£60,000 Compensation Payout For A Broken Arm Accident At Work – Compensation Amounts Calculator

By Max Malkovich. Last Updated 29th June 2022. When you’re at work, your employer owes you a duty of care to try and keep you as safe as possible. Therefore, if you suffer a broken arm in an accident which you can prove was caused by employer negligence, you could be entitled to claim compensation from them. This guide aims to show you when you could claim for a broken arm accident at work and the amounts of compensation that could be paid.

We’ll also look at a case study to demonstrate how a broken arm can affect you. To help show what injuries can be claimed for, we’ve provided a personal injury claims calculator later in the guide too.

Here at Legal Helpline, we can help you make your claim. Our advisors are specialists who can assess your claim on a no-obligation basis. They can also give you free advice about claiming. If you’d like to begin a claim today, please call 0161 696 9685 right away. Alternatively, you can contact us through our website.

Alternatively, if you’d like to know more about claiming for an accident in work which caused a broken arm, please continue reading.

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Broken Arm Accidents At Work

The main symptoms of a broken arm, according to NHS guidance on broken arm injuries, are:

  • A snapping noise when the injury occurred.
  • Swelling and bruising.
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • Difficulty in moving the arm.
  • Severe pain and tenderness.
Broken arm accident at work

Broken arm accident at work

If you have an accident at work and you suspect your arm is broken, the advice is to restrict movement of the arm as much as possible. You should then attend your local accident and emergency department immediately.

The treatment of a broken arm will depend on whether the bones in the arm are realigned or not. If they are, the doctors will use a splint or plaster cast to protect the bone while it heals. If not, they will need to realign the bones first.

In general, a broken arm will take one to two months to heal. In more severe breaks, this can increase.

Anatomy Of Your Arm Bones

The arm, wrist and hands are made up of 64 bones. This gives the potential for a number of different injuries. The larger bones which make up the arm include:

  • Humerus: Runs from the shoulder to the elbow.
  • Radius: From the elbow to the wrist (thumb side).
  • Ulna: Elbow to wrist (little finger side).

There are also a number of smaller bones that form the wrist. These include the scaphoid, triquetrum, lunate, trapezium, capitate, hamate and trapezoid bones.

Kinds Of Accidents Causing Injuries At Work

There are only certain workplace incidents that need to be reported under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). Fractures are one of the incidents that your employer must legally report. So, if you have broken your arm at work, your employer is then required to report this to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A broken arm at work could vary in severity. For instance, a minor fracture may be painful and have an impact on your day-to-day life for a short period of time. However, a more severe fracture may require surgery and have a longer recovery period.

The HSE website has statistics on non-fatal injuries. As you can see from the graph below, the most common cause of non-fatal injures over 2020/21 was slips, trips, and falls on the same level. Whilst it is unlikely that all these instances resulted in a broken arm, it’s possible that this specific injury made up a portion of the 33% of injuries sustained in this way.

You can see some of the other main causes of this period in the graph below.

Non-fatal workplace injury statistics graph

Non-fatal workplace injury statistics graph

5 Ways You Could Have A Broken Arm Accident At Work

Now we’re going to take a look at some more specific scenarios which could lead to a broken arm in a workplace accident. Here are some examples:

  • Inadequate training.
    If you were involved in an accident because you’d not been trained properly to do the task at hand, then you might be able to claim against your employer. The same is true if a colleague caused your accident because they’d not been trained properly.
  • Lack of protective equipment.
    One of your employer’s duties is to minimise risk where possible. Following a risk assessment, if they deem a particular task is dangerous, they should make changes to reduce the dangers. This could include providing safety equipment. Therefore, if equipment which could’ve prevented your injury was not available, you could consider claiming.
  • Collisions or crashes.
    A particular example of this could be in a warehouse scenario. There should be rules on where forklift trucks can drive, at what speed and when they should sound their horn. If the driver fails to follow the rules and collides with you, then you could be entitled to claim for your injuries.
  • Slips, trips and falls.
    There are many scenarios where an employer could be responsible for a slip or fall. For example, if you slip on a wet floor with no warning signs, trip on cables that have been trailed across your work area or if you fall because of a raised paving slab in the car park. All of these scenarios could lead to a claim.
  • Crush Injuries.

