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The wrist is one of the most delicate areas of the body, and is prone to all sorts of injuries. We use our wrists a lot, and if you injure your wrist it will naturally impact on your ability to use your hand. The consequences of a wrist injury may include not being able to work, drive, or care for yourself or your family.
A study performed by WorkCover found that in a two year period there were 16,712 wrist and hand work-related injuries which required hospital admission. Wrist and hand injuries accounted for 32% of all work-related hospital admissions during the two-year period of the study.
If you have suffered a wrist injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, whether you were in a car accident that was not your fault (or as a passenger), if you have slipped or fallen in a public place, if you have injured your wrist at work, or suffered an injury in another way, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.
Our law firm specialises in personal injury law claims, including making a wrist injury compensation claim. Speak to our no win no fee lawyers today for a complimentary consultation to find out if you can claim for your injury and any loss you have suffered as a result.
There are many ways in which a person might suffer a wrist injury, but some of the most common wrist injuries include:
No matter what type of wrist injury you have suffered there will generally be a considerable period of time where you need to rest and focus on allowing your body time to heal (with the appropriate medical or physiotherapy treatment) for a full recovery
There are many ways in which you can injure your wrist; you might be cycling for exercise one morning and a car swerves in front of you, causing you to brake suddenly and put all your weight onto your hands, pushing your wrists into an unnatural position and causing a tendon injury. Or you might be at work and slip on some liquid spilled on the ground causing you to fall onto your hands, causing a fracture or sprain. Some of the more common wrist injuries can be caused by:
Example: Glen works at a meatworks as a packer. On one shift he is required to lift portions of butchered meat from one surface to another. For the entire shift, he is required to lift items that are heavier than the safe weight for manual handling due to a calibration error in one of the machines.
Glen finishes work that day and notices that his right wrist joint is very sore and the area is swollen. The next day he is in a lot of pain. Glen has to take a few weeks off work and get medical treatment and physiotherapy for his injury, but eventually is diagnosed as having suffered a permanent injury to his wrist.
Glen would be able to make a claim through workers compensation for his time off work, and may also be able to make a claim for an amount of compensation for his employer’s failure to provide a safe work environment.
While anyone can suffer a wrist injury there are certain professions where the risk of a wrist injury is more common than for others. In 2014-2015 there were 4,945 claims for wrist injuries recorded by SafeWork Australia. Work-related hand and wrist injuries were recorded in a 2008 Australian Government report as being the most common work-related injury, and a common cause of hospital visits for workers. The most common industries where wrist injuries occurred included:
Most hand and wrist injuries took place on construction sites, garages, factories, and other areas for work in the above industries.
When you have been injured at work it is important to take care of yourself but at the same time, ensure that you do all the right things with WorkCover so that you are financially secure for the time you have to take off to recover:
A wrist injury is going to have a different impact on different people depending on what type of work you do and how your wrist injury affects your life.
For example, a skilled professional who relies upon their wrist health and strength for precision tasks in their work - such as a professional violin player, a skilled tradesperson, or a surgeon, for example - will be heavily impacted by a wrist injury which requires them to abandon their profession due to their injury.
Someone who is a professional but who perhaps is impacted in a non-dominant wrist, and who can make a good recovery will be impacted less, especially if they can return to the same profession.
The amount of compensation for a wrist injury that you can claim will vary depending on the impact on your life, your ability to earn, and any long term medical treatment which you need to undergo. Our lawyers can provide legal advice around the financial compensation you may be eligible to receive in an initial complimentary consultation.
When making a claim for a wrist injury, whether you have injured your wrist in a road traffic accident, slipped at work, or been injured in a public place accident, there are certain time limits which you must keep in mind as they are critical to your successful claim.
Injured at work? You have to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible - and you have six months in which to commence your claim for WorkCover.
Making a common law claim for compensation? You have three years from the date of your injury in which to commence your claim - but we recommend getting started as soon as possible.
Injured in a car accident? You generally have three years from the date of the accident in which to make a claim, but you also need to notify the at-fault driver’s insurer that you intend to claim for compensation within nine months of the accident, or within one month of engaging a law firm to act on your behalf.
A key benefit to engaging a Brisbane based personal injury lawyer to help with your claim for compensation for a wrist injury is that we help you to navigate what can be a complex process, and ensure you receive appropriate compensation for your injury.