Broken Hand Compensation Claims In The UK

The hand is formed by multiple bones that all play a part in helping us complete daily tasks. When one of these bones is injured, day-to-day life can become difficult and disrupted. If you’ve suffered a broken hand injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may feel frustrated and hopeless. This is why broken hand compensation claims exist.

Broken hand compensation

Broken hand compensation

It aims to help you get your life back on track when you’ve suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault. Filing a personal injury claim aims to compensate you for the ways the injury has affected your life.

Broken hand treatment can be extensive and prolonged. This type of injury can mean that life as you know it may come to a halt and you may not only be suffering pain but also financial difficulties. Furthermore, the recovery time can vary greatly depending on the types of fractures you suffered. 

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Our friendly team of advisers is always available to offer you 24/7 free legal advice. They can have a chat with you about your situation and assess how much compensation you could claim for your injuries. 

If you have a valid case, they can then connect you with our expert panel of personal injury solicitors to begin your personal injury claim. You can get in touch with our team of advisers by:

  • Calling them on 020 3870 4868. An adviser will be happy to help.
  • Filling out our online claims form. One of our advisers will get back to you at your earliest convenience.
  • Chatting with our team of advisers via our live chat pop-up box for an immediate response.

Services And Information

  1.  Everything You Need To Know About Broken Hand Compensation Claims
  2. What Is A Broken Hand?
  3. What Are The Parts Of The Hand?
  4. The Symptoms Of A Broken Hand
  5. Causes Of Hand Fractures
  6. Broken Hand Compensation Claims Calculator
  7. How Hand Fractures Should Be Diagnosed And Treated
  8. What Are Misdiagnosed Breaks And Fractures?
  9. Why A Fractured Hand Could Be Misdiagnosed
  10. Limitation Periods For Broken Bone Injury Claims
  11. I Suffered A Broken Hand, What Should I Do?
  12. Making Broken Hand Compensation Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis
  13. Related Services
  14. FAQs On Broken Hand Compensation Claims

Everything You Need To Know About Broken Hand Compensation Claims

Firstly, this guide will look at what a broken hand is and what the parts of the hand are. Next, it will discuss the broken hand symptoms and the causes of hand fractures. There will then be a personal injury claims calculator table, followed by an explanation of how a hand fracture should be diagnosed and treated. 

After this, the article will explore what a misdiagnosed break and fracture is. There will then be a section discussing the personal injury claims time limit to look at how long you have left to start a claim. Furthermore, the article will explain what you can do if you suffer a broken bone in your hand caused by a breach in the duty of care owed to you by a responsible party. 

Additionally, there’ll be a section exploring No Win No Fee agreements and whether our panel of personal injury solicitors works on this basis. Next, there’ll be some related guides from further articles to ensure you have as much information as possible about your hand injury. Finally, a section will have some frequently asked questions that we receive to ensure we’ve answered as many questions as we can.

What Is A Broken Hand?

A broken hand injury can be debilitating and stop you from completing everyday tasks. We use our hands to pick things up, write, and multiple other important tasks. 

Although general statistics about broken hands in the UK aren’t readily available to the public, we can look at hand injuries caused by an accident at work to give us an idea of how common they are. 

The table below conveys statistics taken from RIDDOR regarding non-fatal injuries to employees in Great Britain by the site of injury across 2019/20. 

Broken hand compensation statistics graph

Broken hand compensation statistics graph

What Are The Parts Of The Hand?

There are multiple bones that have a part to play in the movement of the hand, such as:

  • Carpals: 8 bones in the wrist. Although they’re not part of the hand, they play a significant role in how the hand works. Some of these bones are the lunate, triquetral, capitate, and hamate.
  • Metacarpals: 5 bones that make up the palm of the hand.
  • Phalanges: 14 small bones that form the fingers and thumb. Every finger contains 3 phalange (The distal phalange, proximal phalange, and middle phalange).  

The Symptoms Of A Broken Hand

When you think of a fractured hand, the first thing that comes to mind is pain. Although pain is a symptom, there are other symptoms that aren’t all well known. These symptoms include:

  • Tenderness and swelling surrounding the injury. 
  • Bruising of the hand.
  • Deformity: Your hand may look unusual, or ‘out of place’. This could mean your hand is broken. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should report to A&E or your local minor injuries unit / walk-in centre. The medical professionals will ensure you receive the right care so your hand can start healing and recovering. 

