Wrist injury claims can range from sprains and strains to lacerations, breaks and fractures. Even a seemingly minor wrist injury can cause considerable pain and many times that’s not even the worst part. A wrist injury can be disabling. It makes it difficult for us to carry out simple everyday activities. From cooking and eating, to cleaning up, dressing, driving or using the computer, we use our wrists for myriad activities throughout the day.
If your wrist injury was caused because of negligence in the workplace, a road traffic accident or any other type of no-fault accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and actual earnings as well as projected monetary losses.
Causes And Types Of Wrist Injury Compensation Claims
There are certain types of accidents that are more likely to cause the wrist to get injured. One of the most common causes of wrist injuries is slip and trip accidents. Whether you slip and fall on a freshly waxed floor, slip on a spill or trip and fall because of a rubble-strewn pavement, your instinctive reaction would be to put your hand out to break your fall. This can cause severe injuries to the wrist.
Road accidents are another major cause of wrist injuries. If you are driving a car and are involved in a collision, the impact can cause multiple injuries, from whiplash to spinal injuries and wrist injuries. Being in a road accident when you are riding a motorbike can put you at even higher risk of a wrist injury.
Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome are becoming more common these days as more and more workers are using computer type equipment. In most workplaces today, employees spend a major part of their work day at the computer. This repetitive motion of working at the computer puts them at higher risk of RSI injury that affect part of the wrist.
Wrist injuries can also be caused during sporting activities and it’s not just high-impact sports either. Any sporting activity carries a certain degree of risk.
Depending on the way the accident unfolded and the position of the wrist, the wrist injury claim could involve a stretched or torn ligament, muscle or tendon, or it could be the result of an inflamed tendon or a bone fracture.
Can You Claim Compensation For Wrist Injuries?
Claiming compensation for a wrist injury invokes the same legal clauses as claiming for any other type of personal injury. You are legally entitled to claim compensation for your wrist or any other injury if the wrist injury was caused due to a ‘no fault’ accident. A no-fault accident is one in which the fault does not lie with you. Instead, it is caused because somebody else made an error of judgment or they were rash, or negligent.
Regardless of the exact setting, you have a legal right to be compensated for a wrist injury claim caused because of somebody else’s action or inaction.
Seeking recompense for your wrist injury is crucial as it provides the financial assistance you need to pay for short and long term medical treatment. It also helps you make any structural changes that may be necessary to your home or car so that you can carry out your everyday activities. Getting compensation also makes up for the loss of income if you were unable to get to work because of your wrist injuries.
How Much Compensation For A Wrist Injury Claim?
There is no one fixed amount that has been set by the court to compensate for all wrist injury claims. The total amount you can expect will depend on the severity of your injuries and its subsequent effects.
Who is liable to compensate you for your injuries depends on where and how the accident/ incident took place.
If the wrist injury occurred in the workplace due to some form of negligence, your employer will most likely be held liable. Falls at work and performing repetitive tasks for extended periods of time are two of the more common reasons for wrist injuries in the workplace. In both cases, the employer could have taken preventive steps to prevent the injury. Failure to comply with their legal duty of care makes them liable.
If your wrist injury resulted from a slip, trip or fall that occurred within any business premises such as a supermarket, restaurant or mall, the owner of that space can be held accountable. If the slip, trip or fall occurred on any public space or pavement, the local Council is liable.
In a road traffic accident, the offending driver is liable to pay the compensation, provided that you can prove that the accident was due to their negligence.
Injuries due to sporting activities have been a subject of debate for several years. Most sports carry a certain amount of risk and all participants are well aware of these risks. In such a case, is the injured person still entitled to claim and who is liable? According to the law, you may be entitled to claim under certain circumstances, for example if you are not provided with sufficient training or with the proper protective gear. The manager of the club or training school is liable to pay the compensation.
Average Wrist Injury Compensation Amounts
- For very severe wrist injuries where there has been a complete loss of function, average compensation is expected to range from £44,690 to £56,180.
- Compensation for a wrist injury that has left the claimant with significant and permanent disability but the wrist still has some useful ability, compensation ranges from £22,990 to £36,770.
- For less severe wrist injuries such as a broken wrist that has resulted in permanent disability such as some persisting pain the compensation is expected to be in the rage of £11,820 to £22,990.
- For wrist fractures and soft tissue injury where recovery is longer but is complete (or expected to be complete) compensation would usually be a maximum of £9,620.
- The average payout for an uncomplicated Colles’ fracture is around £6,970.
- Minor wrist fractures such as a scaphoid fracture and soft tissue injuries that require bandages or plaster for some weeks but a full recovery is expect within 12 months (give or take), compensation settlements can range from around £3,310 to £4,450.
It is important to note that any settlement amount for a wrist injury isn’t set in stone and compensation is calculated depending on the details of each claim.
How To Start A Wrist Injury Claim
The best way to initiate a wrist injury compensation claim is by taking advantage of the free consultation that many personal injury solicitors offer. After the solicitor hears you out, they will advise you as to whether or not you should go ahead with your wrist injury claim. If it’s concluded you have a good case, the solicitor will usually offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. This basically means your appointed solicitor/ law firm will take all the risks and incur all expenses associated with the case, from the beginning to the end.
On your part, you have to agree that if the solicitor wins the case on your behalf, you will pay a certain amount as their success fee. This fee is usually a percentage of the total money awarded to you as compensation. With an arrangement like this, you are at no risk of being out of pocket at any time. Also, with the solicitor’s experience and expertise, you have a much higher chance of winning the wrist injury claim and the compensation you deserve.