Have you suffered a wrist injury in a public place that wasn’t your fault? Are you wondering how much compensation for a broken wrist you could claim? We’re here to help.
If you’ve suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. This guide will explain how, and will also provide you with other information that we believe is important for you to know.
If you feel you need to know more after reading this article, our team of advisers can offer free legal advice. What’s more, they’ve available 24/7.
You can call them on 0800 408 7826, or write to them via our contact page. They will get back to you at your earliest convenience. Alternatively, you can contact us through our live chat pop-up box, where a member of our expert legal team will reply instantly.
Once you’ve spoken to an adviser, they can connect you with our panel of lawyers who can discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you. They can also calculate how much compensation for your broken wrist you could be eligible for.
About Fractured Wrist Injuries
- What Are Broken Wrist Injuries?
- What Is An Accident In A Public Place?
- How To Get Free Legal Advice About Public Accident Claims
- Case Study: How Much Compensation For A Broken Wrist – £30,000
- General Damages Vs Special Damages
- Calculating How Much Compensation For A Broken Wrist You Can Claim
- No Win No Fee Fractured And Broken Wrist Injury Claims
- Contact Us For Further Advice
- Related Information And Guides
Wrists are an important part of the body. They support our hands, which help us to pick things up, open doors, type, and write amongst numerous other tasks. When we suffer a broken wrist injury, it can have a huge impact on our lives.
If you fall and land on your wrist, the bones can break. A common way that wrists break is through slips, trips, and falls. Some bones that could break are:
- Distal radius. (A Colles’ fracture is where the broken end of the radius is bent upwards.)
- Scaphoid. (A scaphoid fracture can occur after falling on an outstretched hand.)
- Lunate (a rare fracture)
- Trapezoid (uncommon carpal fracture)
- Trapezium (uncommon)
- Capitate (can occur with scaphoid fractures)
- Hamate (uncommon)
- Pisiform (usually occurs after trauma to the palm of the hand)
The NHS states that if your wrist is painful, bruised, and swollen, you should ring 111 to see if you need medical assistance. However, if your wrist is numb, bleeding, revealing bone, or has changed shape, you should report to A&E.
How Long Does It Take For A Broken Wrist To Heal In Adults?
According to the NHS, most wrist fractures are treated by wearing a plaster cast below the elbow for 4 to 6 weeks. This prevents pain as it immobilises the wrist from moving, which helps the broken bone(s) heal.
Are Wrist Injuries Permanent?
Broken wrists generally heal within 6 to 8 weeks. However, some severe injuries may leave someone with permanent stiffness and slight pain.
If you have an accident in a public place that wasn’t your fault, the controller of that space could be liable if they breached their duty of care and caused your injuries.
If this happens, you could launch a personal injury claim against them. The controller of a public place could be shops, supermarkets, or leisure centres (essentially, anywhere the public can access).
What Is The Occupiers’ Liability Act?
The controller of a public place needs to minimise risks to the public as much as reasonably possible. They can do this by:
- Minimising or removing hazards
- Adhering to the safety of the public who have access to their land (even if they aren’t invited)
Anyone who has control of premises, property, or land has a duty of care to protect and safeguard the public.
The occupier should have awareness of why this is important and how to carry out their duty of care.
How Could This Duty Of Care Be Breached?
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that people responsible for public spaces should reasonably ensure, to the best of their ability, there are no hazards that could harm the public. However, if there are hazards that aren’t removed, the risk they pose should be reduced.
They can do this by carrying out regular systems of inspection, for example checking for spillages in a supermarket and applying a wet floor sign to any.
If the occupier fails to follow this law and someone suffers an injury as a consequence, they could be liable for negligence claims.
Examples of public place health & safety hazards are:
- No wet floor signs near spillages
- Unclear fire exits
- Broken pavement raised by more than an inch
- Manholes left open
- Sharp edges on shop shelving
How Much Compensation Do You Get For A Broken Wrist?
The amount of compensation for a broken wrist you could receive can be based on how serious your injury is and the impact it has had on your daily life. If an injury has a severe impact on your mental, physical, and general well-being, you are likely to receive more compensation for the injury than if it has a minor impact.
Our legal team are happy to have a chat with you to discuss your fractured wrist injury. Once they have discovered more about your injury, they could connect you with our panel of lawyers who can discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you. Furthermore, they can explore how much compensation for a broken wrist you could claim.
How Long Do I Have To Pursue The Claim?
It’s important to be aware of the three-year time limit for pursuing claims. That’s three years from when you suffer the injury or three years from when you discover the injury is due to someone else’s negligence.
However, if you’re under 18, someone close to you can become a litigation friend and file a claim for you. Otherwise, the three-year time limit begins on your 18th birthday.
There are other limitations that may apply to your situation. To find out more about time limits, call our advisers and get free legal advice.
How Did Miss Miller Break Their Wrist In A Public Place?
Miss Miller was walking through her local supermarket when she slipped on a spillage. (An employee had noticed the spillage but had left it unattended when they went to get a floor sign.)
She attempted to stop herself from falling with her hand, which resulted in a broken wrist injury as her hand hit the floor hard. After the incident, Miss Miller noticed her wrist was at an odd angle, felt numb, and was tingling. She attended A&E where they diagnosed her with a wrist fracture and applied a cast.