Causes Of Hand Fractures 

There are a variety of different causes of hand fractures. Some common causes of a broken hand injury are:

  • Road traffic accident: Sometimes a hand fracture can be caused by trauma such as a road traffic accident. A car accident can cause your hand to break in many places, which can cause many issues throughout your daily life. If you experience this due to a car crash that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim broken hand compensation. 
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents: This is common in workplace accidents and public places. Hand fractures tend to happen in this scenario when the hand is outstretched to protect the body from the fall, but the blow breaks the hand. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that employers have a duty of care to safeguard and protect employees. Similarly, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 concludes that the occupier or owner of a place anyone has access to has a duty of care to protect visitors. If you suffer an accident due to a breach of this duty of care, you may be able to make a broken hand compensation claim.  
  • Osteoporosis: This condition can weaken the bones, making them more vulnerable to breaks and fractures.
  • Overuse: Repetitively using the same muscles can strain and tire them, placing force on the bone. This often causes stress fractures, which are more common in athletes. 

Broken Hand Compensation Claims Calculator 

Some articles include a personal injury claims calculator, but broken hand compensation amounts tend to be unique.

Therefore, we’ve decided to instead provide a personal injury compensation table to show how much compensation some injuries could be valued in compensation. 

This table is for example purposes only and figures may vary depending on injury severity and other personal factors. The figures we have included come from a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines. This contains head to toe injuries both physical and mental suffering that have values attached to them. It can be used by legal professionals who support personal injury claims.  

Mental AnguishSevereA fear of impending death.£4,380
Hand InjuriesTotal or Effective Loss of Both Hands
Extensive damage to both hands, rendering them almost useless. £132,040 to £189,110
Hand InjuriesSerious Hand InjuriesHand reduced to around 50% capacity. Multiple fingers amputated but rejoined.£27,220 to £58,100
Wrist InjuriesInjuries Resulting in Complete Loss of FunctionWhere an arthrodesis has been performed.£44,690 to £56,180
Wrist InjuriesLess Serious InjuriesSome permanent disabilities, such as pain and stiffness. £11,820 to £22,990
Arm InjuriesSevereNo amputation required but still extremely serious, such as a brachial plexus injury. £90,250 to £122,860
Arm InjuriesLess SevereSignificant disabilities that have mostly recovered.£18,020 to £36,770

If your personal injury claim is successful there are two types of damages that could be awarded. General damages compensate for the injury itself and the physical and mental impact it’s had on your life. The awarded bracket will be based on the severity of the injury and the length of treatment time. 

Special damages compensate for the financial effect the injury has had on you. For example, you may suffer a loss of earnings if you have to take time off work due to your injuries. 

However, you’re unlikely to receive special damages without evidence of your financial loss. For example, you could provide payslips or bank statements to prove you’ve suffered a loss of earnings

How Hand Fractures Should Be Diagnosed And Treated

If you suspect you’ve suffered a broken hand injury, you should report to your nearest hospital to get it checked and treated. The first thing the medical practitioner will do is ask you about your symptoms to see if you are showing signs of a fracture. These signs could be swelling, tenderness, and pain in the hand.

They will then perform a physical examination to see if you feel pain when certain segments of the hand are touched, moved, or lightly pressed on. If they believe you may have fractured your hand, they will perform an X-Ray on you to see if a broken bone shows up. If you’re experiencing huge amounts of swelling, the fracture may not show up on the X-Ray.

They’ll treat you as if you do have a hand fracture and then call you back for another X-Ray around 10-14 days after. If you have a hand fracture, your doctor may treat it by using a splint or cast to ensure the bones heal in the correct place.  

In cases of severe fractures, your hand may need surgery. This is so the bones can heal correctly. Complicated fractures can include compound and comminuted fractures. 

What Are Misdiagnosed Breaks And Fractures?

Most medical practitioners are experts in their field and have the experience needed to correctly diagnose and treat a fractured hand. However, sometimes medical negligence can lead to misdiagnosis. This can lengthen your treatment and recovery time, as well as sometimes worsening the injury.

Here are some consequences of a misdiagnosed broken hand:

  • Surgery: If your broken hand is misdiagnosed and left without the correct treatment, the bones can begin to heal in the wrong place and the wrong way. The correct treatment is often a splint or plaster cast to keep your bones in place, but without this, they can move. If your bones have begun to heal in the wrong place, surgery is often the only way to move them back to the correct place. 
  • Longer treatment: Misdiagnosis of a broken hand could also lead to an increase in the length of treatment. The broken bone being diagnosed correctly straight away is likely to make the treatment and recovery process much quicker and smoother. Furthermore, misdiagnosis can lead to osteoarthritis as the bones are being left broken for a longer period of time. 

