We use our hands in almost every aspect of daily life, including when we’re at work, so even minor injuries to the hands can cause permanent problems or disability. Hand injuries are fairly common and are usually the result of a fall or crush injury. If you’ve fractured your hand or wrist in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, claiming broken hand compensation is an option. Provided it has been less than three years since your accident, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim.
The anatomy of the hand
Your hand has 27 bones in total, including the bones in your wrist. Common claims for broken hand compensation relate to injuries to the thumbs, knuckles, fingertips or wrist, but you can break any bone in your hand after a fall or severe blow. Here are some of the bones it’s possible to break:
- Carpals – 8 bones in your wrist
- Metacarpals – 5 bones in your palm
- Phalanges – 14 small bones in your thumb and fingers
Broken bones in the hand can be caused by crush injuries when working with machinery with moving parts, for example in a factory. This type of injury could easily be prevented by fitting guards to machines to protect workers, so if you’ve been involved in this type of accident, your employer could be held liable. Other common causes for hand injuries include slips, trips and falls. Tripping on a damaged pavement or kerb could lead to serious fractures which take months to heal and leave you in pain.
Should you claim compensation for your hand fracture?
It depends on how your accident happened. The first thing to do after your accident is seek medical attention – you should always see a doctor after suffering a hand injury, to rule out permanent damage. It’s likely you’ll need a splint to immobilise your hand and healing time can vary depending on the severity of your injury. In some cases you may need physical therapy to regain full use of your hand. If somebody else is at fault for your accident – for example if your employer hasn’t fitted guards on machinery at work and you have suffered a crush injury – you should definitely consider claiming personal injury compensation.