Arm Injury Claims
Has Your Arm Been Injured In An Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault? You May Be Entitled To Make An Arm Injury Claim.
Of the 206 bones in your body, three of them are in your arm: the humerus, radius, and ulna. Your arms are also made up of muscles, joints, tendons, and other connective tissue. Injuries to any of these parts of the arm can occur during sports, a fall, or an accident.
Types Of Arm Injuries
Arm injuries can happen to anyone at any age. Some of the most common arm injuries that Free Legal Justice sees in arm injury claims are:
A sprain injury describes damage caused to ligaments when they are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. A ligament sprain can be mild and result from many microscopic tears in the fibres that comprise the ligament, or it can be an extremely severe injury and result in a complete tear or rupture.
If an arm has been fractured, it means that there has been a break in one or more bones, including the humerus, radius , ulna and wrist. Fractures can be caused by tripping or falling, or being crushed by a heavy load or by the impact of a heavy object.
Treatment depends on the site and severity of the injury. A simple break might be treated with a sling, ice and rest. However, the bone may require realignment (reduction) in the emergency room. A more complicated break might require surgery to realign the broken bone and to implant wires, plates, nails or screws to keep the bone in place during healing.
Usually we deal with shoulder dislocations, which are caused by twisting or rotating the arm out of its ordinary position. A dislocated shoulder is an injury in which your upper arm bone pops out of its socket, which is part of the shoulder blade. The shoulder is the human body’s most mobile joint, which makes it susceptible to dislocation.
- Nerve problems
The most common causes of radial nerve injury result from breaking a bone in your arm, overusing and straining your arm, and suffering other accidents. Depending on the level of injury, you may experience a complete split of the radial nerve.
Nerves are essentially the body’s “telephone wiring” system, that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Some nerves carry messages from the brain to muscles to make the body move. Other nerves carry messages about pain, pressure, or temperature from the body to the brain. A severed nerve can mean that signals are no longer transmitted.
- Burns and punctures
These arm injuries can occur as result of a sharp object making contact with a part of your arm, exposure to chemical substances, fire and explosions.
Amputation is an extremely traumatic and devastating injury for any person. Part of the entire arm is removed as a result of trauma experienced in an accident. A person’s life will likely be completely transformed by an amputation.
- Muscle and tendon strains
Similar to sprains, a strain may be a simple stretch in your muscle or tendon, or it may be a partial or complete tear in the muscle-and-tendon combination. Typical symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping.
If you happen to experience any pain in your arm after being involved in an accident, make sure that you do not ignore it. If you ignore it, this could end up creating lasting negative effects on your body and mobility. Seek medical assistance immediately. When a doctor assesses your arm injury, he or she will examine the kind of tissue that has been damaged, whether it is a bone, ligament, or tendon that has been damaged by some sort of accident.
What Should I Do After I Have Suffered An Arm Injury?
It is advisable to seek emergency treatment if you have:
- Arm, shoulder or back pain that comes on suddenly, is remarkably severe, or is accompanied by pressure, fullness or squeezing in your chest (this may signal a heart attack); or
- An obvious deformity or protruding bone in your arm or wrist, especially if you have bleeding or other injuries
- Serious burns or exposure to a dangerous chemical substance
You should see your doctor as soon as possible if you have:
- A sudden injury to your arm, particularly if you hear a snap or cracking sound
- Severe pain and swelling in your arm
- Severe bruising to your arm
- Trouble moving your arm normally or turning your arm from palm up to palm down and vice versa
If your arm injury has been caused as the result of another person’s actions or breach of a duty of care, you may have a valid claim for compensation against the person who caused you harm.
Arm injury compensation claims can arise as a result of a workplace accident, an accident in a public place or a car accident. Free Legal Justice has dealt with each of these types of personal injury claims before, and we are well placed to advise you on your potential arm injury compensation claim.
- Work-Related Hand and Arm Injury Claims
A work accident is an occurrence during the course of work, which leads to some form of physical or mental occupational injury. Accidents at work are caused by a combination of unsafe behaviour and unsafe working conditions. When accidents at work happen, it is important that the employer has adequate safety processes and policies in place to deal with the incident. If another person is to blame an accident at work that has caused your arm injury, it is likely that you are entitled to make an arm injury compensation claim against your employer. This will be a claim for compensation for the injuries you have sustained and pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the accident.
