Hand pain – cause for a compensation claim or not?
Your hand is one of the most complex and most used limbs of your body. Just think of the things you use your hands for every day. We even have a phrase ‘with one hand tied behind your back’ to describe how difficult things can be. And think of all the things your hand can do – grip, curl, stretch, wave, write, play a guitar, read braille, click your fingers, type. The list is almost endless.
The mechanisms inside your hand that enable all of these actions are complex and involve many small bones, muscles and tendons. The blood vessels and nerves that supply your hand are intricate and delicate. Any injury to your hand has the potential to damage this complex limb. So when you experience hand pain, it can be a big concern.
What does hand pain mean?
Because your hand is so complex, hand pain can take a long time to heal. For example, even a bruised knuckle can take 4-6 week to heal. This can lead you to hesitate about seeking medical advice when perhaps you should.
Any serious injury should be seen by a doctor. If you injure your hand and it is swollen, mainstream advice is that you use ice and seek advice. But many of us experience hand pain and wait weeks before we start to worry. The best advice we can give you is to consult your doctor about any symptoms that last abnormally long and seek immediate advice if you are unable to move your hand normally.
To claim or not to claim…
Compensation is the legal recourse for you when you have been injured by someone else. Your injury may have been caused by accident or may have been deliberate on the other party’s part. Or your injury may have been caused by some deliberate action the other party took, or could be a result of their negligence or failure to act. Either way, the result is that you have hand pain and someone else is to blame.
The legal system can’t take your hand pain away. So instead, it offers you financial compensation. Your compensation award is designed to recompense you for two aspects of your injury – your actual hand pain and the distress it causes you and any financial loss you may suffer as a result of your injury.
So to claim or not to claim? If you have suffered hand pain or a hand injury and someone else is to blame, and if it is causing your distress and financial loss, then you may be eligible to claim.
If you need to make a compensation claim for your hand pain and you would like help, simply call our friendly, professional advisers on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 19th August 2013