Hand Injury Compensation Claims

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A claim for hand injury compensation can be made if the injury was caused through the negligent actions of another party, such as an employer or other organisation. To succeed with a claim it is important that medical treatment is sought in order that the severity of the injury and details of any ongoing loss of dexterity and strength within the hand are on record.

Hand injury compensation settlement values will vary depending on the severity of the injury and take in to account level of recovery, cosmetic factors such as scarring and the level of pain and suffering.

Whether your hand injury was sustained in an accident at work, a fall in a public place or in a road traffic accident, we know your rights and can ensure your claim will have the best prospects of succeeding.

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Types of hand injury that can form a claim

Our specialist personal injury solicitors can pursue a claim for any hand injury that is of a certain severity, as long as the injury was caused by the negligent actions of someone else.

The most common types of hand injury that lead to clients instructing us to make a no win no fee claim are:

  • Bone breaks, fractures and crushing injuries. The hand is a vital part of daily life for any person and bone injuries can be extremely painful, leading to diminished dexterity and reduced independence. The injured person is unlikely to be able to drive temporarily and will struggle to work as normal if they have to use tools or operate a keyboard.
  • Soft tissue hand injuries such as ligament sprains and strains, tendon damage, muscle tears and contusions. Grip strength and fine movements of the hand are governed by the soft tissues and damage to these can greatly restrict dexterity and prevent full use of the hand until a full recovery is made.
  • Lacerations to the hand – cuts to the fingers or hand can lead to nerve damage and scarring that can reduce sensation and impair grip strength. When nerve damage is caused, the loss of sensation can greatly affect the ability to perform even the most basic tasks.
  • Dermatitis
  • Vibration White Finger
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Evidence and liability to succeed

To succeed with a claim for hand injury compensation it is vital that a specialist solicitor is able to identify the correct evidence to support the claim. It must be demonstrated that the injury was avoidable and was only caused because of the negligent acts of an employer, an organisation or a 3rd party such as a motorist.

Road traffic accidents

In road traffic accidents, a hand injury is often sustained if a rider is thrown from a bicycle or motorbike, or by impacting on a steering wheel in a car. In such cases, the details of the other driver responsible for the accident will be needed as it is their insurers who will face a claim. In cases where the identity of the other driver are unknown or they were uninsured, our specialist solicitors can pursue a claim for compensation via the Motor Insurers Bureau schemes.

Accidents in public

For hand injuries sustained as a result of a fall in a public place or a slip on a wet floor, the owner of the land or company responsible for the maintenance of the accident site could be liable. In such cases it is important to make sure that the accident details are reported with the cause of any trip or slip noted in an accident book.

Work accidents

If you suffer a hand injury at work, you could make a claim against your employer. Any person involved in an accident at work, whether using machinery without adequate training or after a fall from height, should make sure that an accident book entry is completed. The negligence that lead to the hand injury – such as a lack of training or using a broken machine should be included on any record of the accident.

If you haven’t been able to record your injury in an accident book, or your employer won’t let you, don’t worry, we can help.

Medical evidence is very important when it comes to making a claim for hand injury compensation and your medical records will form the basis of your claim. Your solicitor can arrange for you to see a hand injury specialist who will write a detailed report about the severity of your injury to use as evidence.

Hand injury compensation amounts

The full value of a claim for hand injury compensation will only be known once relevant medical evidence is obtained and an understanding of the injury length or amount of recovery is reached.

We’ll arrange for a hand injury specialist to assess your injury and review your medical records. Our specialist solicitors will make sure that your hand injury claim settlement value is maximised by taking in to account:

  • Length of time of your pain and suffering
  • Medical costs
  • How your hand injury affects your day-to-day personal activities and sporting interests
  • Loss of income and personal expenses caused by the hand injury
  • Scarring and level of recovery

If your hand injury is ongoing and of a serious nature preventing you from being able to work, our solicitors will seek an interim settlement to help you cope with a loss of income.

The amounts below are for the injury itself, but you can also claim for special damages which would include your expenses and rehabilitation therapies, for example.