Arm injuries can occur as a result of a single incident, from extreme wear and tear or severe strain. Some common causes include:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Fall from height
- Being caught in heavy machinery
- Repetitive motions
Employees at Risk of Arm Injuries
While any employee is at risk of suffering a work-related arm injury, some employees are more likely to suffer these injuries than others. This includes people working in hospitals or as other care workers, those working in manufacturing and construction industries, as well as those in the retail industry including waiters, cashiers, chefs, shop assistants and bar staff.
It is not always obvious who caused the accident at work, or who is responsible for whatever caused the arm injury. In most cases your employer is ultimately liable for the harm you have suffered, and will have beached the duty of care that they have towards you because they failed to ensure your health and safety at work. If an employer does not comply with this duty, and their failure to do so results in an accident or injury at work, there will be sufficient grounds for the employee to make an arm injury compensation claim.
If your arm injury was caused by the negligence of another employee, you should not worry that this person will be personally liable to pay your arm injury compensation. As a result of a principle known as vicarious liability, your employer will be responsible for all actions of their employees, whether negligent or otherwise. This means that an employer will be liable for the arm injury that an employee has suffered at work. Employers are required by law to take out liability insurance to cover claims by employees that have suffered injuries at work.
Common Work-Related Arm Injury Claims
Free Legal Justice handles numerous accidents at work which result in our clients instituting arm injury compensation claims against their employers. The list of variations of arm injury compensation claims is extremely long. Some of the more common reported injuries that Free Legal has dealt with over the years include:
- Bone fractures of the arm
Hands, arms and fingers all have tiny bones that can easily be broken because of an accident in the workplace. If an employee is caught between parts of dangerous equipment or is crushed under the moving parts of defective machinery, they can sustain a serious arm injury. If an employee is injured because of a car or other workplace vehicle, he/she can suffer multiple fractures in one accident.
Some arm fractures may require surgery for treatment of the injury. Depending on the nature and severity of an arm injury, it can take as long as two years to completely recover fully from the pain, and to revert to your full motion range and strength of the arm joint. In other cases, people are able to resume their normal daily routine within three to four months.
- Puncture wounds to the arm
An arm could be damaged by means of a puncture wound, caused by falling on a sharp object in the workplace or by a power tool or dangerous machinery making contact with some part of the arm. A puncture wound can limit the employee’s ability to hold, lift and carry things.
- Sprains and strains of the arm
An employee can easily twist his or her arm in the workplace, whether by carrying extreme loads, by falling on an outstretched hand or grabbing a moving object with extreme force. A twisted arm can result in a strain or a sprain. Naturally, the severity of your arm injury will determine your recovery period. In serious arm injury cases surgery may be required, and it can take several weeks to several months for your life to return to normal.
- Chemical spills and burns
Harmful substances and fire accidents can cause serious burn injuries to any part of your body, including your arm. Employees in the health, science and manufacturing industries are at risk of harmful substances and employers should take strong health and safety measures to ensure that accidents of this nature are prevented in the workplace.
- Cartilage damage to the arm
When an employee suffers a serious fracture or sprain of a part of their arm, they could also cause harm to their cartilage.
- Amputation around arm
Arm amputations are terrible injuries for anyone to have to deal with. An amputation may be necessary if an employee’s arm is caught in heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or if the employee is injured in an accident involving a moving vehicle at work. If the work accident is severe and results in multiple fractures or crushed hand and arm area, these injuries may require medical amputation as treatment.
- Car Accident Arm Injury Claims
It isn’t just drivers who can claim for injuries sustained on the road – car accidents can cause injuries to all sorts of people, including passengers, drivers, and innocent bystanders. All of these people may be affected by car accident in some way, and may each have a potential compensation claim if they were not the cause of the accident.
If you have been involved in a car accident, there are many possible arm injuries that you could suffer as a result. Arm and hand injuries are extremely common in car accidents, as these incidents can be hard-hitting on the upper part of the body, especially for the driver and front passengers of the vehicle. The arm and upper body contain many muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues that could be damaged in a car accident.
