Broken Hand At Work Compensation Claims

By Lewis Houston. Last Updated 25th January 2023. Are you seeking compensation for a broken hand at work? Perhaps you have suffered a broken hand 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?

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Broken hand at work compensation guide

You may find you are out of pocket and absent from work due to your injury meaning you may be on a decreased salary.

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To see if you could be eligible for broken hand compensation read this guide or call our advisors for free today.

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What Is A Broken Hand At Work Compensation Claim?

What is a broken hand injury? This is where any of the bones in the hand become fractured and broken due to high-force trauma or an injury. These bones may include:

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

Any of these broken bones occurring can be serious and painful. This may happen in public, in a car accident, or in the workplace, and may result in a crushed hand

In this guide, we are focusing solely on accidents at work that could cause a broken hand. To be eligible for broken hand at work compensation through a personal injury claim your case must meet specific criteria.

To do this, you must be able to establish negligence. This means that you suffered injury or illness because your employer has a duty of care, and they failed to meet this duty. 

You must be aware of the personal injury claim time limit for claiming. This means you must begin your claim in a certain amount of time.

Generally, the time limit is 3 years from the accident date or date when you became aware your illness was caused by negligence. However, there are exceptions so please call our advisors for further details. 

Your Right To Claim Broken Hand At Work Compensation?

If you have been injured at work and it wasn’t your fault, to make a valid broken hand claim you must be able to prove that this happened because your employer was negligent. Broken hand at work compensation can come in two forms which we will discuss further down in this guide. But compensation is meant to put you back in the position you were in before the injury took place. 

After an injury, you should seek medical help. It is always advised to get the medical attention you need straight away as this not only allows you to receive the treatment you need but also makes a record of it in your medical notes that can be used ad evidence. 

Some useful sources of evidence can include:

  • Footage from CCTV cameras
  • Photography related to the incident
  • Witness details so a solicitor could take a statement at a later date.
  • Notes made by a medical professional

When you have collected all of your supporting evidence, you could speak to a personal injury solicitor. They can assess your case for broken hand at work compensation.

Are you confused? Please don’t be. Our advisors are on hand to connect you to our panel of personal injury solicitors who may be able to help you with your broken hand claim. Call today to receive specific information about your case. 

Causes Of Broken Hand At Work Injuries

There are a number of ways that this type of injury can occur in the workplace. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HASAWA), employers have a duty of care to ensure that the workplace is a safe environment. One way they could do this is by training employees on how to do their job safely. By failing to meet this duty, they could be liable if you are injured because of a lack of training.

Here are some examples where injuries can occur as a result of poor training.

  • No manual handling training leads to you trying to lift too heavy a load, or gripping the load improperly causing back injuries. 
  • Slips and falls, where someone has injured their hand as a result of the fall. This can happen due to poor housekeeping.
  • Falls from a high place; this may occur as a result of an insecure or unsuitable ladder and causes a broken hand. 

These are just examples of what may happen in the workplace. Your case could be more specific. To have your case looked at and reviewed by our advisors call our team today. If they can see that your case has a chance of succeeding they can connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. 

Symptoms Of Broken Hand At Work Injuries

According to the NHS, there are a number of symptoms that can show that you have sustained a broken bone injury. For example:

  • Bruises
  • Swelling
  • Deformities
  • Pain

Always seek medical attention if you suspect a bone has been broken. The sooner you get treatment the quicker your recovery can be. If broken bones are left untreated this can cause further problems down the line. 

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, speak to a personal injury solicitor about your broken hand at work compensation claim.  

What Is My Broken Hand At Work Compensation Payout Worth?

If you wanted to understand how much broken hand at work compensation you may be owed, you could make use of a personal injury calculator. However, speaking to a personal injury solicitor is recommended as they can work with you and understand the fine details of your case. 

If you win your claim then your compensation may be split into two damages: general and special. General damages look at compensating you for the suffering caused by your injuries. Special damages look at reimbursing you for losses and expenses caused by the negligence.

We have provided bracket amounts outlined by the Judicial College Guidelines. 

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

Broken Hand – Examples Of Special Damages

Special damages are part of your compensation that makes up for any financial harm or losses you have incurred as a result of your broken hand injury at work. As part of this head of claim, you may also include any future losses that could arise from your fractured hand injury.

Examples of financial harm you may experience when you suffer a broken hand bone in an accident at work include:

  • Medical costs – Medical expenses may be included in your compensation package, but you need evidence of this loss. Consider retaining invoices or receipts for any medical fees.
  • A loss of earnings – If your job depends on you using your hands, you may be unable to work. This could impact your earnings, both present and future. Your wage slips could show that your earnings have reduced because of your injuries.
  • Transportation expenses – You might need to visit your doctor a lot due to the extent of your injuries. If you use your own car, make sure to keep hold of receipts for gas and petrol. Alternatively, if you use public transportation, try to keep any train or bus tickets you buy.

If you have been injured at work and experienced financial harm, you may be able to claim special damages as long as you can provide supporting evidence. You’ll also need to provide evidence that your employer acted negligently and caused your broken hand injuries. Get in touch for more information.

Get In Touch With A Broken Hand At Work Compensation Specialist

If you are starting a claim for your broken hand injury, are you considering using a solicitor to help you pursue your case?  If so you could perhaps consider a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to fund your solicitor’s service. This is also known as “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 won, you will pay a small success fee which is legally limited to cover your solicitor’s fees. “No Win, No Fee” is often an attractive option.

Get in touch with our advisors who can connect you with our panel of solicitors. Contact us now by:

  • Calling us at 0800 408 7825,
  • Using the live chat function at the bottom-right of this page.
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Guides Related To Broken Hand Claims 

Accident at Work Hand Injury Compensation Case Study Guide

Lacerated Hand Compensation Case Study Guide

Hand Injury Caused by Sawing Compensation Case Study Guide

Home of Work Health and Safety: HSE

Government Guidance On Making A Personal Injury Claim.

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