I Got Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident, Could I Claim?

By Max Murdoch. Last Updated 31st May 2022. Tennis elbow is a soft tissue injury, which involves pain and weakness in the elbow. You can experience tennis elbow from a car accident if the impact causes blunt force trauma. If the car accident was not your fault, you might be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries.

tennis elbow from a car accident guide

Tennis elbow from a car accident guide

 

How Much Compensation Do You Get From An Elbow Injury?

In this guide, we will explain how to claim compensation for a tennis elbow injury. And we can help you to estimate how much compensation you could get for an elbow injury.

If you have suffered a tennis elbow injury because of a car accident that was not your fault, call us. Our solicitors can handle your claim to win you the compensation you are owed.

To see if you can begin your tennis elbow injury claim, contact our advisors today.

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  1. A Guide On Whether You Could Claim For Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident
  2. What Are Tennis Elbow Injuries?
  3. How Many Road Traffic Accidents Happen Each Year?
  4. Elbow Joint Anatomy
  5. Signs Of Tennis Elbow
  6. How Do People Get Tennis Elbow?
  7. Could Road Traffic Accidents Cause Tennis Elbow Injuries?
  8. Diagnosing Elbow Injuries
  9. Treatment For Tennis Elbow In The UK
  10. How Much Could I Get For Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident?
  11. Compensation Payouts for an Elbow Injury from a Car Accident
  12. What Should I Do If Injured In A Vehicle Accident?
  13. Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident: No Win No Fee Claims
  14. Why Choose Us?
  15. Begin Your Claim
  16. Resources For Victims Of Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident
  17. Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident FAQs

A Guide On Whether You Could Claim For Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident

When a road traffic accident takes place, one party may be at fault. For example, one of the motorists may have caused the accident by driving recklessly.

In some cases, substandard conditions on the road may cause a traffic accident. In this case, the Highways Agency, a local authority or a construction company may be responsible for an accident.

Has a road traffic accident that was not your fault caused you injuries? If so, you may be eligible to claim compensation from the party that caused the accident.

In this guide, we will focus on claiming compensation for tennis elbow after a car accident. We will look at symptoms of tennis elbow injuries. What’s more, we will look at compensation for tennis elbow and help you estimate how much you could be owed.

To see if you can begin your tennis elbow compensation claim, contact us today.

What Are Tennis Elbow Injuries?

A tennis elbow injury is a type of soft tissue injury that causes pain around the outside of the elbow. The clinical name for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis.

Tennis elbow injuries happen when the muscles that are attached to the elbow become strained. Consequently, tiny tears and inflammation then develop on the bony lump outside the elbow (the lateral epicondyle).

Tennis elbow injuries affect the muscles that are attached to the elbow and are also used to straighten the wrist. Overusing these muscles is often the cause of such injuries. Athletes who play tennis and other racket sports may be at risk of developing tennis elbow. However, blunt force trauma such as a car accident can also cause a tennis elbow injury.

Tennis Elbow Vs Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is an injury that involves pain in the inner side of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow, except it causes pain to the tendons inside the elbow. As the name suggests, people who play golf and other sports with clubs are vulnerable to developing a golfer’s elbow injury.

How Many Road Traffic Accidents Happen Each Year?

The latest statistics from the Government can help us understand how common road traffic accidents are in Great Britain.

  • The number of reported deaths on the road in the year 2020 was 1,472.
  • What’s more, the number of KSI (killed or seriously injured) incidents on the roads in the year 2020 was 23,486.
  • The number of KSI incidents in 2020 decreased by 22%, compared to the same period in 2019.
  • Likewise, there was a 21% decrease in traffic on the roads in 2020, compared to 2019

There was less traffic on the roads in 2020 because of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, the decrease in traffic reflects the decreased number of KSI incidents.

Elbow Joint Anatomy

Now let’s look at the anatomy of the elbow joint. The elbow has two articulations, which allow it to move:

  • The first is the trochlear notch of the ulna and the trochlea of the humerus.
  • The second is the capitulum of the humerus and the head of the radius.

The extensor carpi radialis brevis is a forearm muscle that controls movements of the wrist. When a tennis elbow injury is affected, the extensor carpi radialis brevis can be affected.

Most of the muscles in the forearm have a common tendinous origin. The extensor muscles in the forearm originate from the lateral epicondyle. Usually, when tennis players experience pain, it is in the lateral epicondyle.

Signs Of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow symptoms can include severe pain when using your elbow and discomfort when your elbow is not used. The pain is normally on the outside of the elbow and may extend down the forearm.

People who have experienced an accident in which their elbow is hit should lookout for signs of tennis elbow. Here are some signs that you may have tennis elbow:

  • You experience pain when you lift or bend your arm.
  • You experience pain when you hold a pen or grip a small object.
  • Or you experience pain when your forearm makes a twisting motion; for example when you open a jar or twist a doorknob.

How long does tennis elbow last?

The symptoms of the tennis elbow usually last between 6 months and two years. Most people recover from tennis elbow within a year.

How Do People Get Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is caused by excessive strain or overuse on the elbow joint. As the name suggests, people who play racquet sports such as tennis or squash can suffer from tennis elbow.

The following factors can cause tennis elbow when playing racquet sports:

  • An athlete plays their sport with a racquet that is too tightly strung or too short.
  • An athlete uses an improper backhand stroke.
  • The athlete hits off the centre of the racquet.
  • A tennis player hits a ball that is wet or excessively heavy.

Other activities can also cause tennis elbow injuries:

  • Repetitively using scissors or other hand tools
  • Painting walls with a roller or brush
  • Playing a string instrument such as the violin

A blunt force trauma can also cause tennis elbow. For example, a trip and fall accident can cause tennis elbow if the injured person lands on their elbow joint. We will now look at how you can get a tennis elbow from a car accident.

Could Road Traffic Accidents Cause Tennis Elbow Injuries?

The impact of a car accident can cause a tennis elbow injury. There are different ways that you can get a tennis elbow from a car accident. Firstly, many people instinctively take on a braced position when their car collides with another car or object. The force of the car collision can sprain the elbow whilst it is in a braced position. The force can also cause a tennis elbow injury.

A tennis elbow injury can happen when a motorist or passenger experiences blunt force trauma in a car accident. The crash’s impact may cause the driver or passenger to hit their elbow on the car dashboard. Or, in a very serious accident, a moving object may hit the elbow.

All motorists owe other road users a duty of care. Therefore, if a car accident hurt your elbow, you may be able to claim compensation from the person who was responsible. To see if you can begin your tennis elbow compensation claim, call our advisers today.

Diagnosing Elbow Injuries

If a patient shows signs of a tennis elbow injury, their doctor may run tests to diagnose their injuries. Here are some examples of tests a doctor may carry out:

  • The doctor may use an X-ray to check for signs of arthritis and other injuries to the bone.
  • Or your doctor may use an MRI scanner. An MRI scanner can show signs of damage to the tendons and other soft tissue injuries.
  • The doctor may use electromyography (EMG) to check for damage to your nerves.

Complications Of Tennis Elbow

Unfortunately, some patients who experience a tennis elbow injury also go on to experience complications. We have included some examples of complications from tennis elbow injuries below:

  • The patient can experience a ruptured tendon injury as a result of repeated steroid injections.
  • The patient has a trapped nerve on their forearm, so any tennis elbow remedies don’t appear to work.
  • Or the patient overuses their arm again, leading to a reoccurring injury.

Treatment For Tennis Elbow In The UK

Tennis elbow is a self-limiting condition, which means it gets better without medical treatment. However, if you have a tennis elbow injury, you can do the following to help manage the condition.

Treatment for tennis elbow in the UK can include the following:

  • Change or modify your activities: You may have to temporarily change the activities you do daily to help your tennis elbow injury heal. If working conditions have contributed to your elbow injury, your employer may have to give you alternative tasks to do and provide appropriate reduction of hazards in the future if you return to the task.
  • Painkillers: Your doctor may recommend that you take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol, to help you cope with the pain. Your doctor may also recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs can include ibuprofen or topical gels and creams.
  • Physiotherapy: A doctor may recommend physiotherapy for tennis elbow. If a tennis elbow injury is causing excessive pain, physiotherapy can be used. Physiotherapy for tennis elbow can also be used to help the patient regain a wider range of movement.
  • Steroid injections: A doctor will sometimes offer steroid injections to people who suffer from tennis elbow.

A tennis elbow injury often heals within six months to two years. However, 90% of patients will recover from their tennis elbow injuries within one year. If you believe you have a tennis elbow injury, please visit your GP or a hospital A&E department.

How Much Could I Get For Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident?

Claimants often ask, “What is the average compensation for tennis elbow?” You can use the table below to estimate how much compensation you could get for an elbow injury.

The compensation amounts in the table are based on guidelines from the Judicial College. The most recent figures from the Judicial College guidelines have been used. These were taken from the edition published in April 2022. Your solicitor may use the guidelines and your medical report to estimate how much compensation you should claim.

How much compensation you could receive for a tennis elbow injury may vary, so please feel free to call our helpline for a personalised quote.