If you have experienced clinical negligence that has caused you further pain and suffering, you may be able to file a claim with a medical negligence solicitor. You can get in touch with our team of advisers today to have a chat about filing for broken hand compensation.

Why A Fractured Hand Could Be Misdiagnosed

A fractured hand could be misdiagnosed for multiple different reasons, such as:

  • X-Ray issues: Sometimes, the X-Ray can be taken on a bad angle and fail to show the broken bone properly. If this happens, your radiographer should take another X-ray photo from a different angle to see if they can spot a break. 
  • MRI and CT scan: If the X-Ray is clouded and unclear, then an MRI or CT scan can be used to produce a clearer image. This can help them see the bones more clearly to see if you’ve suffered a break or fracture. If this is not carried out when necessary it can mean the fracture goes undiagnosed and in turn, the bones can fuse together incorrectly. 

If you are showing clear signs of a fractured hand but this is not proved by using an X-ray the doctor should then look to another way to diagnose your injury such as a CT or MRI scan. Failure to carry out additional diagnostic tests when one is inconclusive could reflect a doctor breaching their duty of care to treat you appropriately. 

Limitation Periods For Broken Bone Injury Claims

The general personal injury claims time limit is three years. This means three years to begin your claim not make it. That’s three years from the exact date you suffer the injury or three years from when you realise that the injuries are due to someone else breaching their duty of care. However, there are some exceptions to this time limit:

  • Child accident claims: If you’re under the age of 18, you cannot make your own claim. The three-year time limit begins on your 18th birthday. On the other hand, someone close to you can act as a litigation friend to pursue the claim on your behalf sooner than this if you’d like. 
  • Mentally incapacitated: If you lack the mental capacity to make a claim, the three-year time limit begins when you commence recovery. However, a friend/family member can become a litigation friend to file the claim for you if you’d prefer. 

If you’d like to learn more about how long you have left to claim, you can contact our team of advisers who can discuss this with you. 

I Suffered A Broken Hand, What Should I Do?

If you’ve suffered a broken hand injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical help. This will ensure you receive the right treatment to help your hand to heal and recover. Furthermore, you can use your medical record as evidence in your personal injury claim. Your medical record includes information such as how you sustained the injury.

Next, you should gather as much evidence as possible to prove that your injury wasn’t your fault. For example, this could be CCTV footage, witness details, or photographs of your injuries. Furthermore, you should provide evidence of your financial loss. An example of this is receipts to show that you paid out of pocket for your prescription medication.

Specialist solicitors are experts in helping you receive the maximum compensation you’re owed from your broken hand compensation claim. Our advisors can offer you a free case assessment whenever you are ready. After the evaluation has been completed and evidence reviewed if they can see you have the foundation for a successful claim they will offer to pair you with a personal injury solicitor. Any claims our panel of solicitors agree to work on will be conducted under a No Win No Fee agreement. 

Making Broken Hand Compensation Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis 

If you have a valid claim, our panel of personal injury solicitors would be happy to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you. A No Win No Fee agreement is a contract between you and your lawyer outlining that you don’t have to pay any of your lawyer’s fees if your case fails. No Win No Fee agreements are popular among claimants as there are numerous monetary benefits.

If your case fails, you’re not obligated to pay any of your solicitor’s fees. If your case succeeds, your lawyer will deduct a capped, small percentage of your compensation. This will be discussed with you beforehand and is to compensate your lawyer for their hard work throughout your claim. 

There’s little to lose, so why wait? You can get in touch with our team of advisers by:

  • Giving them a call on 020 3870 4868. An adviser is always available to have a chat with you.
  • Chat with one of our advisers via our live chat pop-up box for an instant reply.
  • Filling out our online claims form. Our team of advisers will reply whenever suits you.

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FAQs On Broken Hand Compensation Claims

What happens if a broken hand goes untreated?

If a broken hand isn’t treated promptly, the bones can begin to heal in the wrong place. This could require an operation to move them back to the right place.

What if there is no evidence of my injury?

It can be hard to receive broken hand compensation if you don’t have evidence of your injury. However, it may not be impossible. You can get in touch with our team of advisers to discuss your personal situation in depth.

How do you deal with child injuries?

If you’d like to make a personal injury claim for your child, you can act as a litigation friend to claim on their behalf. If they’d like to wait to make the claim themselves, they have to wait until they are 18. The three-year personal injury claims time limit begins on their 18th birthday. 

Could I claim for care costs?

Yes. If you spent your own money to pay for care for your injuries, you can claim this money back as long as you provide evidence of the financial loss.

Thank you for reading our article on broken hand compensation claims.

Writer HL

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