Elbow injury compensation claims

This article looks at what you should know about making an elbow injury compensation claim.

How much can I claim?

Many elbow injuries are sustained as a result of accidents, such as car accidents, slips or falls. However, the most frequent type of elbow injury develops over time, due to repetitive strain on the muscles and tendons of the elbow area. The majority of repetitive strain elbow injuries occur in the workplace.
If you have sustained an elbow injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make an elbow injury claim.
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Do I have a claim for an elbow injury?

If you have suffered an elbow 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.

Do I have a claim?

Typical elbow injuries

The elbow is one of the more complicated joints in the body. Common injuries include:

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

This type of injury usually occurs as a result of overuse of the elbow joint. The ligaments of the elbow become inflamed and extremely painful to move. In the workplace, this type of injury is often referred to as a repetitive strain injury (RSI). Over time, the pain associated with this condition can make it increasingly difficult to carry out routine personal and work-related tasks. Treatments range from anti-inflammatories and pain medication, to wearing a supportive elbow brace.

Fractures and breaks

Fractured or broken elbow bones can cause damage to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Severe ulnar collateral ligament injury, or tearing, may require surgery to repair and can take over a year to completely heal.


This type of injury can arise if the elbow sustains a severe blow. Symptoms are extreme pain, swelling and tenderness in the affected area. A fluid-filled sac (a "bursa") forms under the skin to protect the damaged area. In severe cases, the bursa may need to be drained by a medical professional.

Strains and tears

A strain is an injury to a muscle, tendon or ligament caused by over stretching. If the over stretching is severe, tears in the affected tissue may result. Surgical repair is often recommended for torn muscles, tendons or ligaments. Surgery of this type may need extended recovery time off work.
Elbow injury claims make it possible to recover compensation for elbow injuries caused by the negligence of another party.

Calculate my elbow injury compensation

How much can I claim?

An elbow injury compensation award will take into account the individual details of your case, such as:

  • Costs of medical treatment
  • Personal pain and suffering
  • Loss of amenity - where the injury has resulted in you being unable to enjoy a hobby, or other aspect of your personal life
  • Loss of earnings - due to time off work recovering from your injury, and any loss of future earnings
  • Additional expenses - costs incurred as a direct result of the injury, such as taxis to hospital

The exact amount of the compensation settlement will depend on the nature and severity of your elbow injury. For more information see our 2015 Claims Calculator

How do I make an elbow injury claim?

To make a successful compensation claim, it will be necessary to prove that:

  • The injury was caused by a third party's lack of due care
  • The injury was caused by the accident that resulted from the other party's negligence

Your lawyer will arrange for an independent medical report of your elbow injury. This medical report is vital. It will provide evidence of the nature and severity of your injury, and expert medical opinion on likely future effects of the injury.

Evidence will also need to be gathered which proves the third party's liability for the cause of your elbow injury. Your lawyer will assist you in gathering the necessary police reports, CCTV footage, or workplace evidence, to support your claim.

Guaranteed No Win No Fee

Typically a no win no fee contract (also referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement) is put in place between a claimant and an injury solicitor.

A CFA is basically the terms and conditions under which the solicitor represents the claimant.

It sets out what the lawyers will do and how the solicitor will be rewarded if the legal case is ultimately successful.

If you decide to choose a Quittance Personal Injury solicitor for your elbow injury compensation claim there are absolutely no extra costs in the terms and conditions , no up-front fees and the complete peace of mind that you wont be out of pocket.

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 elbow 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 elbow injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)

Meet our team

The national network of Quittance solicitors help injured people with all types of personal injury claims, from short-term injury cases to catastrophic injury. Our solicitors are selected for their success rate in winning claims and their specialist expertise.

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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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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.

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