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Hand Injury Claims: UK accident solicitor sets out how much compensation you can claim for minor to severe injuries to your hands
Hand injury claims: find out the different parts of your hand that can be injured in an accident, the most common types of hand injury claims with examples of compensation amounts for most types of hand injuries including crush injuries, fractures and amputations.
Are the amounts of compensation for hand injury claims likely to be large?
"Yes" - the hand is considered to be not only of cosmetic importance (affecting the way you look and your confidence), but also of extreme functional importance - allowing you to use tools, have your prime sense of touch and manipulate the environment your live in.
Hand Injury Claims
You are entitled not only to claim for the pain and suffering for your hand injury itself, but also the financial losses and expenses that flow from your hand injury, which include lost income and care and assistance in the home.
For example - imagine you are a skilled craftsman using your hands and following a crush fracture at work you are unable to use your hands properly. Consequently, your ability to work and find alternative jobs is severely limited. Your hand injury claim will include not only the pain and suffering for the injury itself, but lost income for the rest of your potential working career, which could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
What parts of your hand can be injured in an accident?
Your hand is made up of the wrist, palm, fingers and thumbs - which in turn are made up of:
1. Bones of your hand
The hand is made up of many different bones.
Your wrist is made up of carpal bones, which connects to metacarpal bone extending from your wrist to your knuckle for each finger and thumb.
The knuckles (medically known as the sesamoid bones) connect to your fingers and thumb. Each finger is made up of three bones known as phalanges (working along your finger from the knuckle these are - the proximal, intermediate and distal phalanges - the thumb has two phalanges (the proximal and distal)).
2. Muscles, ligaments and tendons
The muscles, ligaments and tendons allow your hand to grasp and release - the tendons join the muscles to the bones.
Injury to these soft tissues can greatly hamper the functioning of your hand.
3. Nerves of your hand
Your finger tips have many nerve endings, which allow you to have your sense of touch. If these nerves are damaged - your sense of touch can also be adversely affected.
What are the common types of UK accidents which can give rise to hand injury compensation claims?
Many types of accident can give rise to hand injuries - but to have a hand injury claim you must show that someone was "legally at fault" for your injury.
Some common types of accident for which you can claim UK accident compensation, include:
1. Motorbike and pedal cycle road traffic accidents
Pedal cycle and motor bike RTA's can cause multiple injuries - a common one being hand injuries. It is a natural instinct for you to put your hand out as you fall of your bike resulting in hand injury claims.
2. Pavement and shop slips and trips
If you trip on a raised flagstone or fall on another defect with a pavement - the council or highways authority is likely to be considered "legally at fault" for your accident.
If you slip or trip in a shop - the owner of the shop or the premises you fall in owes a duty to keep you safe as an "occupier of the premises" and as such can be considered "legally responsible" for hand injury claims.
As you fall - instinct tells you to put your hand out to break your fall - often resulting in a serious hand injury.
3. Work accident hand injury claims
An employer owes a duty to employees (and the self employed working on an employer's site) to keep you safe - regretfully I have seen all too often injuries involving hands being trapped in work machinery typically due to insufficient or non-existent machine guards.
Accidents at work can cause very severe hand injuries - including crush fractures and sometimes the loss of a hand.
Examples of compensation amounts for hand injury claims
I have divided hand injuries into three different pages. On this page you will find compensation amounts for hand injuries, which do not involve the wrist or fractured fingers.
The approximate amounts of compensation you could expect for pain and suffering for UK hand injury claims in 2010, include:
1. Minor hand injury claims
Hand injuries involving cuts and crushes with pain lasting no longer than a couple of months and complete recovery: £500 - £3,000
2. Hand injuries with ongoing symptoms
For deep cuts to the hands and crush fractures, boxer fractures - with ongoing symptoms of pain: your hand injury compensation settlement is likely to be worth between: £3,000 - £8,500
3. Hand injury with serious ongoing disability
If your hand injury leads to significant permanent ongoing disability such that you can still use your hand, but with a significantly reduced ability to grip (some fingers may have been amputated). Hand injury claims are likely to be worth between: £18,500 - £40,000
4. Injury to both hands with serious ongoing disability
If the injuries described at 3 above apply to not just one of your hands, but to both of your hands - your compensation settlement is likely to be worth: £36,000 - £55,000
5. Amputation of one or both hands
In the worst types of hand injury claims - one or both of your hands might have to be amputated or might have been severed from your arm in an accident. The amount of compensation settlement you could expect for pain and suffering is between: £62,000 - £130,000
Summary of Hand Injury Claims Amounts
On this page I have set out all the parts of your hand that can be injured with examples of how much compensation hand injury claims are likely to be worth - from minor to the most severe hand injuries involving amputations.
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