Injuring your arm can be painful, irritating and, in some cases, life-changing. The impact of an arm injury can make it difficult to work, enjoy your hobbies and carry out your normal tasks at home. Therefore, if you’ve injured your arm in an accident caused by somebody else’s negligence, you might be eligible to make an arm injury claim for compensation for your suffering and any inconvenience caused.
Our specially trained advisors are here to help if you’ve got any questions about arm injury claims. During a no-obligation consultation about your claim, they’ll give you free legal advice and review your case with you. If there are strong enough grounds to proceed, we’ll partner you with one of our personal injury solicitors. Importantly, their legal fees only need to be paid if you win your claim as all accepted cases are managed on a No Win No Fee basis.
To learn more about claiming compensation for an arm injury, please read on. Alternatively, call us today on 0800 6524 881 if you’re ready to begin your claim right away.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make An Arm Injury Compensation Claim?
- Common Causes Of Arm Injury Claims
- Common Types Of Injuries To Arms
- How Much Compensation Do You Get For An Arm Injury?
- Arm Injury Claim Payout Amounts
- Evidence To Support An Arm Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Arm Injury Compensation
- Starting The Arm Injury Claims Process
If you suffer an arm injury in an accident caused by somebody else, you’re well within your rights to make a compensation claim. If one of our personal injury solicitors assesses your arm injury claim, they will want to verify that:
- The defendant owed you (the claimant) a duty of care; and
- A negligent act by the defendant caused an accident; and
- Your arm was injured during the accident.
Different legislation is used to establish a duty of care in arm injury claims. For example, if you injure your arm at work, your employer may have breached their duty of care as defined by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Similarly, the Road Traffic Act 1988 might be relevant if your arm was injured after you were knocked off of your bike.
Once your solicitor has confirmed that a legal duty of care existed, they will move on to gathering evidence with you to prove how your arm was injured. We’ll therefore explain what evidence you could use a little later on.
Some of the more common accidents that could lead to arm injury claims include:
- Slips, trips and falls that often lead to bruised or fractured bones in the arm.
- Accidents at work.
- Road traffic accidents especially those involving cyclists or motorcyclists.
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) when using vibrating tools at work for a prolonged period.
- Accidents in the school playground.
- Falling from height.
- Sporting incidents.
If you’d like to check if you could be compensated for an arm injury caused by somebody else, please call today and speak with one of our specialist advisors.
For the purposes of this guide, we’re defining arm injuries as any that affect the upper arm and shoulder, forearm, wrist and elbow.
There are many ways in which the arm can be injured in an accident and we couldn’t possibly list every type here. However, we’ve listed some of the more common arm injuries that often lead to compensation claims. They include:
While some arm injuries will result in short-term pain and suffering that will resolve after treatment, others can lead to life-changing disabilities. The severity of your injury is one of the main factors used to determine how much compensation you’ll be paid if your claim is successful.
Even if your arm injury is not listed here, please contact us if you’d like to find out whether we could help you begin a personal injury claim. Our solicitors can help with any type of claim including those where you’ve injured your arm at work, in a road traffic accident or following a slip, trip or fall.
When calculating how much compensation you should get for an arm injury, there is quite a lot to consider. Any claim you make should include compensation for any suffering caused by your injuries (general damages) as well as any financial losses you’ve sustained as well (special damages).
If a settlement is awarded for your arm injury, it could include damages to cover:
- The pain caused by your arm injury.
- Any impact the injury has on your usual activities such as your hobbies.
- Any psychological suffering caused by distress, anxiety or depression linked to the accident or your arm injury.
- Loss of earnings and future loss of earnings for more serious long-term arm injuries.
- Physiotherapy and private medical treatment.
- Care costs if somebody else had to support you with your usual activities while you were injured.
- Travel expenses.
- Home or vehicle adaptations if your arm injury leaves you disabled and the modifications will improve your quality of life.
Our team of solicitors have many years of experience dealing with arm injury compensation claims. If your case is taken on, your solicitor will attempt to ensure that you are paid the highest amount of compensation possible for your injuries.
Below you will find potential compensation payout amounts for various arm injuries. The figures are based on compensation levels advised by the Judicial College Guidelines that are used by solicitors to calculate compensation amounts for general damages.
