Claim Compensation for An Arm Injury with Our Specialist Solicitors
By Brett Williams. Last Updated 16th July 2021. Welcome to this guide discussing arm injury claims in greater length. On this page, you will find a full guide to the legal process of making an arm injury claim for accidents in a public place or at work. If you have recently suffered any form of an arm injury caused by an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation, and this guide will help you learn how.
You may decide that you do not have enough spare time to read all of this guide. If this is the case, you can call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801, and we will happily talk you through the process of starting a compensation claim for an arm injury. More importantly, we will offer free legal advice and help you with your case.
Select a Section:
- A Guide To Making Arm Injury Claims
- What Are Arm Injuries?
- How Serious Can An Arm Injury Be?
- What Bones Are There In Your Arm?
- What Are The Most Common Injuries To The Arms?
- Arm Injuries Caused By A Fall
- Workplace Arm Injury Claims
- Road Traffic Accidents Leading To Arm Injuries
- What Should You Do If You Suffer An Arm Injury?
- How to Make A Compensation Claim for An Arm Injury
- Case Study – Arm Injury Compensation Claim
- What Could You Claim For After An Arm Injury?
- Arm Injury Compensation Claims Calculator – Updated July 2021
- Arm Injury No Win No Fee Compensation Claims
- Let Our Specialist Team Help You
- Contact Accident Claims UK Today
- Useful Links
- Arm Injury Claims FAQs
A Guide To Making Arm Injury Claims
This guide to making compensation claims for arm injury caused by an accident that was the fault of a third party is intended to educate you on the legal process that your personal injury lawyer will follow when claiming an arm injury on your behalf. In this guide, you will find information such as:
Throughout the duration of this guide, we aim to provide you with information, statistics, and address the following questions:
- How are arm injuries caused?
- Could a third party’s negligence cause an accident?
- If I suffer an arm injury, could I make a claim?
- Are there funding options to assist me when making a claim?
- Am I required to begin my claim with a certified timeframe?
By the time you read this guide, you will have the answers to the questions listed above, plus many others. However, it is worth noting that the characteristics of personal injury claims can differ from case to case. Therefore, if we fail to address the factors that contribute to your case, do not worry. All you need to do is reach out and speak to our team.
When you reach the end of this guide, if you need more information on arm injury claims, or need some questions answered, then please call Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of this guide, and we will do our best to help you.
Time Limation Period
When taking legal action, the only caveat is that you must make your claim within the personal injury claims time limit. For cases involving adults over the age of 18, the limitation period is three years from the accident date. However, there are exceptions to this timeframe, such as:
- The 3-year period would come into action from the date a medical diagnosis is provided, which clearly states that a third party has caused the injuries or damages.
- A litigation friend would be appointed to represent cases of children under the age of 18. You can click here to learn more about litigation friends and their duties.
- A third party can be appointed under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to handle a claim if someone’s injuries have rendered them unable to handle their own case.
If you are unsure whether your case meets the criteria listed above, please reach out and speak to our team. One of our advisers would be more than happy to assist you and give you advice regarding arm injury claims.
What Are Arm Injuries
- Damage to the hands, fingers or thumbs including fractures and dislocation injuries.
- Damage to the joints of the shoulder, elbow or wrist, including fractures or dislocation injuries.
- Breaks in the bones of the arm, the lower bones and also the upper bones. Simple, complex or compound fractures of one or multiple bones.
- Damage to the muscles of the arm, tears, sprains and tendon damage.
- Full amputation of the arm, at the shoulder, above the elbow or below the elbow.
When you claim for arm injury compensation, the amount you receive will depend on the severity of the injury, more on this in the section below. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of this guide to learn more about arm injury claims.
How Serious Can an Arm Injury Be?
Arm injuries can range from something trivial that is nothing more than an annoyance, all the way to full amputation of both arms or a severe disability. The severity of the arm injury is generally driven by the type of accident that caused it. For example, a car crash arm injury is generally going to be a more severe injury than one caused by tripping over a broken paving slab.
Depending upon how severe your arm injury is, and the effect it will have on your life in the long-term, or permanently, then you would be able to claim compensation not only for the pain and suffering of the injury itself but also the long-term effect the injury will have upon your quality of life.
