Thumb Injury Claims
Injuries to the thumb can be caused by a wide range of different accident types. This includes road accidents, accidents at work, faulty products or as a result of slips, trips or falls.
The thumb plays an important role when it comes to gripping objects. Everyday tasks such as getting dressed, eating, cleaning, driving and writing can be extremely challenging without the full use of the thumb, not to mention the pain that can be caused.
The good news is that if somebody else was responsible for the accident that resulted in your injured thumb, you have a legal right to make a personal injury claim.
Common types of thumb injuries that may result in a claim
Although a relatively small part of the body, the thumbs can be susceptible to a variety of different injuries. These will range in severity and long term prognosis, but all can have a debilitating effect on a person’s life, whether short or long term.
Most thumb injuries can be treated using options such as splints, painkillers, ice packs and rest. Some injuries will require surgery and could need rehabilitation treatment such as physiotherapy.
In extreme cases, a thumb amputation may be required, or you could lose part or all of your thumb in the accident itself. As well as the obvious physical issues this causes, it can also have a significant impact on a person’s mental health.
Here are some of the most common types of thumb injuries:
- Thumb fractures – a fracture to the thumb can occur on the distal phalange, which is the bone between the knuckle and the tip of the thumb. It can also occur on the proximal phalange, which runs between the base of the thumb and the knuckle. Either type of fracture can be extremely painful, with difficult or particularly bad breaks often requiring surgery. A broken thumb can cause long-term pain and discomfort and can lead to the early onset of arthritis.
- Thumb sprains – this type of injury is very common and occurs when a force applied to the thumb joint causes the ligaments to either stretch, twist or tear. An awkward landing following a trip or fall can easily cause this type of injury. Symptoms can include swelling, tenderness and pain, which can prevent you from using your thumb and hand as normal.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – this is a common injury that causes pain, numbness, tingling sensations and weakness to the thumb and fingers. The pain can also spread further up the arm and into the shoulder.
- Trigger thumb – this is a type of repetitive strain injury that is caused by repetitive gripping actions. It can affect either the thumb or fingers and results in a painful nodule on the tendon.
If you have suffered any type of thumb or finger injury in an accident, it is important to get your injuries examined by a medical professional as soon as possible. This will ensure your condition is correctly diagnosed and you can start receiving the appropriate treatment you need to recover asap.
When thumb injuries are left untreated, they can give rise to various other complications which can include chronic ligament damage, post-traumatic arthritis, vascular injury and neurological injury. All of which can lead to additional pain and extend the recovery period
What type of accidents cause thumb injuries?
All types of accidents can result in a person sustaining an injury to the thumbs. Even relatively innocuous accidents such as bumping into somebody can cause thumb damage.
Whether you are entitled to pursue a claim for compensation will depend on whether somebody else was at fault for the accident. If somebody else was responsible, whether it be a car driver, a supermarket or your employer, you should be entitled to claim.
Experienced personal injury solicitors can assist people with all types of non-fault accidents, all of which can cause injuries to a person’s thumb. This includes the following:
- road traffic accidents
- accidents at work
- repetitive strain injuries
- slips and trips in public places
- sporting accidents
- medical negligence
- criminal injuries
Making a successful thumb injury claim can help you get compensated for the pain and suffering you have been through and also for the financial losses that you have suffered.
How much compensation is my thumb injury worth?
How much compensation your injury is worth will boil down to the type of injury you have sustained, the severity of the injury, the impact it has had on your life, and any financial losses stemming from the accident.
Compensation awards are therefore based on the individual circumstances of the claimant and will take into account a number of different factors. These can be divided into two separate parts:
- General damages – this is the amount that is based on the injury and the pain and suffering caused
- Special damages – this covers the financial losses directly related to the accident and includes loss of earnings, medical costs, transport, care and any future loss of earnings.
Once a value has been placed on your personal injury claim, your solicitors will work hard to negotiate the best deal possible on your behalf. Taking into account all areas of loss, your solicitor will aim to win the maximum compensation possible and will keep you updated throughout the process.
|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|
What does no win no fee mean?
Your injury lawyer will provide a no win no fee service when taking on your accident claim. This therefore removes the financial risk from making a claim and makes seeking justice an option for all people regardless of wealth.
The term no win no fee is actually used to describe what is technically known as a conditional fee agreement. This is effectively the service agreement you enter into when hiring a solicitor and confirms all of the relevant terms and conditions.
Your solicitors will ensure the details of the no win no fee agreement are fully explained to you before you instruct them. They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Call today for a free case assessment
If you would like to find out more about making a claim or if you have any other questions, please feel free to call 0800 678 1410 for a free case assessment.
The case assessment service is provided without any obligation to proceed with a claim and is completely free of charge. If you have a valid claim, your solicitor will work for you on a no win no fee basis.
To get started, simply call 0800 678 1410 or enter your details into the contact form below and a legal adviser will call you back to discuss your accident.