Calculating Compensation For A Fractured Or Broken Wrist
Have you suffered a fractured wrist in an accident that someone else caused? If so, our guide could help. We’ll be looking at how much compensation you could be awarded for your injury using a broken wrist compensation calculator.
Our guide will explore how to make a personal injury claim. However, if you still have questions after reading our guide, our advisors can help. They are available 24/7 to answer your call and provide free legal advice on the claims process.
If you’re a little apprehensive about whether you could make a claim, you may have more rights than you think. No matter if you were an employee, a road user or a customer in a public place when your accident happened, you will likely have been owed a duty of care.
However, if you want to check whether you’re eligible to make a claim, our advisors can help. They can go through your rights and the duty of care employers, occupiers of a public place, and other road users have to you.
For more information, contact us on 0800 408 7826. Alternatively, continue reading for further details on the typical payouts for a personal injury at work or elsewhere.
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- A Guide To Using A Broken Wrist Compensation Calculator
- What Is A Broken Wrist Injury?
- What Costs And Expenses Could I Be Compensated For?
- Common Causes Of Fractured And Broken Wrist Injuries
- Workplace Accident And Injury Statistics
- What Care Costs And Expenses Could I Claim?
- How Do I Use A Broken Wrist Compensation Calculator?
- How Much For A Broken Wrist In Compensation Could You Claim?
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Did you suffer a broken wrist after breaking a fall at work? Or maybe you were in a car accident? Perhaps you were enjoying a stroll through a public park and tripped over a neglected tree root? No matter where the injury happened, you could have grounds to claim if it resulted from someone else’s negligence.
We understand how overwhelming it might feel to look into making a claim and working out whether you could get compensation. However, our guide will be taking a detailed look at some broken wrist compensation amounts in the UK and the damages you could claim.
Additionally, we’ll be looking at examples of broken wrist injuries, including a Colles fracture, a Smith’s fracture, a scaphoid fracture, Barton’s fracture and Chauffeur’s fracture and how the severity of each could affect your compensation award.
Furthermore, we’ll look at how you can use a personal injury calculator to work out your compensation, as well as providing you with a compensation table that gives some figures of compensation amounts for different wrist injuries.
If you’re interested in having a solicitor represent you but don’t know where to start, we’ll be explaining how a solicitor could help and how to get in touch with one.
Remember, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on the number at the top of this page.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) defines an accident as an ‘identifiable external event that causes an injury’.
If the accident was preventable, then you could be eligible to claim as the injury wouldn’t have happened but for the accident. For example, a defective machine that crushed your arm could have been prevented through a risk assessment on the machine.
Many other accidents could cause a broken wrist injury, such as:
- Your arm getting stuck in a faulty machine.
- Falling over improperly stored boxes on a shop floor
- Slipping on a spill in a supermarket
- Being hit by another car from the side
- Being knocked off your pedal bike
Compensation covers a whole host of damages you’ve suffered as a result of the injury. For example, you could claim compensation for your physical and psychological pain and suffering under general damages. They also take into account the impact the injury has had on your quality of life.
Additionally, you could also claim for any future and past financial losses under special damages, if you have any. For example:
- Care costs
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses
However, evidence is important for claiming these damages. Evidence for special damages might include receipts, payslips and invoices.
For general damages, you may require more extensive evidence for proof of the injury and the accident. For example:
- CCTV or dashcam footage or footage from traffic cameras
- Witness statements and details
- Police reports, if applicable
- Medical notes from visits to the hospital or doctors
Additionally, you will as part of the claims process be invited to an Independent Medical Assessment (IMA), which involves an unbiased medical professional assessing your injuries. If the injury happened a while ago, they’ll use previous medical records and an IMA to determine any long term damage.
A solicitor may use the IMA to help value any claims in addition to proving that your injuries were caused by the accident.
You might be wondering whether the accident you were involved in was actually caused by someone else. If so, we’ll look at different causes of accidents and whether or not someone was liable in specific situations such as work accidents and road accidents.
Whether it’s a workplace, public place or road accident, you’re likely owed a duty of care by a third party to do everything reasonably possible to keep you safe. There are various pieces of legislation in place to ensure employers, occupiers, and road users are acting responsibly when it comes to health and safety. For example, the:
- Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
- Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957
- Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code
However, it’s important to note that liability can be complex and can’t always be determined. For example, in the case of hit and runs where a driver may be untraceable. The Motors Insurers’ Bureau will represent the untraceable driver in a personal injury claim if this happens, allowing you to claim the compensation you deserve.
If any of the following examples relate to your situation in any way, you can use our broken wrist compensation calculator to work out your claim value.
