A Guide To Wrist Injury Accidents Claims

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 31st May 2024. Below, you can find a guide to making a compensation claim for an accident causing a wrist injury. Below, you will read about many of the ways that wrist injuries are caused, and why you could have valid grounds to make a compensation claim. We also look at the issue of liability, who you can claim from, and how to get your claim started.

You are bound to have additional questions that are not answered by this guide. One of our knowledgeable claims advisors will happily answer them for you, and also to help get your claim underway as soon as possible. Call them on 0161 696 9685 to get your legal support today.

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Select A Section:

  1. Who Is Eligible To Claim Compensation?
  2. What Is A Wrist Injury?
  3. Wrist Injury Compensation Payout Examples
  4. Causes Of Wrist Injuries
  5. Wrist Injury Claims – Collecting Evidence
  6. Is There A Personal Injury Claim Time Limit?
  7. No Win No Fee Claims For A Wrist Injury
  8. Wrist Injury Claims – How Can We Help?
  9. Advice For Accident Victims

Who Is Eligible To Claim Compensation?

To be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you will need to prove that someone breached a duty of care they owed you. A duty of care is a legal responsibility for your health and safety. Some examples of when you are owed a duty of care include:

  • The workplace – Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer has a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of all their employees.
  • On the roads – Everyone who uses the roads has a duty of care to use them in a safe manner to avoid causing harm to each other. They must also adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code as part of their duty of care.
  • In public places – Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those in control of a public space need to take all necessary measure to ensure the reasonable safety of those visiting that space for its intended purpose.

If you have sustained a wrist injury at work, on the road or in a public place, you may be eligible to claim compensation if you can show that a third party was responsible for your injuries.

The general eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. A third party owed you a duty of care at the time of the accident.
  2. That third party breached this duty.
  3. This breach caused the accident in which you suffered a wrist injury.

To inquire further about the eligibility criteria in wrist injury claims or for a free assessment of your potential claim, contact our advisors today using the contact information provided above.

What Is A Wrist Injury?

Your wrist consists of eight bones (these are named the carpal bones). These bones form a tube, named the carpal tunnel. This tunnel has several tendons and nerves within it. It is the action of these nerves and tendons which flex the wrist. The overall wrist is wrapped in its own ligament, anchoring it in place.

Soft tissue injuries to the wrist (damage to tendons, nerves, ligaments or muscles), are the most common type of wrist injuries, with fractures (either simple or compound) of the carpal bones being the next most common injury to the wrist.

If you suffer an injury to your wrist, from minor cuts and bruises, through soft tissue injuries and fractures, then as long as you can prove that a third party was at least partially the cause of the accident, a personal injury lawyer could be able to process a claim for you.

Wrist Injury Compensation Payout Examples

If your claim for compensation for a broken wrist or another type of wrist injury succeeds, then your payout could depend on several factors. These include how severe your injury is and how much of an impact the injury is having on the quality of your life. Because of this, broken wrist compensation payouts and settlements for other wrist injuries vary on a case-by-case basis.

All payouts for wrist injuries include general damages, which compensates you for the pain and suffering caused by your injury. For more insight into how much you may receive for general damages, you can view the compensation table below. 

The table offers guideline general damages amounts for different wrist and hand injuries. The figures are based on the 16th and latest edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) from 2022.

This table should be used as a guide only.

Multiple Serious Injuries with Special DamagesUp to £150,000+Compensation for suffering multiple serious injuries and their special damages, such as lost earnings and medical expenses.
Wrist (a)£58,110 to £73,050Injuries permanently harming the use of the wrist
Wrist (b)£29,900 to £47,810Injuries causing serious disabilities
Wrist (c)£15,370 to £29,900Injuries causing chronic pain
Wrist (d)£7,420 to £12,630A fracture taking over a year to heal
Wrist (e)In the region of £9,070A simple Colles fracture
Wrist (f)£4,310 to £5,790Undisplaced fracture

You may also be able to claim compensation for special damages. This covers financial losses and expenses caused by your injuries. Loss of income caused by your wrist injury is an example of something that may be covered under special damages.

For more advice on how much you may be able to claim for your wrist injury, contact our advisors for free today.

Causes Of Wrist Injuries

The answer to the question, “when should you see a doctor for a wrist injury?” is that if you intend to claim for the injury, you should always visit a hospital or see a doctor to have the injury treated so that a record of the injury exists. There are many ways that a wrist can be injured, but some are much more common than others, and these include:

  • Slips, trips or falls (either in a public place or on private property)
  • Road traffic accidents (with cyclists and motorcyclists being most prone to these injuries).
  • Accidents at work (or whilst working offsite for an employer).
  • Sporting accidents (as well as adventure activities such as hiking or rock climbing).
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

No matter how you have harmed your wrist, as long as the accident that caused the harm was the fault of a third party, even partially, then we could be able to help you to make a compensation claim.

Wrist Injury Claims – Collecting Evidence

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim after suffering a wrist ligament injury, you will need to provide evidence that negligence occurred.

Some examples of evidence you can use to support your claim for wrist injury compensation include:

  • Any video footage of the accident, such as CCTV footage.
  • Photographs of the accident site.
  • A copy of your medical records stating the injury you suffered and the treatment required.
  • If your wrist is broken, you could present an X-ray of your broken wrist.
  • The contact details of any witnesses to the accident, so that they can provide a statement later into the claiming process.

Contact our advisors today to see whether you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. If they believe you could, they may connect you with a solicitor on our panel, who could help you with gathering evidence.

Is There A Personal Injury Claim Time Limit?

There is a general personal injury claims time limit in place, and you need to begin your claim within this time limit to be eligible for compensation. The table below shows these limits. However, in some rare cases, these limits can changed or be extended. Speak to one of our claims team to check the time limit in your own case.


Circumstances of the Claim Time Limit
If you were not yet 18 years old at the time the injury occurred. 3 years from the date of your 18 th birthday.
If you were over 18 years old at the time the injury occurred. 3 years for the date the injury occurred.

No Win No Fee Claims For A Wrist Injury

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Our No Win No Fee claims service is a financially risk-free way to process your claim. There isn’t any upfront cost to begin a claim, nor a charge as your claim progresses.  If we do not succeed in winning you compensation, there is still no fee. If your claim is a success, a solicitor from our panel may charge a small fee when we receive a settlement payment for you. This is called a success fee. It is capped by legislation.

Wrist Injury Claims – How Can We Help?

This guide can work in conjunction with the services that our advisers can offer. While we give you general information about a wrist injury claim, our advisers could be able to offer you personalised information about your specific case.

They could be able to:

  • Provide an eligibility check
  • Assess liability in your claim
  • Advise you on gathering evidence
  • Give you an estimate for how much compensation you could get for your wrist injury

Our advisers are able to give you information about claiming for a wrist injury that a compensation calculator is not able to.

Whether you were affected by a wrist injury in a traffic accident, a public space or a wrist injury at work, your compensation will depend on your specific circumstances. We always recommend seeking legal advice.

If you would like a free consultation that could go into more detail about wrist injury settlements, then please reach out to a member of our team by:

Advice For Accident Victims

Please check these links, as they contain useful, relevant information.

H&SE statistics on wrist injuries

Information about wrist injuries and medical conditions

NHS information on wrist injuries

Workplace Rights

No Win No Fee Claims

We have lots of guides on claiming personal injury compensation, which you can find below.