This guide examines who could be eligible to claim wrist injury at work compensation. We also look at who owes the duty of care in the workplace, and the law that governs this.
We have included some example scenarios of how a wrist injury could occur in the workplace, as well as the potential compensation that could be awarded for such an injury following a successful workplace accident compensation claim.
Finally, this guide contains a brief overview of the benefits you could enjoy from starting your potential accident at work claim with a specialist No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel, under the specific type of agreement they can offer.
Our team of advisors can answer your questions, provide further guidance on the claims process and offer a cost-free assessment of the circumstances surrounding your accident. To speak with a team member, you can use the following contact details:
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To be able to start a personal injury claim for wrist injury at work compensation, the following eligibility criteria need to be satisfied:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care at the time of the accident, and the place.
- They breached the duty that they owed.
- You sustained an injury because of this breach.
An employer’s duty of care is established by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Every employer owes a duty of care to their employees in that they must take reasonable, as well as practicable, steps to ensure their safety during the course of their work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the public body that regulates health and safety in the workplace in Britain, offer guidance on an employer’s responsibilities. While this can vary depending on the nature of the work being done, it can include, for example:
- Ensuring all staff receive the proper health and safety information.
- Assessing risks and identifying work activities that could result in an injury then taking action to remove or control the risk.
- Providing information to employees on risks in the workplace, including how to deal with them.
If you have evidence that your employer failed to uphold their duty of care, and this led to you experiencing harm in a workplace accident, you may have valid grounds to pursue personal injury compensation.
In certain circumstances, exceptions to the standard 3-year limit can be made, and an extension may be granted. To learn more about whether your particular circumstances are eligible for an extension, talk to our team of advisors today. They can also offer further guidance on the eligibility criteria.
There are a number of different scenarios where an employer failing to uphold their duty of care could result in you sustaining a wrist injury. We have included some possible examples here:
- You had not been given any manual handling training. Despite this, you were instructed to load goods onto a warehouse shelf. In trying to lift a box that was well above the recommended maximum weight for your height, you dropped the box and sustained a wrist fracture.
- You slip and fall on a wet floor that hasn’t been signposted or cleaned up in a reasonable time frame. As a result, you sustain a broken wrist.
- A report was filed that a machine was in need of repairs. Despite this, your employer instructed staff to continue using the faulty machine regardless. Your right hand was pulled into the machine, causing a serious crush injury and damage to your wrist and hand.
To discuss your specific case and find out whether you’re eligible to seek wrist injury at work compensation, call our team on the number above.
A wrist injury at work compensation payout following a successful claim can be comprised of up to two different heads of claim. These are called general damages and special damages. General damages award for the physical as well as psychological impacts of your injuries.
In order to calculate the potential value of general damages in a personal injury claim, solicitors can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) in conjunction with any provided medical evidence. The JCG is a publication that lists various injuries alongside guideline award brackets. We have used some of these brackets to compile the below table.
We have provided this table for general guidance. Since personal injury claims are calculated on an individual basis, we cannot make guarantees regarding possible compensation.
|Guideline Bracket Amounts
|£47,620 to £59,860
|Complete loss of wrist function.
|£24,500 to £39,170
|Cases where some useful movement remains but there is significant permanent disability.
|£12,590 to £24,500
|Less severe injuries that still result in some permanent disability, such as a level of persisting stiffness and pain.
|£6,080 to £10,350
|Recovery period from a fracture or soft tissue injury will be over 12 months but largely complete. Minor symptoms may persist longer.
|In the region of £7,430
|An uncomplicated Colles’ fracture.
|£3,530 to £4,740
|Very minor undisplaced or minimally displaced fractures that necessitate a bandage or plaster for a matter of weeks, with full or virtual recovery within 12 months.
For a more detailed estimate regarding the potential value of your specific injuries, you can speak to one of our advisors via the contact information provided at the end of this guide. You can also head here to find more compensation examples for accidents at work.
Special damages, the second of the two heads of claim that could make up your compensation payout following the success of your claim, award for the financial losses that stem from your injuries. Examples include:
- You could claim back any lost wages due to time taken off work to recover from your injuries.
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses, such as prescriptions or physiotherapy.
- You could be reimbursed for the cost of travel to and from work if your ability to drive has been affected.
- Domestic support, such as meal preparation, cleaning or maintenance of outside space if you are unable to safely carry out these actions by yourself.
Special damages require supporting evidence in order to be awarded, so be sure to retain copies of any travel tickets, receipts or invoices for care as proof of any incurred expenses.
A key part of a wrist injury at work compensation claim is the provision of supporting evidence. Evidence can be used to demonstrate not only how the accident occurred, but the extent and impact of your injuries. We have listed some possible examples here:
- It is always advisable to seek proper medical help following an accident, even if your injuries seem minor. Not only is this important for your health and well-being, but you can obtain copies of your medical records, such as scans and test results, to highlight your injuries.
- Take photographs of your injuries and the immediate scene of the accident.
- CCTV footage showing the accident taking place. You have the right to request copies of video footage you appear in.
- A copy of your job description if, for example, you injured your wrist when you were asked to do a job you’re unfamiliar with after a sudden change in duties.
- Obtain the contact information of potential witnesses. Their statements could be taken later in the claims process to provide alternative accounts of how the accident occurred.
- You have the right to request a copy of your incident report from the workplace accident book. Employers with 10 or more employees must keep an accident book on the premises.
You may find it beneficial to work with a solicitor in gathering evidence to support your claim. To get support, speak to our advisors to get a free assessment of your specific circumstances. If it is decided that you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a personal injury solicitor off our panel. They could not only provide assistance with the gathering of supporting evidence but also ensure your potential claim is made within the appropriate timeframe.
Our advisors can assess your potential claim and take you through the next steps. They can then connect you with one of our specialist solicitors if they think your claim is valid. The solicitor can then offer you a type of No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Under the terms of the CFA, you will generally not have to pay any upfront fees for the solicitor’s services nor any ongoing fees as your claim moves forward. You will also not have to pay the solicitor for their work on your case if it is unsuccessful.
Before the start of your claim, you and your solicitor will agree on a success fee, a percentage amount that is automatically taken from your compensation by your solicitor if your claim succeeds. The percentage is subject to a cap by law. This means you will keep the majority of your compensation.
Our team of advisors can answer your questions, provide further guidance on the claims process and offer a cost-free assessment of the circumstances surrounding your accident. To speak with a team member, use the following contact details:
Read more of our personal injury guides:
- Read our guide to find out how compensation for a broken elbow is calculated.
- Learn who could be eligible to start a road traffic accident compensation claim.
- Find out when you could start an injury at work claim.
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We appreciate you reading our guide on when you could be eligible to seek wrist injury at work compensation. For more information, speak to our advisors. They can answer any questions you may have, as well as offer a cost-free assessment of your specific circumstances. To reach our dedicated team, use any of the contact details provided above.