There are a number of accidents that could lead to a crush injury. If they could’ve been foreseen by your employer, but they failed to take steps to reduce the risk, you could make a claim against them.

Case Study: £60,000 Compensation For A Broken Arm Accident At Work

Now we’re going to consider a case study where an accident at work could lead to a broken arm. The employee was carrying out their duties in a warehouse when they were trapped between a wall and a forklift truck. The forklift was being operated by a delivery driver for another company who was unloading their lorry.

As a result of the collision, the claimant suffered multiple fractures of the arm which required multiple operations to try and put right. They were left with a metal plate in the arm. They also continued to suffer aching and now have restricted movement in their dominant arm.

The delivery driver’s company admitted liability for the accident because their driver was not following the appropriate health and safety procedures within the claimant company’s warehouse.

The compensation paid out was to cover the considerable pain and suffering caused by the injuries, lost income and the impact on the claimant’s ability to carry out the same type of work in the future.

It’s worth noting that if the claimant had been younger, the compensation payment might’ve been a lot higher. That’s because claims for future loss of earnings is based on factors such as age, job prospects and the current position within the company.

What’s The Average Settlement For A Broken Arm At Work In 2022?

If you’re wondering what compensation could be awarded for a broken wrist, then the information below could help. Some people may choose to try out a broken arm compensation calculator to attempt to figure out the average settlement for a broken arm at work claim. However, these calculators may not always be entirely accurate, as every claim is different.

To help provide further insight into what you could claim, you can view the table below which includes compensation brackets from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). While the brackets should be treated as estimates only, they are based on past cases. Solicitors may use the JCG for reference when calculating the value of a broken arm accident at work claim.

Elbow Injury Claim Calculator

It’s important to remember that, if you’re claiming for multiple injuries or just one injury, such as a tennis elbow, an injury claim revolves around proving that your injury was caused by third-party negligence.

The figures below relate to general damages compensation payouts from successful court cases that have occurred in England and Wales. The amount of general damages you could receive depends on aspects such as:

  • the severity of your injury
  • whether any permanent health issues have been caused
  • how negatively the injury has impacted your life

This is why, when making a claim for a soft tissue elbow injury, for instance, you will have an independent medical assessment performed by a medical professional. They will examine your injury and determine aspects such as your prognosis and treatment plan that could affect your compensation. This report can be used as medical evidence.

Type of InjurySeverityTypical Compensation RangeDetails
ArmSevere£96,160 to £130,930The type of injury where the arm doesn't need to be amputated but the result is the same as if it had of been.
ArmInjuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement£39,170 to £59,860This range covers serious fractures in one or both arms that result in a permanent and substantial disability.
ArmLess Severe£19,200 to £39,170Injuries that will have caused a significant disability but it is expected to (or has) recover substantially.
ArmSimple Fracture£6,610 to £19,200A simple fracture of the forearm.
ElbowModerate to MinorUp to £12,590This range includes simple fractures of the elbow. The point in the compensation range will be determined by factors such as length of recovery time.
WristColles FractureIn the region of £7,430An uncomplicated Colles' fracture of the wrist.
Wrist(f)£3,530 to £4,740Include minor undisplaced and minimally displaced wrist fractures.

When making a claim, you can also claim for the financial losses as a result of the injury. This is referred to as special damages compensation. Potential financial losses you can claim for include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Care costs
  • Travel costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Home adjustments

You would need evidence to prove the value of these losses. Evidence can include receipts, bank statements, payslips and invoices. To learn more about claiming or to see if you can claim yourself, please contact us for free using the details above.

No Win No Fee Broken Arm Accident At Work Claims

The cost of using a solicitor to make a work accident claim might seem off-putting. However, we only work with solicitors who offer a No Win No Fee service. That’s because we want as many people to be able to claim as possible. Also, we believe that no win no fee removes a lot of financial risk and therefore makes the claims process less stressful.

