Arm Injury Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

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If you have sustained an arm injury after being injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may want to find out more information about making an arm injury claim. Please read through our guide which is full of helpful information and advice on claiming arm injury compensation.

Arm injury

Arm injury

There are a number of different types of injuries that can happen to the arm from sprains and strains, fractures, cuts and lacerations and so on. We use our arms every day, throughout the day to carry out normal daily activities such as washing and dressing, to be able to participate in sporting activities and to carry out work duties and tasks as well as many other things that we generally take for granted. When we sustain an injury to the arm it can actually be extremely debilitating depending on the injury and its severity.

If someone else has caused you to have an accident resulting in you suffering an arm injury, you may be eligible to make an arm injury claim. Although compensation cannot take away the pain and suffering you will have endured, or be able to change what has happened, it can provide with the financial support you may need whilst recovering from your injury especially if it has stopped you from being able to work causing you to lose income, and also it can cover the costs of any medical treatments you may need that aren’t available on the NHS for example, and so if you are suffering because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, it can be really helpful to make a personal injury claim.

Legal Helpline has a panel of legal experts that specialise in personal injury claims and could help you to successfully secure the compensation you deserve, just call them on 0161 696 9685.

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Arm injury claims guide

Making a claim for an arm injury can sometimes be a complex process as there are a lot of considerations to take into account, and so by reading through this guide, you will get a good overview about what is involved and what you need to do to maximise the chances of a successful claim.

Within the guide we look information such as what the different types of arm injuries are that can happen, how the severity of the arm injury is determined, what can be included in the compensation claim, how to start a claim and much more. We provide average award amounts for certain arm injuries to give a guide as to how much you may be awarded, and we also put forward the benefits of using a personal injury solicitor that works on a no win no fee basis.

Once you have read through the guide, if you’d like more information, or would like to discuss your individual case in more detail, contact Legal Helpline.

What arm injuries can compensation be claimed for?

The panel of personal injury solicitors at Legal Helpline have dealt with many arm injury claims over the years for many different types of injuries including breaks or fractures, sprains and strains, torn ligaments, tendonitis and many more. It doesn’t matter what type of arm injury it is, if it was caused due to somebody else’s mistake or negligence, you can make an arm injury claim for compensation. For the claim to be successful however, you need to be able to prove liability lies with someone else.

Determining how severe an arm injury is

When making a claim for an arm injury, the biggest influence on the amount of compensation you could receive is the severity of the injury. The more severe the arm injury is, the bigger the impact it will have on your life and well-being and possibly your future depending on the nature of the injury, and so it would attract the higher amounts of compensation to reflect this. Financial aspects of a claim come secondary to the amount given for the injury itself and its severity and physical effects.

Levels of severity:

  • Minor – Your arm injury will be considered least severe if apart from the initial physical effect, it has no significant or long lasting effects and can be treated quite simply through medical care with a full recovery expected. An arm injury claim for a sprain for example, is unlikely to attract a large compensation award.
  • Moderate – An arm injury is considered to be moderate when there is a long lasting effect from the injury which cannot be treated very easily, but it doesn’t affect your everyday life as such. Soft tissue injuries are often classified as moderate, but still, they do not attract large amounts of compensation in general as overall life style isn’t affected that much, however they will attract larger compensation payouts compared to minor injuries.
  • Severe – Severe arm injuries include injuries such as muscle and nerve damage to the arm which has a significant effect on the sufferer’s life, and also needs continuous medical treatment. Claimants with severe arm injuries will be awarded larger sums of compensation because of the big impact it has had on their life and will continue to do so in the future.
  • Very Severe – Arm injuries are classified as very severe when the injury is permanent and has devastating consequences to someone’s life. Amputations of the arm, or both arms, paralysis to the arms, severe nerve and tissue damage that renders the arm useless are just some examples of what would be considered very severe. Also with these injuries, extensive medical on-going treatment is likely to be required, surgery may be needed and the risk of further complications arising is increased. The victim’s life style will change dramatically also including possibly not being able to work at their current job, or even at all, or participate in the sports they enjoy. These types of injuries will attract the maximum amounts of compensation as they will have the biggest negative impact on a person’s life compared to less severe injuries.

Common injuries to arms

There are many different kinds of injuries to the arm that can occur ranging from minor to very severe. A number of injuries tend to be more common than others and include:

  • Sprains – These normally occur around the elbow and are cause by the ligaments being stretched and tearing. If there is swelling around the elbow joint or some bruising that won’t go away easily, it could mean that your arm is sprained.
  • Broken or fractured bones – There are three bones in the arm and sustaining a break or fracture is a very common arm injury. An arm injury from a fall, car crash arm injury or an arm injury at work can often involve a break or fracture.
  • Tendonitis – This is a common injury where the tendons that lie between the muscles and bones in the arms become inflamed and painful. Swelling of the arm, stiffness and weakness of the arm and a feeling that the arm is grating, can all be symptoms of tendonitis.
  • Dislocation – Sometimes, often due to blunt force or being pulled, the arm can become displaced out of its usual position. There may be swelling around the joints, joint numbness and also visibly being able to see the bones are out of place.