What Bones Are There in Your Arm?
Your personal injury solicitor will make a claim for compensation based on the severity of your injury. Bone fractures are one of the most serious of all arm injuries, as these are large bones, that take time to heal. The bones of your arm are:
- The humerus – this is the largest bone in the arm, and it runs all the way from the shoulder at the top of the arm, which then joins with the elbow, and connects to the lower arm bones. This is one of the largest bones in the human body.
- The radius – this is a lower arm bone, that runs down from the elbow on the inside of the arm, opposite the ulna.
- The ulna – the second lower arm bone, opposite the radius, which runs down from the elbow to the writs.
These are the bones of the arm. There are of course a large number of bones in the wrist, hand, fingers and thumbs. You will find a link at the end of this guide that explains every bone in the wrist and hands in further detail.
If you are ready to begin an arm injury claim, please contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the top of this page to speak to our team. Alternatively, refer to the contact section of this guide to see the other contact methods we provide. Or to learn more about arm injury claims, please keep reading.
What Are the Most Common Injuries to The Arms?
Unfortunately, various factors could contribute to an accident that may cause an arm injury. For instance, some of the most common types of arm injuries are:
- Major arm injuries:
- Breaks to the humerus, radius or ulna.
- Damage to the muscles and tendons of the upper or lower arm and shoulder.
- Elbow injuries:
- Repetitive strain and overuse injuries.
- Tennis elbow.
- Golfer’s elbow.
- Dislocation of the elbow.
- Torn ulnar collateral ligament.
- Wrist and lower arm injuries:
- Fractures (often multiple)
- Muscle strains and sprains.
- Damage to the bones connecting the hands.
- Hand and finger injuries:
- Muscle strains and sprains.
- Fractures to the finger and thumb bones.
- Dislocation of a finger or thumb.
These are some of the most common types of arm injuries; however, please note that there are many more. Whatever your arm injury is, if a negligent third party is a fault, Accident Claims UK can help you claim for it. Call us on the telephone number at the end of this guide to find out how. Alternatively, if you’d like to know more about arm injury claims, please continue reading.
Arm Injuries Caused by A Fall
Arm injuries can be caused by a slip, trip or fall. In some cases, a slip, trip can fall can contribute to a larger accident, such as a fall from a height. Slips, trips and falls are among the most common types of accidents in the UK, as outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Each year, they take many forms, such as:
- Slips – on wet floors that have not been marked as a hazard.
- Trips – on damaged flooring such as crack paving slabs or curbstones, frayed carpets or warped wood flooring.
- Fall – such as a poorly lit stairwell or a broken handrail causing a person to fall down the stairs.
Workplace Arm Injury Claims
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, every employer is required by law, to provide a healthy and safe working environment for its staff at all times. Thankfully, the Act and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outline various measures that can be implemented to create a safer environment, such as:
- Carry out risk assessments.
- Provide up to date and relevant training.
- Offer members of staff Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Should an employer fail to adhere to health and safety law, their negligence could result in poor practice or insufficient safety precautions. In return, their actions could result in the development of a hazardous condition, or, existing hazards could go unacknowledged. As a result, this could cause employee harm.
At the very end of this guide, you will find links to UK Government information on Health & Safety regulations. Accident Claims UK can help you claim for an arm injury at work. Give us a call on the number down at the bottom of this page, and we will explain how.
Arm Injury At Work Statistics
Using the latest figures from the HSE, we’ve put together the graph below to illustrate the number of upper limb injuries that were sustained in workplaces in 2019/20.
Injuries to the arm would fall under the ‘rest of upper limb’ column, which would also include elbow injuries. But as you can see, this form of injury outnumbered the others, which just goes to show how prevalent they are.
Road Traffic Accidents Leading to Arm Injuries
Although they are one of the most common types of accidents, road traffic accidents (RTA’s) are incredibly unpredictable events that can cause various degrees of physical and psychological trauma.
Understandably, if you are involved in a road-related incident that wasn’t your fault, you may question how much compensation you could be awarded. The amount of compensation you could be entitled to will consider the damages caused, the severity of the damages, and whether there are future complications.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, either as a driver of a passenger, then it could be possible for you to claim compensation for your arm injury. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of this page to proceed with a claim.
