How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Wrist Injury?

By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 24th January 2024. If you’ve suffered a wrist injury due to another party’s negligence, you may be wondering how much compensation you could claim and whether a wrist injury compensation calculator could help you.

In this guide, we will discuss how wrist injuries can occur, and how negligence can contribute to a wrist injury in various settings. We will also discuss the eligibility criteria for claiming compensation, as well as how liability could affect your claim.

Following this, we will discuss personal injury compensation, and how legal professionals reach settlement awards. We will also discuss using a wrist injury compensation calculator.

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If you are looking for insight into wrist injury settlement amounts for UK claims, you may be interested to know that successful claims could result in a payout that includes general and special damages. General damages is the head of claim that compensates you for the suffering and pain caused by your injury.

Those valuing general damages for broken wrist compensation claims may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

The JCG provides guideline compensation brackets for various injuries at different severities. Below, we have taken some figures from the 2022 publication of the JCG. This could give you some insight into how much your injury could be worth. However, it is only guidance. We should also point out that the first figure in the table is not taken from the JCG and is purely illustrative.

Injury Notes Compensation Bracket
Multiple serious injuries to the wrist with associated financial expenses and losses. A combination of injuries which cause serious pain and suffering as well as financial losses, such as loss of income for example. Up to £100,000+
Wrist Injuries (a) Loss of function in the wrist. This can include where an arthrodesis has been done. £47,620 to £59,860
Wrist Injuries (b) A significant disability of a permanent nature. There would be some useful movement however. £24,500 to £39,170
Wrist Injuries (c) Less severe injuries which may cause ongoing stiffness and pain. £12,590 to £24,500
Wrist Injuries (d) Recovery from a fracture or soft tissue injury is longer than a year. £6,080 to £10,350
Wrist Injuries (e) In this bracket, the claimant suffered a Colles’ fracture that is uncomplicated. In the region of £7,430
Wrist Injuries (f) The claimant has suffered very minor fractures or soft tissue injuries with recovery within 12 months. £3,530 to £4,740
Hand Injuries (h) The claimant has suffered a moderate hand injury. The award considers whether there is a remaining permanent disability. £5,720 to £13,280

If you would like to get a personalised estimate of your compensation instead of using a wrist injury compensation calculator, please contact an advisor.

What Else Does Wrist Injury Compensation Cover?

In addition to general damages, some claims may include special damages. It is under special damages that you might be able to recover costs incurred due to your injuries. However, it is likely you will need to show evidence, such as receipts or wage slips.

Examples of costs you might be able to recover for a soft tissue wrist injury include:

  • Medical expenses, including prescriptions and physical therapy.
  • Lost wages, including pension contributions, if you needed time off work.
  • Vehicle adaptations to help cope with your injury.

If you have any questions about how compensation could be awarded, call our advisors. Additionally, they can give you a bespoke claim valuation for free.

Can I Claim Compensation For A Broken Wrist At Work?

Employers have a legal duty of care towards their employees per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). Per their duty of care, they must take reasonably practicable steps in order to keep employees safe.

This may involve providing adequate health and safety training and removing or reducing any hazards where possible, for example. Should they fail to adhere to their duty of care, this could result in you being injured in an accident at work.

For your personal injury claim to be valid, you will need to prove that your employer breached their duty of care towards you and their breach caused your wrist injury. 

To ask questions, such as “How much compensation can I claim for a wrist injury?” or to see whether you have a valid claim, you can contact one of our advisors.

Claiming Wrist Injury Compensation After A Road Traffic Accident

Road traffic accidents could also lead to a claim for a wrist injury. Drivers have a duty of care towards other road users. If another driver acts negligently, causing an accident that results in your wrist becoming injured, they will be held legally accountable for your injury. You could then make a wrist injury claim for compensation against them.

If you can prove you were involved in a road traffic accident caused by a breach of duty of care, and you would like to claim for a wrist injury, talk to our advisors. They could provide you with a more accurate estimate of your claim than a wrist injury compensation calculator potentially could.

I Suffered A Wrist Injury In A Public Place – Can I Claim Compensation?

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that the proprietors of businesses and councils that manage public spaces are liable for the health and safety of the people using those spaces. This means that if, for example, a shop fails to remove a trip hazard from the floor, a manager or owner may be held liable for the wrist injury that a customer receives if they fall as a result in a public place.

If an occupier of a public space owed you a duty of care and a breach in it resulted in a wrist injury, you could be eligible for sprained wrist compensation. You will need evidence to support your wrist injury claim, such as CCTV footage or photographs of the scene. Call our advisors to find out more about proving liability.

How Long Do I Have To Claim Wrist Injury Compensation?

If you are eligible to make a wrist injury claim, you will need to be aware of the relevant time limit within which you must file your claim. Per the Limitation Act 1980, you would need to file your claim within 3 years of the date of the accident.

However, there are cases where exceptions apply to this limitation period.

For example, if someone lacks the mental capacity to claim compensation for a broken wrist, the limitation period is frozen indefinitely. During the time it is frozen, a litigation friend could make a claim on behalf of the injured party. Should the person regain this capacity, and no claim was made for them, they will have three years from their recovery date to start a claim.

Those under the age of 18 are unable to make a wrist injury compensation claim until their 18th birthday. From this date, they will have three years to start a claim. Alternatively, a litigation friend could claim on their behalf prior to their 18th birthday.

To have your questions answered about how long you’d have to file a claim, please contact an advisor.

Make A No Win No Fee Wrist Injury Compensation Claim

If you would like to claim for a wrist injury you may wish to do so with the support of a No Win No Fee lawyer. Their services could be provided under a type of No Win No Fee arrangement. This is known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

When claiming sprained wrist compensation under the terms of a CFA, your solicitor generally won’t charge you an upfront fee. Those who make successful wrist injury claims will have a legally capped success fee taken from the wrist fracture settlement. If your wrist injury claim is not successful, you will not typically be expected to pay for your solicitor’s services.

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