Wrist Injury Compensation Claims
Any person who has suffered a wrist injury through no fault of their own may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. This may be the case whether the injury was caused by an accident at work, a road traffic accident, a slip or trip in a public place, or through an act of medical negligence. This compensation can help recover the costs of treatment as well as compensate the potentially significant impact that the injury has had on their life.
Wrist injuries can be incredibly painful and hugely debilitating, causing numerous obstacles to the ability to function in everyday tasks. The following guide explains the types of wrist injuries that solicitors commonly deal with, along with information regarding the impact that this can have on a person’s life.
Types of Wrist Injury
There are a number of different components that make up the wrist, and this means that there is a variety of ways in which damage can be incurred. Injury solicitors have managed claims for many wrist injury victims, with common complaints relating to injuries to the wrist bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons.
The wrist is a well-used and delicate joint and injuries to this area can be incredibly painful. To secure the highest level of compensation, your solicitor will strive to demonstrate the type of injury that you have suffered and the extent of your symptoms. Wrist injuries may be relatively minor, with a full recovery being achieved within a couple of weeks. But a severe wrist injury can take months to heal, and may leave a person with long-term or even permanent complications.
Some of the most common wrist injuries include:
The wrist is made up of ligaments which are referred to as the collateral ligaments. These ligaments extend through into the arm, the hand and connect the muscles and bones throughout the body. Any rips or swellings in the ligaments can have a severe impact on the mobility and functional capabilities of the wrist. The wrist also contains a number of tendons which are medically referred to as the flexor tendons, nerves (the thenar, hypothenar and ulna nerve), the radial and ulnar arteries and muscles (the thenar, hypothenar and flexor retinaculum). All of these components work together in order to make the wrist work properly and damage caused to any part can have a debilitating impact on the use of the joint.
Wrist sprains are caused when the ligaments or tissue in the wrist are ripped or torn. This most often occurs when the wrist is stretched excessively, such as when the wrist is put under pressure following the attempt to soften a fall or protect the rest of the body from a force. A sprain can be very painful and is likely to impact on the extent of movement in the joint. A sprain, although one of the most common wrist injuries, can prevent a person from being able to complete basic daily tasks and can severely inhibit working capabilities.
The two long forearm bones are known as the radius and the ulna, and they are joined to the bones in the hand (metacarpals) by smaller bones which are called carpals. If a person suffers from carpal damage, the ability to move the wrist can be impeded significantly. The wrist is used so frequently and without conscious effort, that even damage to the smallest carpal bone can have a substantial impact on your ability to carry out normal daily tasks.
The Radius bone is one of two bones located in your forearm and it runs into your wrist. This bone is the one that is most commonly broken. A radius fracture is incredibly painful and results in significant swelling, immobility of the hand and arm and severe discomfort. Radius fractures often lead to a person being unable to work, which may mean a loss of income as well as a potential effect on future career prospects.
The metacarpal bones are those that run from your wrist to your fingers, and they are the thin bones that are predominant at the back of the hand. These bones are crucial to the functionality of the hand and as such, damage to metacarpals can have a great impact on work, personal life and overall functionality.
Having a heavy object dropped onto the hand or using the hand to steady a fall are common causes of a metacarpal fracture, and if your solicitor can demonstrate liability on the part of a third party, you are likely to be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Potential Impacts of a Wrist Injury
When making a claim, your solicitor will need to demonstrate the impact that the injury has had on a your life. The greater the negative impact suffered, the higher the compensation award is likely to be.
Some of the most common consequences of a wrist injury include:
- Inability to work due to pain or mobility restrictions which result in a loss of earnings
- Difficulty performing typical daily tasks including housework, shopping and driving
- Restricting ability to care for children, such as lifting a child, changing nappies, etc.
- Ongoing need for treatment, including pain relief and physiotherapy
- Costs of treatment, both past, present and future
Benefits of Using a Solicitor
The solicitors we work in partnership with are widely experienced in managing wrist injury compensation claims following all types of non-fault accidents. The aim is always to provide a friendly, professional service that helps to secure the maximum compensation possible for your injury.
If you would like to receive a free consultation, which provides an excellent opportunity to answer any questions that you might have and to assess your eligibility to proceed with an accident claim, call free on 0800 678 1410.
If you have a valid claim and would like to proceed, your solicitor will offer you a no win, no fee service, which means there is no financial risk to you if you don’t win your claim.