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Suffering a hand injury at work can be serious and might have a significant negative impact on your health, as well as your ability to carry out normal daily tasks and activities. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may recover in time, but some work related hand injuries might cause permanent damage. If the accident that caused your workplace hand injury occurred because your employer failed in their duty of care towards you by failing to adhere to health and safety legislation or they were negligent, you might be able to claim compensation for your hand injury.

Get in touch with our specialist team to find out more about accident at work hand injury claims by calling 0161 696 6235.

Common hand injuries at work

There are lots of different ways in which people can suffer hand and finger injuries at work, across many different industries and types of job. Some workplaces will have higher levels of risk than others for this type of injury, but some of the most common types of hand injuries at work include

  • Sprains to the hand or wrist, strained or torn muscles, tendons or ligaments
  • Fractured or crushed bones in the hand
  • Nerve damage in the hand
  • Repetitive strain injury to the hand at work  – from having to work in an uncomfortable position for long periods or being required to move your hand repeatedly in a way that puts stress on it
  • Loss of the hand, or injuries which lead to amputation of fingers or the hand itself

Some hand injuries might not seem too serious, but any injury which hampers movement or has an impact on your ability to grasp, grip or hold objects can mean that you’re unable to work or carry out normal everyday activities that can make life very difficult. Many hand injuries will heal over time and you might be expected to make a full recovery eventually, but that doesn’t mean that your life won’t be significantly affected for many months in the meantime. Severe hand injuries do sometime happen at work and this can be life-changing if the damage is long-term or permanent. It’s always recommended to take legal advice after any injury at work to find out if you are able to make a compensation claim.

How much compensation is expected for a workplace hand injury?

How much compensation you’ll receive for a hand injury at work will very much depend on the individual circumstances of what happened to you and the severity of the injury itself, Hand injuries at work in the UK that are likely to have long-term or permanent consequences are likely to result in a higher sum of compensation being awarded than those where a full recovery is expected. 

Our expert team offer a free initial assessment of your claim. This means that once we understand the full details about what happened in the incident and the most likely long-term impact of your hand injury, we can use our experience in claims of this type to estimate the amount of compensation that you might receive for a successful claim. Most claims for hand injuries at work can be made on a no win, no fee basis (also known as a conditional fee agreement or CFA), so if the claim is not successful, you won’t have any legal fees to pay.

What do you need to make a hand injury at work compensation claim?

Your employer has a legal obligation to assess the workplace for risks and hazards and put in place a plan which is designed to minimise the chances of accidents and injuries happening. This includes making sure that all equipment or machinery is well maintained and in safe working order, along with appropriate training and supervision being given to all staff so they can carry out their role safely. To have a successful injury at work claim, you’ll need to prove that the employer has been negligent in their duty of care, which resulted in the injury. There is usually also a time limit that applies to making this type of claim, so it’s important to start the process as soon as possible after the accident has occurred.

At Stephensons, we will help you compile the evidence needed to support you, which will usually include things such as:

  • Photographs of the scene of the accident (preferably straight after it has happened, before anything has been moved)
  • Witness statements from people who saw what happened e.g. other employees
  • Any correspondence between employer and employees concerning health and safety, especially if the cause of the accident has been flagged previously as a concern but appropriate measures were not taken to deal with this risk

Why choose Stephensons for your hand injury at work claim?

Due to our experience in work injury claims, our dedicated accident at work team understand exactly what is required to make a successful compensation claim for a range of different hand injuries sustained at work, across a wide range or industries and types of workplaces. 
Get in touch on 0161 696 6235 to find out more about how we can help and for free initial advice.

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