Hand injury claims

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.

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.

Find out more about making a claim.

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 won't pay anything at all.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25%* of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

*Excluding Road Traffic Accident related claims where the accident happened on or after 31st May 2021. Here customers will typically pay 30% + VAT due to changes introduced through the Civil Liability Act 2018.

How much compensation can I claim for a hand injury?

The amount of compensation depends on your individual case. Settlement takes 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 hand injury 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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