Wrist Injury

Compensation Amounts

Complete loss of function
£41,000 - £52,000

Permanent disability with some level of movement
£21,000 - £34,000

Less severe injury
£11,000 - £21,000

An uncomplicated Colles' fracture
Approx. £6,500

Mild fracture or soft tissue injury
£3,000 - £4,000

If you have suffered a wrist injury that was caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

People who have sustained such injuries are often put off from trying to recover compensation because they are unsure how much they could ultimately claim. But with the help of our easy-to-use compensation calculator, this no longer has to be an issue.

We have provided estimated compensation amounts - based on average amounts we’ve seen people with similar injuries receive - for a variety of wrist injuries depending on their severity.

If you want a more detailed and accurate estimate as to the amount of compensation you could claim for your specific wrist injury, get in touch with our expert solicitors today. Equally, if you want to find out more information about the process of making a wrist injury claim, please don't hesitate to call us.

Call us on 0800 054 6750 or fill in our online enquiry form.

What makes up the wrist?

The term ‘wrist’ is often used either to describe the eight small carpal bones at the base of the hand or the joint between the radius bone (one of the long bones in the forearm) and the carpus bones.

Regardless of the terminology used, there are a range of common injuries to the wrist area that we have seen when working alongside individuals on a compensation claim.

Types of Wrist Injury


A wrist fracture refers to a crack or break close to the wrist joint in one or both of the bones in the forearm - commonly known as a Colles’ fracture - or a crack or break in one or more of the carpal bones.

A broken wrist is typically caused by a fall or getting hit hard on the wrist. In the past we have helped people who have broken one or both wrists at work, in a road traffic accident, following a slip, trip or fall in a public place, or during participation in a sporting activity.

The signs and symptoms of a fractured wrist usually include:

  • Pain
  • Reduced movement in the affected area
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness

In more extreme cases, a fracture could affect the nerves in the area or blood flow to the hand.

Depending on the position of the wrist at the time of fracture, the wrist may need to be re-set and/or require a splint or cast to aid the healing process.


Damage to a ligament is known as a sprain, and, as there are numerous ligaments in the wrist, the risk of spraining your wrist is particularly high.

Similarly with fractures, sprains tend to occur when an outstretched hand is placed on the floor to break a fall, or when the wrist is hit at high impact.

Sprains do not require re-setting or a cast, however, a wrist splint may be required to keep the affected region still while it heals. If you have suffered particularly bad ligament damage, such as a tear to the ligament, surgery may be required in order to promote healing.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This refers to a condition in which the carpal tunnel - the area in your wrist where the nerve enters the hand - becomes swollen, leading to nerves becoming pinched and numbness in the hand.

It is typically caused by repetitive strain and movement, and we often work with people whose carpal tunnel syndrome has been caused by their work.

For more information about claiming compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome, click here.

How Compensation Could Help You

If you have suffered a wrist injury that has had an impact on your life and it was caused by somebody else, you are entitled to be compensated for the suffering and inconvenience you have been caused.

For many people, the loss of mobility in one or both wrists will inevitably lead to being unable to work and loss of earnings. In addition, if your injury is more severe, the financial burden of having to suddenly afford advanced medical treatment and rehabilitation services is significantly reduced.

A compensation award can ensure that you are financially supported during your recovery process, and will cover any costs you’ve experienced as a result of your injury.

Further Reading

If you would like to read more about the process of making a claim, read our in-depth guide by clicking here.

Talk to Us

If you are thinking about making a claim for a wrist injury and would like to find out how much you could be entitled to, speak to us today. Call 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form.

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