After suffering from a hand injury, the expenses can quickly start to build up. Because so many jobs require you to be able to use your hands, you may have needed to take time off work – during this time, you might have received reduced pay or no wage at all.
That’s why an expert injury solicitor will look at each case on an individual basis – they want to make sure you receive the amount of compensation you need so that you can start to get things back to how they were before your injury. This means it isn’t possible for your solicitor to tell you exactly how much you could claim, because it varies from case to case.
As well as recovering your lost earnings, your solicitor will make sure you receive the money you need to pay for any private medical treatment. They’ll also take into consideration any other expenses, such as:
Only top of the financial losses you have suffered, there is additional compensation which covers pain and suffering. For a guideline of the amount you could receive for pain and suffering for your hand injury, visit our compensation calculator page.
Almost all jobs require you to use your hands – for example, if you work in an office, a hand injury can make it difficult to type. A common injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, which can be caused by repetitive work involving the wrist.
If you work in construction, it might take even longer to get back to work because of the strain you put your hands under every day. On top of everything else, it’s likely you’re unable to drive until you recover, and you may be having trouble gripping or picking up objects.
Some hand injuries can be particularly severe. For example, damage to the nerve endings in the fingertips can permanently reduce your sense of touch, making it difficult to use your hands.
Serious injuries can also have cosmetic affects – such as scarring, or amputation of one or more fingers. As your hands are visible, this can affect your confidence in the long-term.
Hand injuries can happen as a result of most types of accident. If your injury happened in the last three years and was somebody else’s fault, then it’s likely we can help you make a compensation claim.
Road traffic accidents can often lead to hand injuries, especially as the driver of a car or motorcycle. The sudden impact of a collision can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the hands or wrists as you’re gripping the steering wheel or handlebars. Broken glass and debris can cause cuts and bruising, which can take a long time to heal.
Slips, trips and falls can cause damage to the wrists. If you land with your weight on your hands, then this can cause your wrist to bend beyond its normal range.
All employers have a duty of care to make sure you’re kept safe while you’re at work. As part of this, they should provide you with protective gloves to reduce the chance of burns or cuts. They should also ensure that safety guards are used to avoid your hands getting caught up in dangerous machinery.
Starting a hand injury claim is simple – just get in touch with a trained legal adviser for free on 0800 234 6438, and they’ll get things underway. The adviser you speak to will ask you some questions about your accident so that they can get a better understanding of what happened. They’ll then be able to tell you whether you could make a compensation claim.
When you speak to the legal adviser, you’re under no obligation to go ahead with your claim. But they will be able to pass you on to the right solicitor for your case, who can then run you through the next steps.
Almost all expert solicitors make personal injury claims on a no win no fee basis. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful and you don’t receive any compensation, then you won’t need to pay. If your case is successful, then you’ll pay your solicitor as a percentage of the money you receive – but you’ll know how much this will be before starting.
We know that making a claim can feel daunting. We're here to help with that. When you submit your details, you'll be in safe hands. Our partner is National Accident Helpline – the UK's leading personal injury service. Their friendly legal services advisers will call you to talk about your claim and give you free, no-obligation advice. National Accident Helpline may pay us a marketing fee if you decide to proceed with your case.
If you win your case, your solicitor's success fee will be taken from the compensation you are awarded - up to a maximum of 25%. Your solicitor will discuss any fees before starting your case.