If you are the driver of a vehicle, you are usually close to the steering wheel and to the front windscreen. If a car accident ensues, you could be crushed by the force of the accident and your arm could be damaged by the impact. If someone is flung from the car, they could land on their hand or shoulder and suffer serious injuries. Even if the crash happens at a relatively slow speed, a car accident can still exert a huge amount of force on those inside the vehicle. Even a low impact can be enough to seriously injure most people’s arms and hands.
Another way that your arm can be injured in a car accident is through holding your hands up to protect yourself as you brace for impact. This is a common reaction as people brace for the moment of impact in a car accident. By holding your hands up, you are exposing your entire arm to broken glass and flying objects. If you are flung from a moving vehicle, or hit by the car as a pedestrian, by landing on your hands or arm you could suffer serious damage to your arm.
If you have been in a car accident and have experienced an arm injury as a result, you should consider getting in touch with a friendly Free Legal Justice claims handler today to find out more about your arm injury claim. At the end of the day, if the car accident was not your fault, then you should not have to pay for your physical injuries or for the financial consequences of such injury.
Common Car Accident Related Arm Injury Claims
There are certain injuries that are more common than others in the arms and hands when it comes to car crashes.
- Arm Fracture Due To A Car Accident
Possibly the most common type of injury resulting from a car accident is a broken bone. This type of injury commonly occurs in head-on collisions and rear-end collisions.
- Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are also very common arm injuries resulting from car accidents. A sprain typically means that ligaments have been torn or stretched, and a strain entails the tearing or stretching of tendons or muscles.
Amputations are devastating to any victim of an accident. If a hand or arm is caught in an accident or crushed by a moving car, this can have severe consequences for the victim. Where a car accident results in multiple fractures or crushed hand and arm area, injuries can necessitate medical amputation.
Whether you land up with a broken bone or a sprained tendon in your hand and arm, your day to day life will be affected for a certain period of time as a result of the car accident. Your arms and hands are a crucial part of the human body, and you need them to move around and do simple daily tasks. As a result of an arm injury, you may not be able to move around in the same way as before, which could result in a variety of financial losses, including taking time off of work.
If you have found yourself in this situation after a car accident, it is important that you speak to Free Legal Justice as soon as possible. Our experienced legal team will guide you and help evaluate your arm injury claim.
- Public Place Arm Injury Claims
Free Legal Justice is highly experienced in handling personal injury compensation claims which have happened in a wide range of public places, including theme parks, shopping malls, restaurants and bars, parks, schools, theatres, carnivals and music concerts.
If you have suffered a personal injury whilst in a public place and you believe it was due to negligence of another individual or body, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Councils, shop owners, businesses and public bodies all have a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent the public from being injured on the premises under their control.
If your accident was on a council owned property, such as a public walkway or a council house rented out to a member of the public, then you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against the local authority if the accident was due to their negligence. When we look at injuries occurring in public spaces, the accident generally involves a slip or a trip on a road or a pavement, which means that the local council will be responsible.
When instituting a claim against a Local Authority for not maintaining a road or sidewalk, the claimant will need to prove that the local council was negligent in their duty to the public by failing to keep the pavement safe. This involves proving that, based on the circumstances of the case, it was not reasonable for the local council to let the public space to fall into a state of disrepair that it could result in a person being injured.
How Much Will I Receive As Arm Injury Compensation?
Arm injury compensation pay-outs typically comprise of amounts awarded for general and special damages. General damages refer to compensation for personal injuries suffered by the innocent person, while special damages refer to compensation awarded as a reimbursement of additional expenses incurred as a result of the arm injury. One of our personal injury claim experts at Free Legal Justice will explain in detail what will form part of your general and special damages claim, once you provide us with the details of your arm injury claim.
The general damages part of your arm injury claim is calculated by comparing your independent medical report with the official Judicial Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. This guideline estimates how much general damages can be claimed for different types of injuries. The Court will consider aspects such as how serious your injury was, complicating factors surrounding the injury, as well as the length of the recovery period.
Free Legal Justice has accident claim specialists in all categories of injuries, ranging from fairly minor injuries to serious and fatal injuries. One of our accident claims experts will be able to estimate the value of your arm injury claim once you have provided them with the details and extent of the injuries you have suffered. In the meantime, the figures below can be used as a broad guideline to the compensation that you could expect in an arm injury claim.
