Arm Injury Compensation

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Arm Injury

Arm Amputation

  • Total loss of both arms
    £293,850 - £366,100
  • Loss of one arm above the shoulder
    No less than £67,380
  • Loss of one arm above the elbow
    £133,870 - £159,770
  • Loss of one arm below the arm
    £117,360 - £133,810

Arm Injury

  • Severe arm injury
    £117,360 - £159,770
  • Serious arm injury leaving permanent and substantial effects
    £47,810 - £73,050
  • Serious arm injury leaving some long-lasting effects
    £23,430 - £47,810
  • Fracture between the elbow and the wrist
    £8,060 - £23,430
  • Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
    £3,650 - £46,900

Arm Injury Claims

If you have suffered an arm injury that has resulted in significant pain and suffering, as well as financial losses, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The expert arm injury claims solicitors at JMW can help you estimate how much you could receive, and provide advice on how to take your arm injury claim to the next stage.

The figures given above provide a rough guide of how much compensation you may receive from an arm injury claim, based on the Judicial College Injury Tables. Generated by JMW’s Compensation Calculator, these estimates can help you decide whether or not you wish to take your claim forward.

For a more accurate calculation of how much you could be able to claim, based on the specifics of your case, get in touch with the expert arm injury claims solicitors at JMW today. We can give you a precise estimate that takes into account all of the details about your injury and circumstances.

To find out more or to begin the compensation claims process in earnest, call us on 0345 872 6666, or fill in our online enquiry form to request a callback. You can find out more about our personal injury claim services here.

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What Should I Do Next?

If you’ve sustained an arm injury that wasn’t your fault and would like to make a compensation claim, it’s important to follow the right course of action to maximise your chances of a positive outcome.

After obtaining an initial estimate from our Compensation Calculator, you should look to speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible. The potential value of your claim will depend on a lot of variables, including the severity of the injury and the financial losses you have suffered, and a legal expert will need to review these details to provide as comprehensive and accurate an estimate as possible.

Once you have done this, you will be able to instruct your solicitor to get your compensation claim up and running, making contact with those responsible for your injury, and gathering the evidence needed to create a strong case. By relying on the expertise of a legal firm with specialist knowledge of personal injury claims, you will have the best chance of claiming the maximum amount of compensation available.

For more information on what to do next, give us a call on 0345 872 6666 for a free, no-obligation discussion of your options. You can also look at our guide to the Lifecycle of a Claim to find out more.

What Can Affect the Value of a Compensation Claim?

The value of an arm injury compensation claim will depend on the severity of the injury itself, and the pain and suffering it causes. It will also be influenced by the impact of the incident on your life, and any financial losses you have suffered as a direct result.

Even milder arm injuries can require a significant period of rest, treatment, and rehabilitation, making it difficult for you to maintain your normal routine. This can necessitate a prolonged absence from work, costly medical treatment, or even structural changes to your accommodation to cater for the injury.

In the most severe cases, such as amputations, the effect of the injury can be completely life-changing, emotionally distressing, and disabling in nearly every part of your personal and professional life.

All of these additional costs and losses will need to be factored in alongside the claim amount for the injury itself. To find out how much this could be worth in total, speak to JMW Solicitors today.

How Can Compensation Help?

Claiming compensation can help you to reduce the stress and suffering you have felt as a result of your injury, making it easier for you to cover your costs, make necessary lifestyle adjustments and focus on your recovery.

A compensation award can be used to pay for the following:

  • Costs and expenses incurred due to the injury
  • Rehabilitation
  • Ongoing medical treatment and surgery costs
  • Specialist equipment required for daily living
  • Transport and travel arrangements required as a result of the injury
  • Loss of earnings
  • Prosthetics

Types of Arm Injury

Arm injuries differ in severity and type, depending on the part of the arm that is affected. Some of the most common include:

  • Upper arm injuries, including fractures of the humerus; torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons; and amputations
  • Forearm injuries, including fractures, muscle damage, and tendon injuries
  • Elbow injuries, including fractures, dislocation, and bursitis
  • Wrist injuries, including fractures, sprains, and carpal tunnel syndrome

Forearm injuries tend to be the most frequent, but the upper arm is also vulnerable. Injuries to the latter often impact the entire arm, leaving the sufferer unable to move the arm without feeling pain.

Fractures commonly occur as a result of slips, trips and falls, when the individual puts out their hand or arm to protect themselves. Many straightforward fractures heal fully after a period of rest and support, such as wearing a cast or a sling; however, not all fractures are simple and displacement can occur, causing the bones to move apart. In these cases, injuries may take much longer than expected to heal.

Arm injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from accidents at work to road traffic accidents or sporting injuries, among many others. If you have sustained an arm injury that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation and should contact a solicitor to discuss your options.

FAQs About Arm Injury Claims

Am I eligible to make an arm injury claim?