Road Traffic Accident Statistics
As we have previously mentioned, a road traffic accident could have a serious impact on your health and well-being. From head injuries, PTSD, to arm injuries, car accidents can cause a variety of implications. Within this section of the guide, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some statistics that could be of relevance to those whose arm injuries are in connection to a road-related incident.
Within the Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: provisional results 2019 provided by the Department for Transport, it provided crucial figures. For instance, the report states that there were 1,748 reported road deaths and following 153,315 casualties in 2018. The report also stated that there were 25, 975 serious injuries, and a total of 153, 315 casualties of all seventies.
Within the report, it takes a closer look at road traffic fatalities by road user type, which can be extremely informative. For instance, the report outlines that
- 6% of all fatalities in 2019 were in relation to cyclists.
- 19% of all fatalities in 2019 were in relation to motorcycle users.
- 26% of all fatalities in 2019 were in relation to pedestrians.
- And finally, 43% of all fatalities in 2019 were in relation to car occupants.
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident and want to learn more about making arm injury claims, please get in touch.
What Should You Do If You Suffer an Arm Injury?
Before you claim for an arm injury, there are a number of things you can do to maximise your chances of making a successful claim, these include:
- Record video or take photographs – of the scene of the accident and its cause. For example, a damaged carpet in a restaurant that caused you to trip.
- Inform the police – in an accident such as a road traffic accident, make sure the police were informed of the event.
- Get witness details – names, addresses, etc. This is so that you can call on their testimony if required.
- Fill in the accident book – if the accident happened at work, make sure to fill in the company accident book.
- Get medical treatment – at a hospital or clinic so that the NHS has a record of the injury and how it was caused.
- Contact Accident Claims UK – so that we can help to begin making your arm injury claim on your behalf.
Why is evidence so important in arm injury claims?
When you make an allegation that somebody else has caused you to suffer an arm injury, you can be sure that their insurer will argue their defendant’s case if possible. Initially, they could argue that the accident that you’re basing your arm injury claim on wasn’t the defendant’s fault. Then they could try to say that your injuries didn’t happen as a result of the accident. If you can’t prove that they are wrong, your arm injury claim could be lost or you might not be compensated at the correct level.
This is why evidence is crucial when seeking compensation for your suffering. To help prove that the accident took place, you could use CCTV footage or witness statements as described above. However, one more piece of evidence that could help is an accident report form. Therefore, if your accident happened in a public place or at work, report it. By law, the details of the accident should be recorded including the date, time and location of the accident. This report, which you’re allowed a copy of, makes denying the incident occurred very difficult.
Proving your injuries is also a key part of being compensated properly. Therefore, don’t just settle for first aid if you’re worried about the extent of an arm injury. Visit A&E, a walk-in centre or your GP, to have your injuries assessed and treated correctly. At a later date, you could request a copy of your medical records so that they can be filed with your arm injury claim.
How to Make a Compensation Claim for An Arm Injury?
Accident Claims UK has a simple process for starting a personal injury claim. It works like this:
- Call us at the number at the end of this guide.
- We will ask you questions about your injury and the accident that caused it.
- We will offer you some free legal advice on what your next actions will be.
- In most cases, we will offer our No Win No Fee claims service as the best way to make an arm injury claim.
- We make your claim on your behalf; you pay nothing for us to do this.
- You receive a compensation payment, and you pay our fees.
Case Study – Arm Injury Compensation Claim
In this case study, typical of those we see ourselves, a young man was working on a construction site and got his fingers caught between a mechanical digger and a roller.
This resulted in the full amputation of two fingers on his left hand. As a result, he had to take several weeks away from work and lost earnings in doing so, even though he was able to claim benefits to cover this period away from work.
Following a number of consultancy sessions with a physiotherapist, it was decided that the man would be fitted with a pair or prosthesis to replace his two fingers cosmetically, no function would be restored.
Following a successful compensation claim, the man received £80,000 in compensation for the pain and suffering of the injury, the loss of earnings, and also to effect on his life in the future.
What Could You Claim for After an Arm Injury?
