Have you suffered a dislocated thumb injury? Was it the result of an accident for which you held no responsibility? And did a third party act with negligence thus causing you to be hurt? If the answer to each of these questions is “yes”, then you could potentially take legal action. And in that case, we’re here to help with this handy guide about claiming compensation for a dislocated thumb injury. Along the way, we’re covering a sample case study where one such injury victim receives a compensation settlement of £13,000.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation Payouts For A Dislocated Thumb Injury
- What Is A Dislocated Thumb Injury?
- How Can You Suffer A Dislocated Thumb Injury At Work?
- Dislocated Thumb Injury In A Public Place
- How Can You Suffer A Dislocated Thumb Injury In A Road Traffic Accident?
- Key Advice About Personal Injury Compensation Calculations
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £13,000 For A Dislocated Thumb Injury
- Free Legal Advice On Your Potential Case Payout
- Victims Could Succeed No Win No Fee Claims
- We Can Provide Specialist Free Legal Advice
- More Resources And Guides On Dislocated Thumb Injuries
- Dislocated Thumb Injury FAQs
The topics under scrutiny with this guide include the definition of a dislocated thumb injury, along with common symptoms. This guide also explains how to examine whether a third party was negligent and the primary cause of your particular injury. We also offer various examples of ways in which this injury could be suffered in a variety of locations. Next, we describe the process by which personal injury lawyers calculates your potential compensation settlement. Also, we touch upon the main benefits of a No Win No Fee agreement. And we finish up by answering some of the more frequently asked questions about a dislocated thumb injury.
Personal Injury Claims Time Limit
Any injury victim has up to 3 years to make a claim for their specific accident. This comes from the date of the accident itself or from the date of knowledge. There are exceptions. An appointed representative could handle the claim for a child or a victim who has mental instability. But if the child turns 18 or if the victim regains mental control, their 3-year window then begins. To ask any questions, please leave us a message on the Live Chat feed.
The carpometacarpal, or CMO, are the five joints in the wrist that connect the fingers and thumb. This allows the thumb to enjoy its range of motion and provides strength for the hand to hold items. Therefore, a dislocation of the thumb occurs when the joint is disrupted and the thumb is no longer in its normal position. This tends to happen when the thumb is jarred out of position suddenly and strongly. Hence the thumb then taking on a deformity in its shape with little or no range of motion. Other symptoms of a dislocated thumb injury include significant pain, swelling, numbness and tenderness.
The good news is that most thumb dislocations tend to heal up relatively quickly. The joint has to be put back into place by a medical professional. And from there it takes several weeks may a couple of months for the thumb to fully recover. But this doesn’t change the pain and suffering that the victim endures due to the dislocation. To hold a valid claim for compensation is must be proven that a third party who had some legal duty to keep your safe caused your injury through negligence. You can find out more by reading on or by calling our team at any time of your choice.
For any claim to succeed, you have to prove a third party’s negligence as the clear cause of a dislocated thumb injury. The first step is to see whether the third party owed you a duty of care in some form. Assuming that they did, the next step is to determine if this duty was breached, even if they weren’t aware. So, if this checks out, then the final step is to clarify that this breach caused an incident. And that breach saw you being hurt to the extent of suffering a dislocated thumb injury. If all of these points can be proven with clear evidence, you may have a viable claim for your injury.
One area where such an injury could occur is in the workplace. The duty of care is set out by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. An accident at work is never something that you want to see take place. Not all accidents and injuries will lead to a claim usually just those that could have been prevented. For example, if you dislocate your thumb because you fell on a wet surface at work and used your hand to break your fall, the employer could be negligible if it comes out that no warning signs surrounded the hazardous floor. Learn more by speaking to one of our advisors on the telephone.
There is also the case of public liability (PL) and the avoidance of an accident in a public place. That’s the intention of the duty of care applicable by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Accidents in public places could happen in all sorts of locations. However, negligence only becomes the cause if it’s proven that those controlling the land failed to take care of its users. And so if you’re injured in a public place, you could only claim if those in charge are somehow responsible.
One example here may be that you injured your thumb due to a broken door at a restaurant. If it’s clear that the door could bring about injuries, yet those in charge chose not to fix the problem, then you could state that those running the establishment are liable. And the result of their lack of action and attention was you suffering a dislocated thumb injury. If you happen to be the victim of multiple injuries, then you could look into filing a multiple injury claim. Contact our friendly team today if you have any questions.
And then we have the scenario of a road traffic accident or an RTA. There is a duty of care as part of the Highway Code for all road users to follow. This applies to everyone on the road: drivers, cyclists and also pedestrians. But if a driver knocks a cyclist off their bike and the victim dislocates their thumb upon their fall or suffers any other injury, then the motorist shoulders the responsibility. These are just some of the many ways that a dislocated thumb injury could occur. Before then, though, please speak to our advisors if you have any queries.
With that being said, let’s now take a closer look at what your compensation may be. An important stage of the claims process is for you to be examined by a doctor. You may think “but I underwent a medical check when the injury first happened”. Even so, it’s crucial for your case to have a clear record of a doctor’s perspective about the injury. That includes noting any other complications towards your thumb’s mobility in the long run because of the injury. And it’s also significant in clarifying the link between the accident and your injury. In any event, having a doctor’s commentary on the injury is a big step towards you potentially receiving a settlement.
After that, personal injury lawyers, if you opt to use them as representatives, will figure out what you could viably claim for. Note that they don’t use an online personal injury claims calculator. No, instead they focus on your own specific account of the accident and your injury. This information combines with evidence that they gather along with the findings of your medical report. And all of this works towards the determination of your compensation settlement award, assuming that your case is successful.
