The thumb is extremely important to the functioning of your hand; it is critical to your manual dexterity, allowing you to grip and hold tools and other objects. Suffering a thumb injury, especially to your favoured hand, can have a very debilitating effect, restricting many aspects of your everyday life and your ability to do things for yourself.
What sort of accidents can cause a thumb injury?
A thumb injury can be caused in a number of different ways, but here at Accident Advice Helpline we frequently deal with cases of the following:
- Car accidents: In a car crash, the thumb can be forced against the steering wheel, dashboard or door with great force;
- Motorcycle accidents: When a rider is thrown from their bike, the hand area often takes the full impact as it is used to break the fall;
- Slips, trips and falls: It is a natural reaction when falling to put out one’s hands out to break the fall, so a thumb injury is a common outcome of this sort of accident; and
- Work accidents: Accidents involving machinery or falling objects at work can frequently result in a thumb injury of some sort.
Fractures, ligament damage, tendon damage, dislocation and even amputation of the thumb can arise as a result of any of these accidents and many others.
How much can you claim for your thumb injury?
Compensation amounts vary according to the severity of your injury, but as the thumb is so important to the function of your hand it generally attracts a higher amount of compensation than a similar injury to a finger. Amounts cannot be guaranteed, but you should use our compensation calculator to get an idea of how much you could claim.
If you decide to pursue a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline, your solicitor will be able to make a professional estimate of the amount to which you might be entitled by comparing your injury to similar cases which have been decided by the courts.
Will you have to go to court?
In the majority of cases it is not necessary to go to court, although you may need to attend an assessment with an independent medical expert in order to determine the extent of your injury and the prognosis for your recovery.
How do you know if you are entitled to compensation?
If your injury came about in an accident in the last three years which was somebody else’s fault, then you may have a valid claim for compensation. If you’re in any doubt as to whether somebody else is liable for your injury, then the best course of action is to contact us. Your initial consultation is absolutely free and carries no obligation. Our advisors will talk through your case and advise whether you can pursue a claim.
Once you’ve decided to proceed, your case will be referred to a specialist in-house solicitor. We work on a no-win, no-fee basis, so there’s no risk and no cost if you don’t win. Contact us now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, for free advice on your claim.
Date Published: 4th March 2013
Author: David Brown