Wrist Injury Compensation Claims
If you have been affected by a wrist injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a wrist 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
wrist injury compensation:
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.
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 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.
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 Liability Act 1984.
Whatever the situation, a solicitor can help a claimant gather evidence, such as medical records and witness statements, to support their case.
Do I have a wrist injury claim?
It should be possible to make a wrist injury claim if you were injured:
- in the last three years, and;
- someone else was at fault, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Do I have a claim? - 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 wrist injury claim on their own behalf.
What if there is no evidence?
Evidence can take the form of eyewitness accounts, CCTV footage, photographs etc. It will be difficult to win a wrist injury claim with no evidence at all. You may feel that there is no evidence but a solictor may well be able to assist in collating evidence that you, as a claimant, were unaware of.
The amount of money you could claim for your wrist 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 wrist 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 wrist 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
Wrist injury compensation amounts
The following wrist 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.
|Wrist injury||Minor||Wrist fracture recovering within one year||£2,810 to £3,790|
|Wrist injury||Moderate||Colles wrist fracture||Around £5,920|
|Wrist injury||Moderate||Taking around two years to heal completely||Up to £8,160|
|Wrist injury||Serious||Causing permanent pain and stiffness||£10,040 to £19,530|
|Wrist injury||Serious||Serious with significant permanent problems||£19,530 to £31,220|
|Wrist injury||Severe||Severe with loss of function of the wrist||£37,960 to £47,720|
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 severe wrist injury can be £35,000
For a more minor leg injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £7,500.
However, if you have a severe wrist injury and a more minor leg injury, you would typically receive £35,000 + a reduced percentage of £7,500.
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 wrist 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 wrist injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your wrist 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.
Can I claim for prescription costs?
Special damages are awarded for costs or losses incurred as a result of the wrist injury injury. Damages can include loss of earnings, treatment cost and any other 'out-of-pocket' expenses such as prescriptions.
Calculate my wrist injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a wrist 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 wrist injury claim could be worth now:
How long does a wrist injury claim take?
How long it can take to get compensation for a wrist injury can vary considerably.
For instance, a straightforward liability accepted injury claim might be concluded in a few weeks. If the defendant denies liability, a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 4 to 9 months. For more information, see: How long will my claim take?
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your wrist 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:
How does no win, no fee work?
No win, no fee means that your solicitor will not charge you any fees if your wrist injury claim is unsuccessful. 'No win, no fee' is also known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA'.
No win, no fee promise
If you have been injured and it wasn't your fault, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of claiming compensation for your wrist injury. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my wrist injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your claim is settled. 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 wrist injury claim?
If your wrist injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal 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.
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Wrist 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 wrist injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the wrist injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your wrist injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for a wrist 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 wrist injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a wrist 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.