A hand injury may not be the type of injury you would expect to sustain after a fall, but it’s actually one of the most common injuries to be suffered after a slip, trip or fall. When you trip over something or slip on a wet surface, you naturally put your arms out to brace yourself against a fall, and this is when a hand injury from a fall can occur. Although these types of injuries are more often minor than serious, you could be unlucky enough to land awkwardly on your hand and sustain a serious injury that takes a significant amount of time to heal. You could suffer injuries after a slip, trip or fall at work, in a public place (such as in a supermarket) or even on the street – for example, you could trip on a broken or damaged paving stone.
How serious is your hand injury from a fall?
If you are lucky, then your hand injury from a fall is just a minor one. The most common hand injuries sustained after a fall are injuries to the wrist, and you could suffer a strained, sprained or even fractured wrist. This can take some time to heal, and if you have fractured your wrist, you may be off work until you are able to use it again. If you land awkwardly on your hand, you could fracture your fingers or other bones in your hand, which could be painful and debilitating. As well as this, you may have suffered other injuries after a fall such as a back or neck injury, broken bones, cuts and bruises or even a head or facial injury.
You could make a claim for compensation if you think that somebody else was responsible for your accident. For example, if you tripped on damaged flooring in the office at work and fell, your employer could be held liable and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation. If you slipped on a wet floor in a supermarket, the operator/owner or the supermarket could be to blame.
Get in touch with us today
Because there is a three-year time limit in place to make a personal injury claim, there’s no time like the present to give Accident Advice Helpline a call. You can call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim after your fall.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen