Wrist Injury Compensation: UK lawyer explains how much you can claim for wrist injuries in the UK
Wrist injury compensation solicitor describes why your wrist is a complex part of the body made up of many different bones, nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscles and blood vessels – all of which can be injured in an accident. This page will explain how your solicitor can decide the amounts of wrist injury compensation you can claim when the different parts of the wrist are injured, with examples of compensation settlement amounts.
What parts of the wrist can be damaged to give rise to wrist injury compensation claims?
It will assist you to appreciate the different parts that make up the wrist which can be injured and so form part of a wrist injury compensation claim.
The wrist is primarily made up of:
1. Bones of the wrist
In brief two long bones in the arm, known as the radius and ulna, are joined to the bones in the hand known as meta carpals by small bones known as carpals.
There are a number of carpals and they join the other bones together to allow flexibility in the wrist.
2. Ligaments in the wrist
The wrist has two main ligaments, called collateral ligaments, which extend through the arm into the hand. The radial collateral ligament is on the thumb side of the wrist and the ulna collateral ligament is on the opposite side (little finger side) of the wrist.
3. Tendons in the wrist
The wrist also has two main tendons called the flexor tendons which allow you to curl your fingers and the extensor tendons which allow you to uncurl your fingers.
4. Nerves in the wrist
Three main nerves known as the radial nerve (passes on the outside of the wrist), the medial nerve which passes through a channel in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel and the ulna nerve which passes through a channel in the wrist known as Guyon’s Canal.
5. Arteries in the wrist
There are two main arteries running down the arm and through the wrist known as the ulna artery and radial artery.
6. Muscles in the wrist
The muscles in the hand and wrist include the thenar muscles (on the thumb side of the hand), the hypothenar muscles (on the little finger side of the hand) and the flexor retinaculum in the middle of the hand.
What is a wrist sprain?
A wrist sprain described injuries to soft tissue only – in other words injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments. A sprain can be quite nasty and symptoms can sometimes last longer than a simple fracture to the bones in the wrist.
What types of accident can cause wrist injuries?
Some examples of accidents that can cause wrist injuries include:
1. Slip trip and fall accidents
If you trip and fall it is an instinctive reaction to break your fall with your hands and clearly this can cause significant injuries to your wrist.
See our slip trip fall claim article to see how to claim wrist injury compensation following a tripping accident.
2. Repetitive strain work injury claims
Work accidents generally can cause wrist injuries, but RSI injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome can affect certain parts of the wrist.
See our repetitive strain injury article describing RSI injuries from work practices and how to claim compensation from an employer.
3. Motorcycle accident wrist injuries
Road accidents such as car accidents can cause wrist injury, but especially road traffic accidents involving motorcycles can lead more often to wrist injury compensation claims.
See our road traffic accident article setting out all the steps to claiming road traffic accident compensation.
How is the amount of compensation for wrist injuries calculated by your solicitor?
To know how much wrist injury compensation you should be able to claim your accident solicitor will look at claims decided in the courts in the past to find cases with similar injuries as those you are suffering from. This case can then be used as a precedent – in other words the previous case can be referred to and used to persuade the court or other side to pay similar amounts of wrist injury compensation.
Examples of wrist injury compensation amounts
Some examples of how much wrist injury compensation you can claim for various wrist injuries in 2020, include:
1. Minor wrist injury compensation amounts
Simple fractures and wrist sprains with recovery within lasting few months to one year – will lead to a compensation calculation of: £2,800 – £4,200
2. Colles’ fracture to radius bone
As described earlier the radius bone is joined in the wrist to the hand bones by bones called carpals. If a fracture exists to either the end of the radius or ulna bone this is known as a Colles’ fracture.
A Colles’ fracture which heals with no ongoing pain will lead to an average compensation payout of: up to £6,500
3. Severe wrist injuries average payouts
Serious wrist injuries including permanent loss of function and ongoing pain. Wrist injury compensation settlements in the sum of: up to £52,500
Summary Of Wrist Injury Compensation Claims Amounts
On this page you have seen why the wrist is a complicated part of the body; which accidents cause wrist injuries and how much wrist injury compensation you can claim following a UK accident.
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