Total or effective loss of both hands

For serious injury resulting in extensive damage to both hands so that they are rendered little more than useless, compensation amounts range between around £100,000 and £170,000.

Serious damage to both hands

This covers injuries that have given rise to permanent cosmetic disability and significant loss of function. Here, settlement values fall between £40,000 and £70,000

Total or effective loss of one hand

This would apply to a hand which was crushed and then surgically amputated, or where all fingers and most of the palm have been amputated. If it is the dominant hand, values will be higher. They range between £70,000 and £90,000.

Amputation of index and middle and/or ring fingers

Here the hand will have rendered of very little use and grip will be exceedingly weak. Compensation amounts tend to fall between £45,000 and £75,000.

Serious hand injuries

Where use of the hand is reduced by around 50%, for example if several fingers have been amputated but rejoined to the hand leaving unsightly appearance and a reduction of grip and dexterity, values range between £20,000 and £50,000.

Less serious hand injuries

For example, a severely crushed hand that is left with significantly impaired function can expect compensation of between £10,000 and £25,000.

Moderate hand injury

This covers crush injuries, penetrating wounds, soft tissue damage and deep lacerations. Here, amounts range between around £4,000 and £11,000 depending on severity.

Minor hand injuries

Less serious than the above, with recovery within a few months, minor hand injuries attract values of between £700 and £4,000.

Severe fractures to fingers

These may lead to partial amputations and result in deformity, impairment of grip, reduced mechanical function and disturbed sensation. Compensation amounts can be up to £30,000.

Total loss of index finger

£14,000 – £16,000

Partial loss of index finger

£9,000 – £16,000

Fracture of index finger

£7,000 – £10,000

Total loss of middle finger

£11,000 – £13,000

Serious injury to ring or middle fingers

£11,000 – £14,000

Loss of the tip of a ring or middle finger

£3,000 – £7,000

Amputation of a little finger

£6,000 – £10,000

Loss of part of a little finger

£3,000 – £5,000

Amputation of ring and little fingers

£16,000 – £18,000

Fracture of one finger

Up to £3,600, depending on recovery time.

Loss of thumb

£27,000 – £46,000

Very serious injury to the thumb

This would include where the thumb has been severed at the base and grafted back on, but leaving a virtually useless and deformed digit, or a partial amputation. Amounts here range between £15,000 and £30,000.

Serious injury to the thumb

For example, amputation of the tip, nerve damage or fracture requiring the insertion of wires, as a result of which the thumb is cold and ultra-sensitive and there is impaired grip and dexterity. Compensation here would fall between £9,000 and £15,000.

Moderate injuries to the thumb

This covers injuries which result in impairment of sensation and function, and cosmetic deformity. Possibly through damage to nerves and tendons. Settlement values range from £7,000 to £11,000.

Minor injuries to the thumb

For example, a fracture which recovers within six months but leaves stiffness and discomfort, could be awarded up to £3,000.

Trivial thumb injuries

These may have caused severe pain for a very short time but recovered within a few months, attracting settlement values of up to £2,000.

How can I start my claim?

If you have suffered a hand injury within the last 3 years and believe it was caused by the negligent actions of another, a broken pavement surface or other hazard in a public environment, you can start a claim for hand injury compensation today.

Our expert friendly staff know your rights and will quickly help you to identify the right course of action. You can start your claim online and we’ll call you to explain the claims process, answer any questions you may have and get the ball rolling. Alternatively, request a call back and one of our expert team will be in touch to offer help, or simply call us on 01225 430285.

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  1. Bonani

    I got a spiral fracture in the fourth metacarpal of the right hand. I was on my way home from work and I didn’t think it was anything so serious as it happened Thursday of the Easter weekend, but I only knew on the Saturday after I’d gone to the GP and been sent for an x-ray, so I called my manager on Sunday to tell him about my accident. I want to know do I have to claim or not?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation for the spiral fracture to your hand will not depend on when you reported the severity of the injury to your employer, but on what exactly caused your hand to be injured.

      If you were injured due to faulty equipment, inadequate personal protective equipment, a lack of training or some other element of employer negligence you will have a valid claim.

