Another driver’s negligence may cause you to suffer a wrist or hand injury. If so, you may be entitled to get compensation.
Common Broken Bones & Injuries in the Hand and Wrist
The most common broken bones and injuries in the hand and wrist that result in personal injury claims are:
Other common hand and wrist injuries are:
- Sprained Thumb
- Wrist Sprains
Other Conditions in the Hand and Wrist
Other conditions in the hand and wrist that an accident may cause are:
- Arthritis of the Hand
- Arthritis of the Wrist
- Boutonnière Deformity
- Compartment Syndrome
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflect Sympathetic Dystrophy)
You must understand the anatomy of the wrist if you want to maximize the value of a wrist injury case. Below is a diagram of the hand and wrist.
Getting Money for Pain and Suffering for a Minor Hand Injury May Be Tough in a Car Accident Case
In many Florida car accident cases, you need have a permanent injury in order to get any money for pain and suffering. This can be tough if you just have hand pain without a tear or fracture.
How Much Is a Hand Fracture Worth?
Full Value of Pain and Suffering for Hand Fracture without Surgery ($35,000 to $70,000)
In Florida, the full value that I use as a starting point only, of the pain and suffering component of for a hand fracture (without surgery) as a result of an accident due to someone else’s negligence is approximately $35,000 to $70,000 assuming that it heals well and there is little disability.
Surgery to Your Broken Hand
Full Value of Pain and Suffering Wrist Fracture With Surgery ($150,000 and up)
If you have surgery to your broken hand, and hardware is put inside (open reduction internal fixation), the full value for pain and suffering component may be upwards of $150,000.
“Full value of pain and suffering” refers to pain and suffering without any reductions for your fault and other factors. You may also be able to get money for lost wages, medical bills or punitive damages.
Let’s look at some hand injury settlements.
Driver Gets $125,000 for Hand Fracture and Other Injury
See a case where a driver got a $125,000 for a broken 5th metacarpal in his hand after a car crashed into his car. He had ORIF surgery to fix it.
They crashed in Miami.
Scooter Rider Gets $52,000 for Hand Pain and other Injuries
A man driving a pickup truck hit a man riding a scooter. The scooter rider had hand pain.
About a month after the accident, he had an x-ray of his hand. The x-ray didn’t show anything wrong.
His hand injury was the not his worst injury in this case. He also had an eye injury.
He Crashed in South Florida
The crash happened in North Miami Beach, Florida.
Driver Gets $10,000 for Scapholunate Ligament Tear in Wrist from Car Crash
Mary (not real name) was driving her car in Miami. Another car hit her car.
The doctor diagnosed Mary with a tear in the central and volar portions of the scapholunate ligament. The scapholunate ligament is in the wrist.
Nationwide Insurance Paid the Settlement
Nationwide Insurance Company was the bodily injury (“BI”) liability insurer. They paid us the policy limits of $10,000.
Value of Wrist Sprains from Florida Accidents
The full value of a the pain and suffering component of a wrist sprain is usually not that high if there was little treatment.
USAA Pays Car Passenger $25,000 for Wrist Pain and Other Injuries
See a case where USAA paid a car passenger got $25,000 for wrist pain and other injuries after a car rear ended him. The crash happened in Key Largo, Monroe County, Florida.
Driver Gets $10,000 Settlement for Sprained Wrist and Other Injuries
A driver crashed into our client’s car in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida.
Hit and Run Driver Caused the Accident; Heavy Damage to Her Car
The other driver left the accident scene. A tow truck removed our client’s car from the accident scene.
Our client was injured.
She Took an Ambulance to The Hospital
An ambulance transported her to Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward County, Florida.
A doctor diagnosed with her with a sprained wrist. Her wrist pain went away.
She Also Had Other Injuries
He also diagnosed with her back, neck pain and headaches. Our client had uninsured motorist (UM) insurance with American Vehicle Insurance Company.
UM Insurance Gets Her Money
They paid us the $10,000 policy limits. They have since changed their name to Federated National Insurance Company.
They are based in Sunrise, Broward County, Florida. They have a reputation as being below average in paying Florida personal injury claims.
We made a UM injury claim with her insurance company. All the letters that her UM carrier sent to us had their name listed as Superior Adjusting, Inc.
Our client had Personal Injury Protection (PIP) through her auto insurance policy. Her PIP paid $10,000 of her medical bills.
Value of Pain and Suffering Component for Carpal Tunnel Surgery ($25,000 to $50,000)
In Florida, in an accident caused by someone else, the settlement value of pain and suffering for carpal tunnel surgery is $25,000 and $50,000. However, it depends upon the disability that you are left with.
Lady Bitten By Jaguar at Zoo Gets $139,498 for Thumb Amputation
This isn’t my case. A jury awarded $139,498 to a woman who was bitten by a jaguar at the zoo. As a result, she had her thumb was amputated (lost) as well as pieces of her hand.
$100,000 of the verdict was for in pain and suffering. The trial was in 2012. The case is Russell v. Berens f/k/a Greene and Panther Ridge Conservation Center Inc.
Choosing the Best Hand Doctor
Choose the right hand surgeon may be a huge factor in a possible settlement. This is a map of hand surgeons in Florida who are patient advocates and will not try to destroy an injury case. Here are the names:
- Felix Freshwater, MD (East Kendall/Miami-Dade County)
- Robert Moya, MD (Miami)
- Dr. John Wilkerson, MD (South Miami/Coral Gables)
- Jaqueline Redondo, MD
- Phillip B Cummings, MD
- Harris Gellman, MD
- Kenneth J. Easterling, MD
- Alexander Krawiecki, MD
- Roberto J Acosta, MD (West Palm Beach)
Should You Immediately Hire A Lawyer if Someone Caused Your Hand Injury in an Accident?
It depends. If your hand injury is not very painful and your hand is not deformed, it you may be OK to wait until the next day to hire a lawyer.
There are over 11 reasons to hire a Florida accident lawyer. If the injury is very painful, if your hand is deformed or numb, and your hand is not pink, you should immediately hire a lawyer.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2013 and has been completely revamped and updated.