Wrist Injury Compensation Claim

If you want to start a claim for a wrist accident, then you should discuss your case with a lawyer specialising in wrist accident claims such as Tylers Solicitors. This will ensure that your claim has the best chance of success because we have the competence and professional expertise required to process a claim for wrist injuries.

If you want to proceed with your wrist accident injury compensation claim, then you should call Tylers Solicitors on 0800 699 0079 or 0333 577 0320. We can talk you through your wrist accident injury compensation claim.

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Before you make your compensation claim, you should know…

Many broken and fractured bone cases every year involve the wrist. Broken and fractured wrist injuries tend to disproportionately affect older people and can prove to be very painful for the victim as well as extremely debilitating for the duration of recovery time and the future. Broken and fractured wrists are usually caused by accidents from slips, trip and fall where the outstretched arms bear the brunt of the impact. Receiving a severe direct strike to the wrist or unnaturally twisting or rotating the joint can also result in breakages and fractures.

This usually happens in a variety of settings including car accidents, accidents at school or work, in other public places and while playing a sport. Clinical negligence in the form of improperly conducted surgery can also result in breakages and fracturing. Additional clinical negligence in the form of misdiagnosis and delaying of diagnosis can also result in the development of complications affecting the general future functioning of the wrist. If you have been involved in an accident or have been a victim of medical negligence that wasn’t your fault, then you may be eligible for compensation.
How much compensation can I expect to claim for fractured and broken wrist injury claims?

Many people are unaware that it is possible for them to claim compensation for a broken or fractured wrist injury. It is extremely important they do know however as the money they receive can play an important part in their recovery. The money you receive can be used to pay for various things that can help you including lost earnings if you have had to take time off work or for expenses incurred as a result of having to travel to medical appointments. Compensation can also pay for medical treatment, for alterations to your house and car and for the general pain and suffering you have sustained as a result of the accident. The chances of you winning a compensation payment are greatly increased if the accident that caused it happened in a public place. This is because the possibility of negligence on the part of someone else is much more likely and can be more easily proven.

How Much Can I Expect To Claim for Fractured and Broken Wrist Injuries?

How much compensation you may be entitled to be very much dependent on the type of injury you have suffered, how bad it was and how much you have suffered as a result. Victims who have successfully pursued compensation claims for broken and fractured wrist injuries in the past have been awarded sums of between £2,300 and £3,125 for simple fractures. However, that sum can be as high as £5,850 for colles fractures if the injury heals with no ongoing pain and for breakages that have not caused lasting long-term damage. For the most serious injuries which have required surgery and have resulted in lasting long-term damage such as complete loss of function in hand, you may be entitled to a sum of anywhere between £16,100 and £22,650 and as much as £40,000 when the arm has had to be amputated.

Wrist Anatomy Injuries

  • Capitate Bone
  • Trezoid Bone
  • Trapezium Bone
  • Scaphoid Fracture
  • Lunate Bone
  • Triquetrum Bone
  • Pisiform Bone
  • Hamate Bone
  • Metacarpal Bone (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th)
  • Ulnar Nerve
  • Hypothenar Muscle
  • Flexor Retinaculum
  • Digital Flexor Tendon
  • Digital Extensor Tendon
  • Flexor Pollicus Longus
  • Radial Artery
  • Flexor Carpi Radialis
  • Median Nerve
  • Thenar Muscle

Minor wrist injuries

Small fractures & soft tissue injuries. Recovery time usually 2-6 weeks. Also possibly a simple Colles fracture.

Moderate wrist injuries

  • Injuries that will result in a permanent disability where the wrist still functions

Major wrist injuries

  • Severe disability or loss of function of the wrist
  • Types of wrist fracturing

Wrist breakages and fractures usually involve some form of trauma to the ulna and the radius, the two main bones in the human forearm. The two different types of fracturing that can occur to the ulna and radius are colles and scaphoid fractures. Colles fractures are by far the most common fractures involving the wrist and tend to mainly affect older people. These fractures happen when the break is located at the end of the radius bone and can be either displaced where the ends of the broken bones are separated or nondisplaced where they remain in one piece.

Scaphoid fractures are suffered mainly by younger people and involve a breakage in one of the carpal bones between the wrist and thumb. The initial break can be very small meaning that these types of fracture can initially be very difficult to detect although the gap does tend to grow with time. This doesn’t always happen, however, and there have been cases of scaphoid fractures going unnoticed for years at a time. Whiplash claims can usually be made for any fractured wrist injury where any of the bones in the wrist have been damaged. As a result of an accident that wasn’t the fault of the victim.

What are the Symptoms of a Broken or Fractured Wrist?

After a wrist breakage or fracture, the victim will usually experience swelling, discoloration, bruising and tenderness around the wrist joint which has the temporary effect of severely limiting the mobility of the wrist. The more long-term effects of breaking or fracturing the wrist include deformity and an increased chance of future dislocation and flexibility problems. Tendinitis or inflammation of the tendons, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome resulting from damage to the nerves can also develop in future as a result of breaking or fracturing the wrist. All joints in the body are at risk of being adversely affected following injuries to them, but the joints in the wrist are particularly valuable due to the importance of the hands in the maintenance of independence and the ability to carry out normal tasks and working duties.

