By Stephen Taylor. Last Updated 28th October 2022. Have you suffered a hand injury? Was the accident in which you were injured caused by the negligence of a third party? Did this third party owe you a duty of care? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Our hand injury compensation calculator could help show you how much you could be owed.
This guide will highlight the level of compensation you could receive if. We will also explain what kinds of things could affect the level of compensation you’re awarded, like how severe the injury is.
In addition to this, we will look at how a No Win No Fee agreement could help you when funding legal representation for a claim. We will also look at exactly what an agreement of this nature entails.
Our advisors offer free legal advice and are available 24/7, so you can contact them at a time that suits you. You can call them on 0800 408 7826. Alternatively, if you’d like to learn more about hand injury compensation, please read on.
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- A Guide To Using A Hand Injury Compensation Calculator
- What Is A Hand Injury Claim?
- What Things Can You Claim For After Injuring Your Hand?
- Common Types Of Accidents And Injuries To The Hands
- Hand Injury Compensation Amounts – Do I Need Evidence?
- How To Use A Hand Injury Compensation Calculator
- How Much Could I Expect To Claim For A Hand Injury?
- Hand Injury Compensation Calculator
- No Win No Fee Hand Injury Compensation Claim Agreements
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- Ask Our Team To Calculate Settlements For Hand Injury Claims
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- FAQs About Hand Injury Claims
Hand injuries can have a really serious impact on your quality of life. If you sustain one, you may not be able to work. This may be the case whether you work in an office setting or in construction.
Furthermore, a hand injury might stop you from being able to do the things you usually do or care for yourself in the usual way. For example, you might be unable to dress or cook and clean if you have sustained an injury to your hand. You might also be left unable to drive, meaning that you need to rely on public transport to get around.
If your injuries came about as a result of a breach of duty of care, you might be able to claim. A personal injury calculator can make it easier to work out the amount you could receive.
All you need to do is input the details of your injuries into our online claims calculator. You can also include information on any loss of earnings you have experienced as a result.
If you would prefer, you can also get free legal advice from a member of our team directly. Just give us a call to speak with one of our advisors. Otherwise, read on for more information on claiming for a hand injury.
A hand injury compensation calculator can be useful in both showing if you’ll be able to make a claim and highlighting the compensation you could receive.
The above statistics have been taken from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about reported non-fatal injuries at work in Britain to the upper limb location. As you can see, there were 4,470 injuries to the hand in this time period and 7,112 injuries to one or more fingers or thumbs. Any of these injuries could form the basis of a hand injury claim.
It is important to note that these statistics do not necessarily relate to negligence. Therefore, we cannot say how many of these injuries could lead to a successful claim.
When making a personal injury claim, there are two potential heads of claim. General damages relate to the physical pain, psychological harm and decline in your quality of life caused by the injury. Special damages relate to the financial loss caused by the injury itself. This means that you could potentially claim for things like:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel costs
- Recreational activities that you’re no longer able to commit to.
If you’d like more information on what can be included in your claim, get in touch with us today. One of our agents will be happy to offer you free legal advice. If your claim has a good chance of success, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor to work on your claim.
There are a number of different ways in which you could sustain a hand injury. In order to claim, you need to have sustained the injury because of a breach of duty of care.
Whether you were owed a duty of care depends on the circumstances in which the accident occurred. This section will highlight examples of scenarios in which you may be able to receive compensation by making a personal injury claim. Read on to find out about some of the circumstances in which a breach of duty of care could have caused you to be injured.
Hand Injuries Caused By Road Traffic Accidents
The Highway Code is a set of rules that outline how road users should act to reduce the risk of injury to themselves and others. It outlines every road user’s duty of care.
Road users are expected to act in a way that ensures their own safety, as well as the safety of others. They should adhere to the standards of skill and care of the average motorist.
If you’ve been injured because of negligence on the road, our hand injury compensation calculator could help determine how much compensation you could be owed. Examples of incidents that could lead to injury include:
- Being involved in a head-on collision due to another driver driving on the wrong side of the road.
- Experiencing serious damage to your hands in a side-impact collision caused by another driver running a red light.
- Suffering a broken hand because a car veered into a cycle lane, knocking you from your bike.