If you experience an arm injury in an accident caused by someone else, you are fully entitled to pursue a compensation claim. When one of our personal injury legal professionals evaluates your arm injury claim, they will seek to confirm that:

  1. The defendant owed you (the claimant) a duty of care
  2. A negligent act by the defendant led to an accident
  3. Your arm was injured during the accident
  4. The accident caused you injury

Various legislation is employed to establish a duty of care in arm injury claims. For instance, if you sustain an arm injury at work, your employer may have breached their duty of care as outlined by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Similarly, the Road Traffic Act 1988 might be applicable if your arm was injured after being knocked off your bicycle.

Once your legal representative confirms the existence of a legal duty of care, they will proceed to gather evidence with you to demonstrate how your arm was injured. We will discuss the types of evidence you could use later on.

How much compensation will I get?

How much compensation you may be awarded for claiming arm injury compensation can differ greatly depending on various factors. Giving an exact amount is difficult without knowing the precise details of your case. As each personal injury case is distinct, it is essential to seek advice from a knowledgeable personal injury solicitor to gain a better insight into the potential compensation for your specific circumstances. A solicitor can assist in assessing your claim, collecting evidence, and liaising with insurance firms to make certain you obtain the compensation you are entitled to. Have a look at our individual arm injury compensation claims calculator at the top of this page.

What are some common causes of arm injury claims?

Several common accidents could result in arm injury claims, such as:

  • Slips, trips, and falls, which frequently cause bruised or fractured arm bones
  • Workplace accidents
  • Road traffic accidents, particularly those involving cyclists or motorcyclists
  • Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) due to prolonged use of vibrating tools at work
  • Falls from height
  • Sporting incidents

If you wish to determine whether you could receive compensation for an arm injury caused by another party, please contact us today and consult with one of our expert advisors.

What can I claim for an arm injury compensation claim?

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, recklessness, or intentional act, you may have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. The aim of these claims is to provide financial support for your recovery and help you recover the losses you have incurred. In a personal injury claim, there are various types of damages that you may be able to recover, depending on the specific details of your case. Some common categories include:

Medical expenses: a key reason for making a personal injury claim is to cover the costs of medical treatment, including doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing care. If your injuries are severe or long-lasting, you may also be able to claim for future medical expenses.

Lost earnings: if your injury causes you to miss work, you may be able to recover compensation for the income you have lost during your recovery period. This can include past and future lost earnings if your injury affects your ability to work long-term.

Pain and suffering: arm injury claims often include compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by your injury. This can be difficult to quantify, but it is an important part of the overall compensation you may receive.

Damage to property: if your personal property was damaged as a result of the incident that caused your injury, you may be able to recover the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged items.

Punitive damages: in some cases, where the defendant's conduct is particularly serious or reckless, the court may award punitive damages. These damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behaviour in the future, rather than compensate the victim directly.

Every personal injury claim is unique, and the damages you may be entitled to will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. It is essential to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury solicitor to assess your claim and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

What are common types of arm injuries?

Arm injuries can occur due to numerous reasons, such as accidents at work, traffic collisions, slips and falls, or even medical negligence. Regardless of the cause, arm injuries can significantly impact a person's life, affecting their ability to work, perform daily tasks, and enjoy hobbies. Here are some common types of arm injuries:

Fractures and dislocations: a common type of arm injury is a fracture, which occurs when excessive force is applied to the bone, causing it to break or crack. The most frequently fractured bones in the arm are the radius and ulna (forearm bones) and the humerus (upper arm bone). Dislocations involve the displacement of a joint, such as the shoulder, elbow, or wrist, causing pain, swelling, and limited mobility. Compensation claims for fractures and dislocations often arise from workplace accidents, car crashes, or slips and falls.

Soft tissue injuries: soft tissue injuries involve damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the arm. These injuries can range from mild strains and sprains to severe tears and ruptures. Common soft tissue injuries include rotator cuff tears, biceps tendonitis, and tennis elbow. Victims might experience pain, swelling, and restricted movement. Soft tissue injuries often result from overuse, repetitive strain, or traumatic incidents, such as accidents or falls.

Nerve injuries: nerve injuries in the arm can be caused by direct trauma, compression, or stretching. These injuries can result in loss of sensation, weakness, or paralysis in the affected area. Common nerve injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and radial nerve palsy. Nerve injuries can be caused by repetitive activities, accidents, or medical negligence during surgery.

Crush injuries: crush injuries occur when the arm is subjected to extreme force or pressure, resulting in damage to the bones, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. These injuries can be severe, sometimes requiring amputation. Crush injuries often occur in industrial or construction accidents, car accidents, or due to heavy falling objects.