Injuries To The ElbowDegree Of InjuryInjury AssessmentCompensation Bracket
Elbow Injury(a) Severely Disabling InjuriesThis is the highest level of compensation bracket for injuries to the elbow.£39,170 to £54,830
Elbow Injury(b) Less Severe Elbow InjuryThis is the second most serious degree of elbow injury. The injury causes impaired function of the elbow. Major surgery is not required and the person should not be left with a significant disability.£15,650 to £32,010
Elbow Injury(c) Minor Or ModerateInjuries such as tennis elbow and those which do not cause permanent injury or permanent loss of function are included in this bracket. How much could be awarded may depend on how long it takes for the injury to be fully resolved.Up to £12,590
Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders - Could Include Tennis Or Golfers Elbow(a) Most SeriousWhere the person suffers a continuing bilateral disability. They will have had surgery and may have lost employment as a result.£31,640 to £38,430
Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders - Could Include Tennis Or Golfers Elbow(b) SeriousThere will be significant interference with domestic and work life. £16,760 to £31,640
Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders - Could Include Tennis Or Golfers Elbow(c) ModerateAttacks of this nature will mostly occur in cold weather. £8,640 to £16,760
Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders - Could Include Tennis Or Golfers Elbow(d) MinorThere may only be occasional symptoms in several fingers. £2,990 to £8,640


We have included general damages in the compensation table above. General damages are the primary part of a compensation claim payout. Moreover, general damages are paid out to compensate the injured person for the psychological and physical pain, suffering and loss of amenity they have experienced.

We have chosen to exclude special damages compensation from this table because the amount receiveded, varies too much from claim to claim. Please see the below section for an explanation of special damages.

Compensation Payouts for an Elbow Injury from a Car Accident

If your claim is successful, you could receive more than general damages compensation after an elbow injury from a car accident. This is because you may also be able to claim for special damages. These relate to financial losses that have been caused by the injury.

For example, as part of your car accident claim, you could potentially claim for medical expenses incurred as a result of the elbow injury. This can include prescription costs and potential physiotherapy costs, if they cannot be provided for free on the NHS.

Further financial losses you may be able to claim for include:

  • Care cost expenses
  • Travel costs
  • Adjustments to your home
  • Loss of earnings

However, to potentially claim for these losses, you would need sufficient financial evidence. This can include bank statements, invoices, payslips and receipts. To know more about making a claim for a car accident, please contact our advisors for free using the above details. They can provide you with a compensation estimate specific to your claim and answer any queries you have about the claims process.

What Should I Do If Injured In A Vehicle Accident?

We recommend you take the following steps after a vehicle accident:

  • Firstly, please go to a doctor to get the appropriate medical treatment for your injuries. You will also need your doctor to diagnose your injuries so your medical records can be used as evidence to support your claim.
  • Secondly, you can collect evidence to support your claim at the scene of the accident. For example, you can get CCTV from the time of the accident and get the contact details of eyewitnesses for statements at a later date.
  • And finally, you could get in touch with a solicitor to handle your claim. Your solicitor would represent you and negotiate with the defendant on your behalf.

Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident: No Win No Fee Claims

Our solicitors offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. A No Win No Fee claim means that you would pay your solicitor a success fee if they win your claim. The success fee is deducted from the compensation payout at a lawfully capped rate. Therefore the majority of the compensation payout goes to you.

What happens if your claim is unsuccessful?

Our solicitors only take on compensation claims that they believe can win. However, if your solicitors do not win your claim, they will not charge you any solicitor fees.

To see if our solicitors can handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, contact our advisers today.

Why Choose Us?

If you have been injured because of a car accident, Accident Claims UK could help you.

Here are some benefits of choosing our solicitors to handle your claim:

  1. You can make a No Win No Fee claim.
  2. Our solicitors have solid experience handling car accident claims.
  3. We offer free legal advice to anyone looking to make an elbow injury claim.

Begin Your Claim

To see if you can claim for a tennis elbow caused by a car accident, please get in touch with Accident Claims UK, using the details below:

Resources For Victims Of Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident

We hope you have found this guide to claiming compensation for tennis elbow from a car accident beneficial. Please feel free to read these resources to learn more about making a personal injury claim.

£100,000 Compensation For A Broken Elbow At Work

£30,000 Compensation For A Simple Fractured Forearm

Tendon Injury At Work Claims Guide

Tendonitis – an NHS guide

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) – an NHS guide

Motor Insurers’ Bureau – If the car driver doesn’t have insurance or leaves the scene without exchanging details with you, it could go through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.

Tennis Elbow From A Car Accident FAQs

In this section, we answer common questions about personal injury claims.

Who could make my claim for me?

Some people cannot claim personal injury compensation for themselves—for example, children under 18. A next of kin relative or guardian could claim on your behalf as a litigation friend.

Is my claim likely to go to court?

The majority of accident claims do not go to court. However, if neither party can agree on a settlement, the claim may go to court.

Could I be awarded an interim payment?

An interim payment is an immediate release of compensation before your claim is settled. It can only happen when liability is admitted by the defendant. An insurance company may pay an interim payment if you immediately need money in relation to medical treatment for your injuries, for example.

Will the Whiplash Reform Program affect my compensation?

The government’s Whiplash Reform Program may affect your compensation claim. For example, you will not be able to claim compensation for whiplash if the payout is worth less than £5,000. Would you please read this government guide to learn more?

Thank you for reading this guide to making a tennis elbow from a car accident.

Guide by SN

Edited by RV