If I have suffered a hand injury how much could I claim?
If you have suffered a hand injury how much you could claim will be one of your first questions. But there are different types of hand injuries, each with their own prognosis and complications. When it comes to a hand injury how much pain you are in will be a big factor in your compensation claim, as will the length of recovery time and the chances of making a full recovery. The impact of your hand injury in terms of how much it restricts your everyday life will also be a big factor.
Am I likely to get a significant compensation award for my hand injury?
The short answer is yes. This is because the loss or partial loss of your hand function is considered to have a serious impact on your life. We all use our hands far more than we realise and a hand injury is likely to have a serious impact on your ability to work and maintain your usual quality of life.
Your compensation takes two main aspects of your injury into consideration. You will be compensated for the pain and suffering caused by your injury, including loss of touch and emotional distress. You will also be compensated for the financial loss caused by your injury. Depending on the extent of your injury, this could include additional care you need at home, loss of wages and potential future loss of earnings or additional childcare costs.
What different kinds of hand injuries are there?
Your hand is made up of many different bones and muscles, so there are many ways in which it can be injured:
- Injury to the bones of your hand – an injury to the small bones in your hand, particularly the knuckles, can cause permanent damage. Even following surgery, you may not regain full use of your hand.
- Injury to the muscles and tendons of your hand – if a muscle of tendon is damaged or torn, surgery can attempt to reattach it, but often you are left with restricted movement.
- Blood flow and nerve damage – in some specific industrial injuries such as vibration white finger, you can damage the blood vessels within your wrist and hand, leading to permanent loss of feeling and reduced blood supply to your hand. This can result in complete loss of the use of your hand.
So depending on the type of hand injury how much compensation might I get?
A minor hand injury where you recovery fully but suffer lacerations or a crush is likely to have a compensation award of between £600 and £3,500
For a hand injury that doesn’t fully heal and has ongoing symptoms, such as a fracture, deep cuts or a crush with permanent damage, you are likely to be awarded between £3,500 and £10,000.
For a hand injury that has a significant permanent loss of partial function or disability, such as the loss of one or more fingers, or only a partial ability to grip, your compensation award is likely to be between £20,000 and £50,000. If this level of injury is sustained to both hands, your award could be up to £65,000.
In the worst case scenario, if you physically lose both of your hands through amputation, you could be awarded up to £150,000 for pain and suffering, with financial loss and future earning potential awarded on top of this figure.
To talk about your hand injury and how much you could potentially claim, call our professional advisors today on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 19th August 2013