Broken And Fractured Wrist Injuries In A Vehicle Crash
Road accidents accounted for 153,158 casualties of all severities in 2019. If you suffered a broken wrist in a car accident, there are various bones you could have broken. For example:
- Radius and ulna which are two bones at the base of the wrist
- Lunate, trapezium, scaphoid, triquetrum, which are bones just under the wrist
- Pisiform, hamate, Capitate trapezoid and other bones just under the radius and ulna
You could break any of these bones in any type of accident, such as a vehicle crash. However, some examples might include:
- Using your wrist to prevent any damage to the face
- The force of the crash smashing your wrist into the inside of the car
- Getting your arm crushed by part of the car that’s caved in from the impact of being hit
Broken And Fractured Wrist Injuries Caused By A Trip Or Fall
You may have suffered a distal radius fracture after a slip, trip or fall in either a work or public place. However, more specifically in the workplace, slips, trips and falls are not uncommon, as highlighted by the RIDDOR statistics. The statistics show slips, trips and falls on the same level were among the most common accident kinds. They accounted for 29% of accidents in 2019 in the workplace.
Additionally, falls from height accounted for 8% of accidents. However, the cause of the accidents may have varied and could have included:
- Falling from a defective ladder in work
- Slipping on a recently mopped floor that didn’t have a wet floor sign
- Tripping over messy wires in the office
Fractured And Broken Wrist Injuries In A Public Place
The compensation recovery unit recorded 72,587 registered public liability claims, 83,511 settled claims and £6.641 million recovered in compensation in 2019/2020. Although it doesn’t specify the nature of the claims or the injuries compensated, it highlights that accidents in public places aren’t uncommon.
There are many accidents in a public place that could cause a broken wrist injury, such as a Colles fracture. Some examples might include:
- Falling down a defective maintenance hole on the street
- Tripping over an uneven paving stone
- Having a car accident due to potholes in a road that the council hasn’t maintained
- A piece of faulty gym equipment falling on your wrist during your exercise activities
Broken Wrist Injuries In The Workplace
4,464 wrist injuries happened in 2019/2020, according to RIDDOR. This could have included breaks and fractures of the main bones in the wrist such as the radius and ulna or the small bones just under the wrist such as the lunate, trapezium, scaphoid or triquetrum.
There isn’t one cause for broken wrist injuries in the workplace. However, some common causes might include:
- Tripping on an uneven carpet in the office
- Falling down the stairs because of equipment not being put away properly or because of poor lighting
- Heavy lifting without the right equipment causing a fracture
Assault And Criminal Injury Claims For A Broken Wrist
According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the police recorded 491,547 victim-based crimes that involved violence with injury from January to December 2020. This could have involved minor or major injuries. However, it doesn’t specify.
Criminal injury claims cover claims for physical or mental injuries caused by a crime of violence. A crime of violence could include physical assault, which may cause a broken wrist injury damaging the pisiform, hamate, capitate or trapezoid bones.
Many things could be classed as a crime of violence. For example, someone being mugged and suffering a broken wrist after physical assault from the mugger.
Accidents at work can cause several injuries, including a fractured wrist. Employers reported around 65,427 non-fatal injuries during 2019/20 to RIDDOR. 18,535 of those were fractures, and 18,371 were sprains and strains.
The cause of these injuries in the workplace may vary. However, some common kinds of accidents that were reported to RIDDOR during 2019/20 could have contributed to an injury such as a broken wrist. For example:
- 2,445 accidents involving contact with moving machinery
- 6,935 accidents involving being struck by moving, flying or falling objects
- 1,483 accidents involving being struck by a moving vehicle
- 2,488 reports of striking against something fixed or stationary
- Injured while handling, lifting or carrying had 12,344 cases
- Slips trips or falls on the same level had 19,219 cases
- Falls from height had 5,214 cases
- Trapped by something collapsing/overturning had 214 cases
As you can see, accidents leading to fractures aren’t uncommon, and if the accident was caused by someone else, there could be grounds to claim. There aren’t any specific examples of typical payouts for a personal injury at work because figures can vary depending on the severity of the specific injury you have.
For more information on accidents at work compensation examples, see our table below or head here to use our compensation calculator.
We understand that an accident you weren’t expecting could cause some financial strain. Especially if the injury you suffered, as a result, is so serious you require extra care. For example, an open fracture of the radius.
If this is the case for you, you could claim care costs under special damages. Not only for yourself but for others dependent on you. For example, if:
- You’re a carer for a dependent relative
- You need extra care due to your injury
- You’re a single parent who needs child care
Additionally, you could claim for other care costs such as physical aids, physiotherapy or home adaptations which may be required if the injury is very serious or leaves long-lasting effects.
Our broken wrist compensation calculator will look at the following factors to work out how much compensation you may be owed:
- The severity of the injury
- Where it happened
- The body part you injured
Not only will it provide you with a figure to compensate you for your pain and suffering under general damages, it also lets you account for any special damages if you have them.
Additionally, the settlement figure you may receive during the claims process could differ from the estimate the compensation payout calculator provides. However, you don’t have to accept the first offer you receive. Instead, you may make a counteroffer. If neither party can reach an agreement, further evidence and negotiation may be needed.
