Arm Injury and Elbow Injury Compensation Claims
Compensation claims for arm injuries are commonplace, with many injuries resulting from slips, trips and falls, sports injuries and work accidents.
The arm is made up of four main parts: the upper arm, the forearm, the elbow, and the wrist. Injuries can affect any part of the arm and in many cases, the same injury affects more than one part of the victim’s arm. Arm injuries frequently occur as a result of slips, trips, or a fall, where the individual puts one, or both arms out to break their fall, injuring or even fracturing the wrist or forearm. Fractures are one of the most common forms of arm injury, ranging in severity from a fracture that will heal and leave no long-lasting effects, to more complex fractures and multiple fractures that require corrective surgery or in the worst cases, result in amputation.
Muscle or tendon damage is also common and can affect one or more parts of the arm and in some cases the entire arm. Arm injuries are extremely common and can occur at work, during road traffic accidents, or as a result of slipping on a wet or slippery floor. If the injuries sustained are the result of someone else’s negligence, then you are entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation.
If you have suffered an arm, elbow or wrist injury and you feel that the actions or inaction of someone else was to blame for your injury, then you should speak to one of the personal injury solicitors at Sheldon Davidson Solicitors for expert legal advice and assistance on making your arm injury compensation claim.
How Compensation Can Help
If you have suffered any type of arm injury and someone else was to blame, then it is your right to seek financial compensation. Although compensation will not rid you of your injuries it is designed to help restore you to the person you were before the accident occurred and to reimburse you for all expenses and losses you have incurred as a result of the accident. It may be for example that you and/or close family members were unable to work for an extended period of time, or worse, you are unable to continue the type of work you used to do. It could also be that you have had to make adaptations to your home and transport to enable you to live as independently as possible. It could also help pay for:
- Access to physios or other rehabilitative care you may need
- Transport costs, taxis to and from appointments as you be unable to drive with an arm injury
- Specialist medical devices, in the most severe cases this may include state of the art prosthetics
- Professional care at home - Daily assistance if you live alone or possibly to allow other family members to return to work
- Access to daily living aids - Equipment designed to make life easier for those with a physical impairment.
- Cover loss of earnings whilst you’re unable to return to work
Some indicative General Damages figures have been provided below, but due to the unique nature of every arm injury claim, it is not possible to provide a definitive figure in advance.
Any financial compensation awarded is comprised of two types of damages:
General Damages: The sum awarded in recompense for the pain and suffering endured and the loss of amenity suffered. This factors in the physical, emotional, and psychological effect of the injury itself.
Special Damages: Designed to restore you back to the financial position you were in before the injury. Special damages will reimburse you for any financial losses you have incurred as a result of the injury, i.e. medical expenses, travel costs, medical equipment purchased, etc. It will also include anticipated expenses that you are likely to incur as a result of the injury in the future. The final component is to cover historic and anticipated loss of earnings as a result of being unable to work due to your injury.
Arm Injury & Elbow Injury Compensation Claim Settlement Amounts
Arm Injury Compensation
Amputation or total loss of both arms
£191,950 - £239,500
Amputation of or the loss of one arm at the shoulder
No less than £104,370
Amputation of or the loss of one arm between the elbow and shoulder
£87,420 - £104,370
Severe arm injury resulting in extremely compromised ability to move the arm
£76,650 - £104,370
Amputation of or the loss of one arm below the elbow
£76,650 - £87,420
Serious arm injury resulting in substantial and permanent disablement
£31,220 - £47,720
Serious arm injury resulting in partial recovery but some permanent symptoms
£15,320 - £31,220
Fracture to the forearm without complications
£5,630 - £16,380
Elbow Injury Compensation
Severe elbow injury resulting in permanent disablement
£31,250 - £43,710
Elbow Injury with enduring problems
£12,480 - £25,510
Elbow injury with no enduring problems
Up to £10,040
Wrist Injury Compensation
Severe wrist injury causing permanent disablement of the wrist
£37,960 - £47,720
Serious wrist injury causing significant enduring issues
£19,530 - £31,220
Wrist injury with permanent pain and stiffness
£10,040 - £19,530
Various wrist injuries with recovery between in less than 2 years
Up to £8,160
Causes of Arm Injury
The below list is not exhaustive but some of the most common causes of arm injuries include:
- Farming accidents - With the type of machinery used on a farm, arms are often the part of the body to be injured.
