Hand Injury compensation


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Thursday 24 May 2018


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Hand Injuries;

They say you never realise the value of good health till it is taken away, and this probably applies just as vividly to a hand injury. Integral to our daily lives as human beings with opposable thumbs; using our hands is what quintessentially make us, well – us.

A hand injury can debilitate you more than you may think, not to mention being extremely painful and frustrating.

The common types of hand injuries we see in compensation claims are;

  • Irritation of tendons
  • Degeneration of joints and bones
  • Lacerations and abrasions
  • Breaks, fractures, and dislocations
  • Nerve damage
  • Infections

 

Seeing as we use our hands for almost every task, it is unsurprising that they are amongst the most common area of the body to injure in the workplace (findings by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System).

Typical hand injuries occur with people who work in industries that involve working from a height, with heavy machinery, with harmful substances, or that requires a very repetitive motion.

At risk industries include;

  • Office work
  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Entertainment

 

Causes of hand injury accidents most often seen in claims

Hand injuries are most often attributable to slips, trips, and falls – especially falling from a height because most people throw their hands out first to break their fall.

Another common accident causing hand injuries are those that involve heavy machinery in the work-place or power tools on a construction site.

Road Traffic Accidents and public accidents are high up in the accidents we most commonly see and of course – medical negligence always factors when reviewing causes for hand injury compensation claims.

How much are hand injury claims compensated?

Well, this is usually dependant on the impact it has had on your life, and not how the injury was caused. Regardless of whether you had a workplace accident or were a victim of medical negligence, the court will only focus on how disruptive to your life the injury has been.

When assessing this they will look at several important factors such as;

  • Loss of income from work absence
  • Continuing care costs
  • Transport costs
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Treatment costs
  • Rehabilitation costs

The only type of remuneration you can be offered is a financial one, unfortunately, your solicitor cannot force anyone to say sorry, but the money you receive could go a long way in assisting your recovery and getting you back to the place you were before the accident.

The current guidline amounts as set by the judicial college are;

Severity Compensation

 

What is the claims process?

Accident Line Direct understand that you are not walking around out there with a notebook and pen, waiting for accidents to happen. But if you can document the accident and its effect as best as possible then you increase your chances of a successful claim.

Documentation can include bills, receipts, and invoices for things like travel costs and medical care.

It can also include any eyewitness accounts, accident book descriptions, footage, pictures and medical reports.

All this evidence helps to build up a case that you, personally, have been negatively affected by an accident that wasn’t your fault, have experienced pain and suffering, financial loss and loss of quality of life, and deserve compensation.

Personal Injury Law relies on laying blame with the defendant for causing personal harm to the claimant. In other words, a solicitor needs to show the court that the defendant was responsible for your wellbeing but they acted negligently and caused you harm.

This is pretty much the crux of the claims process and we will work diligently with you to prove this in a court of law.

It is worth remembering that claims can be settled outside of the courtroom with negotiations via your solicitor.

 

Using the right Claims Experts

It’s a tough industry, there are as many people who can lie well as those who tell the truth badly. We aim to represent our clients professionally but also supportively, to help them through the claims process and win their case.

It can be a daunting task, we understand, but our job is to make the process as hassle-free for you so that you can concentrate on what really matters – getting better.

Accident Line Direct are advocates in the human side of personal injury law, we believe that a claim can offer you more than just financial remuneration, it can offer you a road to recovery and most importantly, it can offer you a way of getting back to, well, you.

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