This online guide has been produced for those who are considering a broken wrist claim. We will examine the claiming process, how compensation is calculated and who has a duty of care in these three main areas;
- at work
- in a public place
- during a road traffic accident
We explain the laws that provide a basis for compensation claims. We describe the kinds of things you can claim back to really boost your settlement amount. Our service offers free legal advice and you could access it today simply by:
- Calling us now to discuss your case on 0161 696 9685
- Writing or emailing us at Advice.co.uk
- Speaking to our ‘live support’ option in the bottom right of this screen.
We’re here to help you start a broken wrist claim against whoever was negligent in their legal duty of care to you. Our friendly team works around the clock and are happy to help.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Broken Wrist Injury
- What Is A Broken Wrist Injury?
- Can You Make A Broken Wrist Claim For An Injury At Work?
- Broken Wrist Claim For An Injury In A Public Place
- How To Make A Broken Wrist Claim From Road Traffic Accidents?
- Vital Details To Calculate Personal Injury Compensation
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £31,000 For A Broken Wrist Claim
- Get Free Legal Advice On Your Case’s Total Value
- Why Is No Win No Fee Important For Claims?
- Get Free Legal Advice From Our Team Of Experts
- More Resources And Guides On A Broken Wrist Claim
- Broken Wrist Claim FAQs
Firstly, we understand that starting a compensation case against your employer could seem fraught with difficulty and expense. Many people are reluctant to start one. We aim to reassure you how a No Win No Fee service could help. Acting on your behalf, your solicitor can value your claim properly and seek the appropriate damages that could make up a significant compensation settlement for you.
Please feel free to read the article and click on any of the highlighted links for more information as you go. You can call at any point to start a claim and we conclude this article by showing you how to get in touch.
It’s important to note just what a wrist injury is. Obviously, as the main joint connecting to our hands, the wrist plays an integral part in our hand movements. This means that any damage there could result in constant pain and aggravation as you try to operate normally until it heals. The NHS gives some specific advice about wrist injury here.
With heal times of fractured wrist being approximately 6 – 8 weeks, the effects of a broken wrist can constitute a serious impact on your ability to function. The wrist is often fractured when a person falls on an outstretched arm. This instinctive act puts the wrist at direct risk of serious injury. It’s a particular hazard for the elderly or infirm.
It’s important to gather as much medical evidence and recollections of how your injury happened as it can all help substantiate your broken wrist claim. Our service can offer free legal advice to you on how to do this. You can speak to our team right now to see what you will need and what possible compensation you might receive in your claim.
Importantly, there are three points that we need to consider at the beginning of any compensation claim. The answers to these questions can form the solid basis of your eligibility. Therefore, we need to confirm:
- That you know who had the legal duty of care to your safety in the place you were hurt
- That it was clear they were negligent
- That negligence resulted in you being injured
It’s not possible to start a personal injury compensation claim against another party simply for an accident. There must be injuries as a result. Also, the accident must have been unavoidable. So, in other words, the incident cannot be put down to your ‘clumsiness’. Furthermore, there is a three-year time limit to launching a negligence claim, so act today.
What Is An Employers Duty Of Care?
The Health And Safety At Work etc Act 1974 places some very clear obligations on the employer. In section 2 of the Act, there are duties of an employer to incorporate. An employer could provide a safe environment by;
- Providing relevant safety equipment and ways of working
- Giving proper training and information
- Properly supervising and making sure staff are aware of all safety procedures
- Ensuring the correct storage, handling, and movement of all materials
- Operating a safe employment atmosphere
- Supplying written safety policy/risk assessments
- Thinking about the health and safety of others such as visitors and the general public
- Liaising with safety representatives
How Can My Employer Breach Their Duty Of Care?
