Past hand injury compensation case studies have included successful claims for anything from mild pain, scarring and tenderness to total loss of both hands. The use of your hands can be intrinsic to your work or personal life so losing dexterity can be traumatic, psychologically and financially.
This guide is aimed at informing you if you’re considering making a personal injury claim for a hand injury caused by sawing. It may also be of help if you’re looking into making other hand injury claims. However, it is vital that we must remember that not all injuries will result in you being able to make a claim for compensation. To have a valid case you must prove your injury was caused through a breach in the duty of care that was legally applied to you.
When reading through, if you have any questions or are considering using our panel of personal injury solicitors, give our team of advisors a call on 0800 408 7825. They offer free advice with no necessity to use our services and are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
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After having your hand injured in a public place, a workplace accident, or road traffic accident, you may be worried about your finances and wellbeing. This guide should help you. It discusses hand injury compensation amounts, though it focuses on claiming for hand injuries caused by sawing.
We’ll lay out what hand injuries caused by sawing are. We will also look at, how the personal injury claims process works and what you can claim for. The case study we discuss is an example that shows you how the claims process works.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors has a wealth of experience. This guide advises on what best qualities to look for in your potential personal injury solicitor. You may also not be fully aware of No Win No Fee agreements, so we’ve added an explanation of them to this guide.
Hand injury compensation case studies can include minor hand, finger and thumb injuries such as scarring or tenderness and the NHS provides a wealth of information on different types of hand pain you may have suffered. The sawing incident you endured may have been worse, potentially with tendons or fingers severely cut. In order for your claim to be successful, you should understand the following:
Duty of Care
For workplaces, your employer must (as reasonably as possible):
- Protect the psychological and physical health, safety and wellbeing of their employees.
- Prevent workplace accidents through, for example, proper training, machinery maintenance and warning signs.
For accidents in public places or privately owned places (public liability cases), the occupier’s duty of care is to, as reasonably as possible:
- Advise you of any risks of personal injury at their property.
- Ensure the environment is free from preventable hazards
- Implement effective health and safety.
If the third party breached any of these duties to you, it may have resulted in your hand injury, meaning that you may have the basis for a personal injury claim.
However, it is important that you understand what your responsibilities were in these situations:
- In the workplace, you must ensure you’re not risking your own health and safety. Or that of others, follow your employer’s health and safety policy and use your training appropriately.
- In public spaces, if you understood the risks to health and safety in the space, you should not have carried on despite knowing them.
If you’re concerned that a third party breached their responsibilities or you breached yours, our advisors will be able to discuss with you what that means for your personal injury claim. They’re available, with no charge to you, on the number at the top of the page or in the chatbox 7 days a week.
It is important that any injuries you claim for, whether physical or mental, are provable as being caused by the sawing accident. Pre-existing conditions, such as swelling or peripheral neuropathy, may be exacerbated by the incident, in which case our panel of personal injury solicitors may still be able to help you claim. (Medical evidence is a vital part of the claims process, however, as this guide will explain.)
As part of your personal injury claim, you should take into consideration any financial losses you have experienced. These losses must be as a consequence of the hand injury. For example, you may have:
- Paid for travel to and from appointments.
- Paid for medication or therapy.
- Needed care from a family member or even paid for it yourself.
Our advisors can detail what expenses you have built up as a result of the accident. If you would like to discuss it with our team of advisors first, you can call them for free advice or use the live chat feature on this page, available 24/7.
Saws are widely used in industry (for example, in abattoirs, factories and woodworking) and the Health and Safety Executive reports that around two-thirds of woodworking workplace accidents happen on three types of machine, one of them being circular saws.
HSE provides employers, especially woodworking, with information on how to safely use different saws. Hand injury compensation case studies show that HSE regularly fines third parties (recently a school and bakery) for breach of safety towards employees.
You may have been injured in a public place or on third party property due to a business owner not warning you of risks, or not taking reasonable steps to ensure you were protected. When compared to a personal injury claim for an accident at work, saw accidents in public places may seem less prevalent. If you are injured at work, in a public setting such as a restaurant always record that accident in a logbook.
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When reading hand injury compensation case studies, claimants may have:
- Paid for a cleaner or gardener.
- Had a family member care for them by cooking or cleaning.
- Had a friend or neighbour cook for them.
If the sawing incident left you with the inability to use your hand (whether ongoing or not) and you had to ask or fund someone else to care for you, you may be able to recover the costs in a valid claim. Claimants often don’t pay family or friends to help them, but there may still be compensation available.
The pain you experience as a result of a hand injury may cause you to visit a clinic or hospital. You may have done this before you considered making a claim. If so, your medical records could be useful as evidence for your personal injury claim.
Hand injury compensation case studies show that medical evidence is essential in proving your claim. Disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to your personal injury solicitor.
