Some of the most common injuries presented at A&E and GP surgeries are injuries to the wrist. These are often caused as a result of a slip or trip accident, falls from height, road traffic and cycling accidents. Usually they involve soft tissue damage to the ligaments and tendons (known as sprains) or fractures to the forearm bones.
Anyone who suffers an injury to the wrist may be entitled to make a claim for compensation if the cause of their accident can be attributed to the negligence of someone else.
Table of contents:
- Do I have a valid wrist injury compensation claim?
- Wrist injury consequences
- What am I entitled to claim for?
- Compensation amounts
- How Direct2Compensation can help
- Your questions answered
Do I have a valid wrist injury compensation claim?
If you believe that the cause of your wrist injury is the fault of a third party, for example, an employer or business owner who failed to minimise the risk of such injury, you have a legal right to make a claim for compensation.
Despite the strength of the soft tissues and bones of the wrist, serious wrist injuries are not uncommon and form a large volume of claims for personal injury compensation.
Perhaps the most common cause of wrist injury is as a result of a fall. Whether a slip on a wet floor at work or a trip on a pavement, it is instinctive to place your hands out to break a fall, and in doing so, you risk spraining or breaking your wrist. If the accident was a result of a hazard that should have been the duty of a third party to remove or warn about, they could well be liable to compensate you for your injury.
To give your claim the best possible prospect of success, there are a few important steps that you should take to protect your interests and ensure that the right evidence will be available. With this in mind, we advise any person who has suffered a wrist injury to do the following:
- Ensure that the details of your accident and injury are properly reported and recorded with the right people
- Seek medical attention in order that medical evidence can be provided to support your claim
- Obtain witness information
- Take photographs if appropriate of any hazard or cause of an accident
At Direct2Compensation we know your rights and will be able to help you make sure that the correct steps have been taken.
Wrist injury consequences
Whether a wrist injury involves soft tissue damage, such as a sprain to the ligaments, or a fracture to the bones of the lower forearm and wrist area, the symptoms will usually include a loss of dexterity and grip, as well as pain.
Independence can be impaired as someone with a serious ligament sprain or fracture to the wrist is likely to have to wear a support or cast.
Any person suffering a serious wrist injury is unlikely to be able to drive, and many will be unable to work as a result of their injury which often leads to financial pressures.
What am I entitled to claim for?
If you have suffered a wrist injury in a non-fault accident, whether at work or in a public place, you have a right to claim compensation for the pain and discomfort, for the impact on your day-to-day life and independence, and for any lost income and incurred costs directly attributable to the accident.
At Direct2Compensation, our specialist solicitors will ensure that the correct medical evidence is obtained and that a detailed report is made. This will give a prognosis on the severity of your wrist injury, the likely recovery time, and what rehabilitation therapies and medical treatments will be needed to ensure that a full recovery is made.
Appropriate wrist injury compensation settlement amounts will vary depending on the severity of the injury, with important factors like grip strength, dexterity and independence impairment being taken in to account.
The following figures are a guide to how much compensation you might expect for the wrist injury itself, your final settlement could be a lot more when other costs are taken into account.
|Severity of injury||Compensation amount|
|Injuries resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist||£45k - £56k|
|Significant permanent disability, but with some useful movement||£23k - £37k|
|Less severe injuries with a degree of persisting pain and stiffness||£12k - £23k|
|Long, but complete recovery from a fracture or soft tissue injury||Up to £10k|
|Uncomplicated Colles' fracture||Up to £7k|
|Minor fractures and soft tissue injuries||£3k - £5k|
How Direct2Compensation can help
Direct2Compensation has a proven track record of helping people succeed with claims for wrist injury compensation. We offer a straightforward and easy to understand No Win No Fee claims process and our specially trained staff will quickly help you understand your rights and make sure that your wrist injury compensation claim is placed with the right expert solicitor.
Our staff will explain the claims process to you and we’ll help you to understand what to expect, advise you of any actions you should take and provide simple, helpful guidance to make sure that you can focus on recovery.
You can call our friendly and helpful staff on 01225 430285 or get your claim started online today. We take pride in making sure that you feel understood and look forward to helping you make your claim.