Examples Of Compensation Payouts For A Broken Hand At Work

Are you seeking hand injury at work compensation after being injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault? Maybe this was a result of improper training, manual handling, or a slip and fall incident caused by a breach of duty of care? If so, this guide could help. 

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What Is A Hand Injury At Work Compensation Claim?

A broken hand injury is where any of the bones in the hand become fractured. The bones of the hand include:

  • Phalanges (the bones in your fingers)
  • Metacarpals (the bones in your palm)

If you suffer a break to any of these bones, it can cause you a great deal of pain. Furthermore, it might affect your hand’s function. An injury of this nature could happen in public, in a car accident, or in the workplace. In order to claim hand injury at work compensation, you may be able to start a personal injury claim. In order to make a successful claim, you would need to show that your injuries were caused by negligence. 

This means that you suffered injury or damage because someone had a duty of care, and they failed to meet this duty. In this case, the party that owes you a duty of care is your employer.  

Generally, there is a three-year time limit to starting a claim for personal injury. For this reason, we recommend that you get in touch as soon as possible to begin the process.

Your Right To Claim Compensation For A Hand Injury At Work

When you’ve been injured as a result of third-party negligence, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries. Before pursuing a claim, however, there are some steps you can take that may strengthen your case. 

After an injury, you should first seek medical attention. In some cases, you might be taken straight from the accident scene to the hospital. In other cases, it might be more appropriate for you to take yourself to a minor injuries unit. Wherever you seek medical attention, this will allow you to get the treatment you need and will also generate medical records that can support your claim. 

You can also collect evidence to support your claim. Some useful sources of evidence can include:

  • Footage from CCTV cameras
  • Photography related to the incident
  • Notes made by a medical professional
  • Witness details of anyone who saw the incident take place. 

When you have collected all of your supporting evidence, you can speak to a personal injury solicitor. There’s no legal requirement for anyone to work with a solicitor when making a claim, but you could find that the process runs more smoothly with their guidance and expertise.

If you’d like to know more about making a hand injury at work compensation claim, speak to our claims team today. You could be connected with a solicitor from our panel to work on your claim.

Causes Of Hand Injuries At Work

You might be able to claim broken hand at work compensation if your injury was caused by a breach of duty of care. Your employer’s duty of care towards you is set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 (HASAWA). This states that your employer needs to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety. As part of their duty of care, your employer is expected to: 

  • Administer proper training. If they fail to do this, you could mistakenly use a piece of machinery in a way that causes you to break your hand
  • Maintain good housekeeping. Someone could trip and fall on a box that obstructs a walkway. If they put their hand out to break their fall, it could be fractured as it hits the ground. 
  • Provide appropriate equipment. All equipment you’re given at work needs to be safe and well-maintained. For example, you could be given a faulty ladder that you then fall from, breaking your hand as a result. 
  • Carry out risk assessments. Risk assessments should be used to identify risks to worker safety, which should then be removed. If they cannot be removed, they should be reduced. 

You may be unsure whether your employer’s actions constituted a breach of duty of care. If this is the case, we can help. Our team of advisors can offer you a free, no-obligation assessment of your hand injury at work compensation claim.  

What Are The Symptoms Of Hand Injuries?

There are a number of symptoms that can show that you have sustained a broken hand injury. For example:

  • Bruises
  • Swelling
  • Deformity (for example, the broken finger might “cross over” the one next to it). 
  • Problems trying to move your finger
  • Shortening of finger

If you are concerned about an injury, you have sustained at work, speak to a medical professional. Once you have a clearer idea of your injury, you can speak to our team about your hand injury at work compensation claim.  

Severities Of Hand Injuries

There are a number of different kinds of fractures that you could sustain in your hand. The kind of fracture you experience may affect the treatment you need for your injuries. 

Some of the kinds of fractures you could sustain include: 

  • Hairline fracture- This is where a crack appears in the bone, but it does not split into different pieces.
  • Non-displaced fracture- Where the bone breaks into pieces, but these two pieces remain aligned. 
  • Displaced fracture- Where the two pieces of bone are no longer aligned. This kind of fracture might require surgery to treat. 
  • Open fracture- Where the bone breaks the skin. This kind of fracture might increase the risk of infection.

Hand Injury At Work Compensation Examples

If you want to understand how much broken hand at work compensation you may be owed, we can help. Instead of including a personal injury calculator, we’ve chosen to illustrate potential compensation amounts in the table below. 

We have provided a rough guide of compensation you may be able to expect as outlined by the Judicial College Guidelines. These are guidelines that can be used to help value your claim. 

Injury Nature of Incident Potential Compensation
Hand Injury Total or effective loss of both hands: where the hand has been rendered useless through injury. £140,660 to £201,490

Hand Injury Serious damage to both hands: loss of function and lasting cosmetic disability. £55,820 to £84,570

Hand Injury Serious hand injuries: reduction of capacity to about half. Fingers may have been amputated but reattached without a full restoration of function. £29,000 to £61,910
Hand Injury Severe fractures to fingers: loss of grip and possible deformity. Up to £36,740
Hand Injury Less serious hand injuries: impaired function, but can be restored again with surgery. £14,450 to £29,000
Hand Injury Moderate hand injuries: injury to soft tissue, would commonly see deep cuts. Some injuries can be non-intrusive but long-lasting. £5,720 to £13,280
Hand Injury Total or partial loss of index fingers: impairment, disfigurement likely. £12,170 to £18,740
Hand Injury Fracture of index finger: grip reduced, may result in osteoarthritis. £9,110 to £12,240

Please be aware that these figures are just a guide. The amount you receive in compensation will be affected by things like how severely you were injured, what treatment you needed and whether you made a full recovery.   

You could also claim special damages. This accounts for any financial loss that you experience as a result of your injuries. This could include things like medical expenses and lost wages.

Why not consider getting in touch with our claims team directly for more advice that is more tailored to your circumstances? If you have a valid hand injury at work compensation claim, you could be connected with a solicitor from our panel. 

Get Compensation For A Hand Injury At Work Today

If you would like to start a claim for hand injury at work compensation, you could perhaps consider a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is also known as a No Win No Fee agreement. If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay your solicitor’s fees. 

However, if your claim is accepted, you will pay a small success fee which is legally limited.  Get in touch with our claims team, who can put you in touch with a solicitor from our panel. They could help you get the outcome you deserve for your broken hand claim. Contact us now by:

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