Once you’ve found the solicitor best for you, they will see that you are examined by an independent medical professional. The resulting medical assessment will then be used as proof. This will support your solicitor’s argument as to how much you should be recompensed.
It also makes up the basis for what you will receive in general damages.
General damages is compensation you receive for physical or psychological harm or impact on quality of life. Hand injuries can be highly destructive, causing some to lose their careers, so you may have experienced all three factors.
Special damages aim to compensate you for anything you have suffered on financially. For example, hand injuries caused by sawing can include loss of fingers. This can mean that you may have spent weeks or even months recovering from surgery. You may have lost out on income due to this. You may even lose out on future income as your chosen field requires the dexterity of the hands.
Any care you received or items you paid for (from adaptations to your home to travel for medical appointments) are also part of special damages.
For special damages, it is crucial that you provide evidence. This can come in the form of bills, tickets, receipts that accumulated as a consequence of your accident at work or in a public place.
If you are concerned about the evidence you have to provide, we can help. Call our team of advisors on the number at the top of the screen or message them using our live chat box.
Mr Peterson was a band saw operator in a pork factory. He had only worked at the factory for a short time. His colleague surreptitiously warned him that, though the machine he was using was maintained, the saw had not been replaced for some time. When Mr Peterson noticed that the blade wasn’t moving as smoothly as it should, he told his manager. The manager asked him to continue with caution. He assured him he would get a replacement blade.
Mr Peterson returned to his work but the blade soon jammed, cutting deeply into the top of his hand. He took a taxi immediately to A&E and the accident was logged by his manager.
Mr Peterson was in severe pain and discomfort. He needed an operation to repair the damage to his hand.
The claimant only received sick pay and lost out on his evening shift allowance and taken taxis and trains to different medical appointments, Mr Peterson was deeply concerned about his finances. His colleague recommended that he call a personal injury solicitor.
Though Mr Peterson was wary of claiming against his employer, he understood that the accident was no fault of his own.
Using medical and financial evidence, as well as the employer’s incident logbook, his solicitor was able to prove Mr Peterson’s claim and recovered £8,500 for him. The breakdown of special damages is as below:
|Type of Special Damages:||Includes:||How much?:|
|Travel Expenses||To and from appointments/treatment||Clinical and hospital travel: £90|
|Medication/Prescriptions||Prescriptions, treatment, physiotherapy, walking aids, etc.||Painkillers: £35|
|Future Loss||Loss of Earnings, future loss of earnings, potential future care||Loss of earnings for 4 weeks: £1,350
Loss of shift allowance for 6 weeks: £420
Mr Peterson’s case is for demonstrative purposes. Influenced by our past experiences of the handling and valuing claims, it aims to exemplify the personal injury claims process.
The compensation awarded in hand injury compensation case studies can vary drastically. This is because, as in our case study, each claim is unique to the individual.
Though this guide demonstrates how your claim is valued, it is strongly recommended that you speak with a personal injury solicitor about what you may be able to claim.
You can also discuss your case with our team of advisors. They can offer free advice with no obligation to continue with our panel of solicitors. You can call them any day of the week, at any time.
Also known as Conditional Fee Agreements, No Win No Fee agreements were created with claimants who are unable to fund solicitors in mind.
Through the agreement:
- If you lose your case you do not pay fees.
- If you win your case, you are asked to pay your personal injury solicitor a small fee, which can’t be exceeded under law.
- There are no advance payments.
- You don’t pay anything until the outcome of the case is determined.
To find out how you can make a claim with No Win No Fee solicitors call us today. If you’d like free advice with no obligation call us on the number at the top of the page.
Seeking out the best solicitor for you after a hand injury can be difficult. We recommend using a solicitor who:
- Is contactable and responsive to you.
- Has good reviews online.
- Is trustworthy.
Our team of advisors are able to connect you with expert solicitors suited to you, no matter what your location is. They’re also able to offer further advice on what to look out for in a quality solicitor. Call them today on the number at the top of the screen or contact us via the chatbox.
Our advisors are on hand for you throughout the week. You discuss anything from hand injury compensation case studies to any other personal injury you may have endured. Their advice doesn’t cost you a penny and you are under no obligation to make a claim. You can contact them in whatever way is best for you:
Does my cut need stitches? – NHS advice on minor hand injuries.
Overview: Hand Tendon Repair – Thorough NHS advice on cut hand tendons.
Non-fatal Injuries at Work in Great Britain – HSE statistics on workplace accidents.
Lacerated Hand Compensation Case Study Guide – Our guide on how to claim after an accident causing laceration to hands.
Crushed Hand Compensation Case Study Guide – Our guide on crushed hand personal injury claims.
How to Claim Third Party not Admitting Liability – When a third party won’t admit liability, you can still claim.
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