      It would be sensible for you to call our team on 01225430285. Our staff are specially trained and have expert knowledge regarding your rights after an injury suffered in an accident at work and will be able to help you identify whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation.

      Reply
  2. WILLIAM

    I just moved to a material handler position and was training on a Raymond 8410 powered pallet mover This unit has a motorcycle type throttle in back, with no guard protecting the hand. This resulted in me receiving a crushing hand injury. No fractures, or ligament damage, but severe bruising and swelling, with sixteen stitches required. is this worth pursuing? My medical expenses are being taken care of, and I am on light duty at work.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The lack of a guard to protect the hand of users on this machine could well mean that a valid claim for compensation could be made. We would like to investigate this further for you.

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  3. Robert

    It is now over 5 years since my accident at work I was closing a glass door when it shattered I was left with two scars on my right hand and it seems no one wants to bear the responsibility for this I am disappointed that there seems no other help for me it is shocking to say the least when insurance companys my employer and who ever else can make all the excuses of the day and the law seems to permit it.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK Law allows a maximum claim limitation period of 3-years from the date of an accident in which it is possible to take action. In your case, were you represented by a specialist Solicitor? If you were and you feel that they haven’t adequately represented your interests you could seek to make a professional negligence claim against them. If you need any help with this, we do work with a partner firm who could assist with such matters.

      Reply
  4. David

    If my garden gate slammed shut in the wind and breaks 4 of my fingers have i got a claim

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You would not have a claim in the scenario you describe – except if you rent the property and the gate latch/lock is broken, or if fitted, disrepaired and therefore you could not prevent the gate from slamming in the wind. You’d also have had to make a report of the disrepair or missing lock to the landlord to put them on notice of the possible risk to health.

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  5. Ewelin styejh

    I had an accident at work 7 month ago. As a result, I spent 5 months in Hospital before I was able to go home. My employer has never really talked to me about what happened and certainly hasn’t said sorry. This has motivated me to decide to claim compensation now. The reason is that my hands were amputated. I want to pursue this to court because they offer me £250,000 but I did not accept.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Do you have a specialist personal injury compensation Solicitor representing you in this claim? You would certainly need expert representation in this matter, such as that offered by Direct2Compensation and the specialist Solicitors with whom we work. Given the severity of the injuries you sustained, you will need to ensure that any settlement properly compensates you and provides the appropriate level of compensation to cover future care costs, home adaptations etc.

      You can contact us if you need any assistance with this matter.

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  6. Gary Ford

    I have damaged to fingers in a work accident – my fingers were crushed and I have lost my nails and have nerve damage. Do I have a claim?

    Please do not phone as I do not like speaking on the phone. Please contact me by email

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Contacting you by email is not a problem in terms of helping you find out whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Clearly, you have suffered painful injuries to the fingers including nerve damage. Hand/finger injuries are a serious matter and the possible value of a claim for such injuries can lead to substantial settlements given the importance of the hand and the need to be able to use and control the fingers when gripping and performing tasks.

      Whether or not you have a claim will depend on how your fingers came to be crushed? Perhaps you could reply to me by email (ian@direct2compensation.co.uk) to advise as to how you were injured. It would be useful to know if issues such as a lack of training, no safety guards or personal protective equipment are of relevance in your accident.

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  7. Lorrain

    I have only been in my job 5 months, 2 weeks ago I injured my hand in the works heavy folding lift door causing severe swelling. I was given first aid on site and could not use my hand so I went to hospital. I had an x-ray which showed the tissue & tendons were very swollen, I was told to keep my hand elevated & to apply ice, also it would take 2 to 3 weeks to heal, longer if I used it. I was told I cannot get sick pay because I have not been there long enough, what should I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      There is no requirement for the employer to provide sick pay, but you should qualify for SSP.

      To recover the rest of your lost income and obtain compensation for your injuries and other losses, you can seek to make a claim against your employer. In your case, were you trained to use the door? Was there a fault with the heavy door?

      You could call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss your enquiry in detail and identify whether or not you can pursue a claim against your employer.

      Reply
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