Hand Injury Claims

Claim Compensation for a Hand Injury

The information on this page from our solicitors will help you decide whether you want to make a hand injury compensation claim and how to go about it.

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Whether you’re using your hand to operate a machine, hold a coffee or drive a car, there’s no doubt that our hands are both essential to everyday life and incredibly vulnerable to injury. A notable percentage of all Accident & Emergency visits are due to hand injuries, and year after year it’s the leading type of workplace injury. One out of every four non-fatal injuries in the workplace affect the hand.

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The most common types of hand injuries are lacerations, open wound injuries and fractures. They can occur in a variety of ways, such as work accidents, road collisions and sporting accidents.

If you have hurt your hand in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries. Speak to our experienced personal injury solicitors about how we can help you secure the compensation that could help you while you recover from your hand injury.

Do I have a hand injury claim?

If all of the following apply to your situation, you may have a valid hand injury claim:

  • You were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault
  • The accident resulted in a hand injury
  • The accident occurred within the last three years (exceptions can be made for minors and those with diminished mental capacity)

Don’t get too hung up on who was responsible for the accident as your solicitor will investigate this for you. The first step is to explain what happened to an experienced solicitor. They will help you understand your rights and establish whether you have the right to make a claim.

What types of hand injuries can I claim for?

You can claim for any type of hand injury, no matter how minor or severe it may seem. The hand contains 27 bones and 36 joints, along with a complex network of nerves and tendons, and that makes it susceptible to a huge variety of trauma-based and overuse injuries.

Some of the most common hand injuries that people claim compensation for include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Burns and chemical injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Amputations or loss of function
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Occupational dermatitis
  • Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)

While some hand injuries will be short-lived and heal relatively quickly, others can have long-term consequences. For example, if you are a carpenter and suffer a crush injury or nerve damage, then you may not be able to continue working in your profession.

Hand injuries can also cause further complications down the road. Arthritis, limited mobility and chronic pain are just some of the known long-term effects of hand injuries.

That’s why your solicitor will request a medical report as part of your claim. An independent specialist will assess the long-term outlook and treatment of your injury. We use their report as a starting point in compensation negotiations, to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover, both now and in the years to come.

What are the common causes of hand injuries?

Some of the most common accidents in the workplace are hand injuries. They can be caused in any number of ways as the following examples show:

  • Cuts from commercial kitchen equipment, saw blades, farm machinery, knives used for opening boxes or hand-held construction tools.
  • Fractures and crush injuries from getting the hand trapped in machinery or having heavy objects dropped on the hand, for instance, while working in industrial plants and warehouses.
  • Burns, chemical burns and dermatitis from furnaces, cleaning products, and chemical compounds used in manufacturing or laboratory work.
  • Repetitive strain injury due to performing the same hand movements over and over again, for example, in office roles while typing or using a computer mouse.

Besides work accidents, there are a many ways in which a hand injury can occur, including:

This is not a complete list. If your hand injury resulted from any type of accident, and someone else is at fault, then you may be eligible for compensation.

Can I claim if a doctor caused my hand injury?

If you have suffered a hand injury due to medical negligence, then you may be able to make a claim against the doctor or healthcare provider responsible. Examples of medical negligence that can lead to hand injuries include:

  • Missed hand fracture
  • Hand tendon misdiagnosis
  • Misreading scans and tests
  • Delayed treatment or incorrect treatment
  • Surgical errors
  • Casting a fracture too tight (compartment syndrome)
  • Negligent aftercare

Medical negligence cases can be complex. It is not enough to show that your doctor’s actions resulted in a hand injury. Your solicitor will need to prove that:

  • The medical care you received fell below the accepted standard i.e. no reasonable doctor would have acted in the same way, and
  • The substandard care caused your hand injury or made it worse. If, for example, your outcome would have been the same even with proper care, then you may not have a case.

To determine whether you have a claim, speak to one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors. They will review your case and let you know if you have a strong chance of success.

What’s a typical payout for a hand injury?

The most important question for everyone affected by a hand injury is how much compensation they can receive. But there is no general answer. The compensation figure for hand injuries is always case-by-case as all circumstances surrounding your injury are taken into account.

That said, your compensation will be made up of two types of damages.

General Damages

These are awarded to compensate for your pain and suffering, such as your intensity of pain, number of operations, whether you have been left with a disability, and the impact on your daily life. A wound that heals with stitches will result in less compensation than severe paralysing nerve damage, for example.

While every case is different, compensation tables provide a guide. These are the starting point for solicitors when they are trying to put a value on your claim. The following amounts are taken from the latest tables and can give you a rough idea of what you may receive for your hand injury:

  • Minor hand injury that heals in a few months – Up to £4,750
  • Moderate hand injury such as open wounds and fractures that restrict your function for a period of time – £5,720 to £13,280
  • Serious hand injury that reduces the hand’s function by 50% – £29,000 to £61,910
  • Major loss of function to the hand – £55,820 to £84,570
  • Loss of one hand – £96,160 to £109,650
  • Loss of both hands – £140,660 to £201,490

Special Damages

In addition to general damages, special damages are awarded to cover any financial losses and expenses incurred as a result of your hand injury. They include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical bills
  • Travel costs
  • Therapy and rehabilitation
  • Medical equipment and aides
  • Home or car adaptations to accommodate your injuries
  • Loss of future earnings if you can no longer work or must work at a lower salary because of your hand injury

How long do I have to claim?

In most cases, you have three years to bring a claim. The time starts:

  • From the date of your accident, or
  • From the date you became aware that your hand injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. This may be relevant if your injury was caused by a gradual process such as repetitive strain.

If a child has suffered a hand injury, they have until their 21st birthday to make a claim.

If you do not make a claim within three years, then you will lose your right to compensation. Therefore, it is extremely important to speak to a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible after your hand injury.

Why choose Osbornes Law?

If you have suffered a hand injury, it is vital to choose the right solicitor to handle your claim. Osbornes Law is one of the leading personal injury law firms in the UK. That’s not just because we say so, but also because independent legal directories such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners rank us as such.

By choosing Osbornes Law for your hand injury claim, you will benefit from:

  • Expertise – our personal injury solicitors have extensive experience in handling claims involving all types of hand injuries. We understand the complexities involved and know how to build strong, evidence-based cases that maximise your chances of success.
  • Personalised service – we’ve built our reputation on treating our clients with compassion. Our team is always available to answer any questions you may have and provide support every step of the way.
  • No-win no-fee – Hand injury claims can usually be funded through a no-win no-fee agreement. This means that you will not have to pay any upfront fees or legal costs unless we win your case.
  • Support in every aspect of your claim – our service goes beyond just handling the legal aspects of your claim. We work with a network of healthcare professionals, charities and support groups to ensure that you are connected to the best possible services while we fight for your right to compensation.

What other types of injuries can I claim for?

We have helped clients claim compensation for a wide range of injuries including:

Questions about Hand Injury Claims

What is hand-arm vibration syndrome?

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a medical condition associated with the prolonged use of vibrating hand-held machinery. It’s a cumulative and potentially disabling disorder that affects the blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and joints of the hand, wrist, and arm. HAVS is particularly prevalent in industries where workers frequently use power tools, such as construction, mining, forestry, and manufacturing.

There is no cure for HAVS, so treatment focuses on managing symptoms and preventing further progression of the condition.

Employers have a legal obligation to protect workers from the risks of vibration exposure. In the UK the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 sets out employers’ responsibilities to protect workers from risks to health from vibration.

Early diagnosis is crucial for managing HAVS, as it can severely impact the quality of life of people with the condition if not adequately treated.

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