24 Sep Personal Injury Compensation: Claiming for a hand or arm amputation
If your hand or arm has been injured in an accident where another person is at fault or negligent, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Hand or arm injuries can involve some or all of the following:
- Loss of one or both hands or arms
- Severe damage to one or both hands or arms, requiring amputation
- Muscle or ligament damage
- Nerve damage
- Broken or fractured bones
How much compensation can I get for my hand injury?
The level of compensation that can be awarded is dependent on a number of factors including loss of earnings or other financial costs, severity of the injury, permanent effects of the injury, emotional or physical stress and age of the injured person.
Below, we will outline compensation that can be awarded as general damages, which are awarded as compensation for pain and suffering.
Please note, you can also expect to be awarded special damages, which are awarded for out of pocket expenses or lose of earnings. For more information on damages, please click here.
What causes arm or hand amputations?
The loss of an arm, hand or finger can be extremely stressful. Complicated traumatic amputations are ones involving delayed treatment, delayed healing or major infection. The necessity for stump revision or the existence of phantom limb pains may also occur. An amputation can also be provided as a treatment due to the severe nature of an injury.
How much compensation can I claim for loss of a single digit?
There are several factors that will be considered when calculating potential compensation. Such factors include which finger is lost, whether it is on the dominant hand, effects on appearance, is there use of any remaining stump, age, gender and occupational impacts.
For partial loss of the little finger you can expect compensation up to a value of €41,600. For total loss of the thumb on the dominant hand you can claim up to €80,500. The level of compensation in each case is individually determined and will depend on the severity and level of permanence of an injury. It should be noted that these are guidelines only.
How much compensation can I claim for losing my fingers?
As with all personal injury claims, many factors need to be considered before an accurate compensation claim can be awarded for loss of multiple fingers.
Several factors that need to be considered include, which digits were lost and how many digits, dominant hand, appearance, impact on hand function, age, gender and occupational impacts.
How much compensation can I claim if I have lost an entire arm or hand?
When determining personal injury compensation when an entire arm or hand has been lost factors considered will include, whether the loss is above or below the elbow, above or below the wrist, dominant hand, appearance, use of prosthetic, age, gender and occupation impacts.
For this reason, it is best to speak to an Irish personal injury solicitor based in one of our offices across Dublin.
Contact Ferrys Solicitors LLP Personal Injury and Accident Solicitors Solicitors today to discuss compensation claims for your loss of a hand or arm.