Elbow Injury Compensation

Severely, disabling elbow injury   £31,220 - £43,710
Elbow injury causing some long-term problems   £12,480 - £25,510
Elbow injury not causing significant long-term problems   Up to £10,040

If you have suffered an elbow injury that caused you pain, suffering, or debilitating long-term problems that have affected your quality of life, you may be entitled to claim compensation. The expert solicitors at JMW can help you work out how much you might be owed, as well as offer advice on how to take your claim forward.

The figures above are generated by JMW’s Compensation Calculator, based on the Judicial College Injury Table. They provide a rough guide of how much you might be able to claim for your elbow injury and could help you decide whether to pursue your legal case.

For a more precise calculation of how much you could be able to claim, based on the specific details of your case, you will need to speak to an expert solicitor who can provide an estimate after assessing your injury and personal circumstances, including any financial losses you may have suffered.

To find out more or to begin your compensation claims, call JMW on 0800 054 6570, or fill in our online enquiry form to request a callback. You can find out more about our personal injury claim services here.

What Should I Do Next?

If you’ve sustained an injury to your elbow that wasn’t your fault and would like to make a compensation claim, you will need to take proactive steps to ensure your claim can be progressed as smoothly as possible.

After obtaining an initial estimate from our Compensation Calculator, you should make contact with a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible. A qualified legal team will be able to look at all the variables involved in your case, and advise you on how the process will work and what to do next; for more information on this, take a look at our guide to the Lifecycle of a Claim.

Once you have decided to make a claim, your solicitor can contact those responsible for your injury and start gathering evidence to create the strongest possible case for you, based on their expert knowledge of the law. The aim will always be to secure the best available settlement with a minimum of stress for you.

To find out more about this process, call JMW on 0800 054 6570 for a free, no-obligation conversation about your options.

What Can Affect the Value of a Compensation Claim?

Elbow injuries are inevitably painful and inconvenient, but because this joint plays such a key role in the mobility of the arm, damage to the elbow can also make life, in general, more difficult, uncomfortable, and painful for those affected.

For some people, an elbow injury means not being able to move the affected arm for a prolonged period of time, having a serious impact on their ability to work and participate in other parts of their life. This can result in significant financial costs, whether this is through a loss of income or money spent on medical treatments and rehabilitation.

In the most serious cases, a severe elbow injury can lead to life-changing issues, meaning the claimant may require lifelong support or permanent alterations to their lifestyle in order to cope.

As such, every elbow injury claim is different, with compensation calculated based on the severity and circumstances surrounding the injury and the injured person’s financial losses resulting from the accident. To find out how much this could be worth in total, speak to JMW Solicitors today.

How Can Compensation Help?

Claiming for elbow injury compensation can make it easier for you to cover any costs associated with your injury, allowing you to focus on your recovery. It can also help to ensure that those responsible are held properly accountable.

An elbow injury compensation award can pay for the following:

  • Medical treatment
  • Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
  • Transport costs
  • Loss of earnings

Types of Elbow Injury

The elbow joint is a ‘hinge’ joint, held together by ligaments, muscles and tendons, that connects the three bones in the arm:

  • The radius, one of the two large bones in the forearm
  • The ulna, the second of the two bones in the forearm, on the same side of the arm as the little finger
  • The humerus, the long bone in the upper arm

Due to the key connecting role played by the elbow, damage to any of the bones or soft tissue surrounding the joint can have a significant impact on the entire arm.

For more information on some of the most common and serious types of elbow injury, read below. If you have been affected by any of the following due to someone else’s negligence, speak to our lawyers today to make an elbow injury claim.

Elbow fracture

The most common type of elbow injury is a fracture: a crack or break in the radius, ulna or humerus close to the elbow joint, or in the bony point of the elbow (the olecranon) itself.

Typically, a fracture occurs when somebody falls and extends their arm to protect themselves. Swelling, pain, lack of movement and bruising are all signs of an elbow fracture, as well as hearing or feeling a pop or a crack upon impact.

Treatment and recovery time for a fractured elbow depend on the severity of the injury, the number of bones affected and the location of the injury. In some cases, a cast may need to be worn to assist the recovery, while in more complex cases surgery may be required.

Elbow dislocation

Dislocation also occurs most often due to a fall, and sometimes accompanies a fracture. This happens when the bones in the forearm move out of the elbow joint, causing severe pain, swelling and an inability to move the forearm.

In more serious cases, nearby arteries or nerves can also be damaged.

Tennis/golfer’s elbow

These two terms are common phrases for the medical condition lateral epicondylitis, which occurs when the muscles and the tendons of the forearm are overused, leaving them strained or torn. As the name suggests, it frequently occurs in tennis players or golfers, but is also caused by other activities that place repetitive stress on the elbow joint.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain and stiffness when extending twisting or bending the arm
  • Pain when gripping or lifting objects
  • Tenderness on the outside of the elbow

Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) damage

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) consists of three portions - the transverse, anterior oblique and posterior oblique - and connects the humerus to the ulna. Damage to the UCL usually comes in the form of a sprain, but more severe cases can see the ligament ruptured completely.

This condition is usually caused by repetitive strain and stress, but can sometimes occur in a single movement. Again, a frequent cause is repetitive movement, often affecting those working in manual jobs.

In less severe cases, rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) treatment is required for a number of weeks to reduce pain and swelling. However, in more extreme cases, surgery can be required, leaving the sufferer with unbearable pain for a prolonged period of time.


This condition describes the swelling and inflammation of a bursa, a small sac of fluid that forms under the skin and over joints to act as a cushion between bones and tendons.

Like other elbow injuries, it is commonly caused by either traumatic injury or repetitive movements. Its symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Dull pain
  • Difficulty lifting

Case Study

JMW has significant expertise in helping people with elbow injuries to claim the compensation they deserve.

To find out more about how we can support you, read our case study, which shows how our solicitors secured £1,100 in compensation for a young woman whose surgery was delayed after doctors failed to spot a fracture in her elbow.

Talk to Us

Find out how much compensation you could be entitled to for your elbow injury claim by getting in touch with the expert solicitors at JMW today. We will talk through your options and help you start your claim, with the aim of securing the maximum amount of compensation available to you.

Call us on 0800 054 6570, or complete our online enquiry form to request a call back.

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