- Amputation of both arms, compensation of between £240,790 and £300,000.
- Amputation at the shoulder, no less than £137,160.
- Amputation above the elbow, £109,650 up to £130,930.
- Amputation below the elbow, £96,160 to £109,650.
- Serious arm injuries which leave little in the way of movement can attract compensation between £96,160 and £130,930.
- Arm injuries leading to permanent and substantial disablement, £39,170 to £59,860.
- Significant disabilities where a degree of recovery is expected, £19,200 up to £39,170.
- Forearm fractures with no complications, £6,610 up to £19,200.
- Elbow injuries resulting in disablement, compensation amount of £39,170 up to £54,830.
- Less severe elbow injuries not requiring surgery and not resulting in significant disablement, between £15,650 and £32,010.
- Moderate/minor injuries where a full recovery is made within 12 months, £3,530.
- A recuperation time of 18 months to 24 months will lead to a payment in the region of £6,500.
- Injuries with a partial recuperation period of more than three years and symptoms continuing can attract payments of up to £12,590.
For advice on elbow injury claims, you may want to see our page here.
- Severe injury to the shoulder can attract compensation of between £18,020 and £45,070.
- Shoulder dislocations impacting the arm, elbow and grip have compensation guidelines between £11,980 and £18,020.
For advice on shoulder injury claims, you might want to refer to our page here.
- Wrist injuries involving total loss of mobility, £47,620 up to £59,860.
- Permanent wrist injuries with a degree of useful movement, £24,500 up to £39,170.
- Injuries that leave a degree of long-term pain will see a payment of between £12,590 and £24,500.
- Fracture or soft tissue injuries which require long-term treatment can attract compensation up to £10,350.
- A fairly simple wrist fracture will attract compensation in the region of £3,530 to £4,740.
For advice on wrist injury claims please visit this page.
If your arm injury claim is taken on, your solicitor will book a medical assessment (usually locally) with an independent specialist as required for personal injury claims. They will examine your arm injury and find out how it has affected you. After they’ve finished, they’ll produce a report that will explain the extent of your injury and your prognosis. This report will allow your solicitor to provide a more personalised compensation estimate for you.
Whether you’re claiming compensation for an arm injury against your employer, a business, or any other type of organisation, your arm injury claim will usually be dealt with by an insurance company. This means you’ll need to prove exactly how your accident happened, who caused it and how serious your arm injury was before you’ll receive any compensation.
The type of evidence that could improve the likelihood of winning your claim includes:
- Photographic evidence. Following any type of accident, it’s a good idea to take pictures of the scene before anything is moved or replaced. You could also take pictures of any visible arm injuries during your recovery.
- Accident report forms. It is important to report any accidents so that you are given an accident report form. This document can be used to prove where and when you sustained your arm injury.
- Medical evidence. X-rays and medical notes from the hospital where you were treated are a good way to prove how serious your injury was. These can be requested by your solicitor during the claims process.
- Camera footage. If your accident was recorded on a CCTV camera, bodycam or dashcam, you should ask for a copy of the relevant data to be forwarded to you where possible.
- Witness details. Your solicitor might ask anybody who saw you injure your arm to explain what they saw in a witness statement. Therefore, you should ask for the contact details of anybody else who was present.
Our team can review any evidence you’ve collected already or provide advice on how to secure evidence to support your arm injury claim.
As you may know, there is a 3-year time limit for arm injury compensation claims in the UK. This means the limitation period will typically start from:
- The date of your accident; or
- The date your arm injury was diagnosed by a doctor (if later).
Importantly, there is no time limit for arm injury claims involving children. While they are under 18 years old, a claim can be made on their behalf at any time by a litigation friend. If a claim doesn’t happen, the claimant will have 3-years to claim from the date of their 18th birthday.
We’re ready to help if you’ve decided to take action for an arm injury caused by somebody else. Please call our team on 0800 6524 881 to begin the arm injury claims process.
We’ll begin by reviewing your claim for free and providing free legal advice. If your claim is suitable, we’ll ask one of our personal injury solicitors to discuss it in more detail with you. If they agree to represent you, they won’t charge any legal fees unless you are compensated because they’ll work on a No Win No Fee basis.
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