Obviously, any act of omission or neglect could result in a scenario that causes an accident. Statistics show that during 2019/20 over 690,000 people reported injury in the workplace. It’s not unreasonable to hope that your employer is doing their level best to prevent risk to you as you work. Some examples of avoidable hazards might include:
- Unattended spillages or unmarked house-cleaning causing a slip
- Improperly stored cables or obstacles causing trips
- Precariously stacked boxes or materials that could fall on you
- Machinery not maintained or upgraded making it dangerous
- Poorly lit areas or unmarked stairs causing falls
- Violence and exposure to threat
- Exposure to hot, cold, or damp
- Toxic materials without the proper PPE
- A combination of any of these, to any degree
Suing your employer is serious. If you can prove negligence on the part of your employer, call today and discuss your case. Let our team assess how we could help you.
A personal injury lawyer could take all the hassle out of starting a claim for an accident in the workplace, in public, or on the roads.
The law aims to protect our right to safety in public places also. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 obliges anyone who is in control of an area accessible to the public to make it safe.
Failure to do so exposes the occupier to liability. Perhaps you were unlucky enough to fall victim to an accident in some of these locations:
- Any council or local authority-run place
- Parks, beaches, and common ground
- Shopping malls and retail parks
- Streets, roads, and pavements
- Libraries, schools, and leisure centres
The Duty Of Care Of Those In Control Of Public Places
The Occupiers Liability Act 1957 is there to provide safety for the public when using public spaces. The duty states that those in control of spaces used by visitors must make the area as safe as reasonably possible. If occupiers or people in control of public areas do not abide by these laws then they can become liable if an injury occurs due to their negligence.
So, the Occupier or person in control has to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety while on their premises.
How Can This Duty Be Breached?
If the following is not achieved then those in control of public spaces may be in breach of their duty of care;
- Fire exits must be clearly marked
- Public areas must be free of obstacle
- Extremes of heat and cold must be avoided
- Stacked or stored materials must be safe
- Proximity to dangerous animals such as guard dogs should be restricted
- Risk of personal harm from structural problems should be absolutely minimal
- Heights, stairs, and all other risks must be properly handled.
- Sharp edges of shelving must be clearly marked
- Properly marked glass doors
Speak to our team for free legal advice on your broken wrist claim. Let our team value and assess what happened that day for you.
Statistics below are from the Department for Transport they look at cases of road traffic incidents on the roads in Great Britain,
- In 2019, there were 1,752 reported road deaths
- There were 25,945 serious injuries reported to the police
- 153,158 casualties of all severities were recorded in 2019
Duty Of Care Of Road Users
The Highway Code also seeks to urge road users to demonstrate a common duty of care to each other. When we consider the ease that we can cause serious damage to each other moving at high speed in steel and glass vehicles, it seems obvious to take utmost care.
The Code gives detailed guidance on what is expected from each other whilst driving. It extends also to pedestrians and cyclists who also have a right to expect that a reasonable observance of their safety is an important and serious consideration to everyone.
How Can A Road User Breach Their Duty Of Care?
Any speeding, erratic, or simply bad driving instantly illustrates the risks. Any form of impact, head-on, side, or rear-end can cause a sudden jolt to the body that could fracture a wrist easily. Defying the duty of care to others could result in harming you in this manner.
Car Insurance is the law in the UK to safeguard and anticipate events like this. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) can help you if the negligent road user was uninsured or untraceable.
Don’t feel you have to suffer the knock-on results of someone else’s recklessness. Use a No Win No Fee lawyer to start a claim against them and win back the out-of-pocket costs their casual disregard has caused you.
From the moment you engage the services of a No Win No Fee lawyer, they will work tirelessly to receive the maximum damages on your behalf. Rather than speculative personal injury claims calculators trying to come up with an accurate figure, a professional lawyer can do it properly starting with general damages. This head of loss calculates the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of amenity in life
- Damage to mental health
- Impact on family relationships and employment
Your lawyer if you decide to use one for your case can arrange for you to sit for a medical assessment to establish the extent and relevance of your injuries. Using this information, they are then able to refer to the suggestions in the Judicial College Guidelines to see what other claims like yours received and argue for that on your behalf.