- Sports Injury – The are many overuse arm injuries in sport, such as Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow. There are also many sudden injuries caused by falls and contact sports, such as skiing and rugby.
- Accidents at work – Falls at work, inadequate training on dangerous equipment
- Road traffic accidents – Could involve injury as a driver, passenger or even as a pedestrian.
- Crush Injuries – Arm trapped in a door or something heavy falling onto the arm
- Slips, trips, and falls – Normally involves sprains and fractures to the wrists and forearms but an awkward landing could injury the elbow or forearm
- Overuse Injuries – Often associated with sports injuries or work injuries
Please note that personal injury claims involving sudden injury caused by an accident have to be started within 3 years of the incident. In the case of overuse injuries, where there is no specific date on which the injury was caused, that 3-year window starts on the date of diagnosis of the injury.
Types of Arm Injury
Arm injuries come in many forms and can affect the upper arm, the lower arm, as well as the elbow and wrist. In many instances, an accident can cause injury to multiple parts of the arm. Arms injuries can vary in severity, from a minor sprain to the wrist, to a complex break of the forearm. In some cases, the injury may be so severe that it may result in partial or complete paralysis of the arm or even amputation.
The wrist is a complex joint and is susceptible to injury. The wrist is often the part of the body that suffers in a fall, where the individual puts their hands out to break their fall, often causing sprains and sometimes fracturing the scaphoid bone in the wrist or causing a wrist dislocation.
As well as being vulnerable to sudden injury, the wrist can also be affected by overuse injuries, such as where overuse of the joint in the same motion causes damage to the soft tissue surrounding the joint, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Much like the wrist, the elbow can be affected by both sudden injury and repetitive strain injuries.
Whilst sudden injury to the elbow is less common than overuse injuries, they can still occur and come in the form of dislocations, fractures and soft-tissue injuries like sprain and strains.
Overuse injuries that affect the elbow include bursitis, where the fluid-filled sacks that surround the joint become inflamed, causing pain and stiffness in the joint. Tendonitis is another overuse injury to affect the elbow and probably the most well-known example is Tennis Elbow or lateral epicondylitis, to give it its clinical name. This is caused by strenuous overuse of the muscles and outer tendons in the elbow joint, causing grip issues, pain in your upper forearm and elbow and difficulty in bending or fully extending your arm. Medial epicondylitis, known as golfer’s elbow, affects the inner tendons in the elbow.
The forearm is more prone to sudden injury than the elbow, often being injured during the process of breaking a fall. The forearm can be affected by muscle strains, tendon injuries, contusions, fractures, crush injuries and even nerve damage.
If the damage to the arm or nerves is severe enough, then injury to the forearm can potentially cause partial paralysis of the arm or hand and can even lead to amputation below the elbow.
Upper Arm Injuries
Upper arm injuries are certainly less common than injuries to the forearm or wrist are similar in nature, with awkward falls or falls from height causing injuries like a fracture or break of the humerus. Much like the rest of the arm, the upper arm can also suffer damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
In the most extreme cases, nerve damage in the upper arm can lead to paralysis to the arm below the injury. Severe breaks and crushing injuries caused in incidents like road traffic accidents may also lead to amputation of the arm between the shoulder and the elbow, although this is obviously relatively rare.
How to make an Arm Injury Claim or Elbow Injury Compensation Claim
If you have suffered an arm injury, wrist injury or elbow injury and there is undeniable third-party blame, Sheldon Davidson Solicitors' team of Manchester Personal Injury Lawyers will handle every aspect of your arm injury compensation claim, maximising your chances of a successful claim and ensuring you are awarded the maximum amount of compensation that you and your family deserve.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are arm and elbow injury claim specialists with expertise in settling all manner of arm injury compensation claims, including both wrist injury claims and elbow injury claims.
We have a long-standing track record of obtaining practical financial support for our clients, as well as arranging high-level medical care for our clients. To find out more about pursuing your arm injury compensation claim, contact our team or fill in our online claim form.