Hand Injury Compensation Claims
Hand injuries are a fairly common personal injury but there are many different types of injuries that are covered under this term. While hand injuries are commonly associated with heavy machinery workplaces, they can also happen in other employment environments or in your personal life. If your hand was injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Amount of Compensation
Every personal injury case must be assessed on an individual basis which means that compensation is also decided on an individual basis. However, there are certain estimations that can be made about the amount of compensation you might be owed due to precedent. For example, if you have completely lost the use of one hand then you could be owed between £76,650 – £87,410. If you have had to have an amputation of the fingers or thumb, then you could be owed up to £72,330.
To find out more about compensation amounts for other hand injuries, please consult our compensation calculator. For a more specific consultation about your case please contact Jefferies Solicitors on 0800 342 3206 or through our online form.
It is important to note that compensation will usually also cover ‘special damages’ related to your case. Special damages refers to extra costs that are related to your case, such as a loss of financial earnings due to being unable to return to work.
Types of Hand Injuries
There are many different types of hand injuries and ways in which the hand could be injured. However, certain injuries are more common than others. Therefore, we have outlined some common hand injuries:
- Thumb sprains
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bone injuries
- Wrist sprains
- Crushing injuries
- Amputation of the fingers, thumb or the whole hand
- Blunt trauma
Hand Injuries and Negligence
The workplace is the most common place where hand-related personal injury cases occur. Injuries in the workplace can occur for numerous different reasons, such as not being provided with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) by your employer. For example, if you are a tree surgeon you should have been provided with protective, tough gloves to help minimise the risk of your hand being injured while cutting down branches or trees. No matter the specific way in which they acted negligently, if your employer’s negligence is found to have contributed to you suffering an injury then you are likely eligible to claim compensation.
Types of Accidents
Certain injuries are more likely to happen inside the workplace, depending upon what your job is. For example, if you work with machinery you are more likely to be involved in a crushing accident which would cause different injuries to a slip, trip and fall accident which might break your wrist. However, as mentioned above, hand-related injuries can happen in your personal life as well. While slip, trip and fall accidents happen at work, they also commonly happen in public places like supermarkets. It doesn’t matter where your accident happened. As long as the accident was not your fault then you are probably eligible to claim compensation.
As stated, a hand injury can occur in most scenarios. However, hand injuries are more likely to occur in certain scenarios when compared to others. For example:
- Road traffic accidents
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Manual handling accidents
- Sports-related injuries
- Machine related injuries
- Forklift truck accidents
- Accidents on building sites
If you have experienced a hand injury due to being involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation.
Contact Jefferies Solicitors Today
Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be, so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible.
At first, we will need some initial details about the specifics of your injuries and how this has impacted your life.
To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 342 3206. Alternatively, complete our online contact form to arrange an initial no-obligation telephone consultation with a member of our expert team.
Where next? Read: How Much Compensation for a Hand Injury