How are Broken and Fractured Wrists Treated?

Treatment for broken or fractured wrists varies depending on how serious the injury is deemed, but it is usually fairly straightforward. The main aim is to return the bones to their original and correct position and, in less serious cases, typically involves the application of a splint or cast to the wrist. This renders the joint immobile which has the effect of holding the bones in the correct position during the long process of healing which can last for many months. However, in more severe cases of colles fracturing, surgery may be necessary to reset the bones. The broken bones are then duly held in place with the aid of metal pins, plates and screws that may need to be removed in future operations which usually results in unsightly scarring and discomfort. Surgery is usually very risky for injuries of this kind and complications can easily develop. As a very last resort, in the very worst cases, amputation of the affected limb may be necessary as a result of infection or other complications.

As every case is different, it is extremely important for the patient to discuss specific details with the medical staff treating them regarding the injury and how it was sustained for them to receive the best treatment and to ensure that recovery happens as quickly as possible. Painkillers may be prescribed by the medical staff treating the patient, but for the majority of cases, over the counter (OTC) drugs are usually sufficient in easing the pain. Regular examinations which usually involve x-rays being taken tend to be carried out for the duration of the healing process to monitor progress and check how well and quickly the bones are healing back together again. Exercises that strengthen the wrist and increase mobility in the joint will then be carried out when the bones have healed to a satisfactory level. In the worst cases where the patient has needed surgery, the services of physical therapists are normally employed to aid remediation.

What are the Long-Term Effects of Broken and Fractured Wrist Injuries?

Perhaps the most commonly reported long-term effect of broken and fractured wrist injuries is inflexibility and the inability to move the wrist joint properly. This is because the joints are under constant pressure and bear the brunt of forces acting on the body such as on the knee joints when running and on the elbows when playing certain racquet sports such as Tennis and Badminton for example. The wrist joints are no different, and it is for this reason that it takes so long to recover from breakages and fractures in joints wherever in the body they occur.

Another consequence of breakages and fracturing to the wrists is the potential future development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Amongst other symptoms, this condition is characterised by a tingling sensation known as paresthesia as well as pain and numbness and develops as a result of bone shards puncturing and severing the nerves completely from complicated fractures. Arthritis can also develop in later life as a result of sustaining injuries of this kind which can lead to future disability and difficulty in carrying out regular everyday tasks.

Can I Claim for Broken and Fractured Wrists at Work?

As is so often the case, for those working at height in the construction and maintenance industries, the risk of having an accident is much greater than for those working in a comparatively safer environment such as an office. If an accident does happen, the arms and wrists are particularly vulnerable to damage as the victim will put their hands out to break their fall in an attempt to protect themselves from more serious injury to the back and head.

These accidents usually happen when workers fall from scaffolding, ladders or other structures such as the roofs of buildings. Certain tools and materials used by workers can also lead to damage to the wrist joints if they fall onto the forearms from height and additionally if the arms become trapped in machinery or crushed between two surfaces. Accidents such as these usually result from improper use of machinery due to a lack of safety training being provided by their employer.

Those working outdoors are also vulnerable to sustaining wrist injuries if they slip on icy surfaces that haven’t been treated with rock salt or if an indoor surface that is wet hasn’t been adequately marked. Under existing legislation, if an employer has failed to provide you with the protection necessary to keep you safe at work with the appropriate clothing, equipment and training and you have suffered a broken or fractured wrist injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault then they could be liable to pay you damages.

How Can Tylers Solicitors Help?

Suffering a broken or fractured wrist injury can have an enormous impact on the life of the victim and those close to them. Wherever or however it happened, if you have suffered a broken or fractured wrist as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation. If you choose to initiate a claim with Tylers, it is of the utmost importance that you collate as much evidence as possible which proves your injury was the fault of someone else in order to strengthen your chances of winning the compensation that is rightfully yours. We appreciate that this is probably the last thing you feel like doing after a traumatic accident but it will undoubtedly help your case. Pursuing any personal injury claim can be a complex and difficult process, not least for the victim whose life has been severely impaired by the injuries they have sustained but also for those close to them.

Broken or fractured wrist injury claims are no different in this respect, and that’s why Tylers are here to help you claim the compensation to which you are entitled. If you have suffered an injury of this kind as a result of an accident that was the fault of someone else or if you have suffered as a result of medical negligence by a delay in diagnosis and treatment form a medical professional, give us a call today. We have many years of experience in helping our clients win their personal injury claims and retrieving the damages they need to rebuild their lives. Our expert team of personal injury lawyers will guide you through the lengthy claims process and keep you updated every step of the way. So don’t delay, give Tylers a call today and take that brave first step towards recovery.

If you have suffered a broken or fractured wrist injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.