If the solicitor agrees to take on your broken arm accident claim, and you’re happy to continue, you’ll be given a contract to sign. This is known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA).

The CFA makes it clear what ‘success fee’ you’ll pay if the solicitor wins the case for you. Also, it explains that you don’t have to pay the success fee if you don’t receive compensation.

Success fees are a fixed percentage of your compensation. To save you having to send the solicitor the money if they win, the compensation is paid to them, they deduct the success fee and then they send the rest on to you.

To find out if we could connect you to a work accident solicitor on a no win no fee basis, please call an advisor today.

I Broke My Arm At Work – How Do I Claim?

To make a successful claim, you’ll need evidence. You need to be able to show:

  • What happened.
  • Who was responsible.
  • And how you suffered.

So, the first steps are to gather the evidence to show those three things. Once you’ve done so, you should contact us here at Legal Helpline. Our advisors will look at your broken arm accident claim and provide free advice on your options. They’ll also make sure your claim falls within the personal injury claims time limit. In general, this is 3-years from the date of the accident. However, if you didn’t find out about your injuries, the time limit could start later.

When they’ve looked at the evidence you’ve provided, they could introduce you to one of our panel of personal injury solicitors.

We pride ourselves in connecting clients with solicitors who:

  • Have lots of experience in making personal injury claims.
  • Aim to resolve claims as quickly as possible.
  • Try to ensure clients always receive the highest amount of compensation possible.
  • And we only use solicitors who work on a no win no fee basis.

To find out if we could help you begin your claim, please call the number at the top of the screen today.

Contact Legal Helpline

We hope that you’ve found this guide about broken arm compensation amounts useful. We also hope that you’d like us to help you make your claim. If so, there are a number of ways that you can contact us. These include:

  • Calling our specialist advisors on 0161 696 9685.
  • Completing our online claims form to arrange for an advisor to call you.
  • Or you could make use of our live chat facility that’s available right across this website.

When you contact us, our advisors will take a look at what happened and what evidence you have to support your claim. If they believe you have a strong enough case, they could refer you to a personal injury lawyer. If not, they might be able to give you advice on what other evidence you could provide to bolster your case.

Related Claims Guides

Now that you’ve read all of the information regarding personal injury claims for a broken arm accident at work, here are some further guides which you might find useful:

Elbow Injury Claims – A guide which looks at the types of elbow injury which could lead to a personal injury claim.

Accident At Work Claims – This guide takes a general look at claiming for an injury at work. It’s not specific to a particular injury like a broken arm.

Wrist Injury Claims – Another guide which looks at a related injury. This one is about making a claim for a fractured or broken wrist.

Slip, Trip And Falls Claims – These kinds of accidents could occur in a number of settings, including in the workplace.

Fatal Accident At Work Claims – You may still be able to claim on behalf of a deceased friend or relative.

Bullying At Work Compensation – A guide of ours on this subject.

Foot Injury Claims – Find out how much these injuries could be worth.

Trusted External Resources

Finally, here are some external resources which might help you when claiming compensation for a broken arm at work.

Broken Bones Guide – This NHS guide explains how to determine if you’ve suffered a break or fracture and when you need to visit a hospital.

Health And Safety At Work Law – A guide from the HSE which explains both civil and criminal law that could apply following an accident at work.

Find NHS Services – This handy tool allows you to search for hospitals, GP surgeries and even physiotherapists in your area.


How Much Can I Claim For A Broken Arm In The UK?

There is no specific figure we can state in this article that would be accurate for everyone. Each claim differs, so the amount that could be awarded to you may differ too. To best way to get an accurate valuation is to get in touch with our legal advisors.

What Happens If I Break My Arm At Work?

Initially, it’s recommended that you seek medical attention to treat your injury. Then, if you wish to claim, you’ll need to prove that your injury was caused by your employer’s negligent behaviour. We can talk you through the steps involved.