No matter the type of injury, if you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence or mistake, you may be eligible to claim compensation for an arm injury. Contact Legal Helpline to find out how.

I’ve suffered an arm injury, what should I do?

If you have suffered an arm injury through no fault of your own and want to make an arm injury claim, there are a number of things that you can do in order to start gathering evidence that supports your claim.

  • Firstly, before doing anything else, you should see a medical professional to have your injury thoroughly assessed. Depending on the circumstances or the type of arm injury you have sustained, you may need to visit a hospital immediately if severe, or you may be able to treat the injury yourself if minor. If you have been to the hospital to receive treatment, they would have assessed your injury and made a medical report stating what your injury is, what treatment you need and what your future prognosis is at the time. If you have treated your arm at home, you will not have any official diagnosis which is important when making a claim. Therefore, in order to have a formal diagnosis, have the severity of the injury assessed and make sure you have treated your arm correctly, you should visit your GP or local hospital. Having a medical report stating the facts of your injury is essential for a successful compensation claim.

Once you have had your arm injury seen to medically, you can then think about gathering further evidence in order to support your claim.

  • Witnesses – If there were any witnesses to your accident, take down their contact details so that they can be contacted for a witness statement if required.
  • Photos – Take photos of the scene of the accident and try to include if possible what caused the accident. For example, if you tripped over an uneven paving slab on a public footpath, causing you to fall and break your arm, you should take a photo of the uneven footpath as proof of the reason for your accident. Also, take photos of your injury whilst at its worse to visually show the full extent of the pain and suffering you have injured.
  • Ask for a copy of your medical report and any x-rays or scans of the injury to your arm as proof that the injury does indeed exist.
  • Keep receipts of any extra expenses you may have incurred because of injuring your arm such as medical or travel expenses.

The more evidence that you can get to back up your claim, the better. Proving liability is imperative for a successful claim and so by gathering as much information and evidence you can before proceeding with the case, you will have a good base to build on.

Accident at work arm injury claims

All UK employers are legally bound by the legislation in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1957 which states that employers have a duty of care to their employees to provide a safe working environment at all times to the best of their ability. In order to do this, employers should follow the guidelines set out on the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website which gives advice and guidance on how best to keep the working environment as safe as possible. Each type of job should be considered on its own merits and appropriate health and safety policies drawn up that are relevant to the tasks, which should then be strictly adhered to. Failure to follow the guidelines, rules and regulations that are legally required would mean that the employer is in breach of his/her duty of care and responsibilities. Employers are also required by law to write any accidents down in the works accident record book.

If you have injured your arm after being involved in an incident at work that wasn’t your fault, providing that you can prove it was due to your employer’s negligence, you can claim compensation against them. Although many people are put off from claiming against their employer for fear of losing their job, you really needn’t worry as they would get into a lot of trouble for sacking someone for making a claim against them.

The average settlement for an arm injury at work will depend on the type of injury and its severity, call Legal Helpline for further advice.

Slip, trip and fall arm injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents are the most common way to sustain an injury to the arm. Regardless of where the accident took place, if you have sipped or tripped and fell over because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to make an arm injury claim.

Depending on where you were when the accident took place will determine who should be sued for your personal injury claim. For example, if you were to trip and fall on a public footpath due to a broken paving slab, the local council or authority would hold responsibility, or if you slipped over in a supermarket, it would be the supermarket that would be at fault.

If you have sustained an arm injury due to a slip, trip or fall accident, contact us at Legal Helpline for more help and guidance in proving liability.

Road accident arm injury claims

Regardless of whether you were a passenger, driver, cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian, if you have injured your arm due to a road accident that wasn’t any fault of yours, you should be able to make a compensation claim. The average settlement for broken arm in a car accident will depend on how bad the injury is and how much of an effect it has had on your life.

As with any accident involving a vehicle, you should get the contact and insurance details of the driver at fault as well as the make and model and registration number of their vehicle. You also need to make sure the police have been informed as it is a legal requirement to report any road traffic accidents. Ask for a copy of the police incident number as evidence. Take down the details of any witnesses to the accident as well to back up your version of events and therefore give further proof as to who was liable for the accident and so your injury.

Starting an arm injury compensation claim

With the help, guidance and support of our specialist personal injury claims team, starting your arm injury claim will be relatively straight forward compared to what you might have expected.

As already mentioned, try to gather as much evidence as you can as suggested earlier in the guide, the evidence you collect may include witness contact details, photos, medical report and expenses. Then ring us at Legal Helpline on 0161 696 9685. We will offer a free consultation that can be conducted over the phone for convenience where we can freely discuss in detail the nature of your reason to make a claim. We will listen to what you have to say and look at any evidence you have gathered and assess in our professional opinion whether or not you have a valid case. If for any reason, we don’t feel your case will be strong enough to be successful, we will be honest with you and tell you why so that you do not waste any more of your time and efforts on something that is unlikely to happen. However, if we feel you have a valid case, we will give you an evaluation to show how well your case could do if our firm was to take your claim to court.

