Arm Injury
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Compensation Amounts

Total loss of both arms

£210,000 - £263,000

Amputation of one arm at the shoulder

Not less than £120,000

Severe injury

£84,000 - £114,000

Above-elbow amputation

£96,000 - £114,000

Below elbow amputation

£84,000 - £95,000

Moderate elbow injury

Up to £10,000


Arm injuries can cause significant pain and suffering, leading to prolonged absence from work, costly medical treatment, rehabilitation and sometimes even structural changes to accommodation to cater for the injury.

Compensation, however, gives sufferers the chance to get their lives back on track and goes some way to helping them deal with their injury and afford the associated costs.

It is difficult to know how much you could claim for an arm injury, however, as there are many variables that need to be taken into account for each individual injury, and each individual case. Our compensation calculator tool offers users the chance to find out the average compensation amounts that are awarded for specific injuries.

Remember, these figures are just a guide. To find out how much you could claim for your injury, speak to our specialist solicitors by calling 0800 054 6570 or completing our online enquiry form.

Types of Arm Injury

Arm injuries differ in severity and type, with one or more of the following parts of the arm affected:

  • Upper arm
  • Forearm
  • Elbow
  • Wrist

The most common injuries, particularly fractures, muscle damage or tendon damage tend to affect the forearm. However, the upper arm is also vulnerable to these injuries, and should this be the affected area of injury, may have an impact on the entire arm. 

Fractures commonly occur in slips, trips and falls when the sufferer puts out their hand and/or arm to protect themselves. Many straightforward fractures heal fully when given a period of rest and support, such as wearing a cast or sling. Unfortunately, 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.

However, there are many other potential causes of an arm injury and we have acted for claimants who have suffered as a result of an accident at work, a road traffic accident or a sporting injury, among many others.

Effects of Arm Injuries

The impact of an arm injury will depend on its severity, but even milder arm injuries can require a significant period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation that makes it difficult for the sufferer to maintain their normal routine.

The most severe injuries, such as amputations, can be completely life-changing, emotionally distressing and disabling in nearly every part of the victim’s personal and professional life.

Upper Arm Injuries

The upper arm is made up of a single, long bone called the humerus, as well as a number of muscles - the biceps and triceps - ligaments and tendons. Damage to this area of the body can be particularly debilitating, often leaving the sufferer unable to move the arm without feeling pain.

We have helped individuals claim for a range of injuries to the upper arm, including:

  • Fractures of the humerus
  • Torn muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • Amputations

How Compensation Could Help You

We are here to help you claim compensation that will help reduce the stress and suffering you feel as a result of your injury.

Compensation is calculated based on - and can contribute to - a whole host of different things, such as:

  • your costs incurred due to the injury
  • rehabilitation
  • other 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

Talk to Us

Find out how much compensation you could be entitled to by speaking to the expert solicitors here at JMW. Call 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form.

Further Reading

Want to know more about the process of making a compensation claim? If so, click here.

Case study

  1. Case Study: Wrist Fracture and Shoulder Injuries Due to a Slip on Un-Gritted Ice in Work Car Park - £50,743.30

    A woman has successfully won over £50,000 compensation after she slipped in her employers car park and badly damaged her wrist.

    The claim

     Mrs R slipped on ice in the car park at her workplace, a nursing home.  She used her hand to break her fall, fracturing two bones in her wrist and injuring her shoulder.  Mrs R got in touch with JMW Solicitors to make a claim which Gordon Cartwright, Partner, dealt with. 

    The case

    Mrs R fell over in an ungritted area of the car park.  Gordon sent a letter of claim to Mrs R’s employers, the defendant, regarding her intention to make a claim for her injuries.  This was then passed to her employer’s, the defendant’s, insurance company. 

    Medical evidence

    Gordon arranged for Mrs R to be examined by an independent medical expert.  The expert recommended physiotherapy to assist Mrs R’s wrist and shoulder, and that if her symptoms didn’t settle within six months, she should have an MRI scan, which she later underwent.

    Mrs R left her job as she didn’t feel able to work in a demanding role in a nursing home thanks to the injury.  Mrs R was over 60 and didn’t think it would be realistic to get a new job.  She had intended to work to age 65 and was disappointed to leave the workforce early. 

    Liability denied

    The defendant’s insurer denied liability for the accident.  They suggested it couldn’t have been avoided as the area had suffered very bad snowfalls, therefore grit supplies were low.

    A statement from one of Mrs R’s colleagues contradicted the insurer, suggesting that the area was about to be cleared, and that grit was easy to obtain.  Shortly after, the insurer admitted liability.

    Gordon took statements from Mrs R and her family, highlighting how the accident had affected her daily life.  He also put together a schedule of loss, outlining Mrs R’s measurable losses due to the accident. 

    Further medical

    Several months after the accident, Mrs R’s symptoms were still present so we sent her to see an upper limb surgeon, who recommended she have a second MRI scan.

    The original medical expert then provided an updated report.  He advised it was unlikely Mrs R would regain wrist movement, and that the pain and restriction of movement Mrs R experienced in her shoulder was an acceleration injury; something which, although inevitable due to her age, was brought forward thanks to the accident.  He also highlighted that Mrs R could have carried on working were it not for the injury.

    Gordon disclosed the medical reports and Schedule of Loss to the defendant’s insurer, encouraging them to make a settlement offer, which they did.  Gordon felt their offer was too low and on Gordon’s advice, Mrs R rejected it. 

    Issuing Court proceedings

    Gordon issued court proceedings on her case in order to protect it, as it was nearing the period of time where a case must legally be settled or in court.  After proceedings were issued, we received another low settlement offer from the defendant’s solicitor.  Gordon advised Mrs R to reject it, which she did.  We approached the defendant’s solicitor with a counter offer, which they rejected.

    They claimed they had surveillance footage which showed Mrs R using her right hand more than she claimed in her witness statement.  When we reviewed the footage, this was incorrect; as in her witness statement, Mrs R was only able to carry light items and she was assisted by her partner at all other times. 

    Final negotiation

    We made a further offer to try and settle the claim.  The defendant’s solicitor made a counter offer which Mrs R accepted.  She was delighted with the overall result and happy with the settlement.  

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