Hand Injury Accident Claims

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A hand injury can have a serious impact on your ability to grip, exercise, do everyday tasks and even work. You shouldn’t have to suffer if your injury was someone else’s fault, which is why our leading Personal Injury lawyers are here to help you make a No Win, No Fee claim for compensation.

If you’ve suffered a hand injury in an accident at work, in a public place or a road traffic accident that was at least partly someone else’s fault, our Personal Injury Solicitors could help you make a claim for compensation.

Your hand injury could mean you’ve had to take time off work and have been unable to go about your day-to-day life. We’ll help you adjust to your injury while we aim to achieve the best compensation possible for you. We could ask the responsible party to pay some of your compensation before your claim has even settled, so that you can recover lost income and access specialist physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

If you injured your dominant hand, it will impact your ability more to carry out even the simplest of tasks, so our lawyers will take this into account when they value your claim.

Contact us today for a Free Claims Assessment, where we’ll listen to your situation and tell you if we think you have a claim. We’ll gather evidence to help us prove that someone else was responsible for your injury, keeping you up to date from start to finish.

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What Types of Hand Injuries Could I Get Compensation For?

Our leading Personal Injury team have successfully secured compensation for people with hand injuries such as:

  • Breaks or fractures g; phalanges (finger bones) or metacarpals (long bones in your palm);
  • Finger, or Wrist injuries, including sprains or strains;
  • Tendon injuries;
  • Sports injuries;
  • High-pressure injuries e.g. from paint guns;
  • A non-freezing cold injury (NFI) suffered from working in the military;
  • Serious lacerations (cuts) that can lead to infection;
  • Loss of a hand in an injury, or injuries that lead to an amputation;
  • An injury from falling onto outstretched hands;
  • Accidents at workg crush injuries from heavy objects or your hand being trapped in a door;
  • Burn injuries;
  • Dog bites;
  • Hand injuries which develop into longer term issues such as arthritis, nerve damage, chronic pain and conditions such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS).

You might have sustained an injury at work, or even been exposed to vibrating tools in the workplace, which can cause conditions such as:

Every injury is different, so we’ll work towards the exact compensation you need to help you recover and access further support if you need it. Get in touch today to see how we could help.

How Much Compensation Could I Receive for a Hand Injury?

Compensation is split up into two categories – general damages and special damages.

General damages will take into account the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have suffered as part of your hand injury.

Special damages will account for the largest part of your compensation, because they will take your unique circumstances into account. This will include any financial impact caused by your injuries, such as loss of income, medical costs, travel or the costs any care and support you may need in the future.

Here are some guidelines for general damages that have been awarded for hand injuries – it’s important to note these are just a guide and a baseline – you would receive special damages in addition to this.

Injury

Guidelines for general damages

Loss or loss of use of both hands

£140,660 to £201,490

Serious Damage to Both Hands

£55,820 to £84,570

Loss or loss of use of one hand

£96,160 to £109,650

Loss of index finger and middle or ring finger

 

£61,910 to £90,750

 

Loss of a thumb

 

£35,520 to £54,830

 

Loss of a little finger

 

£8,640 to £12,240

Serious hand injury with significant loss of use of the hand

£29,000 to £61,910

Very serious thumb injury

 

£19,600 to £35,010

 

Serious hand injury with full or close to full recovery

 

£5,720 to £13,280

 

Vibration white finger (VWF)

 

£2,990 to £38,430

Why Choose Simpson Millar?

Here are some of the reasons why you should choose Simpson Millar to help with your injury claim.

  • We’re specialists

    We have some of the UK’s best Personal Injury lawyers, who have a track record securing thousands of pounds for people with hand injuries.

  • We open up the law

    The law can be confusing, so we use straightforward language to make things simple. We can also visit you anywhere in England and Wales, at home or in hospital.

  • Accredited lawyers

    We’re nationally accredited solicitors, and proud members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

  • We’ll keep you informed

    You’ll be kept up to date at every stage in the process, while we gather evidence and work out your compensation amount.

How the claim process works

Here’s what to expect if you make a claim with us for your hand injury.

    1

    We’ll contact the other party

    If we think you’ve got a chance of getting compensation, we’ll get in touch with the other party, to ask them to admit liability for your accident and hand injury. This might be your workplace, a local authority or a business.

    2

    We’ll gather evidence

    We’ll start to collect evidence to prove that your injury happened because of someone else’s actions or negligence. This might include CCTV footage, photos, witness statements or logbooks if it happened in your workplace.

    3

    You’ll get a medical assessment

    We’ll send you to an independent medical expert, who will assess your injury and find out about how it has affected your life. We try to intervene early if we think you’d benefit from rehabilitation. Sometimes the other party can send you early interim payments, before the claim is settled.

