How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Wrist Injury?

By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 13th October 2023. 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 your personal injury claim is successful, your broken wrist settlement could consist of two heads of claim: general and special damages.

General damages compensate for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by your wrist injury. To help when valuing claims, legal professionals can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document provides a guideline list of compensation brackets for different injuries.

In our table below, we look at a few figures from the 16th edition of the JCG. It is only to be used as a guide.

InjuryNotesCompensation Bracket
Arm Injuries (a)Severe injuries.£96,160 to £130,930
Arm Injuries (b)Injuries causing a permanent and substantial disability.£39,170 to £59,860
Wrist Injuries (a)Loss of function in the wrist.£47,620 to £59,860
Wrist Injuries (b)A significant disability of a permanent nature.£24,500 to £39,170
Wrist Injuries (c)Less severe injuries.£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 an uncomplicated Colles' fracture.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

An advisor from our team can provide you with a free valuation of your potential compensation for a broken wrist. Get in touch using the details at the top of the page.

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.

What Is A Wrist Injury?

In this section, we will cover examples of a soft tissue injury in the wrist that you could suffer. Broken wrist injuries could include a break, fracture, sprain, bruise, cut or laceration.

These could occur in various ways. For example, you could sustain a wrist injury from a fall in a public place or at work.

There’s also repetitive strain injury (RSI) and carpal tunnel syndrome. These examples could arise from desk-based jobs where workers repeatedly type and use their hands for several hours a day.

You could claim compensation for your soft tissue injury in the wrist if it was caused by another person’s negligence. Call us for more information about whether you’re eligible to claim.

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.

Can I Claim Compensation For A Broken Wrist At Work?

Parliamentary acts and government regulations such as the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1973, the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 make employers legally liable for their employee’s health and safety whilst they are at work.

Amongst their responsibilities for preventing accidents in the workplace, employers have to carry out full risk assessments to identify hazards and put in place the correct control measures to remove or manage the hazard. This could include providing staff training, providing appropriate footwear, ensuring that spills are immediately cleaned up and fixing broken flooring.

If it can be proven that an employer failed to carry out a regular risk assessment or was aware of hazards that posed a risk to their employee’s health and safety but failed to remove or control the risk, they could be held liable for the employee’s injuries.

They will then be legally obliged to pay them compensation. If you have suffered a broken wrist at work or another wrist injury such as a fractured wrist, sprain or strain then you might have an eligible claim for wrist injury at work compensation.

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.

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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