Compensation for a hand injury


Accidents resulting in hand injuries occur frequently and can very serious. Due to the great number of tasks we use our hands for, this kind of injury can arise in a great variety of ways. Some of the most common are as follows:

  • Crush injury – for example by trapping your hand in a door
  • Breaks and fractures – often caused by trying to save yourself from falling
  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) – there are a great number of these and can be caused by common activities such as using a computer or operating vibrating machinery


An injury to your dominant hand can be extremely debilitating. You will find that a great number of everyday tasks become incredibly time consuming. Typing, using a knife and fork, even dressing yourself might be almost impossible until you recover. Even injuries to your other hand can have a serious effect on your quality of life.

Visit our personal injury page to learn about other kinds of injuries.


As always with personal injury claims, whether you are entitled to compensation will first depend on whether anyone else can be blamed for your injury. And it is always worth enquiring! Two of our colleagues here have received compensation for hand injuries – one as a result of being knocked off his bike, and the other for having her hand caught in a door jamb.

If you are suffering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to your employer not providing you with a suitable keyboard, you may well also be able to claim for damages.

Personal injury claims are there to compensate you for your loss. This takes two forms:

  • Special damages: These are the objectively quantifiable losses, most commonly lost wages due to time off work.
  • General damages: These are to compensate you for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. The more painful your injury, and the more it impacts on your life, the more you will be able to claim

How much you receive will depend upon how serious your injury was and how much it impacts your life. For this reason, injuries to your dominant hand are likely to result in more compensation than injuries to your other hand.  You can learn more about how damages are calculated by visiting our page on damages.

If you have suffered a hand injury as a result of an accident, you are advised to contact a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible. We can match you to the right solicitor in your area. Often hand injuries are painful and inconvenient, and can take months to fully heal.

Compensation for your injury can be of great financial help, especially if you have been unable to return to work. Call us on 0800 1777 162 or fill in a web-form and let us help.

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