    4

    We’ll work out the compensation amount

    Based on your medical assessment, we’ll work out how much compensation you’re owed and take this to the other party.

    5

    We’ll settle your claim

    If the other party does not accept liability, then the claim may have to go to Court. Luckily, this doesn’t happen with most personal injury claims. If it does, we’ll keep you informed and provide expert advice throughout the whole process.

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FAQs about Hand Injuries

We could handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that if we don’t win your case, you won’t need to pay us a penny. However, we believe in open communication and complete transparency when it comes to billing our clients, so you will always be aware of what the final bill could be at the end of the process.

If the other party admit liability, we could ask them to pay part of your compensation early in installments (interim payments) before your case has settled. This can help you if you need urgent support and rehabilitation after your injury or if you’re struggling financially because of loss of earnings.

Over the years, we’ve achieved thousands of pounds in compensation for people who have suffered hand injuries in accidents that were not their fault. The exact amount of compensation you could receive will depend on:

  • Who was responsible;
  • Which hand you have injured;
  • How serious your hand injury is, and how it has impacted your life;
  • Any loss of earnings you’ve had from time off work;
  • Any specialist care or rehabilitation you might need.

We deal with every claim on a case-by-case basis, so get in touch with our expert Personal Injury team to see what you might be entitled to.

You may be entitled to compensation if your injury is the result of one of the following:

  • Your workplace or the Military – you may have suffered an injury at work due to inadequate training, protective clothing or faulty machinery. For example, you may have crushed your hand, fallen from height or even tragically lost a finger in a machine. If your employer didn’t meet their legal responsibilities and failed in your duty of care, we could help you claim for compensation against their insurance company.
  • A road traffic accident – you might have injured your hand if you were a driver, motorcyclist, passenger, pedestrian, cyclist etc in a road traffic accident. If we can prove that someone else was fully or partially responsible, you may be able to claim compensation against the other party, via their road insurance, to help you recover and rebuild your life.
  • A public place – you may have injured your hand if you slipped on an icy pavement that should’ve been gritted, or perhaps a wet floor in a shop if there was no wet floor sign. Often we automatically put our hands out to catch our fall, which can injure our hands. Businesses and councils should have put in place safety measures, as they have a lawful responsibility to make their premises safe for public use, so you may be able to claim for compensation if they failed in this duty of care.
  • Medical negligence – your injury may sadly be the result of medical negligence, which is defined as any situation where a medical professional has given you substandard care which either caused your injury, or made your condition worse. You could make a claim for compensation if a doctor made a mistake or oversight that could have been avoided, for example if an error was made during surgery, or your hand fracture was missed on an x-ray.

You have 3 years from the day you were injured to make a claim for compensation. If you developed a condition as a result of your hand injury, the time limit to start a claim will be 3 years after you were diagnosed with this.

You can claim on behalf of a child under 18 at any point. Once they turn 18, they can make the claim for themselves up until their 21st birthday.

You could also make a claim on behalf of someone who does not have the mental capacity to do so themselves – there is no time limit for this. It might be your child with a disability, or an elderly family member with Alzheimers - our Court of Protection team can help if you’re struggling to assess whether the person is capable to make decisions for themselves.

Yes, you might have multiple injuries from an accident, or be dealing with psychological effects such as depression or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We will assess the overall impact of all your injuries so that you can achieve the compensation you deserve.

We can take our hands for granted and we don’t realise how hard it can be to perform the simplest tasks until we suffer an injury. Hand injuries can have a huge impact on many areas of your life. For example, you may be unable to:

  • Grip or lift up objects;
  • Drive;
  • Exercise, or carry out hobbies you enjoy;
  • Sleep peacefully, because of pain at night – particularly with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome;
  • Work, particularly if you spend a lot of time on a computer or your job is manual.

We can help you claim compensation for factors such as:

  • The pain and suffering you’ve experienced;
  • Any extra support or care you’ve needed from family members;
  • Travel costs you’ve incurred e.g. for appointments, scans and surgeries;
  • Support and rehabilitation you might need – both now and in the future;
  • Therapy you may need, because of the psychological effects of some accidents;
  • Adaptations you may need to your home such as handles for your bathroom, special grips for items, jar openers, grabbers and bra fasteners;
  • A new automatic car, so you won’t have to change gears if you have a long-term pain condition;
  • Aids and adaptations for work e.g. hand rests, ergonomic desks, keyboards, mouses and digital dictation if you’re unable to type.

When we negotiate your compensation, we aim to get you the exact amount you need so you can access support and care to live the best quality of life possible, particularly if you have a long-term injury. Get in touch to see if you could be eligible to make a claim.

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