How Much Compensation For A Wrist Injury? Case Study And Guide On Wrist Injury Claims

Are you currently recovering from a wrist injury? Did this come about due to an accident for which you weren’t responsible? And have you considered claiming compensation for a wrist injury? You may find this guide to be particularly helpful.

We’re covering topics relating to the claims process and how to go about compensation for a wrist injury claim. As part of this, we have illustrated an example case study whereby the victim receives a total compensation settlement of £19,000.

Compensation For A Wrist Injury

Compensation For A Wrist Injury

Read ahead for more information; otherwise, feel free to get in touch with our specialist team. They could then introduce you to expert personal injury solicitors, who may then handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis. Just call 0800 408 7826, message via our Live Chat or fill out our contact form.

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  1. How Much Compensation For A Wrist Injury?
  2. What Is A Wrist Injury?
  3. Examples Of Wrist Injury Financial Issues
  4. Top 3 Most Common Wrist Injury Accidents
  5. Case Study: £19,000 Compensation For A Wrist Injury
  6. What Does A Duty Of Care Entail?
  7. Who Is Liable For A Duty Of Care Breach?
  8. Your Wrist Injury Compensation Estimate
  9. Wrist Injury No Win No Fee Cases
  10. Where Are Useful Personal Injury Lawyers?
  11. Our Advisors Can Begin Your Wrist Injury Claim
  12. FAQs
  13. Informative Wrist Injury Reading Materials

How Much Compensation For A Wrist Injury?

This guide follows these topics in detail with regards to compensation for wrist injury claims:

  • Defining a wrist injury;
  • Financial complications from a wrist injury;
  • Common wrist injuries;
  • Duty of care breaches and scenarios resulting in wrist injuries;
  • Compensation calculators and general/special damages;
  • How you could benefit from a No Win No Fee agreement.

Personal Injury Claims Time Limit

You have up to 3 years in which to make a claim for your injury. This could date from when you were first hurt or from the date of knowledge. After all, it could be that you only learn at a later date about your wrist injury; potentially even months later. Otherwise, you could find that despite evidence being greatly in your favour, you may not receive compensation. The time limit applies to most claims but not all. Call us up anytime to chat about the personal injury time limit for compensation for a wrist injury. 

What Is A Wrist Injury?

Any impact to the wrist which results in a sprain or fracture could represent a wrist injury. Sudden excessive force on the wrist itself or the 8 small bones which make it up could easily lead to injury. When this happens, you could experience symptoms such as severe pain, bleeding, instability within the wrist and limited range of movement. There may also be bruising, swelling and tenderness around the bone in question. Severe cases could even see the bone sticking through the skin.

Many wrist injuries tend to only require minor treatment and a recovery window of several weeks at most. But a more serious fracture could potentially require surgery to ensure 100% healing. This could then require you to avoid certain activities (including work) for several months. And if there’s any nerve damage, this could require even more extensive medical treatment. We explain the criteria for being able to make a valid claim for compensation further on in this guide. In the meantime, contact our team if you have any questions. 

Examples Of Wrist Injury Financial Issues

A wrist injury has the potential to cause numerous financial issues. With a broken or sprained wrist, driving becomes unsafe, possibly requiring time off the road. Therefore, the need to use trains or buses becomes greater, and possibly for some time, and ticket costs add up. For the duration of your recovery, this could mean hundreds of pounds leaving your bank for alternative transport. You may have to take other modes of transport to get to and from work, to buy groceries, to take the children to school. It may also be the case you suffer financially as you may not be able to work at all as there are not many jobs that do not require you to use your hands. Some may face having to pay for medication and prescriptions. Thankfully, these and similar expenses could factor towards your compensation for your wrist injury claim should you be successful. Please speak with our advisors for further details.