Hand Injuries Caused By Accidents In The Workplace
When you’re at work, your employer has a duty of care towards you. This is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They have a responsibility to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety while working. If they fail to do this, it could cause a work injury.
If they’ve been negligent and gone against their responsibilities, you can use our hand injury compensation calculator to see what compensation you could receive. Examples of accidents at work you may be able to claim for include:
- Faulty work equipment fails to stop when an emergency stop button is pressed. This could lead to a crush injury in the hand.
- You’re made to use power tools that vibrate for many hours a day without any personal protective equipment. As a result, you could sustain Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
- A wet floor is not signposted. As a result, you slip and fall. You put your hand out to catch your fall and break your index finger as a result.
Injuries in agriculture, farming and forestry
Some injuries pose higher risks of injury than others. For example, from 2017/18-2019/20, agriculture, farming and forestry had higher than average rates of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) than other industries. 44% of MSDs in 2019/20 affected the upper limbs, including hands.
Examples of injuries that you could sustain in agriculture, farming and forestry include:
- A lack of training meaning that you are unable to use a particular tool. You are instructed to use it anyway despite your reservations. This results in you injuring yourself.
- A hand fracture caused by falling from a great height. This could happen if the ladder you were given to use was not fit for use.
Hand Injuries Caused By Medical Negligence
When we’re being treated, whether in the hospital or by a doctor or GP, we rely on their medical expertise to help us. As part of their duty of care, healthcare providers are obliged to provide you with a minimum standard of care.
When this level of care is not administered, this is an example of medical negligence. As a result, you could be harmed, or your condition could worsen because you did not get the treatment you needed.
Examples of complications that could arise in medical treatment include:
- A break or fracture is misdiagnosed. As a result, your finger is not splinted, and you end up needing surgery.
- You need a finger amputation. While it’s being carried out, the wrong finger is amputated.
- You need stitches on your finger. While the nurse is performing this, they slip and cut your hand.
Hand Injuries Caused By Slips, Trips And Falls
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 outlines the duty of care that someone in control of a public space (the “occupier”) has towards people who use the space for the intended purpose. They need to take reasonable steps to ensure that members of the public are safe while using the space.
Examples of breaches of duty of care that could cause injuries include:
- Falling down an unsafe stairway onto your hand, causing it to break.
- Sustaining a burned hand by putting it on a hot surface where a warning sign was not placed.
Wounds Caused By Lacerations, Cuts And Slicing Injuries
You may sustain a hand injury due to a laceration or cut injury. Examples of how this could occur include:
- A handrail that has a sharp metal unfinished edge cuts you as you use it.
- While you’re shopping, a box falls from a high shelf and hits you. The corner of the box cuts open the palm of your hand.
Strains, Sprains And Tears To The Hands
NHS guidance states that strains and sprains are usually caused by overstretching or twisting a muscle. However, they could be caused by negligence. Examples of this include:
- Insufficient training has caused you to sprain your hand after being told to lift something too heavy.
- Suffering from repetitive strain injury because your employer told you to do the same thing over and over without sufficient breaks or rest.
Nerve Injuries To The Hands
Nerve damage can result in lasting and permanent damage to your hand. In addition, it can affect your ability to return to work as you may no longer be able to use your hand in the same way.
Examples of how this injury could be caused by negligence include:
- Faulty wiring causes you to electrocute yourself, which results in nerve damage.
- Suffering a chemical burn to your hand because your employer told you to carry a harmful chemical that was not properly secured.
If you have suffered a hand injury due to a breach of duty of care, then you may be able to claim compensation. However, it is essential to gather evidence to support a claim.
You will need to collect evidence to prove both that your injury occurred and that it was caused by a breach of duty of care.
Potential forms of evidence you may want to consider collecting could include:
- The contact details of anyone who saw your accident
- Any video footage of your accident (from CCTV, for instance)
- A medical report
- Any photographic evidence of the scene or your injury
For more advice on gathering evidence or other factors that influence compensation amounts for a hand injury, you can contact our advisors today.
A personal injury calculator can quickly help you work out the amount you could claim for. It’s simple, easy and quick to use.
A hand injury can be very debilitating and can greatly affect your livelihood. All you need to do in order to accurately assess your claim is input details about how the accident happened and the injuries you sustained. You can also include any details about the loss of earnings you experienced as a result.
