Hand Injury Compensation Claims
Hand injuries can by caused by all types of accidents, with potential for damage to part of a finger or more severe instances of the hand being crushed. The most severe types of hand injury can have a significant impact on a person’s life and effect mobility, functionality and comfort, with the potential need for surgery or amputation in the most serious cases.
Some hand injuries are caused by workplace accidents whereas others may be sustained due to a slip or trip in a public place such as a supermarket or on a pavement. If you have suffered from any type of hand injury through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
The following guide provides information on hand injuries and how experienced solicitors can support you in accessing the compensation that you are rightfully owed if your injury was caused by the negligent actions of somebody else.
What type of hand injuries can I claim for?
The solicitors we work in partnership with have extensive experience in managing hand injury claims, and have been presented with a host of different types of injuries caused in numerous settings. Some of the most common types of hand injuries include:
- Broken bones, including fingers
- Cuts, burns and scarring
- Slicing off of fingers in machinery
- Severe sprains and strains
- Severe bruising
- Conditions caused through work-related activities such as carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Common causes of hand injuries
We recognise that many environments make a person more vulnerable to sustaining a hand injury and it is important that those liable observe the necessary safety requirements to minimise risk. Some of the most common causes of hand injuries include:
Accidents at the workplace
A large number of people sustain hand injuries in accidents at work each year. Unguarded machinery in factories and construction sites are often the primary cause of particularly nasty injuries to the hand. Crush injuries to the hand and fingers can also be sustained at work due to falling objects, heavy lifting and by faulty machinery.
Falls from heights such as those that occur on construction sites can result in fractures and broken bones. Repetitive or excessive use of hands to fulfil job requirements can also be a cause of repetitive strain injuries (RSI).
It is the duty of employers to provide a safe working environment for employees. Employers must carry out risk assessments to ensure that potential dangers are minimised, provide suitable training to carry out tasks, and supply personal protective equipment (PPE) when required. If your employer has failed their duty to provide a safe working environment to you, and you have suffered an injury to your hand as a result, you may be eligible to make an accident claim against your employer.
Hand injuries are commonly sustained when motorbike and cycling accidents take place. This is because when people fall off as a result of a collision, they have a natural tendency to stretch their arms out in an attempt to break their fall. This can often lead to injuries to the hands, wrists, arms and elbows. Hand injuries can also be sustained in other types of road accidents, such as those involving cars, lorries and buses.
Slips and trips
These accidents are another leading cause of injuries to the hand, wrists and fingers. Slips and trips can occur in a wide variety of settings, including in shops and supermarkets, public pavements, hospitals, restaurants and in the workplace. If a surface is wet, if there are obstructions, inadequate lighting, spillages, cracks, holes or uneven flagstones, a person may be injured due to slipping or tripping over.
If there is evidence to prove that your hand injury was caused by the actions, inactions, oversights or intentions of another person, it is likely that you will be eligible to make a claim for injury compensation.
Symptoms of Hand Injuries
There are many different types of hand injury that a person can sustain. For this reason, symptoms will vary dependent upon the cause, severity and area affected. Some common hand injury symptoms include:
- Pallor – pale skin, often caused by poor circulation to the affected area.
- Limited movement in the hand and fingers
- Pins and needles and tingling sensations
- Bleeding, open wounds and subsequent scarring
- Swelling and inflammation
Hand injuries may also lead to impacts on the mobility of the arm. Some hand injuries cause pain that moves into the arm and damages nerves and tissue from the wrist and beyond. Your solicitor will aim to demonstrate the severity of your symptoms in order to secure the highest compensation award possible on your behalf.
Potential Impact of a Hand Injury
We use our hands every day in countless activities and ways, whether it be for functional tasks, working, to assist us in communication or to show affection to others. Therefore, when a hand is injured, the potential effect on a person’s life can be hugely significant. Depending upon the location of the injury and the severity of the symptoms, the hand may be out of use for a short while or even indefinitely, meaning that the victim may not be able to work or carry out normal daily activities. Some of the common effects of hand injuries include:
- Inability to work
- Inability to drive
- Difficulties in shopping, completing household tasks and playing with children
- Impact on hobbies and sports
- Impact on the care of children and pets
- Costs associated with treatment and travel alternatives if necessary
- Comfort can be severely affected, including the inability to sleep because of pain for some victims.
