Wrist injury claims

Updated: October 8, 2018

Frequently seen in both GP surgeries and A&E departments, wrist injuries can cause significant pain and disruption. Common complaints include sprains, strains, brakes and fractures.

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If a person is involved in a non-fault accident, and suffers a wrist injury as a result, they could be entitled to compensation. Who is liable depends on the context in which the accident occurred.

Wrist injury

Do I have a claim for a wrist injury?

If you have suffered a wrist 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.

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Wrist injuries and their causes

The wrist comprises of the two bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna) and the eight carpal bones (scaphoid or navicular, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and the hamate). All are connected together by ligaments and surrounded by muscles and tendons.

Damage to any of these parts can result in wrist injury, for example:

  • Sprains are the result of a stretched or torn ligament
  • Strains occur when there is a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon
  • Fractures or brakes happen when a bone cracks or breaks
  • Tendinitis (a form of RSI) is inflammation of a tendon

Some of the familiar reasons for wrist injuries in compensation claims include:

  • Slips, trips and falls - in the workplace or other public spaces
  • Road traffic accidents (in particular motorcycles)
  • Sporting activities - in a club, sporting venue or school
  • Repetitive activities - in the workplace (such as RSI)

In both slips, trips and falls, as well as in sporting activities, wrist injuries are usually the result of an outstretched hand used to break a fall. In motor vehicle accidents, high velocity injuries caused by a sudden blow or crush are the main source of injury. RSI and tendinitis occur due to repetitive use over a period of time.

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Who is liable?

Who is liable, depends where the accident took place:

In a workplace

If an accident leading to a wrist injury occurred in a workplace - whether it is the result of a slip, trip or fall, or a repetitive task - the employer could be held liable. Employers have a legal duty of care to ensure the health and safety of employees. This includes carrying out a full risk assessment, identifying hazards and putting appropriate measures in place to control and manage them, such as:

  • Ensuring hazards are removed from the floors
  • Cleaning up spillages
  • Providing suitable footwear

If they do not, they could be deemed negligent under a range of legislation including: the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974; the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999; and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

For road traffic accidents

If a wrist injury occurs during a road traffic accident - whether through impact or crush trauma - the other driver is liable if their actions in the situation are proved negligent.

Like employers, road users have a legal ‘duty of care' for other motorists. So if a road user acts carelessly, for example not signalling during a turn, or failing to stop in time causing a rear-end collision, they could be held accountable.

During sporting activities

Many sporting activities are entered into willingly, with individuals being aware of the risks. However, if an accident resulting in wrist injury occurs when another person has legal responsibility for the health and safety of its participants, for example a football club or a ski school, they could be held liable.

In another public or private space

For slips, trips and falls that occur outside of the workplace, liability could lie with a third party, depending on where it occurred. For example, a slip in a supermarket could see the owner held responsible or for a trip on a public pavement the local council could be held accountable. Situations like these would fall under the Occupiers Lliability Act 1984.

Whatever the situation, a solicitor can help a Claimant gather evidence, such as medical records and witness statements, to support their case.

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Calculate my wrist injury compensation

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As wrists are a pivotal part of the body, any damage can seriously impair an individual's ability to work, carry out every day activities or participate in leisure pursuits.

Symptoms of wrist injury can vary and include pain, swelling and bruising, muscle spasms, and inability to move or use a joint. In addition physical therapy or surgery may be required.

Seeking compensation is an important step, enabling payment for necessary treatment and recovery of losses, including earnings. The sum received should reflect the extent of the injury and its subsequent effects.

For an estimate of the compensation you could receive see our Compensation Calculator.

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No Win, No Fee wrist injury compensation claims explained

No Win, No Fee wrist injury claims begin with a Claimant agreeing to, with their injury lawyer, a CFA (or Conditional Fee Agreement).

Your Conditional Fee Agreement defines a contract or "terms and conditions" between your lawyer and you.

It details the work your case handler will provide and a "success fee" that will be taken from your total compensation when the solicitor wins your case.

There will be absolutely no hidden charges using a Quittance solicitor. You are able to prioritise your rest and recovery, with the knowledge that there will be absolutely nothing to pay up front and you will never be out of pocket.

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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 wrist injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

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

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Accidents at work - Claims against 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 wrist injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

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

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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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