We use our hands every day to carry out a variety of tasks, most of which we don’t even stop to think about. From making our morning coffee to buttoning up shirts, driving to work and even carrying bags, most of us take our hands for granted, and when we suffer a hand injury, it can be devastating. If somebody else caused your hand injury, you may find you’re able to claim personal injury compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as claiming compensation to cover any loss of earnings and medical expenses you have suffered.
Whilst you can claim at any time after your accident, it’s generally a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, as there is a three-year time limit to claim, which can only be extended in special circumstances. In order to make a claim, you’ll need to prove that your injury was caused by another party’s negligence. This could be your employer, if you’ve been injured in an accident at work, the local council, if you have tripped on a broken kerb, or another driver, if you have been hurt in a road traffic accident.
What’s the average compensation payout for a hand injury?
Did you know that there are 27 bones in the hand (including eight in the wrist), as well as arteries, nerves, veins, ligaments, tendons, muscles and joint cartilage? Hand injuries are more common than you might think too, and up to 40% of all workplace accidents involve hand injuries of some kind. Because hands are so complex and you can sustain such a wide range of different injuries, the average compensation payout for a hand injury can vary, and will depend on your specific circumstances and the severity of the injuries you have suffered.
Generally speaking, if you have injured your dominant hand, then you will receive more compensation than if you injure your non-dominant hand. For the loss of one hand, you could expect to receive approximately £70-90,000 in compensation, whilst if you lose both hands, for example in an industrial accident, you could receive from £90-129,000 in compensation, on average. Here are a few other examples of the average compensation payout for a hand injury, detailing the different types of injury that you could suffer:
- Dislocated thumb – £2,300 – £4,000
- Finger fracture – £1,775 – £2,800
- Amputation of a finger or hand – £5,100 – £14,000
- Crushing of a hand – £1,000 – £16,800
- Loss of a thumb – Up to £35,000
Accident Advice Helpline handles every claim on an individual basis, so remember that these are just examples of an average compensation payout for a hand injury. You could take the 30-second test on our website today to see how much you could claim.
What are the most common hand injuries?
The most common hand and wrist injuries are:
- Thumb sprains
- Wrist sprains
- Hand fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Soft tissues and closed tendon injuries such as tendonitis
You could suffer a hand injury in an accident at work, with industrial accidents one of the leading causes of serious hand injuries such as crush injuries and fractures. For example, if you’re working with heavy machinery and your hand becomes trapped, you could be seriously injured. Injuries such as tendonitis are also common amongst those working in repetitive roles, for example factory pickers and packers, office workers and anybody else spending long periods carrying out the same task repetitively. Hand injuries are bad news for employers too, and according to figures from the US Bureau of Labor, cuts and lacerations to hands account for an average of six lost working days for the person injured.
Who’s responsible for your safety at work?
If you have injured one or both of your hands after an accident at work then you may find yourself wondering who is to blame for your accident. Ultimately, your employer takes responsibility for your safety whilst you’re at work, which means that they need to ensure they have done everything they can to prevent accidents from happening. This includes things like ensuring all staff have the training they need to work safely, ensuring equipment and machinery is safe to use and well maintained and making sure that you take adequate rest breaks, particularly if you’re carrying out a repetitive task. Some industries are obviously more dangerous than others, and jobs in the oil and gas industry are considered as some of the most hazardous. In fact, hand and finger injuries account for almost 50% of accidents – and this figure can be closer to 80% in some workplaces.
What if you’re injured in a public place?
It might be that you’re wondering what the average compensation payout for a hand injury is because you have been injured after an accident in a public place. Examples could include slipping on a wet floor at a leisure centre and spraining your wrist, tripping on damaged kerb on the high street and breaking bones in your hand or even falling downstairs in a shop and spraining your wrist. In all these cases, somebody else could be to blame, although it’s hard to say what the average compensation payout for a hand injury would be in each case. For injuries caused by damaged pavements or roads, the local council could be at fault, whilst if you’re injured in a shop or leisure centre, the management team could be held responsible for your accident.
Find out more about claiming for your hand injury
Although it’s hard for us to say what the average compensation payout for a hand injury is, you’ll get an idea from the 30-second test on our website. Then you can give Accident Advice Helpline a call to find out more about making a claim after your accident. Whether you’ve suffered a minor sprain or a life-changing injury that has led to the loss of your hand, you can call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to see if you have a viable claim. We’ll take into account the impact your injury has had on your life, so if you have been left unable to work after serious injuries to your hand, you could be compensated for your financial losses now and in the future.