If you’d like free legal advice or are looking to see if you can claim, call us now using the phone number at the top of the page.
General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering your injuries have caused you. They’re valued with the help of guidelines from the Judicial College.
As part of your claim, you’ll usually be invited to a medical assessment. Here, an independent medical expert will confirm your injuries and put their findings in a report. This report will be used to help value your claim.
Special damages compensate you for the financial losses caused by the injury. Your personal injury solicitor will request evidence to prove these losses. Suitable evidence includes:
Below is a list of injuries and their respective compensation brackets. The Judicial College supplies these figures.
|Hand||Total or effective loss||£140,660 to £201,490||Where both hands have been extensively damaged to the point where they are little more than useless.|
|Hand||Total or effective loss||£96,160 to £109,650||Where one hand has been damaged to the point where it is no longer useful. If the damaged hand was the dominant one, the award will be at the higher end of this bracket.|
|Hand||Serious||£55,820 to £84,570||Where both hands have been damaged to the point of permanent cosmetic disability and loss of function.|
|Finger||Amputation||£61,910 to £90,750||Where the index and middle and/or ring finger has been amputated.|
|Hand||Serious||£29,000 to £61,910||Where the hand has been reduced to 50% capacity.|
|Hand||Less serious||£14,450 to £29,000||Where function has been impaired significantly.|
|Hand||Moderate||£5,720 to £13,280||Where the hand has been crushed or lacerated, or a penetrating wound has injured the hand. Injuries where disability remains will be valued at the top of this bracket.|
|Finger||Amputation||£12,170 to £18,740||Where the index finger has been partially or totally lost.|
|Finger||Fracture||£9,110 to £12,240||Fracture to the index finger resulting in an impaired grip.|
You could claim for multiple injuries caused by negligence. For instance, if you have broken your leg, arm or nose at the same time as injuring your hand, these could all be taken into account when valuing your claim.
Please be aware that the brackets in the table above are just a guide. They are not guaranteed, and your compensation award will be valued based on the individual circumstances of your case. If you’d like to speak with someone about starting a claim today, please get in touch with our team for free legal advice.
Our panel of solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. What does that mean?
A No Win No Fee agreement is a way of funding legal representation. With one of these agreements, you can work with a solicitor without them taking upfront or ongoing payments. Furthermore, a No Win No Fee solicitor won’t ask you to pay them anything if your claim doesn’t succeed.
If the claim is successful, your solicitor will deduct a legally-capped “success fee” from your compensation. This legal cap ensures that you always get the majority of the compensation you’re owed.
You can also rest assured knowing that a No Win No Fee agreement means your solicitor thinks your claim has a good chance of success. This is because they won’t be paid if they don’t win your claim.
Speak to our team today for more information on No Win No Fee agreements. One of our advisors could connect you with a solicitor from our panel.
Use our hand injury compensation calculator today to see if you can claim. Our advisors offer free legal advice, so if you have any questions or queries, you can give them a call. Our panel of solicitors can work on your personal injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
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We hope that you find our hand injury compensation calculator useful. However, there are a number of different reasons someone might not want to use it.
For instance, you might want to speak with someone directly about making this kind of claim. Alternatively, you might be having issues with using the calculator.
If this is the case, you can get in touch. Our advisors offer free legal advice and can walk you through the process of valuing your claim. Simply speak to someone using the contact details above for a free assessment of your claim.
For more information, we’ve included the links below.
More information about hand pain can be found on the NHS website.
You can find statistics about medical negligence on the NHS Resolution site.
The HSE provides statistics about injuries at work.
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View below for answers to frequently asked questions about hand injury compensation.
How much is a hand injury worth?
This varies. More serious injuries will usually attract a higher compensation award. In addition to this, any financial losses you experienced can be taken into account.
How are injury claims calculated?
Your claim will usually be valued in a medical assessment that will be arranged as part of your claim.
How do I calculate my personal injury settlement amount?
You can use our hand injury compensation calculator to help work out the amount you could receive. However, these values are just guidelines. For more information on how much you could be owed, call our advisors today.
Thank you for reading our guide on using our hand injury compensation calculator.
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