Arm injury compensation claims - Introduction

Updated: October 8, 2018

40% of musculoskeletal conditions sustained at work affect the arms, according to 2013/14 statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Arm injuries arise in occupations as diverse as builders, nurses and office workers.

Many more arm injuries are sustained outside of work, with two fifths of cyclists injured on Britain's roads sustaining an arm injury, according to the Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents.

The impact of arm injuries

Arm injuries (those affecting the upper arm, forearm, elbow and wrist) can cause serious disruption to a person's life and ability to work.

The Courts recognise that any arm injuries, from breaks to the humerus, radius, ulna and wrist bones, to muscle pain, burns and hard-arm vibration syndrome, can result in lasting pain and financial hardship.

Where an arm injury was caused by the act or negligence of someone else, he law provides for compensation to be paid to mitigate the losses and pain an injured person has sustained.

Arm injury

Do I have a claim for an arm injury?

If you have suffered an arm injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

To make a compensation claim, regardless of whether you have sustained a minor sprain or a badly broken arm, the accident must have resulted from a breach of duty by a responsible party.

The accident must also, on the balance of probabilities, be proven to be the cause of your injury. In most cases of arm fractures, establishing the cause of the accident is straightforward. Proving a link between the Defendant's breach and an arm injuries in cases of RSI or hand-arm vibration, however, can be more complex. A solicitor will be able to advise further on this point.

You may be able to claim if:

  • the accident was someone else's fault
  • you are able to prove that your injury was as a result of another person or the company's negligence
  • the accident occurred in the last three years

Time limits for arm injury compensation

Anyone who has sustained an arm injury in an accident that occurred within the last three years may be entitled to claim.

By starting a claim sooner, the Claimant's solicitor will have more time to negotiate a settlement amount from the other side's solicitors.

If you believe you injury may fall outside the claim time limit, contact Quittance on 0800 612 7456 to discuss your options.

Calculate my arm injury compensation

Arm injury compensation payouts will vary depending on the severity of the injury. For a broken arm, an average claim could settle for between £5,000 and £14,000. Compensation for a more serious arm injury may range from £29,000 to around £100,000.

Table 1. Arm injury compensation amounts

Injury Type Compensation Amount
Forearm fracture (radius and/or ulna) £5,000 to £14,600
Serious, permanent arm injury £29,800 to £45,500
Severe arm injury, including amputation below the elbow £73,100 to £83,325
Severe arm injury, including amputation above the elbow £83,325 to £99,500

Please note that these arm injury compensation amounts for general damages are a guide only. Your total compensation award or settlement will also consider treatment costs and other financial losses, known as special damages.

The Quittance Personal Injury Compensation Calculator considers both general and special damages. Find out how much compensation you could claim for an arm injury here:

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How is arm injury compensation calculated?

Amounts for general damages are recommended by the Judicial College. These guideline amounts are based on factors including where and how serious the injury is, including any long-term consequences.

Though not technically law, use of the guidelines is common in Court. Most insurance companies will, when calculating the settlement amount for an arm injury, also refer to the guidelines.

How compensation can help

Personal injury law is founded on the principle that compensation should aim to return a person to the position they would have been in if the cause of the injury had never happened.

It is recognised by the Courts that an arm injury can have life-changing consequences. Injuries affecting the upper or lower can make it difficult to work, making compensation for loss of past and future earnings particularly helpful.

Compensation may be awarded for:

  • pain, suffering and loss of amenity arising from your injuries
  • lost earnings if you have had to take time off work
  • future loss of earnings if you are unable to return to work
  • the cost of medical treatment and future care relating to your injuries
  • expenses such as travel costs to and from hospital

How we can help

Before embarking on a claim, a specialist solicitor will talk to you about the circumstances surrounding your accident or illness and set out the options available to you.

Quittance's panel solicitors have detailed knowledge of judicial guidelines and relevant case law relating to arm injuries sustained in the workplace, in public places and on the roads.

Our solicitors have assisted Claimants receive compensation for injuries including:

  • lifting injuries, including those resulting from inadequate training
  • broken bones and sprains resulting from falls, slips or trips
  • carpal tunnel, RSI and other conditions affecting the arm
  • sports injuries
  • cycling and other road traffic accidents

How long will an arm injury compensation claim take to complete?

Many personal injury claims prove to be straightforward. Compensation is awarded in a relatively short time frame.

More complex or severe cases usually take longer to settle. Certain factors will extend the compensation claim, particularly where the Defendant accepts no liability, or only partial liability.

Most claims, including those for arm injury compensation, do not require formal Court action, and Claimants rarely need to go to Court at all.

To get a more accurate prognosis of how long your claim should take, speak to a claims specialist on 0800 612 7456 or get a bespoke Compensation Claim Report online.

What are the chances of success?

In order to make a claim successfully for an accident or illness, it must be proved that another person or body was responsible for the injuries you sustained. Depending on the situation, the party responsible could be an employer, business owner or operator, manufacturer, NHS trust or local authority.

There are a several things that you can do to help your solicitor make a stronger claim:

  • if you have been injured in a public place such as a shop, report the accident to the owner, management or local authority
  • if injured on the road, report the incident to the police
  • if injured at work, report the incident (e.g. in an accident book if injured at work)
  • take photos of the scene and of your injury
  • gather witness statements, including names and addresses

It is worth considering the above and doing everything you can as soon as possible, even if you are undecided whether to make a claim.

No Win, No Fee arm injury claims explained

No Win, No Fee claims begin once the injured person agrees, with their solicitor, a Conditional Fee Agreement (also known as a CFA).

A CFA explains the service delivered by the solicitor handling your case and a percentage-based "success fee" that will be deducted from the compensation award when your case is won.

You are able to focus on your recovery, with the knowledge that you will never be out of pocket. You have absolutely no hidden charges when choosing a Quittance solicitor.

Accidents at work - Claims against your employer

Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.

Find out if you can claim arm injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report

Road traffic accident claims

Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.

Find out more about claiming arm injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Emma Bell Employers and Public Liability Panel Solicitor
Shahida Chaudery Complex Injury Claims Panel Solicitor

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