Wrist Injury Compensation

Wrist Injury Compensation Claim Payouts Calculator

In this article we set out how much compensation you can claim for various different wrist injuries. We consider both the pains and suffering and financial loss and expense you might experience.

Your wrist is complex with various different parts working in unison. We explain the different types of injury that an accident can cause as well as common types of accident that can cause you wrist injury.

For quick reference see our payouts table or delve deeper into how compensation is calculated – with examples of different wrist injuries.

Payouts Table For Wrist Injury Compensation Claims In 2024

Our payouts table sets out the amounts of compensation your can claim for pain and suffering caused by a wrist injury.

Wrist InjuryCompensation Payout
Simple Fracture
Recovery in 12 months
£3,500 – £4,700
Colles’ fracture
Fracture to bone end
Radius / Ulna
Up to £7,500
Complicated Fracture
More serious fracture
Recovery over 12 months
£6,000 – £10,500
Permanent pain
Permanent stiffness
£12,600 – £24,500
Significant disability
Complete loss of function
£39,000 – £60,000
Claim Additional Compensation
In addition to compensation for pain and suffering you can claim extra amounts for your financial loss and expense caused as a direct result of your wrist injury.

What is a wrist injury claim?

A wrist injury claim is a claim for monetary compensation from a person, body or business considered by law to be at fault for causing your wrist injury.

Compensation will include general damages (a sum for pain, suffering and loss of amenity) and special damages (a sum for past and future financial loss and expense you incur as a direct result of your injury).

What parts of your wrist can be injured in an accident?

You should appreciate the different parts that make up the your wrist. All of which can be injured in an accident and can affect the amount of compensation you can claim. These include:

Bones giving structure and flexibility

There are several bones that make up your wrist.

Radius, Ulna. Meta Carpals and Carpals

Two long bones in your arm (known as the radius and ulna) are joined to the bones in your hand (known as meta carpals) by small bones (known as carpals). Carpals allow your wrist to have its flexibility.

Ligaments passing through your wrist

Your wrist has two main ligaments, known as collateral ligaments, which extend through your arm into your hand.

Radial collateral ligament

The radial collateral ligament is on the thumb side of the wrist.

Ulna collateral ligament

The ulna collateral ligament is on the opposite side (little finger side) of the wrist.

Tendons giving control of your fingers

Your wrist has two main tendons, called:

Flexor tendons

The flexor tendons allow you to curl your fingers.

Extensor tendons

The extensor tendons allow you to uncurl your fingers.

Nerves running through the wrist

Your wrist has three main nerves.

Radial nerve

The radial nerve passes on the outside of your wrist

Medical nerve

The medial nerve passes through a channel in your wrist – known as the carpal tunnel.

Ulna nerve

The ulna nerve passes through another channel in your wrist – known as Guyon’s Canal).


There are two main arteries running down your arm and through your wrist, known as the ulna artery and radial artery.

Muscles of the wrist

The muscles in your hand and wrist, include:

Thenar and hypothenar muscles

The thenar muscles are on the thumb side of your hand and the hypothenar muscles are on the little finger side of your hand.

Flexor retinaculum muscle

The flexor retinaculum muscle is in the middle of your hand.

Broken Wrist Injury Claim

What is a wrist sprain?

A wrist sprain describes 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. This can result in significant wrist injury compensation can be claimed.

What types of accident can cause wrist injuries?

Some examples of accidents that can cause wrist injuries include:

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.

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.

Motorcycle accidents

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 (and judicial guidance) to find cases with similar injuries as those you are suffering from.

These previous claims 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 compensation for your pain and suffering.

In addition to compensation for pain and suffering you can claim compensation for lost income and other financial loss and expense as a direct result of wrist injuries.

Examples of wrist injury compensation amounts

Some examples of how much wrist injury compensation you can claim for pain and suffering for various wrist injuries in 2024, include:

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 £3,500 – £4,700 .

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 £7,500 .

Wrist fracture lasting more than 12 months

If the recovery period from your wrist fracture and soft tissue injury lasts more than 12 months, but your recovery after this time is more or less complete, you could expect a compensation payment of £6,000 – £10,500 .

Permanent less severe wrist disability

You might for example experience permanent pain or stiffness when using the wrist, in which case your wrist injury compensation payout is likely to calculated between £12,600 – £24,500 .

Severe wrist injuries average payouts

Serious wrist injuries significant disability in the function of your wrist, including permanent loss of function and ongoing pain. You may even have complete loss of function of your wrist. In these most severe wrist injury compensation claims you settlement sum will likely be worth between £39,000 – £60,000 .

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 can give rise to wrist injury claims and how much compensation you can claim.

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