Are you the victim of an accident through no fault of your own? Have you suffered a dislocated thumb as a result of the incident? If that’s the case, then you may find this guide to be very useful. Here, we provide an example case study for a £12,000 thumb injury settlement. We have a list of headings below for you to visit the section of your choice. But before then, you can begin the conversation with our expert team by:
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- A Guide To Calculate Settlements For Thumb Injuries
- What Is A Thumb Dislocation?
- Dislocated Thumbs Causing Financial Issues
- Common Dislocation Accidents
- Can I Receive A Care Claim?
- Calculating Compensation Estimates For Dislocations
- Case Study: £12,000 Severe Thumb Dislocation Injury Compensation
- Severe Dislocation Injury Compensation Estimates
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Our guide is going to be covering a particular case study scenario that results in a £12,000 thumb injury settlement. And it also answers common questions about thumb dislocation symptoms, care claims, No Win No Fee and much more. At this point, though, we want you to be aware of the personal injury claims time limit. You have 3 years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge to file a compensation claim. For children under 18 or those lacking the mental capacity to claim, a close relative or another appointed representative could process the claim for them as their litigation friend. The circumstances would only change if the child turns 18 or if the victim recovers. And at those stages, the 3-year window would officially begin then if no claim had previously been made. Our specialist team can address any concerns you may have about this rule.
A dislocation occurs when the bones forming a joint comes out of position. Depending on the severity of the dislocation, sometimes the bones can be manually put back into place. A dislocation can bring about pain, swelling and bruising, thus rendering it difficult for the affected area to function normally. So for a thumb dislocation, this would be significant, given the thumb’s importance when performing various activities with the hand.
Common symptoms include a crooked or misshapen thumb, the thumb sticking out to one side and being unable to move the thumb at all. As for how to rehabilitate such an injury? In that scenario, it could take anything from three to six weeks for the thumb to return to normality. You could find out more about thumb dislocations by clicking here. Alternatively, you can contact us to ask about how the nature of the dislocation could impact your thumb injury settlement.
Financial struggles in the aftermath of a serious injury are common. Medical costs such as physiotherapy and prescription costs would be paid for out of pocket, and they could prove to be high depending on how severe the dislocation is. That would necessitate extra hospital visits, thus meaning additional expenses. Add to that loss of earnings, unpaid sick leave and any missed work bonuses, and suddenly the costs become significant. Our friendly team could advise you on how to handle any financial issues ahead of you receiving a thumb injury settlement. That compensation would hopefully return you to your original financial situation prior to the accident.
If a third party owes you a duty of care, but a breach causes an accident resulting in you suffering an injury such as a thumb dislocation, this would be negligence. And that would be the basis for you to take legal action. Three major pieces of legislation look at who may owe you a duty of care.
- Employers’ liability (EL). In this case, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states the duty of care for employers to follow. A breach here could be if you trap your hand in a machine at work and dislocate your thumb because the machine had no safety guard. The end result of a successful dislocated thumb at work claim would be a work injury payment. Note that if your workplace accident results in you suffering multiple injuries, then you could potentially file a multiple injury claim.
- Public liability (PL). The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 applies a duty of care for spaces the public can use without prior inviation. If you are injured in a public place due to the occupier failing to adhere to the Act, you could potentially have the option to make a public injury claim or a public accident claim.
- Road traffic accidents (RTAs). The Highway Code states that all people who use the road have a duty of care to one another. A crash or a collision, perhaps with a cyclist being knocked off their bike and dislocating their thumb, could mean that the fault party is liable. Feel free to contact us about particular scenarios and how the circumstances of an accident determine your specific negligence claim.
The simple answer is “yes”. The term “gracious care” describes any extra assistance from family and friends. An hourly rate can be calculated so they can be compensated for their time. If this is not possible you could claim back professional care costs if your case is successful. We should also note that a thumb injury might preclude you from completing simple household chores. Therefore, if you pay a professional to clean up, wash the car, cut the grass and so on, these costs could potentially also be included in your care claim. Personal injury lawyers would be able to define what can and can’t make up your care claim. To discuss how a care claim might influence your thumb injury settlement, use our Live Chat, which is accessible 24/7.
To receive a compensation estimate for a potential thumb injury settlement, you must undergo an independent medical assessment. This vital part of the claims process includes a physical examination and a series of questions about the accident. It would also be covering the nature of your injury, and this includes a full diagnosis of your condition. All of this boosts the chances of you receiving compensation, as your solicitor could build a stronger case using this crucial evidence.
Your compensation estimate is actually split into two elements: general damages and special damages. General damages would highlight physical and psychological trauma, primarily the pain itself and its direct impact on your life.
