Arm Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an arm injury, we can help.
If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.
We can help you make a personal injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
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Claiming arm injury compensation
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. To start a claim, your injury must usually have happened within the last 3 years.
What are the statistics?
The total number of cases of workrelated musculoskeletal disorders in 2019/20 was 480,000. 40% of musculoskeletal conditions sustained at work affect the arms, according to 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 your 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.
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:
- 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)
You can also claim compensation for any other injuries caused by your accident, include hand, finger and thumb injuries, shoulder damage and psychological harm.
My arm injury happened at work
If you were suffered an arm injury at work, as a result of your employer's negligence or the actions or carelessness of a co-worker, you are likely to have a strong claim for compensation.
Your solicitor will work with you to gather evidence in support of your claim, and will negotiate a suitable compensation settlement with your employer's insurers to cover the full impact of your injury on your life and ability to work.
My arm injury happened on the road
Whether your arm injury happened when you were travelling in a car, riding a bike or as a pedestrian, if the accident was caused by another road user, you likely are entitled to claim compensation.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips and trips are an extremely common cause of injury. If you fell and injured your arm because of a spill in a supermarket, loose wires or packing material at your workplace, or a poorly-maintained drain cover or stairs, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
You should gather as much information as you can about the cause of your arm injury, including photos of the scene and any witness's contact details, and report the accident as soon as you can. Your solicitor will use this evidence to strengthen your claim for compensation.
Do I have an injury claim?
As a basic rule, you will be eligible to make an injury claim if you were injured:
- within the last 3 years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Claim eligibility - Common questions
What if a child was injured?
The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.
A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start an injury claim on their own behalf.
What if the other party denies liability?
If the defendant denies liability, your solicitor will build the strongest possible case in order to prove that the defendant is responsible for your arm injury. Ultimately the solicitor will issue court proceedings on the defendant. Often this prompts an admission of liability before proceedings begin.
How will arm injury compensation help me?
Personal injury law is founded on the principle that compensation should aim to return you to the position you would have been in if your injury had never happened.
The law recognises that an arm injury can have life-changing consequences. Injuries affecting both the upper or lower arm could make it difficult to for you to work, making compensation for loss of past and future earnings particularly helpful.
You can claim arm injury compensation for:
- pain, suffering and loss of amenity
- lost earnings
- future loss of earnings
- the cost of medical treatment and future care
- any costs and losses associated with the 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.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Arm injury compensation amounts
The following arm injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fifteenth Edition by the Judicial College.These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.
|Arm amputation||Loss of both arms||£191,950 to £239,140|
|Arm amputation||Loss of one arm below the elbow||£76,650 to £87,410|
|Arm amputation||Loss of one arm above the elbow||£87,410 to £104,370|
|Arm amputation||Loss of one arm at the shoulder||Over £109,330|
|Arm injury||Less serious||Fractured forearm||£5,280 to £15,300|
|Arm injury||Moderate||Serious injury with long-lasting effects||£15,300 to £31,220|
|Arm injury||Serious||Serious injury with permanent and substantial effects||£31,220 to £47,720|
|Arm injury||Severe||Severe with serious, permanent consequences||£76,650 to £104,370|
|Elbow injury||Less serious||No significant long-term problems||Up to £10,040|
|Elbow injury||Moderate||Some long-term problems||£12,480 to £25,510|
|Elbow injury||Serious||Severe and disabling injury||£31,220 to £43,710|
|Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)|
|Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)||Minor||Minor symptoms||£2,390 to £6,890|
|Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)||Moderate||Minor symptoms in cold weather||£6,890 to £13,360|
|Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)||Serious||Year-round symptoms||£13,360 to £25,220|
|Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)||Severe||Affecting both sides in a younger person causing a change in job||£25,220 to £30,630|
|Hand injury||Serious||Serious hand injury||£11,520 to £23,110|
|Hand injury||Very Severe||Loss of both hands||£112,100 to £160,600|
|Hand injury||Very Serious||Very serious hand injuries||£15,620 to £27,910|
|Hand injury||Severe||Severe hand injury||£23,110 to £49,350|
|Hand injury||Moderate||Moderate hand injury||£4,640 to £10,580|
|Hand injury||Severe||Serious damage to both hands||£44,550 to £67,410|
|Hand injury||Severe||Loss of one hand||£76,650 to £87,410|
|Hand injury||Minor||Minor hand, finger or thumb injury||Up to £3,460|
|Work-related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD)|
|Work-related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD)||Minor||Recovering within a few months at most||£1,760 to £2,810|
|Work-related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD)||Moderate||Recovering completely within 3 years||£6,890 to £8,570|
|Work-related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD)||Serious||Continuing problems on one side||£11,890 to £13,020|
|Work-related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD)||Severe||Continuing problems needing surgery, preventing working||£17,460 to £18,440|
|Wrist injury||Minor||Wrist fracture recovering within one year||£2,810 to £3,790|
|Wrist injury||Moderate||Colles wrist fracture||Around £5,920|
|Wrist injury||Moderate||Taking around two years to heal completely||Up to £8,160|
|Wrist injury||Serious||Causing permanent pain and stiffness||£10,040 to £19,530|
|Wrist injury||Serious||Serious with significant permanent problems||£19,530 to £31,220|
|Wrist injury||Severe||Severe with loss of function of the wrist||£37,960 to £47,720|
How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?
If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.
The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.
General damages for a serious arm injury can be £45,000
For a less severe ankle injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £8,000.
However, if you have a serious arm injury and a less severe ankle injury, you would typically receive £45,000 + a reduced percentage of £8,000.
Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.
What is the average injury compensation for an injury claim?
The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.
However, the money you would receive following an injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
Calculate my injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:
How long does an arm injury claim take?
How long it can take to win compensation for an arm injury can vary considerably.
A simple liability accepted injury claim might be concluded in a matter of weeks. If liability is denied, a claim can take substantially longer. Normally an injury claim takes 4 to 9 months. To read more about how long your claim could take, see: How long will my claim take?
What are the chances of my arm injury claim being successful?
In order to make a claim successfully for an accident or illness, your solicitor must prove that another person or organisation (the defendant) was responsible for the injuries you sustained.
Proving a link between the defendant's breach and an arm injury in cases of RSI or hand-arm vibration for example, can be more complex. Your solicitor will be able to advise further on this point.
Assuming that your solicitor is able to demonstrate that the other party was to blame and that your injuries are a result of their negligence, then it is highly likely that your claim will be successful.
If the Defendant does not accept responsibility for the accident then the predicting the outcome of the claim can be more complex.
Read more:How likely am I to win an injury compensation claim?
How Quittance have helped others claim arm injury compensation
With an excellent track record of winning claims, if you have suffered an arm injury that was not your fault, your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement.
Claimants have received compensation for:
- 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
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.
Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.
Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.
No win, no fee, no risk
Under a no win, no fee agreement (known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA') you can make an injury claim without having to pay upfront legal fees. If your injury claim is unsuccessful you won't have to pay any money to your solicitor.
Our no win, no fee guarantee
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is zero financial risk in making an injury claim, even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, once your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?
If your injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees at all. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Is there a catch?
The Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) sets out the terms between you and your solicitor., No Win No Fee is a regulated activity and as such there should be no nasty surprises in the agreement. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you read the agreement carefully and ask any questions if you are unsure.
How else can a solicitor help me?
Your solicitor will handle your injury claim from the initial FREE case evaluation, through to the financial settlement.
Your solicitor will work with other specialists to provide caring and sensitive support and help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
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Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?
Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make an injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
I need the money now - what are my options?
If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
About the author
Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.