Burns and scarring: Burns can result from exposure to heat, chemicals, or electricity. Severe burns may cause significant pain, scarring, and disfigurement, potentially affecting the function and appearance of the arm. Compensation claims for burns and scarring may arise from workplace accidents, car crashes, or incidents involving defective products.

What evidence do I need for my arm injury compensation claim?

To submit a successful arm injury compensation claim, it is essential to gather and present sufficient evidence to support your case. This evidence will help demonstrate the extent of your injuries, establish liability, and substantiate any financial losses or expenses incurred as a result of the injury. The following list outlines the key pieces of evidence typically required for an arm injury compensation claim:

Medical records: obtain copies of your medical records, including doctor's notes, diagnoses, treatment plans, and any imaging studies such as X-rays or MRIs. These records will help establish the nature, severity, and extent of your arm injury and can provide evidence of any ongoing or future medical treatments required.

The accident report: if your arm injury occurred at work or in a public place, ensure an accident report was filed with the relevant authorities or the business owner. Obtain a copy of this report as it will serve as an official record of the incident and may include valuable details regarding the circumstances and cause of the injury.

Witness statements: if there were any witnesses to the accident, collect their contact information and written statements describing the event. Witnesses can help corroborate your version of events and provide additional information to support your claim.

Photographic or video evidence: if possible, take photographs or videos of the accident scene, any hazards or defects that contributed to the injury, and the injury itself. This visual evidence can help demonstrate the cause of the injury and provide a clear understanding of the conditions at the time of the accident.

Documentation of financial losses: keep records of any financial losses or expenses incurred as a result of your arm injury. This may include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, prescription medications, travel expenses to and from medical appointments, and any assistive devices or modifications required. Additionally, document any lost wages or reduced earning capacity due to the injury.

Expert reports: in some cases, it may be necessary to obtain reports from medical experts, occupational therapists, or vocational experts to substantiate the extent of your injury and its impact on your ability to work or perform daily activities. These expert opinions can be invaluable in supporting your claim for compensation.

Personal injury journal: maintain a detailed journal documenting the progression of your injury, any pain or discomfort experienced, and the impact of the injury on your daily life. This personal account can provide valuable context and insight into the severity of your injury and its ongoing effects.

What are some common causes of arm injury claims?

Arm injuries can significantly impact an individual's quality of life, affecting their ability to work and perform daily tasks. A variety of circumstances can lead to arm injuries, with some of the most common causes giving rise to compensation claims as follows:

Workplace accidents: numerous arm injury claims stem from incidents in the workplace, particularly in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture. These accidents can include falls from heights, slips and trips, contact with heavy machinery, or being struck by falling objects. Employers have a duty to ensure a safe working environment, and failure to do so can result in liability for injuries sustained.

Road traffic accidents: car, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents can all lead to arm injuries, ranging from fractures and dislocations to soft tissue damage. Claims may be filed against negligent drivers or other parties responsible for the accident, such as vehicle manufacturers in cases of defective products.

Slips, trips, and falls: slip, trip, and fall accidents can occur in various settings, including public places, private properties, or commercial establishments. Uneven surfaces, wet floors, and poorly maintained walkways can contribute to these accidents, resulting in arm injuries. Property owners may be held liable for injuries sustained due to their negligence.

Sports and recreation: participation in sports and recreational activities can expose individuals to risks of arm injuries, such as fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue damage. While some injuries are inherent risks associated with the activity, others may be due to poorly maintained facilities, inadequate supervision, or defective equipment, leading to potential compensation claims.

Assault and criminal activity: arm injuries can also arise from intentional acts of violence or criminal activity. In such cases, victims may be eligible for compensation through criminal injury claims or civil lawsuits against the responsible parties.

What is the time limit for arm injury claims?

When considering an arm injury claim, it is crucial to be aware of the time limits imposed by law, known as the statute of limitations. These time limits determine the period within which you must initiate legal proceedings to seek compensation for your injuries. Failing to file a claim within the specified time frame may result in losing the right to pursue compensation.

  1. General Time Limit: In most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident or the date when the injury became apparent (also known as the 'date of knowledge'). This three-year time limit applies to various types of personal injury claims, including workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, slips and falls, and medical negligence cases.
  2. Exceptions and Special Circumstances: There are some exceptions and special circumstances where the standard three-year time limit may be extended or shortened:

a. Children: If the injured party is under 18 years old at the time of the accident, the three-year time limit commences from their 18th birthday, meaning they have until their 21st birthday to initiate legal proceedings.

b. Mental Capacity: If the injured individual lacks mental capacity, the time limit may not start until they regain capacity or are represented by a litigation friend or legal guardian.

Talk to Us

Find out how much compensation you could be entitled to for your arm injury by speaking to the expert solicitors here at JMW. We will help you determine your options and work with you to put together the strongest possible claim.

Call us on 0345 872 6666, or complete our online enquiry form to request a call back.

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