accidents. If your child has dislocated their wrist at school, in a playground or anywhere else and you believe somebody else was to blame, please call and we’ll explain how you could claim compensation on their behalf.
Our team is happy to assess your dislocated wrist claim whether we’ve described your accident here or not.
Generally, there are two heads of loss used when calculating how much compensation for a dislocated wrist you could claim: general and special damages. Let’s look at those in more detail.
This element of your claim covers any pain and suffering your dislocated wrist has caused. It also covers the loss of enjoyment of any hobbies that have been restricted because of your injury. The amount you’ll receive if your claim is won will be determined by the severity of your wrist dislocation. This will be assessed as part of an independent medical assessment. However, the current guidelines suggest £3,530 to £4,740 compensation could be awarded for a very minor injury.
If your claim is successful, you could also receive compensation for:
- The cost of physiotherapy or other medical expenses.
- Lost earnings / future loss of earnings due to your dislocated wrist.
- Travel expenses.
- Care costs to cover the time a family member spent helping you.
- Physical aids or modifications to your home if you suffer long-term problems following a wrist dislocation.
All of the above will be discussed in detail if your claim is accepted to try and avoid you missing out on the compensation you deserve.
A vital part of the claims process is convincing the defendant’s insurer about how your wrist was dislocated, why their client was to blame and how you’ve been affected. Therefore, your solicitor will try to collect as much supporting evidence to support a dislocated wrist compensation claim as possible. This might include:
- Medical records. Your solicitor will obtain notes and x-rays from the hospital where your dislocated wrist was treated to help prove your diagnosis.
- Accident reports. If your wrist was dislocated in a public place accident (or at work), you should report the incident. Obtaining a copy of the accident report form can be very useful evidence.
- Photographs. Any photos taken at the accident scene can help your solicitor to piece together how your wrist was dislocated.
- Video footage. Footage from CCTV systems, mobile phones or dashcams can also make it much easier to prove how you were injured.
- Witness statements. If there is any argument regarding liability for your wrist dislocation, witnesses may be asked to describe what they saw.
If you’ve incurred expenses because of your dislocated wrist, let us know when you call. If you have any receipts or bank statements to confirm your costs, they could be used as evidence during the claims process.
The time limit for making a dislocated wrist compensation claim is 3-years. This will start from the date that you sustained your injury or when it was diagnosed by a doctor. Personal injury claims for children do not have a time limit so you can claim (as their litigation friend) at any point. Once your child turns 18 years of age, they’ll have 3 years to mount their own claim if you’ve not done so already.
It can help to begin the claim as soon as possible after you’ve been injured. That’s because you might need private medical treatment or physiotherapy to speed up your recovery which the defendant may agree to pay for. Also, starting as early as possible will reduce the risk of the claim becoming statute-barred.
To check how long you’ve got to make a dislocated wrist compensation claim, please get in touch.
To see if you could be eligible to claim compensation for a dislocated wrist, please call us on 0800 6524 881 to speak with a specialist. Your advisor will go through everything with you and provide no-obligation advice about your options.
If you would like to proceed with a claim and one of our personal injury solicitors offers to help, you’ll be represented on a No Win No Fee basis. As such, you’ll benefit from expert legal support and will only have to pay for it if you are compensated.
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