We may then offer to take on your claim on a no win no fee basis. See further on in the guide about our no win no fee service.

Once the case is in our hands, we will start to gather more evidence and facts that support your claim in order to build a strong case ready to take to court. We may at this stage offer to make you an appointment to see a local medical professional, free of charge, to thoroughly assess your arm injury if necessary.

During the consultation, you can ask any questions you may have about the process of making a claim, or about our personal injury claims service, and we will do our best to answer them.

What compensation can be claimed for?

The majority of people who file compensation claims, do not realise that there are actually many different factors that make up the final settlement amount. The final settlement amount is made up of the following components:

  • General Damages – These refer to the physical elements of the claim. This is where the type of injury and the severity of the injury is taken into account, taking into consideration the impact it has had on the claimants life at present and in the future. Any psychological trauma caused by the accident and arm injury will also be factored in under general damages.
  • Special Damages – These refer to the financial expenses and losses that may have occurred due to the arm injury, such as:
  • Medical Costs – Any treatments not included on the NHS will be included, costs of prescriptions, counselling and physiotherapy for example will also fall into this category.
  • Travel Costs – Any travel costs that are as a direct consequence of the arm injury can be included. If the arm injury has given reason for any vehicle adaptions being required, these costs are covered too.
  • Care Claim – You can claim for any carers or home help you may have had whilst recovering from your accident.
  • Lost Income – Any income lost or future income lost will be considered.

One of the many benefits of using our service is that we know exactly what can be claimed for and make sure that everything you are entitled to claim for, for your accident and injury, will be included in order to secure you the maximum amount possible if the case is successful.

Calculating compensation for arm injuries

We get asked many questions regarding making a compensation claim, but one of the most common questions we get asked is ‘How much compensation will I receive?’.  But this is more or less impossible to answer at this stage as there are many different variables that all have an impact on the final award amount. However, we can show average figures that may be awarded for the injury type, severity and possible long term implications (general damages section of a claim). In the table below, we have listed a number of different arm injuries that could occur, and their average award amounts just to give you some idea of what might be possible depending on your injury.

Reason for CompensationAverage Award AmountComments
Arm Amputation£211,150 - £263,060Amputation of both arms
Arm Amputation£84,310 - £120,270Amputation of one arm. Award amount will depend on how much of the arm has been amputated.
Very Severe Arm Injuries£84,310 - £114,810For injuries which fall short of the arm/arms being amputated.
Severe Arm Injuries£34,340 - £52,490Injuries that have caused permanent disablement.
Moderate Arm Injuries£16,830 - £34,340Although there has been a significant disability, a good level of recovery has happened or is expected to happen soon.
Minor Arm Injuries£5,810 - £16,830Injuries such as simple fractures where full recovery is expected.
Minor – Severe Elbow Injuries£2,810 - £48,080Minor injuries such as tennis elbow, simple fractures and lacerations, to severe injuries such as disabling injuries where there is loss of function of the elbow joint.

For a more in depth evaluation of your individual case, please contact Legal Helpline for expert advice.

Will my arm injury be a no win no fee?

One of the main reasons people put off hiring legal representation when making a compensation claim, is the worry of being able to afford the legal fees, and also the worry of paying out hundreds or even thousands of pounds during a case for a personal injury lawyer, only to lose the case and not win any compensation and therefore also losing the money spent on the case up to that point. But with our firm, this will not be a concern.

Legal Helpline conduct personal injury claims under a no win no fee basis. With this service, we do not ask for any payments upfront or during the claims process at all. Our fees depend entirely on the outcome of the case in that if we win, our fees are paid as a lump sum as a set percentage of the final settlement amount, if we lose however, we do not ask for any payment at all.

Our no win no fee policy offers expert legal representation without the financial risk.

Will Legal Helpline get me compensation?

Here at Legal Helpline, we have years of experience in successfully securing arm injury compensation and have a brilliant reputation in customer care and satisfaction, our feedback says it all.

We offer a great service with our expertise in the personal injury claims field, free consultation and advice, our offer to arrange a free local medical and our no win no fee policy.

When we work on a claims case, we give it our full attention to make sure that it is conducted thoroughly, being careful not to miss any important facts or evidence, so that we can ensure that when we are ready for the court proceedings to start, that we have a really strong case for success.

We are a friendly, reliable team and work in an efficient and timely manner to get you the compensation you deserve whilst you concentrate on your recovery.

Contact Legal Helpline

If you have any questions regarding starting an arm injury claim, or would like to discuss using our services to pursue your claim on your behalf, just call us on 0161 696 9685 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

Useful links and resources

Elbow injury claims

If you have injured an elbow then this claims guide gives advice specifically on claiming compensation for an elbow injury.

NHS advice

This is a helpful guide from the NHS offering help and advice if you are suffering arm or elbow pain.

Health & Safety Executive

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) explain here what you should do if you have an accident at work and how it should be reported.