Any compensation you receive for an arm injury compensation claim will consist of several different types of damages, and these could include:
- Special damages:
- Care costs
- Medical fees
- Travel expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earning potential
- General damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
- Psychological injuries
- Long-term recovery
- Permanent disability
When seeking compensation, having evidence will play a critical role, ensuring you receive an appropriate award. For instance, if you have suffered physical or psychological trauma, you will be required to attend a medical assessment. A report will be produced that details the injury type, severity, and long-term implications by attending a medical examination with an impartial professional.
In contrast, if you’ve experienced financial loss, you will be required to provide evidence of the loss. Thankfully, you can supply various types of financial documentation to support your claim — such as receipts, credit scores, and bank statements.
Arm Injury Compensation Claims Calculator – Updated July 2021
The previous section outlined how compensation is often split into two categories, known as General and Special damages. In this section, we want to address General damages and discuss them in greater length.
When seeking compensation for general damages, it is essential to acknowledge that the type of injury you’ve endured, its severity, and any long-term consequences will be taken into consideration. Due to the criteria previously mentioned, it is challenging to provide generalised estimations, as each case is unique.
Instead of a personal injury claims calculator to provide estimated figures, we have provided this comprehensive table covering the compensation possible for a range of arm-related injuries. The Judicial College Guidelines provide the information seen in the table below:
|Thumb||Moderate||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the thumbs that will heal fairly quickly.||£9,080 to £11,820|
|Thumb||Serious||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the thumbs, excluding fractures that will take quite some time to heal fully.||£11,820 to £15,740|
|Thumb||Very serious||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the thumbs, and both simple of compound fractures that will take a long time to heal and may result in some loss of use.||£18,390 to £32,850|
|Thumb||Loss||Amputation of one thumb.||£33,330 to £51,460|
|Hand||Moderate||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the hands that will heal fairly quickly.||£5,260 to £12,460|
|Hand||Less Serious||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the fingers, excluding fractures that will heal fully within just a few weeks.||£13,570 to £27,220|
|Hand||Serious||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the hands, excluding fractures that will take quite some time to heal fully.||£27,220 to £58,100|
|Hand||Loss||Either through amputation or permanent loss of function.||£90,250 to £102,890|
|Hand||Loss (both)||Either through amputation or permanent loss of function.||£52,310 to £79,360|
|Wrist||Minor||Damage to the soft tissue of the wrists, cuts, lacerations, sprains and abrasions.||£3,310 to £4,450|
|Wrist||Less Serious||Such as simple fractures and sprains which will heal in the short-term but leave the wrist immobile whilst healing.||Rarely exceed £9,620|
|Wrist||Serious||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the wrists, excluding fractures that will take quite some time to heal fully.||£22,990 to £36,770|
|Wrist||Severe||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the wrists, and both simple of compound fractures that will take a long time to heal and may result in some loss of use.||£44,690 to £56,180|
|Arm||Moderate||There will have been significant disabilities, a substantial degree of recovery will have taken place or will be expected.||£18,020 to £36,770|
|Arm||Less Severe (Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement)||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the fingers, excluding fractures that will heal fully within a few weeks.||£36,770 to £56,180|
|Arm||Severe||Damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and very minor fractures of the arms, and both simple of compound fractures that will take a long time to heal and may result in some loss of use.||£90,250 to £122,860|
|Fractures of the Forearm||Simple||Simple fractures to the bones of the forearm that will heal fully in time.||£6,190 to £18,020|
|Arm fracture||Less Severe||Simple fractures to the bones of the upper arm that will heal fully in time.||£16,833 to £34,343|
|Arm fracture||Severe||Multiple fractures to the bones of the forearm and upper arm that will take a long time to heal and may result in some loss of use of the arm.||£84,313 to £114,813|
|Injuries to the Elbow||Less Severe Injuries||Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disability.||£14,690 to £30,050|
|Injuries to the Elbow||Moderate or Minor Injury||Full amputation of the arm above the elbow.||Up to £11,820|
Arm Injury No Win No Fee Compensation Claims
You may consider taking legal action if a negligent third party caused an arm injury. Here at Accident Claims UK, we firmly believe that those affected by negligence should have the opportunity to take legal action, seek compensation and receive justice, regardless of their financial status. It is for that reason why our solicitors operate on a No Win No Fee basis.