Top 3 Most Common Wrist Injury Accidents

Amongst wrist injuries, a sprain frequently occurs when the victim places their entire palm out to soften their fall after tripping. However, a wrist injury can very likely occur in sports especially contact sports such as boxing. Thirdly wrists can be very easily damaged in road traffic accidents especially the driver as they may damage their wrist on impact when holding the steering wheel. Note how the severity of the injury could impact the level of compensation you could receive. Want to know more? Please speak with our helpful team at your leisure.

Case Study: £19,000 Compensation For A Wrist Injury

Mr Curtis, 32, worked as a schoolteacher. He taught Mathematics to secondary school pupils, as well as some sixth formers. Now, Mr Curtis worked in an old-fashioned school building, that had been built in the last century. 

As it turned out, though, the environment would play a part in Mr Curtis being seriously injured. One afternoon, the school had ended and the students had all gone home. Mr Curtis was tidying up his office before he left for the day. On his way out he decided to use the back staircase which was only used by staff. It was a spiral staircase, quite steep but he had used it in the past. As he began to walk down the staircase he noticed that the handrail was loose but before he could get to the bottom it came away. This caused Mr Curtis to fall down some very steep steps. He put his hand down to break his fall. However, rather than breaking his fall, he soon learned he fractured his wrist. 

Another teacher rushed to his aid and called the reception to call an ambulance. In fact, it appeared that his wrist was placed at a rather funny angle.

An ambulance was called for Mr Curtis to go to the hospital. There, he was diagnosed with a severely fractured wrist. The doctor had said although he would recovery to almost a pre-state there may always be instability in the wrist due to nerve damage. 

Mr Curtis was extremely upset at what had happened. Through no fault of his own, he had been hurt badly at work. 

After talking with a personal injury solicitor, Mr Curtis filed a claim against his employers. He suggested that a breach of duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 had occurred. Mr Curtis received £19,000 in compensation for his wrist injury claim. This included both special and general damages.  

Type Of Special DamagesIncludes:How Much?
Lost EarningsCosts of lost annual earnings due to the injury£4,000
Physiotherapy CostsCosts of physiotherapy treatment£500
Medical CostsCosts of medication due to the injury£100
Transport CostsCosts of using public transport for medical appointments£100
Other CostsRemaining costs due to the injury£80

Note: This is only an example case study and is merely a possibility of what could occur to cause a wrist injury.

What Does A Duty Of Care Entail?

Duty of care covers the responsibility that a third party has towards keeping people safe in their circles. It could be on the road, at a public location or in the office. In any event, a duty of care is to ensure everyone’s wellbeing as far as reasonably possible. But a breach may occur which places one or more people at risk. And the result of that could be an accident resulting in an injury. If that’s the case, then this could be an example of negligence by a third party. So, if you find yourself in this situation, you may be eligible for compensation. And the end result may see you receive compensation for the physical and emotional damage incurred. To ask any questions about a duty of care, use our Live Chat which is in the bottom right-hand corner of our website.

Who Is Liable For A Duty Of Care Breach?

We explain the duty of care by examining three core areas: employer’s liability (EL), public liability (PL) and road traffic accidents (RTAs).

Beginning with the scenario of an accident at work, The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 applies a duty of care on employers. This is aimed at maintaining the safety and wellbeing of all members of the workforce. Yet a workplace accident caused through negligence conflicts with this, hence the potential for subsequent legal action. A wrist injury could be caused by repetitive strain that a manager has been aware of but failed to take any action to resolve. 

Next, we come to accidents in public places. The Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 places liability on those who occupy areas that the public can use. Legislation such as this is there to protect the public from any unnecessary harm. But of course, these situations still arise. A possible example here could see your slip on a wet floor in a restaurant with no warning signs causing a wrist injury as you put it out to break your fall. 

And so we come to road traffic accidents. The Highway Code’s duty of care is applicable to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians; anyone who uses the road at any time. But what if you’re in a crash which sees you break your wrist? Or perhaps your wrist is crushed from the impact of a collision that knocks you off your motorbike? And don’t rule out a multiple injury claim either, which could be possible if you suffer multiple injuries.

