Ulnar Neuropathy Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by ulnar neuropathy, 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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Ulnar neuropathy, or ulnar nerve entrapment, is a compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve as it crosses either the wrist (known as Guyon's canal syndrome) or the elbow (known as cubital tunnel syndrome).
Ulnar neuropathy can also occur in the forearm between between the wrist and elbow. The condition can be caused by arm injuries, like a blow or fracture, and by is repetitive flexing or stretching.
Claiming compensation for ulnar neuropathy
You may be able to claim compensation for ulnar neuropathy if your condition relates to an arm injury caused by another person or organisation's negligence.
You may also be able to claim if your ulnar neuropathy was caused by repetitive tasks at work or by your working conditions.
Do I have an injury claim?
It should be possible to make an injury claim if you sustained an injury:
- within the last 3 years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Do I have a claim? - 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.
Do I need a diagnosis before I can make an ulnar neuropathy claim?
If you have been injured and are awaiting the results, you should still seek legal advice as soon as possible. The sooner you start an ulnar neuropathy claim after an accident, the more likely your claim is to succeed.
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
Ulnar neuropathy compensation amounts
The following ulnar neuropathy 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.
|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|
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.
Can I claim for prescription costs?
Special damages are awarded for costs or losses incurred as a result of the ulnar neuropathy injury. Damages can include loss of earnings, treatment cost and any other 'out-of-pocket' expenses such as prescriptions.
Should I set up a personal injury trust?
If you are receiving means-tested benefits and are awarded compensation following an ulnar neuropathy injury, your benefits could be affected. In order to ring fence your compensation and protecting your benefits, you may be able to set up a "Personal Injury Trust" or "PI Trust". Read more: Should I set up a personal injury trust?
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 ulnar neuropathy claim take?
The length of time needed to win compensation for ulnar neuropathy can vary considerably.
A straightforward liability accepted injury claim might be concluded in a couple of months. However, if liability is denied the process might take longer. Typically, an injury claim takes between 4 and 9 months. See more: How long will my claim take?
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.
Diagnosing ulnar neuropathy
Ulnar neuropathy is the second most common type of peripheral nerve entrapment in the upper body. As well as pain in the affected area, the earliest symptom is usually numbness and tingling in the fourth and fifth finger, which can be intermittent or continuous. Other recognised symptoms include:
- Muscle weakness in the hand
- Clawing of fourth and fifth finger
- Weakened grasp and coordination
- Wasting of muscles
- Loss of function in a few or all fingers
If have been diagnosed with ulnar neuropathy and want to claim compensation, the first step is to get an independent assessment from a specialist medical professional. This assessment will be arranged by your solicitor.
Not only can a specialist advise on treatment, they can also help identify what caused your ulnar neuropathy, based on questions asked about your work role and environment.
Who is liable for my ulnar neuropathy condition?
If ulnar neuropathy occurred (whether cubital tunnel syndrome or Guyon's canal syndrome), and was identified as being likely caused at work, your employer would be liable if their actions or inactions were deemed negligent.
Under the Health and Safety etc. Act 1974, employers are legally bound to provide a safe working environment. This includes a requirement to carry out a full workplace assessment to identify risks and to put measures in place to avoid or minimise them. Negligence would result from failure in any of these respects.
For ulnar neuropathy, identified risks include:
- Lifting and manual handling
- Continual gripping or twisting
- Using a computer (including resting on elbows and using a mouse)
- Pulling levers
- Frequent reaching
Recognised measures to control them could be setting time limits on use or offering adequate training on best practice lifting and reaching techniques.
Industries which have been involved in compensation claims for ulnar neuropathy include: construction; carpentry; manufacturing; warehouses; transport; IT and administration.
What evidence do I need to make an ulnar neuropathy claim?
In order to successfully prove negligence and liability, your solicitor will gather medical and other evidence, including:
- Medical reports showing symptoms, prognosis and likely cause
- An employer's health and safety records
- Any witnesses to the injury or related procedures
Unfortunately, establishing a clear cause for ulnar neuropathy can be difficult. This can make a claim more complex, but your solicitor can advise on the best way to tackle this.
How ulnar neuropathy compensation can help
On top of the medical expenses, which can include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs or even surgery, the symptoms of ulnar neuropathy can make work, and life, much more difficult.
Due to the physical discomfort and limitations, certain activities can become a real strain and doctors will often advise refraining from them until the condition improves.
You may have to take time off work, as well as learn new processes which do not irritate the symptoms.
Compensation can help ease both the physical, psychological and financial strain when managing ulnar neuropathy symptoms.
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
No Win, No Fee is an agreement with your solicitor (known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) that means that you can make an injury claim with:
- no upfront legal fees
- no solicitor's fees payable if your claim is not successful
- a success fee payable only if your claim is successful
No Win, No Fee is the most common way to make a compensation claim.
Our no win, no fee guarantee
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making an injury compensation 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, only after your compensation is awarded. 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 will not have to pay any fees. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Why do most solicitors charge 25%?
25% success fees are charged by most law firms as this is the maximum fee that the Ministry of Justice allows them to charge. ulnar neuropathy claims can take a solicitor hundreds of hours work and they receive nothing if the case is lost. The success fee will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may vary. Call us for more information.
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:
- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:
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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.