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Hand injury

Sustaining an injury to one or both hands can be extremely debilitating because we tend to use our hands for almost every task. The severity and impact of a hand injury will also take into consideration whether the injured hand is the dominant one or whether both hands are impacted.

Our compensation guide relates to compensation amounts for pain and suffering you have and do not deal with the issue of short, medium or long term impacts such as an inability to work or even to undertake day to day tasks such as washing, dressing, cooking or cleaning. These items can be claimed separately as consequential losses which are related to, but separate from, compensatory damages.

Whilst the figures we give for compensation are guidelines only and generally cover a range of different effects of an injury, many clients ask us how we come up with a suggested amount that we believe should be recovered. The answer is based on 3 tools: –

The Judicial Studies Board (JSB) guidelines publish suggested ranges for different types of injury compensation each year A judge will use the JSB guidelines and case law examples, similar to yours, to make an assessment Most cases do not reach a trial. We follow the same principles as above, but also use our significant experience not only to come up with a figure we believe is right, but also to negotiate to get that figure, or as close to it as possible, with the defendants or more usually, their insurers.

Hand injuries can be created by a single incident, such as where a hand is injured trying to cushion a fall, a burn injury due to liquid spillage or a repetitive strain injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome which can be caused by typing. These are just a few examples from a huge range of possible causes of a hand injury.

  • Hand injuries such as cuts, muscle damage or nerve damage where recovery is no more than a few months, would be compensated up to £2,500. Where these types of injuries take up to a year to resolve, the figure may increase anywhere up to £10,000.
  • Fracture of a finger – £1,500.00 – £2,500
  • Fractures of more than 1 finger – up to £20,000
  • Amputation of finger – £5,000 – £15,000
  • Dislocation of thumb – £2,000 – £4,000
  • Crushed hand – up to £16,000
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – for a moderate case, general damages may be up to around £15,000. For a severe case involving both hands, damages may be up to £27,000.
  • Total or effective loss of 1hand – between £60,000 and £75,000

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