Any of these could result in you receiving compensation for a wrist injury claim. Dial us up on our number above to find out more.

Your Wrist Injury Compensation Estimate

When it comes to your wrist injury compensation, your medical evaluation may prove crucial. That’s because this allows the full extent of your harm to be diagnosed by an established doctor. Even if you received a medical check at the time, it’s important to be re-evaluated during the claims process. This could also take into account the after-effects, as well as lifestyle changes brought about via your injury. All of these could influence an appropriate level of compensation for your wrist injury claim.

At this stage, personal injury lawyers calculate what you might be entitled to. But they may not use online personal injury claims calculators to do this. To provide a unique figure true to your circumstances, they base the estimate on precisely that: your circumstances. 

Compensation For A Wrist Injury Claim

It’s the primary fallout of the wrist injury that makes up general damages, one of the two aspects of your settlement payout. They focus on the pain itself plus any subsequent suffering and the full impact of the injury on your day-to-day life. Now, the other element of the estimate is special damages, and these handle everything else that stems from you being hurt. So, lost income from time off work, medication, any bandages or splints and physiotherapy could all make these up. Also remember any specialist care you receive from family, friends or a nurse while you’re recovering. And make sure to have receipts and invoices handy where applicable to support your claim. 

Find out more by getting in touch with our expert team at any time of the day.

Wrist Injury No Win No Fee Cases

No Win No Fee agreements or Conditional Fee Agreements are designed so that the claimant is not required to have any fees to pay a solicitor to start their case. A solicitor is not a legal requirement for a compensation claim. However many claimants prefer to have a solicitor pursue their case for them. Working with a No Win No Fee solicitor means they only receive payment if your case wins. In other words, if you don’t receive compensation, they don’t receive payment. So, it’s in their best interest to go above and beyond to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. 

Where Are Useful Personal Injury Lawyers?

The best suited personal injury lawyer for your case could be located anywhere in the country. These range from years of working at the height of the law industry to specialising with wrist injury claims. Preferably, they should also demonstrate many examples of successful case outcomes pertaining specifically to this very injury. We also recommend looking at what their clients say in reviews of their legal representation services. Their usefulness could therefore be down to turnaround, commitment and communication. If they meet all of these needs, they might be able to achieve compensation for your wrist injury claim. Get in touch with our friendly team for a further breakdown of this topic.

Our Advisors Can Begin Your Wrist Injury Claim

We’re always ready to handle cases such as your compensation for a wrist injury claim. And there’s no time like the present to get things moving. If you want to contact our team, simply telephone 0800 408 7826, complete the online form or utilise our 24/7 Live Chat option. Note that it’s not mandatory for you to proceed with a claim just because you’re speaking with our specialists.

FAQs

How much compensation could I receive for my wrist injury claim?

The payout could range from £3,310 to £56,180. But this may be in relation to the severity and nature of the injury in question. This figure would not include any financial losses. 

Could I claim if I sprain my wrist?

Yes, so long as you can prove that the sprain was the result of negligence via a duty of care breach.

If I injure my wrist via a sports accident, could I claim?

This is a grey area due to the legal complications for sports injuries. But if it occurs in totally avoidable circumstances you could potentially file a claim.

When could I make my claim?

You could make a claim at any time, so long as it’s within 3 years. There are exceptions to this. We advise speaking to our advisors for more information.

Informative Wrist Injury Reading Materials

This guide has presented plenty of useful facts and explanations relating to compensation for a wrist injury claim. Yet we also recognise that you may wish to know more about the subject. That’s why we have these links below to provide you with additional information.

The NHS has a page which focuses primarily on wrist injuries.

In addition, they have a guide on noticing injuries involving broken bones.

You may also wish to read the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 in full.

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Written by RM

Checked by SA.