Your solicitor will thoroughly assess your case and present your claim with a thorough and inclusive explanation of all the areas of your life that have suffered as a result of your injury. This will help to enable your solicitor to secure the highest possible compensation amount that takes into account the impact the accident has had on your life.
How much compensation can I claim for a hand injury?
The amount of compensation that you are awarded will depend on upon the severity of your injury and the symptoms that you suffer. Your solicitor will ensure that your claim considers any financial losses, both previous and potential future losses as well as detailing all of the ways that you have been negatively affected by the injury.
The highest compensation awards are paid to clients whose symptoms are the most severe or whose injury has had the greatest or longest impact on their life.
|Hand Injuries||Total loss or effective loss of both hands||£113,575 to £162,800|
|Serious damage to both hands resulting in permanent disability and serious loss of function||£45,430 to £68,365|
|Total loss or effective loss of one hand||£77,715 to £88,660|
|Serious hand injuries with permanent disability, disfigurement and significant loss of use||£24,430 to £50,050|
|Serious hand injuries such as a crush injury or deep laceration that results in significantly impaired function||£11,660 to £23,430|
|Moderate hand injury with some permanent disability||£5,060 to £10,725|
|Minor hand injuries with a full recovery made within a few months||£737 to £3,509|
|Finger Injuries||Amputation of index finger and either the middle or ring finger, resulting in limited grip and use||£50,050 to £73,315|
|Severe fractures to fingers resulting in deformity and possible partial amputation||Up to £29,700|
|Complete loss of an index finger||In the region of £15,125|
|Partial loss of an index finger||£9,845 to £15,125|
|Fractured index finger leaving permanently impaired grip or pain||£7,370 to £9,900|
|Complete loss of a middle finger||In the region of £12,650|
|Serious ring or middle finger injuries resulting in permanent loss of grip||£12,100 to £13,200|
|Loss of the end of the middle or ring finger||£3,190 to £6,325|
|Amputation of the little finger||£6,985 to £9,900|
|Partial loss of the little finger||£3,190 to £4,730|
|Loss of the end of both the middle and index fingers||In the region of £20,185|
|Fracture to one finger||Up to £3,850|
|Thumb Injuries||Loss of a thumb||£28,710 to £44,330|
|Very serious thumb injury with permanent disability and loss of use||£15,840 to £28,325|
|Serious thumb injuries resulting in permanent sensitivity or impaired grip||£10,175 to £13,530|
|Moderate thumb injury such as tendon or nerve damage causing impaired function or sensation||£7,810 to £10,175|
|Serious thumb dislocation||£3,190 to £5,500|
|Minor thumb injury such as a fracture which recovers within six months||Up to £3,190|
|Minor thumb injury with complete recovery within a few months||Up to £1,782|
|Vibration White Finger (VWF) and/or Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)||VWF and/or HAVS with significant symptoms to both hands of a younger person requiring a change of employment||£25,575 to £31,075|
|VWF and/or HAVS with symptoms occurring throughout the year||£13,530 to £25,575|
|VWF and/or HAVS with symptoms mainly in cold weather and limited impact on employment||£6,985 to £13,530|
|VWF and/or HAVS with only occasional symptoms||£2,420 to £6,985|
Arrange a free case assessment
If you would like to have your claim assessed by a friendly and experienced legal adviser, call 0800 678 1410 today to arrange your free case assessment. This is a service that is provided completely free of change and without any obligation on you to proceed.
If you do have a valid claim, an experienced solicitor will be happy to provide you with a 100% no win no fee service. This means there are no upfront costs and no financial risk. If your solicitor is unable to win your case, you won’t pay them a penny.