This article looks at how to make a wrist injury claim if you suffered harm through negligence. We will look at the scenarios in which a duty of care applies and how it can be breached.
In addition to this, we discuss how potential compensation is calculated. We will look at the evidence you could provide in support of a claim.
Please feel free to get in touch with our team to discuss your potential wrist injury claim. They can assess eligibility in a free call and may be able to connect you with a solicitor from our panel. Simply:
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- How Do I Make A Wrist Injury Claim?
- What Types Of Accidents Could Lead To Me Making A Wrist Injury Claim?
- Potential Evidence For A Wrist Injury Claim
- What Wrist Injury Compensation Amount Could I Receive?
- Why Use Our Panel Of No Win No Fee Solicitors To Claim?
- Learn More About The Personal Injury Claims Process
Wrist injuries can have a serious impact on your quality of life. They could cause pain, discomfort and stiffness. In some cases, you might not be able to use your hand as you did before because of the impact on the mobility in this joint.
Below, we look at some of the legislation that outlines the duty of care that you are owed in different circumstances:
- The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 requires employers to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those who work for them by preventing accidents at work that could cause injury.
- The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 requires those in control of public places to ensure the reasonable safety of those using the space for the intended purpose.
- The Road Traffic Act 1988 outlines the duty of care on the roads and sets out certain driving offences. The Highway Code details how road users should act on the road. Some of the rules found in the Highway Code are suggestions and guidance, while others (categorised by the use of the word “must”) are legal obligations that can elsewhere be found in legislation. A road traffic accident could occur if this is breached.
The sections below will discuss how accidents could occur. We invite you to get in touch at any point with any questions or queries you have about making a wrist injury claim as you read on.
Below are some examples of how a wrist injury could occur:
- A slip and fall on a wet floor with no warning signs
- Loose floor tiles that leads to a trip accident in a restaurant
- Inadequate manual handling training means a worker sprains their wrist in a factory accident as they’re not trained on proper lifting techniques
- A pedestrian is hit as they cross the road because a driver ran a red light
- An accident in a gym occurs because of faulty equipment that staff knew about but did not display a “do not use” sign on.
However your injury occurred, evidence will be an important aspect of a claim. Read on to find out about how you could support a wrist injury claim. Alternatively, speak with an advisor from our team.
You may be wondering “what evidence do I need to collect in support of a claim?”. If you can provide proof of the circumstances that led to the accident and how you have been affected by your injuries, this could be beneficial to your case.
For example, you could:
- Take photos of the area where the accident occurred and your injuries
- Gather CCTV footage of the area and incident if possible
- Collect the contact details of any witnesses who are willing to provide a statement to a solicitor at a later date
- Keep a diary of the progression of your condition, including any treatment you need or symptoms that arise or worsen
- Obtain medical evidence of your injuries (such as x-rays)
A lawyer can help you in the process of collecting evidence for a claim. If you speak with a member of our team, and they feel your claim has a good chance of success, they could connect you with a lawyer to work on your claim.
The settlement you receive in a personal injury claim could be made up of two heads. These are general and special damages.
General damages relate to the pain and suffering that your injuries have resulted in. Solicitors can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines to help them when assigning a value to your injuries. We have included some of the guideline brackets from these guidelines in the table below:
|Area of Injury||Award Bracket||Notes|
|Wrist||(a) £47,620 to £59,860||Complete lack of function.|
|Wrist||(b) £24,500 to £39,170||Significant permanent disability; however, some useful movement persists .|
|Wrist||(c) £12,590 to £24,500||Less serious than above with remaining movement but a degree of stiffness and pain.|
|Wrist||(d) £6,080 to £10,350||Complete recovery of a fracture within 12 months, with only minor symptoms remaining.|
|Wrist||(e) In the region of £7,430||A Colles' Fracture that is uncomplicated.|
|Wrist||(f) £3,530 to £4,740||Minor undisplaced or minimally displaced fractures that heal within around a year or less.|
Special damages is the potential second head of claim you could receive. This aims to cover the financial impact of the accident in which you were injured.
Special damages could compensate you for:
- Loss of earnings (both present and future)
- Medical costs
- Travel costs to essential appointments
- The cost of at-home care
A personal injury solicitor could help you ensure that all aspects of your claim are covered. This is particularly important as you cannot go back and claim for something that was missed once your claim has been settled. Speak with a member of our team today; you could be provided with a lawyer from our panel.
With this in place, there is no need to pay upfront fees to your lawyer. There are also no fees needed as the claim moves ahead. Should the claim fail, you generally don’t pay your lawyer for the work they have done.
If you’re awarded compensation, your lawyer will take a legally-capped success fee from your settlement. This means you keep the majority of the compensation you’re awarded.
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If you would like to learn more about how a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor could help you make a wrist injury claim, please consider getting in touch for a free assessment of the strength of your claim:
- Call our advisors on 0208 050 2736
- Start a claim online
- As well as this, you can use the live chat service
In conclusion, the articles below come from our website and offer further reading:
- How to make a hand injury claim
- Read more on how to use a compensation calculator for an elbow injury
- Details on claiming for an accident in a shop
Other helpful resources are linked below:
- Advice about wrist pain from the NHS
- Preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace
- Advice for being safe on public transport
If you have any more questions about making a wrist injury claim, please get in touch.
Writer Jeff Wage
Publisher Fern Stewart