Hand Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a hand injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a hand injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.
In our guide to claiming
hand injury compensation:
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 affected you ability to manipulate objects or otherwise use your hand, you may be able to make a hand injury claim. This is the case whether your symptoms are temporary or permanent.
Depending on the nature of the hand injury, your compensation will take into account cosmetic factors, pain and suffering and loss of function.
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.
Who is liable? for a hand injuryTo 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.
Do I have a hand injury claim?
As a basic rule, you can make a hand injury claim if you sustained an injury:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Injury claim eligibility - Common questions
What if a child was injured?
The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.
A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start a hand injury claim on their own behalf.
Do I need a diagnosis to make a hand injury claim?
If you have been injured and are awaiting the results, you should still seek legal advice as soon as possible. The sooner you start a hand injury claim after an accident, the more likely your claim is to succeed.
The amount of money you could claim for your hand injury will depend on:
- the extent of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your hand injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after a hand injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Hand injury compensation amounts
The following hand injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College.These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.
|Hand injury||Serious||Serious hand injury||£11,520 to £23,110|
|Hand injury||Very Severe||Loss of both hands||£112,100 to £160,600|
|Hand injury||Very Serious||Very serious hand injuries||£15,620 to £27,910|
|Hand injury||Severe||Severe hand injury||£23,110 to £49,350|
|Hand injury||Moderate||Moderate hand injury||£4,640 to £10,580|
|Hand injury||Severe||Serious damage to both hands||£44,550 to £67,410|
|Hand injury||Severe||Loss of one hand||£76,650 to £87,410|
|Hand injury||Minor||Minor hand, finger or thumb injury||Up to £3,460|
How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?
If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.
The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.
General damages for a serious hand injury can be £20,000
For a less severe arm injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £4,000.
However, if you have a serious hand injury and a less severe arm injury, you would typically receive £20,000 + a reduced percentage of £4,000.
Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.
What is the average injury compensation for a hand injury claim?
The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.
However, the money you would receive following a hand injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your hand injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
See the injury table above for some examples.
Should I set up a personal injury trust?
If you are receiving means-tested benefits and are awarded compensation following a hand injury injury, your benefits could be affected. In order to ring fence your compensation and protecting your benefits, you may be able to set up a "Personal Injury Trust" or "PI Trust". Read more: Should I set up a personal injury trust?
Calculate my hand injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a hand injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your hand injury claim could be worth now:
How long does a hand injury claim take?
The length of time needed to secure compensation for a hand injury can vary considerably.
For example, a straightforward liability accepted injury claim could be completed in a few weeks. However, if liability is denied a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 4 to 9 months. To read more about how long your claim could take, see: How long will my claim take?
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your hand injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
How did your injury occur?
The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:
No win, no fee - the facts
Under a no win, no fee agreement (known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA') you can make a hand injury claim without the worry of upfront legal fees. If your hand injury claim is unsuccessful you won't have to pay any money to your solicitor.
Our no win, no fee guarantee
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is no financial risk in making a hand injury claim - even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my hand injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my hand injury claim?
If your hand injury claim is not successful then you won't have to pay your solicitor any fees. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Is there a penalty if I withdraw?
Under a No Win, No Fee Agreement (CFA), fees may apply if a claimant refuses to cooperate, or abandons their claim after the legal work has started, or if the claim is fraudulent.
How can Quittance help?
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
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Hand injury FAQ's
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make a hand injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the hand injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your hand injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for a hand injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim hand injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a hand injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor
About the author
Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.