Wrist injury compensation
It is easy to damage your wrists in so many different ways. If you have a trip or fall it is a natural instinct to put you’re your hands out to stop yourself.
Vehicle accidents, particularly those involving motorbikes can be another cause of wrist injury. It does not necessarily have to be a trauma that causes the injury. Doing the same task again and again, over a period of time can lead to repetitive strain injury (RSI) such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
If for any reason the fault is that of others you may be able to make a wrist injury claim and be compensated for your pain and inconvenience.
Common causes of wrist injuries
Your employer has a duty of care to you, which means that they must provide a safe working environment for you to work in. A fall or trip because your employer has failed to ensure that you have a safe environment means that you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Your employer’s duty to provide a safe working environment means that they have to ensure that not only is the equipment safe but that your fellow workers do not do things that can cause you to have an accident – such as leave anything in an unsafe condition or put items in designated walkways on a factory floor or leave bags or boxes of files in unsafe places in offices where it is possible for people to have accidents. The duty of care also covers sub-contract workers who may be working in your place of work.
Pavements and roads
When we notice potholes or raised paving stones on the path we naturally make an effort to avoid them. If we don’t see them and end up tripping or falling and injuring our wrist we can make a wrist injury compensation claim against the responsible party, for example the council if it is on a public road or footpath, or the business or land owner if it is on private property. Businesses owe a duty of care to their visitors as well as their employees.
Parts of the wrist that can be injured
There are two bones in the arms known as the radius and ulna. The radius and ulna are connected to the carpals which in turn are connected to the metacarpals (the hand).
There are two primary ligaments in the wrist, the radial collateral ligament and the ulna collateral ligament. Ligaments are the tissue that hold the bones in place in relation to the other bones.
The wrist has two main types of tendons, the flexor tendons that allow your fingers to curl and the extensor tendons that allow you to straighten your fingers. Tendons are the tissue that attaches muscle to bone.
The three main nerves in the wrist are the radial nerve which is on the outside of the wrist, the medial nerve which passes through the carpal tunnel and the ulna nerve which passes through a channel in the wrist.
How much compensation for a wrist injury?
The amount of compensation you may be awarded for a successful wrist injury claim depends on a number of factors, including how severe your injury is, the level of negligence that led to the injury and effect it has had on your day to day life.
As well as ‘general damages’ for the pain and suffering you have sustained due to your wrist injury, a compensation payout will also take into account any ‘special damages’ you have incurred i.e. medical and rehabilitation costs, travel costs, loss of earnings etc… It is therefore difficult to provide an accurate estimate of exactly how much compensation you could be awarded.
However, there are certain payout guidelines we can use to provide an estimated compensation payout for wrist injuries*:
- Wrist injuries resulting in complete loss of function: £36,200 to £45,500
- Wrist injuries resulting in significant permanent disability but where some useful movement remains: £18,625 to £29,800
- Less severe wrist injuries where these still result in some permanent disability (i.e. degree of persisting pain and stiffness): £9,575 to £18,625
- Where recovery from fracture/soft tissue injury takes longer but is complete: the compensation award will rarely exceed £7,800
- Uncomplicated Colles fracture: in the region of £5,650
- Very minor undisplaced/minimally displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries needing plaster or bandage, with full or virtual recovery within up to 12 months: £2,675 to £3,600
* Information taken from Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – 13th Edition. – please note that these figures are for guidance only and the compensation that you receive may be outside of these guidelines.
Wrist injuries can have a serious detrimental effect on our lives and so many everyday task we take for granted. If the cause of that injury is due to the negligence of another then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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