Arm Injury Compensation Claims
The functionality and manoeuvrability of the arm is crucial to the completion and enjoyment of many everyday tasks. When the arm is damaged in an accident or injured through the fault of another person, the detrimental effects can be significant. Victims of arm injuries are likely to face disruption to many areas of their life, and may suffer from extensive levels of pain and discomfort.
The solicitors we work in partnership with have helped many people throughout the UK in securing the compensation that they are rightfully owed following an arm injury caused by the negligence of another person or company. If you have been the victim of any damage to your arm through no fault of your own, call free on 0800 678 1410 to find out if you are entitled to claim compensation.
Alternatively, enter your details into one of the contact forms provided and a legal adviser will call you back as soon as possible to discuss the circumstances of your accident. They can let you know within a matter of minutes if you have a valid claim and will be able to give you an estimate of how much compensation your arm injury may be worth, as well as answering any questions you may have about the claims process.
Types of Arm Injury
Because the arm is used in a wide variety of tasks, from household chores, through to workplace duties and even plays a pivotal role in other human contact and interactions with pets, an injury to this limb can have massive implications for all areas of your life.
A broken arm is quite a common injury and is the reason for the majority of arm injury compensation claims. Both children and adults can suffer from broken arms through a host of circumstances that were caused by the fault of another person or company. This type of injury can be incredibly painful and lead to extensive time off work or school whilst recovery is made. Some of the common causes for broken arms include:
- Falls from heights (such as climbing frames, work shelving units or unprotected balconies)
- Road traffic accidents (RTAs)
- Criminal attack
- Slips, trips and falls
- Impact from a falling object or moving weight
A broken arm can heal relatively quickly once a diagnosis has been made and treatment has been established, though the negative impact of this type of broken bone can be significant, affecting the ability to drive, work, take part in sports, write and so on.
The elbow can become dislocated when the bones in the forearm (radius and ulna) displace themselves from the position of the bone in the upper arm (the humerus). This type of elbow injury can be incredibly painful and lead to severe motion restrictions, discomfort and functionality complications.
A dislocated elbow can also cause damage to the surrounding tissue and nerves in the arm which can lead to the need for prolonged treatment and impede the capacity to work and fulfil normal daily activities. Dislocated elbows often occur when a person outstretches their arm to take the impact of a fall. If the fall, trip, slip or push was caused by another person, you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
The bicep has two tendons that attach it to the shoulder bones and another tendon that connects it to the radius bone of the elbow. The tendons are very resilient but if they are overused, in work tasks for example, they can become incredibly painful and this can impact on movement and functionality. This painful condition is referred to as tendonitis.
Tendonitis is often the result of repetitive motions, such as those used by factory workers, construction workers and cleaners. However, the condition can also be caused by a sudden trauma or impact, such as those suffered in a road traffic accident (RTA) or physical assault.
Common Causes of Arm Injuries
Some of the most common causes of arm injuries that may result in compensation claims include:
- Criminal attacks
- Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs)
- Overuse of the arm in work
- Failure of employers to meet their safety obligations within the workplace, resulting in accidents
- Trips, slips and falls
- Impacts from falling objects
- Heavy lifting and other manual handling work
- Use of malfunctioning or unsafe machinery
Your personal injury solicitor will seek to demonstrate that your arm injury was caused by the negligence of another person, the liable party, and will then aim to recover the highest amount of compensation possible on your behalf.
Potential Impacts of an Arm Injury
The arm is an essential limb for the completion of a vast number of tasks and is one of the most used and relied upon parts of the body for everyday living. When the arm is injured, a person is likely to quickly realise the detrimental impacts that they are suffering.
Some of the areas and tasks that are affected by arm injuries include:
- Driving or riding a motorbike or bicycle
- Writing and typing
- Lifting heavy objects
- Using a phone, computer, remote control and other household devices
- Playing with and caring for children
- Getting dressed
- Sports and hobbies
The greater the negative impact that your injury has had on your life, the more compensation you may be entitled to claim. Your solicitors will therefore ensure they get a full understanding of how the injury has impacted upon your day-to-day life, and any changes or sacrifices you have had to make as a result.
How much compensation will I receive?
Your personal injury solicitor will establish the ways in which your life has been negatively affected by the injury, and the compensation award should reflect this suffering. The more severe your symptoms and the greater the negative impact that the injury has had on your life, the larger the settlement award will be.
The following considerations should be taken into account when establishing how much compensation your arm injury may be worth:
- Severity of injury and level of pain suffered
- The treatment needed to date and likely future treatment and recovery plans
- The impact of the injury on your ability to perform normal daily tasks
- The impact of the injury on your ability to work and any income loss that you may have suffered or are likely to suffer in the future
- Whether the injury has had a detrimental effect on your independence, for example with your ability to drive or care for children
- The cost of treatment
- Any transportation costs you have incurred as a result of the injury