Average Compensation Amounts For Arm Injury Claims:
|Type Of Arm Injury||Recovery Period||Average Compensation|
|Simple forearm fracture||Short recovery ; good chance of full recovery||Between £5,000 and £14,600|
|Serious fractures to the arm||Good recovery, or expected recovery.||Between £14,600 and £29,800|
|Serious fractures to the arm||Left with significant disability||Between £29,800 and £45,500|
|Extremely severe injuries||Causing disability but just short of an amputated arm||Between £73,100 and £99,500|
|Amputated arm||No less than £104,250|
|Both arms amputated||Could be between £183,000 and £228,000|
Please note that these figures are for guidance only. For a more tailored estimate of your arm injury claim, contact the Free Legal Justice team today. Our team is available to give you completely free legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is ready answer any questions you might have about the calculation of your general and special damages. Please get in touch with us by filling out the online form, or by calling us on 0800 567 7074 today. If you are unable to get to one of the Free Legal Justice offices, one of our friendly personal injury solicitors will be happy to conduct a home visit, to talk over your claim from the comfort of your own home.
What Will It Cost Me To Make An Arm Injury Claim?
Many potential claimants worry about the cost of legal assistance when making their arm injury compensation claim. We have good news. At Free Legal Justice, the vast majority of cases we work on are taken on a no win no fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you.
No Win No Fee Agreements
A No Win No Fee agreement lets you continue with your arm injury compensation claim on the condition that if the claim is not successful, you won’t owe the Free Legal Justice team any money. Put simply, it is a way for you to take the necessary legal steps to claim rightful compensation for your arm injury, without any financial risks weighing over your head. Our highly skilled lawyers are happy to offer No Win No Fee agreements to clients seeking rightful compensation for personal injuries, because they are extremely confident in their legal skills and have a track record of successful claims behind them.
A No Win No Fee agreement is a stress-free, financially-savvy way to make your arm injury claim. Once you have discussed the details of your case with a member of the Free Legal Justice team, and have agreed for us to continue with your case on a No Win No Fee basis, your work is essentially complete. You can sit back, relax, and let the dedicated Free Legal Justice team do the rest of the hard work for you!
How Much Will I Be Charged If My Claim Is Successful?
One of the best things about a No Win No Fee agreement is that you will never need to pay us legal fees in advance. A No Win No Fee agreement means that we will only get paid after the fact, if your compensation claim is successful.
Our personal injury lawyers work on an average success fee of 25% of the total compensation received for your claim. Your solicitor will make sure to discuss the success fee upfront, and this success fee will be agreed in writing between the parties before you make your arm injury compensation claim. If Free Legal Justice helps you to win your case, we will receive the success fee as payment for our legal fees.
What Happens If My Claim Is Unsuccessful?
Free Legal Justice holds the risk of your claim being unsuccessful. In the unlikely event that we can’t assist you to win your compensation claim, Free Legal Justice will not charge you any legal fees for the work done by your designated accident claims lawyer. That means that you will not need to pay Free Legal Justice a thing if your claim is not successful.
To ensure that you are fully protected and have peace of mind over your financial risks, our team can help you to secure ‘After the Event’ insurance. This insurance covers you in the event that you are unsuccessful with your claim, and in case the court orders you to pay a part of your opponent’s legal costs.
What Information Do I Need To Make My Arm Injury Claim?
Generally, to be able to assist you on your arm injury compensation claim, your lawyer will need the following details from you:
- how you sustained the arm injury and who was involved in causing the injury;
- where you were at the time of the incident, be it in a car, at work or in a public place;
- details of those present when you suffered the arm injury, either as victims or witnesses;
- full details of your injuries, any medical diagnosis and details of the impact that this has had on your life, both physically and financially.
Based on these details, a claims handler from the Free Legal Justice team will be able to assess your arm injury claim and advise you on the merits of your case. If we think you have a valid claim, we will also be able to give you an estimated value and advise you on the next stages in the process.
How Long Do I Have to Make My Arm Injury Claim?
Generally, you need to make a claim for arm injury compensation within three years of the date of the accident, or of the date of diagnosis of your injuries. There are exceptions to this rule, for example you may be allowed a longer time period if you are claiming on behalf of a child or protected person. On the other hand, if the accident was the result of criminal activity such as a hit and run car accident, time limits may vary.
Contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly personal injury claims handlers on 0800 567 7074. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly legal professionals, so that we can start your arm injury claim without delay.