Hand injury compensation claims

This article takes you through what you need to know about making a hand injury compensation claim.

How much can I claim?

Around 10% of all Accident & Emergency department visits are due to hand injuries. The most frequent types of hand injuries are lacerations, contusions and fractures.

Where the actions of a negligent party have resulted in diminished ability to manipulate objects or otherwise use the hand, a hand injury claim may be possible. This is the case whether the symptoms are temporary or permanent.

Depending on the nature of the hand injury, compensation will take into account cosmetic factors, pain and suffering and loss of function.

Injured wrist and arm

Do I have a claim for a hand injury?

If you have suffered a hand injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Types of hand injury

Quittance's network of specialist solicitors can assist with claims for any of the following types of hand injury:

  • Breaks, fractures and crushing of bones in the hand - The hand is made up of a number of different bones. Accidents which cause damage to any of these bones can extremely painful and severely inhibit the ability to manipulate the hand. It may be impossible to operate tools, machinery, or use the hands for everyday purposes until the injury is fully healed.
  • Strains, sprains and tears of muscles, ligaments and tendons in the hand - The muscles, ligaments and tendons in the hand enable you to grasp and release. Injury to these soft tissues can severely impact on the functioning capability of the hand.
  • Damage to nerve fibres in the hand - The fingertips of the hand have numerous nerve endings which enable your sense of touch. If these nerve fibres are damaged the sense of touch can be diminished. Lack of sensation in the hands can make work and everyday tasks impossible, or extremely difficult.

The circumstances of the hand injury, whether as a result of a road traffic accident, an accident at work, or medical negligence, will not usually have a bearing on how much compensation can be claimed. If negligence and legal responsibility can be established, it is the nature and severity of the hand injury that will be considered.

Your lawyer will arrange for an independent medical report to detail the extent of your hand injury and a prognosis for recovery. This report is required to support your hand injury claim.

Determining liability for a hand injury

To make a hand injury claim it must be proven that your hand injury is the result of another's fault or negligence.
Quittance's panel of solicitors have assisted with many hand injury claims, including:
  • Bicycle accident claims and motorbike accident claims - a hand if often thrown out as an instinctive response when an individual is thrown off a bike. The party responsible for the accident which caused the hand injury will be liable in your hand injury claim.
  • Claims for slips, trips and falls - the liable party for hand injuries caused by damaged, cluttered or slippery floors will be owner of the premises. If the accident happened in your workplace, your employer may be held liable.
  • Work accident claims - employees using work machinery and tools may sustain hand injuries in the course of their work. If your employer has failed in their health and safety practices, resulting in your hand injury, you may be able to claim compensation from your employer.

If you do not know who is responsible for your hand injury, your solicitor will help in identifying the liable party.

Calculate my hand injury compensation

How much can I claim?

Compensation for hand injuries takes into account the nature, severity and ongoing impact of the injury.

A compensation claim can be made for:
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical treatment expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of amenity - impact of your injury on your personal life, hobbies and social activities
  • Associated expenses - such as travel costs to hospital
In extreme cases, your lawyer may also be able to obtain an interim payment on your behalf before the case is settled.

Explaining No Win, No Fee claim agreements

No Win, No Fee agreements, also called Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), are the beginning of a claim.

A CFA details the service the solicitor will provide and the "success fee" that will be taken from your compensation award when they win your claim.

You will be able to focus on your rest and recovery, with the knowledge that you will never be out of pocket. You have no hidden fees when working with a Quittance solicitor.

Road traffic accident claims

Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.

Find out more about claiming hand injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)

Accidents at work - Claiming compensation from your employer

Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.

Find out if you can claim hand injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report

Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims, from fast track cases to life-changing injuries. Our solicitors are chosen for their level of experience and their winning track record.

To meet more of the Quittance team, click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Emma Bell Employers and Public Liability Panel Solicitor
Shahida Chaudery Complex Injury Claims Panel Solicitor
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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