“A No Win No Fee agreement may also be referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA)”.
Accident Claims UK offers our No Win No Fee claims service to all UK residents, as a simple and effective method for claiming arm injury compensation. Key benefits of this service include:
- Nothing to pay to start a claim.
- No ongoing legal fees.
- No charge at all if no claim is made.
- Only pay our fees when you receive a compensation payment.
For more information about this claims service, call Accident Claims UK on the number below.
Let Our Specialist Team Assist You
Accident Claims UK has a proven track record of successfully securing our clients’ compensation across a range of arm injury compensation claims. We always do everything that we can to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible and give you the best chance to win your claims case.
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Thankfully, our personal injury claims team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have, and we will keep you updated regularly on the state of your claim.
Call Accident Claims UK on the number below to start your claim today.
Contact Accident Claims UK Today
You’ve nearly finished our guide to arm injury claims. Throughout, we have provided you with a lot of information, facts and measures to take into consideration. So, it is more than understandable if you have any follow-up questions or concerns.
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Now that you have read our arm injury guide, you might feel that you are ready to begin your arm injury compensation claim. If that is the case, then we are here to help. If you’d like to speak with an adviser regarding your case, please use one of the following methods:
- Enquire online: you can enquire about your case by completing our online form.
- Call our team: you can call our team on 0800 073 8801.
- Live chat: click the icon on the right-hand side of the webpage to speak with a member of our team.
- Email: you can send us an email to email@example.com regarding your case.
As we enter the final section of this guide to arm injury claims, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading our guide. We hope you have found it of use. Now that you are familiar with the claims process, naturally, you may consider researching some of the topics we covered in greater detail. Well, look no further, because we have included several resources for you to look at.
At the link we have given here, you will find a full guide to making a compensation claim for slip, trip and fall accidents:
Click the link to read our guide on slip, trip and fall-related claims.
Check out our guide to learn about your legal rights after an accident at work.
At the link we have given here, you will find information about Health & Safety in the UK:
What kinds of accidents might lead to arm injuries?
The kinds of accidents that might lead to an arm injury include accidents at work, in public places or on the road. Sporting injuries can also affect the arm, and these could be claimed for if the accident was caused by negligence, for example, if the sports pitch was poorly maintained leading to injury.
Who will I claim against when I make an arm injury claim?
This depends on the kind of accident you’ve been involved in, and who is responsible for your injuries. An accident at work will see you claim from your employer, an accident in public will be claimed for from the occupier of the space, and injuries in a car accident will be claimed for from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Would it cost much for a solicitor to represent me in a claim for arm injury compensation?
If you choose to have a solicitor who charges an hourly rate represent you in your claim, then this may become expensive particularly if the case is a complex one that requires a lot of work on the solicitor’s part. Our No Win No Fee agreement means that you won’t pay a penny until you receive your compensation, and you’ll always receive the majority of the compensation awarded to you.
What are the two heads of injury claims?
Personal injury claims are made up of general damages, which compensate you for the pain and inconvenience that your injuries have caused you, and special damages which cover any financial losses or out-of-pocket expenses you’ve incurred because of the accident.
How long does an arm injury take to heal?
For a mild injury like a strain or sprain, the recovery could be anywhere between a couple of weeks to a month or two. Severe arm injuries may take a substantial amount of time to heal, as they may require medical attention, surgical repair and physical therapy.
Can I make a claim if I have received a later diagnosis after an accident?
The limation period would begin from the moment a medical professional diagnoses your injury, meaning you would have 3-years to kick-start your claim.
Do I need a solicitor based in my home town to handle my case?
In short, the answer to this question is no. Thankfully, we can connect you to our panel of solicitors that can offer to handle claims regardless of location. A solicitor will keep you updated by speaking over the phone, sending emails, or meeting in person.
How long do injury claims take to settle?
There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking at how long a personal injury claim is likely to take. Complicated claims where the injuries are severe or liability is in dispute can take some time to settle, whereas simpler claims involving less severe injuries could be settled in a matter of months.
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on arm injury claims.