Shortly after her diagnosis, she became angry. This accident could have been prevented if an employee had simply stayed with the spillage when they noticed it. Someone else’s negligence had left her with a broken wrist injury that resulted in her having to take time off work, reducing her financial income.
Additionally, she was left with some permanent, persisting pain and stiffness.
She decided to speak to a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor regarding pursuing a personal injury claim against the supermarket. Together, Miss Miller and her lawyer concluded that her case was strong enough to file a negligence claim against the defendant.
Her lawyer proceeded to calculate how much compensation for a broken wrist injury she could claim, and collected evidence to use against the defendant.
What Was The Compensation Settlement?
Miss Collins received £19,400 in general damages compensation. This is compensation for physical and mental pain and suffering. On top of this, she received £2,600 in special damages (compensation for financial loss).
You can see the breakdown of special damages in the compensation table below.
|Type of Special Damages:
|Miss Collins had to travel to and from hospital/GP appointments to get her cast routinely re-applied and checked.
|She had to take prescription medication and begin private physiotherapy to prevent her wrist becoming too stiff.
|Loss of Earnings
|Miss Collins had to take 2 months off from her warehouse job as she couldn’t carry heavy objects or climb ladders safely.
|She had to hire a carer for her mother as she could no longer see her every day to cook and clean for her, as her wrist was too painful.
|When the pain was at its most severe, Mr Collins took extra time to cook for her and help her.
The case regarding Miss Collins is a fictional example to help illustrate how much compensation for a broken wrist someone could claim. It is based on past experiences of valuing and handling compensation claims.
There are two different heads of claim that can make up a personal injury compensation claim.
General damages cover the injury itself and the overall impact it has had on your physical, mental, and general well-being.
Special damages are slightly different. They compensate for the financial impact the injury has had on the claimant. An example of this is taking unpaid time off work due to the injury, or travelling to and from medical appointments.
Special damages can include travel expenses, medications/prescriptions, loss of earnings, additional care and gracious care your friends or family provide you.
In order to receive special damages, you must provide evidence. This can be bus tickets to prove you travelled to and from medical appointments, or receipts to show you bought medication.
We’ve discussed special damages, however, general damages differ.
General damages within a personal injury claim are compensation for the injury itself and the overall impact it has had on your mental and physical health. Some guides contain a personal injury calculator; however, every case is different so we don’t believe it would be accurate in this instance.
A quick, accurate way to explore how much compensation for a broken wrist you could receive is by giving our advisers a call. Available 24/7: they’re here for you whenever you’re ready.
Alternatively, you can chat with them through our live chat pop-up box for an instant reply. Once our advisers have discovered more about your injury, they could connect you with our panel of lawyers who can discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you.
The process of making a claim for broken wrist compensation can seem complex. If you find yourself struggling with the process, then hiring a solicitor could be helpful. Whilst the financial implications of doing so may be concerning you, there are options that could help.
For example, you could be offered a No Win No Fee deal. All of the solicitors on our panel can work with their clients in this way. They may offer you a specific type of No Win No Fee arrangement, called a Conditional Fee Agreement.
This means they usually don’t need paying for the work they have done on your claim if it fails. If the claim is a success, they can take a legally capped percentage of your compensation.
This means the financial risk of hiring a solicitor for their services can be mitigated when choosing a No Win No Fee solicitor.
Get in touch today for more information from our advisors. They can discuss your rights to claim broken wrist compensation when signed off work with a broken wrist sustained due to employer negligence.
We hope this article helped reassure you that, if someone else caused your broken wrist injury, you may be able to claim. However, we can’t help you gain the compensation you potentially deserve if we don’t learn more about your injury first.
Would you like to find out more about the personal injury claims process? Do you want to discover how much compensation for a broken wrist you could receive? Why wait?
Reach out today to speak to our team of advisers to see if you could start the public accident claims process. Our advisers can have a chat with you about your injury. If you have a favourable claim, they could connect you with our panel of lawyers.
The best way to contact us is to:
- Call us on 0800 408 7826.
- Write to us through our contact page, where an adviser will reply at your earliest convenience.
- Chat to us through our live chat pop-up box for an instant response.
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974: Have you suffered an injury at work that was not your fault? This legislation outlines an employer’s duty of care to safeguard and protect you.
Broken Ankle NHS Guide: Is a wrist fracture not the only injury you’ve sustained? This NHS article provides you with information regarding symptoms, treatment, and recovery for a broken ankle.
NHS Ankle Fractures Guide: If you have suffered an ankle fracture and need more information, this NHS guide will talk you through how to care for your injury and the symptoms you may experience.
How Much Compensation for a Wrist Injury? Case Study and Guide on Wrist Injury Claims: Our guide can provide you with more information about how much compensation for a broken wrist you may receive.
No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claims: Our article contains details surrounding No Win No Fee personal injury claims, what they entail, and how you can get in contact with us to discuss them.
How Much Compensation for a Broken Arm? Case Study and Guide on Broken Arm Claims: Have you suffered a broken arm injury that may not have been your fault? Our guide can point you in the right direction to make a personal injury claim with our team of advisers.
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