If an arm injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

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

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an arm injury, we can help. If you have suffered an arm fracture, muscle tear, laceration or other arm injury in an accident that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

With over 100,000 arm injury admissions every year, you are not alone

Although there is no central record of arm injuries in the UK, data compiled by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveals how common arm injuries are.

Data from the HSE reveals there are over 450,000 work-related musculoskeletal injuries a year. Arm injuries are particularly common in physical occupations, such as farming, building and construction, nursing.

110,737 people were admitted to hospital in arm injuries in 2021-22, according to an analysis of NHS England data (digital.nhs.uk).

Some arm injuries develop after prolonged exposure to workplace hazards. For example, Hard Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) affects workers who regularly use hand-operated vibrating power tools. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) commonly affect office workers and those employed in less physically demanding roles, particularly where the work is repetitive in nature.

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 RoSPA.

If you are looking for information on elbow and arm injury symptoms and treatment, see: elbow and arm pain (nhs.uk).

Am I entitled to make an arm injury claim?

In general, you can claim compensation if you were hurt:

  • in the last 3 years,
  • by someone elses actions or negligence, and
  • they owed you a duty of care.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Am I still eligible to claim if I was partially responsible?

Determining legal responsibility for a claimant's injuries can involve myriad factors.

In our recent 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents believed they may have been partly (or wholly) responsible for their injuries.

The legal term for cases where an injured person was (to some extent) responsible for their injuries is 'contributory negligence'. If there is fault on both sides of a claim, it is possible to pay reduced compensation on a split liability agreement.

Read more:

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to claim arm injury compensation?

An injury claim will usually need to be made within 3 years of the date or your accident or injury.

For injured children, a claim can be started by a parent or guardian at any time before they turn 18. Thereafter, the injured individual has until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own.

How much compensation can I claim for an arm injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Arm injury compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated June 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred because of your accident. In addition to paying compensation for lost earnings, bonuses and overtime, special damages can cover any care costs and medical procedures you need, such as splinting or casting, pain medication, physiotherapy and surgery if needed.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average arm injury general damages compensation

The following arm injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Arm amputation
£218,900 to £272,730
£99,680 to £119,030
£87,420 to £99,680
Over £124,690
Arm injury
Fractured forearm £6,010 to £17,450
Serious injury with long-lasting effects £17,450 to £35,610
Serious injury with permanent and substantial effects £35,610 to £54,420
Severe with serious, permanent consequences £87,420 to £119,030
Elbow injury
No significant long-term problems Up to £11,450
Some long-term problems £14,230 to £29,100
Severe and disabling injury £35,610 to £49,850
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
Minor symptoms £2,720 to £7,850
Minor symptoms in cold weather £7,850 to £15,240
Year-round symptoms £15,240 to £28,760
Affecting both sides in a younger person causing a change in job £28,760 to £34,940
Hand injury
Serious hand injury £13,140 to £26,360
Loss of both hands Up to £127,870
Very serious hand injuries £13,140 to £26,360
Severe hand injury £26,360 to £56,280
Moderate hand injury £5,200 to £12,070
Serious damage to both hands £50,750 to £76,880
Loss of one hand £87,420 to £99,680
Minor hand, finger or thumb injury Up to £4,320
Work-related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD)
Recovering within a few months at most £2,000 to £3,210
Recovering completely within 3 years £7,850 to £9,770
Continuing problems on one side £13,550 to £14,850
Continuing problems needing surgery, preventing working £19,920 to £21,030
Wrist injury
Wrist fracture recovering within one year £3,210 to £4,310
Colles wrist fracture Around £6,750
Taking around two years to heal completely Up to £9,620
Causing permanent pain and stiffness £11,450 to £22,270
Serious with significant permanent problems £22,270 to £35,610
Severe with loss of function of the wrist £43,290 to £54,420

Can I claim for PTSD or other psychological trauma?

If you have experienced psychological issues in addition to physical symptoms, you are not alone.

Our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey found that 29.03% of claimants reported a psychological injury, with 70.97% of these relating to a physical injury.

Arm injuries can result in anxiety about the ability to perform tasks requiring manual dexterity, depression linked to chronic pain, and PTSD.

Your solicitor will help ensure that any psychological harm you have suffered as the result of another party's negligence is recognised and included in the calculation of your compensation award or settlement. In addition, you can also claim for mental health treatment costs that may not be readily available on the NHS.

Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

What are the chances of my arm injury claim being successful?

To make a claim successfully for an accident or illness, your solicitor must prove that another person or organisation (the defendant) is legally responsible (liable) for your injuries.

If your solicitor can demonstrate that the defendant is liable, and that your injuries resulted from their negligence, it is likely that your claim will succeed.

If the defendant denies liability, then the predicting the outcome of a claim can be more complex, see:

How likely am I to win a personal injury compensation claim?

What arm injuries can I claim compensation for?

If another party caused your injury, and they owed you a duty of care, you can claim compensation for any arm injury, including:

  • A fractured or broken humerus, radius or ulna
  • A ruptured bicep or other muscle injury
  • Tendon and ligament damage
  • Overuse elbow and wrist injuries (like RSI)
  • Nerve damage (like Vibration White Finger)

How we have helped others claim arm injury compensation

Our personal injury solicitor panel has an excellent track record of winning the best possible compensation for arm 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 work-related injuries
  • sports injuries
  • cycling and other road traffic accidents

What happened?

The claims process for an arm injury will depend on where and how the accident happened. Click the icons below for more information:


How long does an injury claim take?

What are my chances of winning my claim?

What if a child was injured?

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Can I claim for someone else?

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to make an injury claim?

No win, no fee arm injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim arm injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Source: (reviewed: 13/12/2023)

Source: (reviewed: 08/12/2023)

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher