Elbow Injury

Severely disabling injury £34,000 - £48,000
Less serious injury £13,500 - £28,000
Moderate injuries Up to £11,000

Our compensation calculator is here to help you understand how much compensation you could claim if you have suffered an elbow injury that was someone else’s fault.

Elbow injuries can be particularly disabling as the elbow is an important joint in the arm, helping you perform the most commonplace movements. In short, when your elbow is damaged, going about your day-to-day life becomes much more difficult.

We want to help you understand how much you could claim for your elbow injury, as we know that this makes a big difference in helping individuals decide whether or not to pursue a claim.

Our compensation calculator outlines average compensation figures for injuries of varying levels of severity. But bear in mind that every claim is different, based on the severity and circumstances surrounding the injury and the injured person’s financial losses that have accrued as the result of the accident. This means that these figures are just estimates - to find out how much you could expect to claim, speak to one of our specialist solicitors about what has happened to you and how making a claim will help you.

To get in touch with us, call 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form.

What makes up the elbow?

The elbow joint is a ‘hinge’ joint between the following three bones in the arm:

  • Radius - one of the two large bones in the forearm
  • Ulna - the second of the two bones in the forearm, on the same side of the arm as your little finger
  • Humerus - the long bone in the upper arm

The olecranon is the bony part of the ulna that sticks out and is commonly referred to as the elbow.

The elbow is held together by ligaments, muscles and tendons, and damage to any of the bones, or soft tissue surrounding the joint could be referred to as an elbow injury.

Types of Elbow Injury


The most common type of injury we see as a result of an accident involving the elbow is a fracture - a crack or break in the radius, ulna or humerus close to the elbow joint, or in 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 signs that you might have fractured your elbow, as well as hearing or feeling a pop or a crack upon impact.

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


Again, this occurs most often due to a fall, and sometimes accompanies a fracture. A dislocation occurs 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 during an elbow dislocation.

Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow

These two terms are the common terms for the 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 places repetitive stress on the elbow joint.

Symptoms include:

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

Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Damage

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) comprises 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. It is usually caused by repetitive strain and stress, but can sometimes occur following one single movement. Again, a common cause is the repetitive movements made by someone in a manual job.

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 severe cases surgery can be required, and leave 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 injury or repetitive movements. Its symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Dull pain
  • Difficulty lifting

How Compensation Could Help You

Regardless of the type of injury you have sustained, damage to the elbow can make your life more difficult, uncomfortable and painful. 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.

If that suffering was caused by someone else, you are entitled to compensation. The compensation you ultimately recover is designed to help improve your quality of life and can go towards:

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

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