Can I claim injury compensation for a broken wrist

Your wrist contains eight carpal bones and if you break one, it can be both excruciatingly painful and extremely costly. Below is a list of just some of the problems associated with a broken wrist:

• Pain and tenderness

• Numbness in the fingers

• Swelling

• Possibly deformity of the wrist

• Possible blood vessel or nerve damage

• Surgery may be required to reset the bone

• Pins and metal plates may need to be inserted

• You will need a uncomfortable cast for weeks

• You will need to pay regular visits to the radiology department for x-rays and check ups on the progress of your injury

• You probably will not be able to work, especially if there is a manual aspect to your job. As a result you could lose out financially

• Your break may be so bad that surgical immobilisation of the wrist is required and you will never be able to use it properly again

Considering the seriousness of these problems it can be comforting to know that you make a personal injury compensation claim if you break a wrist as a result of someone else’s negligence, malice or oversight of the law. Below are two scenarios in which a wrist has been broken. Can you claim compensation in 1, 2, both, or neither?

Scenario 1:

You were carrying some boxes in stockroom in your workplace when you tripped over one of the broken floorboards in the uneven floor. As you fell you reached out to try and cushion your landing but hit the ground with such force that you broke your wrist and had to rush to the A and E department. You and your colleagues had asked your employer to resurface the floor many times but he simply hadn’t listened and as a result you wound up sat in radiology having your fifth x-ray done so that they can find the fracture.

Scenario 2:

12 months ago you were playing in your local Saturday football league when a violent midfielder from the other team crashed into you off the ball. There was no way it was just a mistimed tackle and as you fell to the turf, you felt your right wrist break. You’re a plumber who drives to customers around the local area but now you find that you can’t carry out simple jobs with just one hand and you can’t even drive your car.

Answer

That’s right; compensation could be claimed in both of these scenarios. If the accident was not your fault, you therefore cannot be blamed for the injury you sustain and if somebody else’s carelessness, recalcitrance or deliberate action was to blame, it is only right that you are compensated. Indeed, your financial losses may be substantial due to your lack of income, but you will also lose amenity (the ability to carry out everyday tasks) and you should be compensated for both of these things.

So if you have broken your wrist and you feel that somebody else is to blame for the accident which led to your injuries you should get in touch with one of our expert injury claim solicitors today.

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If your wrist has been broken and someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Our specialist personal injury claim solicitors can help you claim.

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