Special damages goes a little further. These would handle the extra consequences, some of which you may not consider until you add up various expenses. Medication, loss of earnings, the need to use public transport, physiotherapy; all of these and more could comprise special damages. Drop us a line by telephone to get a full breakdown of your own general and special damages.
Mrs Roberts works as an office manager in Plymouth. She lives with her husband, and they have two pet dogs. Her company is based in a multi-storey office block which has 24 hours access.
One autumn evening, Mrs Roberts was working beyond her usual 9-5 shift. At around 6.45pm, she was preparing to pack up her belongings and go home for the night. Mrs Roberts began to walk towards the end of the corridor towards the double doors to the stairs. As she walked halfway down the stairs the handrail becomes loose and she fell. Falling forward to the ground, banging her right hand on the stairs and she fell.
Mrs Roberts realised that her right thumb was now in great pain and facing in an unusual direction.
After tolerating the pain for the rest of the evening, Mrs Roberts decided to get her injuries checked out as she remained in great pain. She went to the A&E department at her local hospital, where she was examined by a doctor. He concluded that she had suffered a severely dislocated thumb. She was advised to rest the thumb as much as possible, and she was given a splint to wear on her arm.
Mrs Roberts was told to recuperate at home for four-six weeks while her thumb healed up. The doctor himself had popped the thumb back into place, but the pain remained. She was prescribed painkillers to take each day.
All of this left Mrs Roberts feeling very upset. The thumb dislocation was a source of great discomfort. She had to undergo a physiotherapy programme and needed help around the house by a cleaner and professional carer. The accident was totally avoidable.
After seeking legal advice, Mrs Roberts filed a compensation claim against her employers. She received £12,000 as an out-of-court thumb injury settlement. This included £6,300 in general damages and £5,700 in special damages.
|Type Of General Damages||Includes:||How Much?|
|Severe Thumb Dislocation||Costs relating to a severe dislocation & the required rehabilitation of a thumb||£6,300|
|Type Of Special Damages||Includes:||How Much?|
|Lost Earnings||Costs of lost earnings as a result of the injury 2 months away from work||£4,400|
|Medical Expenses||Costs of medication during the recovery period||£100|
|Public Transport||Expenses from using public transport for hospital visits and physiotherapy - taxi charges||£300|
The case of Mrs Roberts is purely an example. It is based on our past experiences of handling and valuing claims and serves to illustrate how accidents can happen and how they are valued.
We know what you’re thinking when you read about compensation estimates: “online personal injury claims calculators”. Well, we actually avoid using them because we appreciate that every victim and every injury is unique.
Instead of compensation calculators, then, we provide an accurate estimate by considering every factor in your situation. Anything that could influence the final figure would be under consideration. And because this service is free, you could receive your estimate with no obligation to proceed. Our specialist team is here to talk with you more about how we handle the process of estimating compensation payouts.
When filing a negligence claim, it’s reassuring to have the extra security of using a No Win No Fee solicitor. That’s because you would only pay legal fees to your solicitor if your claim is successful and you receive a thumb injury settlement. At that point, your solicitor takes a nominal figure known as a success law, which is capped under English law.
But otherwise, you wouldn’t have to pay legal fees at all to your solicitor. That’s right: if your claim doesn’t succeed, your solicitor won’t charge you a single penny. That could greatly reduce the potential financial strain. Our Live Chat is always open for any further points that you may want to raise about No Win No Fee.
A track record of successful cases dating back years. Plenty of positive reviews from clients all across the country. Low risk, a potentially high reward and a fast turnaround. What do all of these have in common? It’s simple: these are the qualities that define a top personal injury solicitor. And you should want the best personal injury lawyer if you’re going to receive a settlement for your thumb injury.
Our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors offer a nationwide service they could handle your claim no matter where they are based or where you are located. Please contact our friendly team today for more information.
You could call our specialist team on 0800 408 7825 to start discussing your potential settlement for your thumb injury today. Other ways that you can get in touch include our Live Chat and also our contact form. By contacting us, you could take the first step towards your thumb dislocation personal injury claim. That being said, there wouldn’t be a requirement to proceed with your case even after reaching out to us.
Now, if you require more information regarding settlements for thumb injuries, the links below may prove helpful.
Our own website breaks down compensation claims in further detail.
Claiming after a public transport accident.
And we also have an in-depth look at claiming if you’re injured in a public place.
With regards to dislocations, the NHS website has an in-depth look at thumb injuries.
What’s more, the NHS site notes the ways that you could identify a broken bone.
The Health and Safety Executive website provides a lot of extra detail about injuries.
Article by AR