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Hand injury claims

Hand injuries are quite common, but more serious ones can be very debilitating and have a major impact on your life. A fracture, crush or tear to hands, wrists, fingers or thumbs can affect your ability to perform everyday tasks, from driving and getting dressed, to just making a cup of tea.

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In 2016/17 there were 20,566 incidents reported in the UK workplace:

  • One or more fingers / thumbs injured – 7, 812 incidents
  • Wrist injury – 4,942 incidents
  • Hand injury – 4,767 incidents

If you’ve been injured at work, or in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim hand injury compensation.

Types of hand injury

Your hands are in constant use, so hand pain and injury is a common occurrence in our day-to-day lives.  The hand is a complex structure, using muscles and joints to create very precise movements, but it’s also quite a vulnerable part of the body.

Over-use and injury can lead to conditions such as:

  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Restricted movement because of damage to the muscles (thenar eminence, hypothenar eminence and flexor pollicis brevis muscles)
  • Tendonitis of the hand
  • Broken fingers or thumb
  • Sprained hand
  • Skier’s thumb (ligament damage)
  • Mallet finger (tendon injury resulting in bent finger ends).

Accidents are common causes of injury to the hand, including:

  • Car or motorcycle accident
  • Cycling and sports injuries
  • Crushing
  • Slips, trips or falls
  • Operating machinery

As well as injury through accident, another cause of hand and wrist injury is repetitive strain injury (RSI) in the workplace, leading to problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, pain, stiffness and inflammation.  It occurs due to over-use through repetitive actions. 

Vibration white finger (VWF) is also an industrial injury caused by prolonged use of vibrating machinery or tools.  Also called known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) or dead finger, it results in damage to nerves, joints, muscles, blood vessels or connective tissues of the hand and forearm.

Why should I claim for a hand injury?

Hopefully your injuries will be short-term, from which you will fully recover. But where there is  serious, life-changing damage, such as loss of fingers or amputation,  there may be a need for long-term treatment and medication, therapies and possibly even prosthetics or other aids.

If your injury is due to the fault of someone else, claiming a compensation settlement can take the stress out of any financial pressures, such as medical costs, travel, loss of earnings and any adaptation you need to make.  That way you can concentrate on recovering.

If your hand injury was due to an accident at work, making a claim against your employer can also help to make sure changes are made to safeguard other employees.
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How the claim process works

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You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

We are here to take the pressure out of making a claim – so it's all done on your behalf.  Our fully trained advisors have many years' experience in this area and are happy to chat through your situation with you, free of charge.  They can help identify whether you may have a claim, and there is never any obligation to go ahead with anything unless you are happy to do so. 

Our specialist solicitors offer a No Win No Fee service, so you don't have to pay for anything in advance – and if the claim is not successful, you don't pay a penny.

How much compensation can I claim for a hand injury?

The amount of compensation depends on your individual case.  Settlement take into consideration:

  • The pain and suffering you have endured, as well as any continuation into the future.
  • Time off work, resulting in loss of earnings.
  • Suitability to carry on performing your job.
  • Changes you may need to make in your work life.
  • Medical costs and ongoing treatment.
  • Adaptations or aids that you may need.

Our compensation calculator gives an indication to the general guidelines of the Judicial College. 

Is there a time limit for making a hearing loss claim?

Generally, a claim must be brought within three years of the injury, but our specialist advisers can explain the process to you in more detail, with no legal jargon or pressure.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Contact us either using our online form, or request a callback at the top of the screen.  We'll give you a call at a time convenient to you, to ask you about your case and go through your options, as well as our No Win No Fee services

 The initial chat is free and there is no obligation to proceed with us until you are happy to do so.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months.
    But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.
    The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. 

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

Or you could contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

I've been injured. Can I make a No Win No Fee claim?

Yes, if the accident was not your fault, you may have a No Win No Fee claim.

By discussing your accident with one of our trained legal advisors we can assess whether you have a claim.  We will then be able to find a specialist solicitor to suit your needs.

Get in touch with us to find out more.

What percentage do solicitors take out of my compensation?

Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you.

However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening.

At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.  More about making a claim

Who pays the other side's costs?

As part of a conditional - No Win No Fee arrangement, any costs are covered by either arranging an insurance policy, or by using any existing legal expenses cover you may have.

The solicitor will discuss any need for, and the suitability of, any insurance with you.  

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