Sudden accidents can impact our lives in many different and unforeseen ways. Often the burden of trying to cope with the sudden financial impact caused by injury is as bad as the accident itself. Special damages try to reflect this problem and give you a way to cope financially. The types of expenses you could win back as damages are for example:
- If you’ve lost wages
- Future earnings that have been damaged
- If you had to pay for personal/domestic care
- All the travel costs to and from the hospital
- Impact on pension contributions
- Any damage to personal property during the accident
- Defaulted deposits for any cancelled plans
Your lawyer will advise on the evidence you need to support these claims, such as:
- Receipts and bills to prove costs, records of out-goings
- Witness statements from the scene of the accident
- any CCTV footage to support your claim.
Don’t worry if you can’t provide these details. Just tell our team as much about your experience as you can and they will work on ways to increase the claim for your loss.
Mrs. Green’s accident happened on a Saturday afternoon. Whilst out shopping with her daughter in the local precinct, she slipped on an unmarked and unattended spillage on the polished floor and fell badly. As she went down, she tried to break her fall with her dominant, right hand and landed on top of her wrist.
Painful as it was, it was not life-threatening. She was taken to hospital. After an X-ray had been performed the doctor stated that she had fractured her wrist in several places and would need an operation. Every little action was painful and she missed not just work (she’s a typist) but had to miss her daughter’s graduation as it clashed with the hospital treatment.
Mrs Green was angry. The accident should not have happened. It was silly and avoidable and had caused her a great deal of inconvenience. She decided to sue. After speaking to a personal injury specialist it became clear that the people in control of the place where she slipped had breached their duty of care and it directly caused her injury.
Her case didn’t even need to go to court. CCTV proved there was no staff or signs to warn of the wet floor. The precinct operators admitted liability. She was awarded £31,000 in general and special damages to cover her losses.
The table below gives a break down;
|general damages||how much?||special damages||how much?|
|Fractured wrist||£22,000||Loss of earnings||£3,500|
|Cancelled stay in hotel and weekend away for her daughter's graduation||£1,150|
|Travel costs to hospital||£250|
|TOTAL - £31,000|
This case study is not based on actual events. We have provided it to illustrate how accidents happen and specific parts of the claims process.
When you decide to pursue a compensation claim whether you use a solicitor or not you may need to attend a medical assessment to have your injuries evaluated. The medical professional will examine you and ask questions about how the injury has affected you. This is the only way to receive an accurate settlement value for your case. However, we are very aware that before you start the process you will want some indication of what may be awarded. Call our team today and if they can assist you with anything they will.
No Win No Fee arrangements are designed to help people access legal representation immediately and at no upfront cost. With nothing to pay as the case progresses, the service suits all pockets.
The outcome of your case determines how much you pay. If your case fails, there’s nothing owed to the solicitors at all. If it wins there is a small fee which is restricted by law to keep it as fair to you as possible. Payable only after the case has been settled you can relax and simply wait for your compensation to come through.
Hopefully, this article has helped in making your mind up to start a broken wrist claim. As mentioned, we are happy to take your call for a relaxed, no-obligation chat. You can get in touch with us in the following ways:
- Calling us on 0161 696 9685
- Writing or emailing us at Advice.co.uk
- Speaking to our ‘live support’ option in the bottom right of this screen.
The highlighted text in this article takes you to further reading on a variety of the topics we’ve discussed. For further reading, please click on these links below:
Our website gives more information on many aspects of claiming compensation here
Further information on how to make a car accident claim, please read here
Read here please for more information on accidents at work
For in-depth statistics on workplace accidents, please click here
Advice on dealing with a wrist injury, please refer here
More details about how to use NHS services, please refer here
Is my wrist broken? How can I tell?
An x-ray is the only way to be certain.
Is it possible to break your wrist and not know it?
Yes. Hairline fractures and the like can go undetected and lead to further complications if not treated properly. Always seek medical attention after a serious accident.
Any tips to immediately handling a broken wrist?
Always seek medical attention if you suspect a fractured bone.
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