General Damages and Special Damages
As for the estimate itself? This divides up into two separate parts. Now, we’re covering special damages in the next section because they require a little more explanation. But here we need to talk about general damages. These handle the basic physical and psychological consequences of you suffering your dislocated thumb injury. That means the pain itself, the suffering that you’re enduring and also any mental anguish brought about by the incident. The latter could be important when it comes to the knock-on effect e.g. you becoming fearful of a repeat accident. Ring us up if you want a further breakdown of general damages.
Onto the subject of special damages, then. These refer to the large financial consequences of you suffering your dislocated thumb injury. That means a potential lack of income, especially if you don’t receive company sick pay while you recover.
Then, we also have public transport expenses while you can’t drive, along with any physiotherapy. Medication costs could be significant depending on the severity of your dislocation. And we also have the possibility of you hiring a nurse or carer to assist with your recuperation. It’s worth noting that being able to produce receipts or invoices for each element could greatly support your compensation claim. Get in touch if you need additional information with regards to special damages.
Mr Jones, 44, worked as a shop assistant in the capital. In his role, he regularly assisted customers, which included retrieving items that were on high shelves. Usually, this didn’t present a problem for Mr Jones. He was more than willing to accommodate any customers, and he didn’t have any issue with heights.
But one afternoon, an unforeseen situation led to Mr Jones being hurt in these exact circumstances. One of his colleagues had almost slipped off the shop’s stepladder when retrieving stock earlier in the day. The colleague in question informed the manager, who said they could locate a new stepladder. But they decided to wait until the following week to get this sorted.
And that was too late for Mr Jones. Because when he was asked to get a product from one of the top shelves, he unknowingly retrieved the same stepladder. But it gave way as he began to climb, leading to Mr Jones falling to the ground. The suddenness of the moment led to him breaking his fall with his left arm.
As a result, Mr Jones felt tremendous pain within his left thumb afterwards. Initially, a colleague placed ice on the thumb, but this didn’t help matters greatly. At his local hospital, Mr Jones was officially diagnosed with a dislocated thumb injury.
After speaking to a personal injury solicitor, Mr Jones filed a claim for compensation against his employers at the shop. This was due to a breach of duty as per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Mr Jones was initially afraid that he may lose him, but he was advised that under employment law this couldn’t be a reason for termination. So, he proceeded with his claim, and he received a settlement of £13,000. This consisted of £6,360 of general damages alongside £6,640 of special damages.
|Type Of Special Damages
|Lost earnings from being unable to work for 2 months
|Costs of medication during his recovery
|Costs of using public transport for journeys
|Costs of hiring a physiotherapist to help with his recovery
|Carer, cleaner, cook. gardener, dog walker, baby minder.
Note: This example case study of a dislocated thumb injury is for demonstrated purposes only. It is not based on real events. It is there to discuss the process of making a personal injury claim.
We offer free guidance on thumb injury claims ahead of them moving forward with a compensation claim. That’s because we understand that it’s a big decision to take legal action. Even if everything is in your favour, it can be an uncertain and potentially stressful period for the claimant. Therefore, we offer a free consultation to advise you on everything you need to know before the case begins. If you decide to speak with our advisors and they can see you have a valid case they may give you the option of being transferred to our panel of personal injury solicitors. Message us now for further details.
A No Win No Fee agreement could smoothen the claims process for a client. Well, let’s just say that your case wins and you receive compensation for your dislocated thumb injury. In that eventuality, you pay a success fee to your personal injury solicitor if you have decided to use one. This has a legal cap to protect your compensation while also covering their legal costs.
However, let’s now say that for some reason your case doesn’t win. In that outcome, you don’t have to pay a single penny to your No Win No Fee solicitor. In other words, they only receive a payment if they handle your case successfully. We should also note how you don’t have to pay those costs at the beginning of or during a case. Find out more by calling us up on the telephone number above.
Now that you know all about a dislocated thumb injury, it’s time to take steps towards you receiving compensation. After all, the guidance here can only apply to your situation if you wish to move ahead with a claim. Our advisors are on stand -by waiting to take your call. But remember that you have no obligation towards having to take legal action if you prefer not to.
Assuming, though, that you do want to make a claim, you can contact us in 3 ways. One is to call our friendly team on 0161 696 9685. Another is to leave us a message on the 24/7 Live Chat function that you can see below. And the other option is to write to us in greater depth via the exclusive contact form. And we’re here all day and every day to listen to your enquiry. We look forward to hearing what you have to say and helping you to receive compensation.
Thank you very much for taking the opportunity to read through our guide on a dislocated thumb injury. We realise, however, that you may be looking for extra details on top of the content here. That’s why we have even more information to show you in the form of the six links below.
To begin with, we go into depth on employment law.
We also have a specific page covering a dislocated thumb injury.
And we explain the process of claiming after an injury in a pub or a bar.
The NHS has its own guidance when it comes to thumb injuries.
They also have an extensive guide on how to treat a thumb dislocation.
And they emphasise what to look out for when attempting to identify a broken bone.
How can I tell if my thumb has a break or a dislocation?
Typical symptoms include swelling, significant pain, limited range of motion, tenderness, a deformity in shape and numbness. Always seek medical attention if you think you may have dislocated your thumb.
Can you move the thumb after a dislocation?
It will depend on how severe the dislocation is.
How can you treat a thumb after a dislocation?
A medical professional may attempt to put the joint back into position.
What is the recovery time for a dislocated thumb injury?
You’re looking at a recovery window of 6-8 weeks.
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