If you are thinking about how could you develop a hand injury, you should know there is a chance your own injury could potentially result in making a hand injury claim. This depends on the issue of negligence, and whether someone else caused your injury to happen. This basic rule applies not only to a hand injury claim, but to any type of personal injury, no matter how the injury occurred or how serious it turned out to be.
Making a claim is often something people don’t like to think about. They may not believe they have a good case, or they may worry about the potential to lose money via legal fees. We’re here to set the record straight, and to reveal how it might be prudent to find out if you could make a claim. After all, a hand injury developed now could affect you for a long time to come. If you can never fully heal, your life will change. If that was due to the negligence of a third party, don’t you think compensation would be rightfully due to be awarded to you?
Types of hand injuries
The symptoms of a hand injury will vary depending on whether you’ve got a broken bone, a crush injury, a soft tissue injury, or even an injury related to long-term wear and tear. That means the approach taken for treating a hand injury will also vary. A medical professional will assess the injury and identify what damage has been done, before determining what kind of treatment is required.
Many hand injuries will heal in time, providing the person rests their hand and does everything recommended to them. However, in cases of repetitive strain injury (RSI), or a similar injury caused by bad working practices or overuse, the person may find the injury flares up from time to time. Thus, the long-term effects of a hand injury could be worse for some than for others.
We could separate hand injuries into two basic groups – chronic and acute. An acute injury will happen very suddenly, and is usually the result of an accident of some kind. However, a chronic injury builds up over time. The best example of this is RSI, or repetitive strain injury. This can occur in people who repeat the same hand actions all the time, as they may do via typing, or through lifting things all day, or through moving in different ways, perhaps on a production line.
How long might it take to recover from a hand injury?
In cases where a chronic condition is diagnosed, recovery may take a long time. In some instances, surgery might be required to fix the damage and to lead to a better chance of easier movement and less pain in the future. If the person continues to do the same things they did before the injury, it could be aggravated.
As for acute injuries, the length of recovery will depend on the exact nature of the injury. A strain will heal faster than a sprain, for example, and the degree of a sprain will help determine the likely recovery time involved.
There are other injuries too, of course – injuries such as a severed finger, crush injuries to the hand, and deep cuts and other wounds that would need treating. A dog bite, a fall onto glass, and a myriad of other reasons could all mean you suffer from a hand injury that could eventually lead you to make a hand injury claim.
But above all else, you must seek medical advice as quickly as you can after you have the accident, or after you feel the first signs of problems occurring (in the case of a chronic injury). Even if you don’t think any treatment is needed, you must have proof that you were injured to begin with, and seeing your doctor, or visiting casualty if the need is great enough, is the best way to do this.
Could you make a successful hand injury claim?
Claiming for a hand injury may be far easier than you would think. The reason for this is because we deal with claims on a no-win, no-fee basis, which means you don’t need to worry about the cost of claiming for a hand injury. If you were worried about that prospect, we hope we have managed to settle your mind now we have made it clear how we work. We also take every care to provide expert information and no-obligation advice at the start. If we take on your claim, we will also make sure we keep you informed about everything that is happening, and what timescale you should expect the claim to be concluded in.
Your hand injury claim may be dealt with by one of our solicitors, but first, give our friendly team a ring on 0800 689 0500 (or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile). That means you can get the best out of our no-obligation advice service, and you will find out for certain whether a claim would be a good idea in your case. We’re here to help you as best we can, and when you call, you will see why others have done the same. With so much experience behind us, and lawyers who have already resolved cases very similar to yours, you can be sure you are speaking to the right people – people who can help you when you are most in need of it.