If you’re unsure of the claims process and when to accept an offer of compensation, a solicitor could advise based on their experience of handling similar claims.
As mentioned previously, the compensation you may be awarded will cover general damages and any special damages if there are any.
General damages are calculated with the help of the Judicial College Guidelines. Additionally, a solicitor may use an Independent Medical Assessment and any other medical evidence to assess how much your claim is worth.
However, special damages are worked out separately as not every case has them, and they’re unique to each person. Instead, they’ll supplement the compensation you receive for the injury and form the overall compensation award you may receive.
Although we have a compensation payout calculator you could use to estimate your claim value, we have also included a compensation table. We have taken figures from the JCG to provide you with an idea of compensation amounts you could claim for different wrist injuries of varying severities.
These figures should only be used as a guide, as actual amounts may vary depending on the severity of your injury.
Injury Description Award
Wrist Injuries resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist for example, where an arthrodesis has been performed. £44,690 to £56,180
Wrist Injury resulting in significant permanent disability, but where some useful movement remains. £22,990 to £36,770
Wrist Less severe injuries where these still result in some permanent disability as, for example, a degree of persisting pain and stiffness. £11,820 to £22,990
Wrist Where recovery from fracture or soft tissue injury takes longer but is complete Rarely exceed £9,620
Wrist An uncomplicated Colles' fracture. In the region of £6,970
Wrist Very minor undisplaced or minimally displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries necessitating application of plaster or bandage for a matter of weeks and a full or virtual recovery within up to 12 months or so. £3,310 to £4,450
Wrist Work related upper limb disorders including carpal tunnel syndrome: constriction of the median nerve of the wrist or thickening of surrounding tissue. It is often relieved by a decompression operation. Complete recovery within a short period (of weeks or a few months). £2,070 to £3,310
For more information on compensation, contact our team, and they’ll be happy to help. You could also use our compensation calculator to gain an idea of how much you could be entitled.
If you’re worried about claiming with a solicitor due to the expensive legal fees usually associated with it, there are other options you could consider. For example, you could have a solicitor represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.
This essentially means if your solicitor is unsuccessful, you won’t pay your solicitor fees. If they do win your case, you’ll pay a small success fee. However, this is legally capped and can be decided with your solicitor before you go ahead with your claim.
Most importantly, it allows you to avoid upfront costs and any ongoing costs incurred while the claim is going through. Furthermore, a solicitor can provide you with expert knowledge and advice based on their experience of handling similar cases.
For more information on how you could claim with a solicitor, see below.
Although we have tried to cover as much information as we can in our guide, our advisors can provide free legal advice on any other questions you may need answering. They can provide further clarification on:
- Evidence you need to claim
- Claiming with a No Win No Fee solicitor
- The rights you have in certain places
- Working out whether someone is liable
Furthermore, they can assess whether you have a valid claim. If you do and you’re ready to start your claim, they can connect you with a personal injury solicitor to help you through the next steps.
Most importantly, they are available 24/7 to help. Please get in touch by:
- Calling us on – 0800 408 7826
- Chatting with us on live chat
- Sending us an enquiry so we can call you at a time convenient for you
We understand if you’re still unsure about calculating your compensation, so if you have any questions, our team can help. They can talk you through how the personal injury calculator works and why your claim is worth the figure the calculator provides.
Additionally, after you’ve calculated an estimate of what your claim is worth, our advisors can put you in touch with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. They can help you through the next steps of the claims process.
The most important thing to remember is that we are here to help make the personal injury claim process go smoothly and help you find a way to get the compensation you deserve.
For any medical advice, visit the NHS website.
For further statistics on workplace accidents, see the government health and safety website.
If you require further road traffic accident statistics, see the government collection.
Our guide on the process of making a personal injury claim might be useful to you.
Did you have an accident at work? If so, our guide could help.
If you broke your arm, work out how much compensation you could claim using our guide.
In this section, we’ve included answers to some questions we often get asked.
What is the most common wrist fracture?
Many wrist fractures could occur from an accident. However, a common fracture to the wrist might include a distal radius fracture which usually occurs when falling onto an outstretched arm.
How many types of wrist fractures are there?
If you have an accident that caused a fractured wrist, you could have suffered a number of breaks depending on which bones you broke. For example, you could have suffered a Colle’s fracture, Smith’s fracture, scaphoid fracture, Barton’s fracture or chauffeur’s fracture.
Could you claim if a child broke their wrist?
If a child injured their wrist in an accident that someone else caused, you could claim on their behalf by acting as a litigation friend. Alternatively, they could wait till they are over 18 and claim for themselves. They would have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday. However, there can be exceptions.
We hope you found our guide on how to use a broken wrist compensation calculator useful. Thank you for reading.
Guide by MIM
Edited by BER