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Arm Injury Compensation
Arm injuries can be very distressing, but rest assured you’re not alone. If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and have suffered an arm injury as a result, then Smith Jones Solicitors are here to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
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An arm injury can occur as a result of a variety of different accidents, ranging from relatively minor injuries to the most severe. These can result in the loss of full use of the arm, wrist, elbow or even loss of the arm itself. These injuries can be life-changing, especially if suffered to the dominant arm or both arms.
There are many situations that could result in an arm injury, with the most common being accidents on the road, work accidents (especially construction, dangerous machinery and farming) or sports injuries. These injuries can take anywhere between a couple of weeks to an entire lifetime to recover from. If you have suffered injuries after an accident that wasn’t your fault, then the team at Smith Jones can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Smith Jones has advised people in relation to many arm injuries, including:
- Cuts and deep lacerations
- Bruising and swelling
- Broken arm
- Fractured Wrist
- Loss of fingers or hand
- Loss of arm(s)
- Injuries resulting from an industrial accident or disease
- Brachial Plexus Injury
The amount of compensation you might be entitled to will depend on a whole host of different factors and whilst our website has an interactive compensation calculator to use, (click here: https://smithjonessolicitors.co.uk/claims-calculator/) the amount you might be entitled to claim will vary from case to case. However, one of our experienced advisers will be able to assist you on this and we’ll always help you as much as we possibly can. Speak to one of our specialists on 0800 195 95 90 for free advice.
Our legal team specialises in dealing with accident and personal injury claims only. We have been providing legal services in the UK since 1988 and are accredited through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as The Law Society and, are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
Claiming For Chronic Arm Pain
Arm pain injuries are probably more common than you might first expect. In fact, arm pain can occur as a result of sudden traumatic or repetitive overuse (typically through work based activities) or of course, through a specific incident, such as a road traffic incident or just a simple slip, trip or fall.
Generally speaking, the most common causes of arm pain include:
- Shoulder, wrist or elbow pain
- Wrist and hand pain (possibly related to the carpal tunnel, arthritis or a thumb tendon condition known as ‘de Quervain’s tenosynovitis’)
- Tendonitis (often referred to as ‘tennis elbow’)
- General sprains and strains
- Pain and stiffness in the joints (which can often be early signs of arthritis)
Elbow Injury Claim
If you find yourself having to make a claim for an elbow injury then there might well be nothing amusing about your ‘funny bone’, since this particular nerve can very easily be irritated to the extent of causing both numbness and tingling of both the little and ‘ring’ fingers. In addition to this particular type of injury, elbows also tend to be prone to the following injury types:
- Tendon strain
- Biceps tendon tears
- Fractures (including distal humerus and supracondylar fractures)
- Tendinitis (or ‘tendonitis’) – typically caused through repetitive strain injuries resulting from work activities
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Olecranon bursitis (or inflammation of the bursa at the tip of the elbow – typically arising from injury or minor trauma)
- Sprains (including ‘stiffarm’ collision)
Swelling and bruising also fall under the minor injury category, but they may only be an indication of something worse under the skin such as a broken bone or ruptured muscle or ligament. If your elbow is swollen because of an accident and you’re suffering a great deal of pain, then you should definitely visit a doctor, as this can be an indication of internal damage to joints.
If you have an elbow injury, complications such as gout or DVT can occur. These may swell the joint or cause bruising, and require additional treatment to lessen the symptoms. It can be extremely painful, or even fatal if left, so it’s always advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Elbow Injury Compensation Amounts
If you’ve suffered any type of elbow injury then you there are two types of claim types you might be entitled to receive, namely ‘general damages’ and ‘special damages’. General damages relate to the injury itself and will be calculated on the amount of damage sustained to the arms(s) and/or the surrounding areas, such as the elbows, wrists or fingers.
When we calculate your entitlement to general damages, we rely on a formal publication known as the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fourteenth edition (2017) which is issued by the Judicial College. These guidelines are widely recognised and accepted by the Courts and thus provide us with valuable guidance on what your claim might be worth. As a very rough guideline, however, the figures for arm injuries are detailed below:-
- Minor injury – £1,000.00 – £12,050.00
- Moderate injury – £12,050.00 – £23,310.00
- Moderately severe injury – £27,450.00 – £43,900.00
- Severe injury – £43,900.00 – £61,410.00
Torn Muscles & Ligaments
A tear of your rotator cuff occurs when tendons or muscles become either partially or completely torn. There are many ways that this can happen, including falling awkwardly, an accident such as on a car or bike, or through repeated wear and tear (which also includes ‘Impingement Syndrome’). The risk of obtaining this type of injury is higher for individuals who work in a job which requires the same repetitive shoulder movement for many hours in the day, with painters and window cleaners being very common sufferers.
A bicep can be ruptured when the muscle detaches itself from where it is supposed to be attached to the elbow. The symptoms of this are visible and include weak elbow movement, visible purple bruising around the area, and occasionally a bulge can also be seen in the upper part of the arm.
Limited use of Arm
Sometimes an accident can occur which leaves you with the limited use of one or both arms, severely limiting your upper body. This can be due to a torn ligament, or the arm being crushed. We use our arms every day for a variety of tasks, and having one arm not working properly, or only capable of basic movements, can have a severe impact on your quality of life.
Cuts & Lacerations
The primary concern when you’ve received a cut, laceration or bad graze is to stop the bleeding. When you’ve managed to do this, the wound must then be cleaned properly and dressed to avoid any infection. If there is anything in the cut such as stones or dirt, or it appears to be becoming infected, then you should go to your GP and they may prescribe a course of antibiotics. Small scrapes and cuts constitute ‘minor’ injuries, and they usually accompany larger injuries to the body. If your cut is deep into your skin, or more than 5cm in length, then it’s advisable you pay a visit to A&E.
Broken Wrist Compensation
Because of the design of the wrist & how people typically use their arm to brace for a fall, wrists are often more prone to injuries including sprains and fractures than an elbow or forearm. Sprains typically occur when the ligaments become either stretched or torn whereas strains happen when a tendon or muscle becomes either stretched or torn. Typical wrist injuries will often include:
- Bone trauma (e.g. to the capitate, trapezoid or trapezium bone)
- Fractures (including Colles and scaphoid fractures)
- Tendon damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Loss of function of the wrist
- Whiplash injuries
- Development of carpal tunnel syndrome (usually characterised by a tingling sensation, sometimes referred to as ‘paresthesia’)
- Broken wrists
Broken Arm Claim
Broken bones can cause a lot of distress after the break occurs, and the implications can last for months. Having a broken bone often also means taking weeks off work or college to heal. With a broken arm you often cannot type on a computer or lift anything heavy, and if you have a broken leg, you may be unable to even leave your home. We aim to recover your losses in situations like these which may have affected your potential earnings and income.
Loss Of Fingers Or Hands
Losing a hand, or even just a finger, can be devastating both physically and emotionally. It is an injury that will stay with you for the rest of your life and can severely affect the extent to which you go about your day to day activities. We use our hands daily for all manner of tasks, from opening a bottle to reading a book, and not having the proper functional use of your appendages is extremely upsetting. If your injury has been caused at work where proper safety precautions weren’t followed or the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then we are able to help you make a claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Loss Of Arm(s)
So many things require the use of both arms, from driving to simply preparing a meal. As such, the loss of a full arm, or even both arms, can have drastic consequences on your mental wellbeing, quality of life and the well-being of your loved ones. In the event that you have suffered such a tragic accident then the team at Smith Jones will work to get you the full compensation that you deserve. We understand that this is a life-changing event, and ensure that your rewarded amount will assist you both now and in the future.
Start Your Compensation Claim
To get your arm injury claim started, we strongly advise that you speak with one of our personal injury experts as soon as possible. Not only are we an accredited Personal Injury Practice through the Solicitors Regulation Authority, but we’re also registered with the Motor Accident Solicitors Society and are members of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
We deal with numerous legal cases and always aim to maximise the amount of compensation our clients receive – in fact, we’ve won tens of millions of pounds for our clients over the past two years alone, which is testimony to the quality of service we deliver.