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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Elbow Injury?

By Max Micovic. Last Updated 4th May 2022. In this guide, we aim to discuss elbow injury claims and offer free legal advice. Elbow injuries can be caused in numerous ways such as accidents at work or slips, trips or falls and can result in fractures or breaks of the elbow.

Elbow accident injuries are often due to the negligence of someone else. They can have a huge impact on your life such as not being able to work therefore losing income, not being able to drive for a time which can affect many areas of people’s lives, even being unable to wash or dress properly without help from someone else. By starting an elbow injury claim, the claimant can look to be awarded compensation to cover such costs and inconveniences whilst they recover.

If you have suffered an elbow injury of some kind and wish to find out more about elbow injury compensation claims, then please read on for more information.

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A guide to elbow injuries claims

This guide has been put together by our highly experienced team of personal injury claims solicitors to give people the information they need and the answers to many frequently asked questions.

Elbow injury claims can often be a complex process, particularly if you’ve never had to do it before and are inexperienced in personal injury claims. By reading through our carefully put together guide, you will better understand what’s involved, eligibility, average compensation payout amounts, and more. If you’d like extra information or have any other questions regarding compensation claims, please contact us, and we will do our best to help.

What is an elbow injury?

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At some point or another, the majority of people will have had a minor elbow injury. It could be that you’ve knocked your ‘funny bone’ that is at the back of your elbow, giving a tingling numbness kind of pain that shoots up your arm immediately after you’ve knocked it. Although this is a short burst of pain and can feel momentarily intense, it is not a serious injury. Or perhaps after an activity, your elbow joint feels sore and achy.

Elbow injuries can be minor, or they can be more serious. Often elbow injury symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pain ranging from moderate to severe, swelling, weakness or even reduced movement. Minor injuries can usually be treated with home remedies, but more serious injuries usually need some form of medical treatment. Sometimes, elbow injuries may be caused by or exacerbated by, medical negligence. In these cases, you’d still be able to claim as you wouldn’t be at fault for your injuries.

If you’d like to find out more about elbow injury claims from our friendly and knowledgable team, please get in touch with us today for more information.

What are common elbow injuries?

Injuries to the elbow can take many forms and have varying degrees of severity. Strains caused by overstretched muscles, tears in the arm muscles and tearing of the ligaments can all constitute elbow injuries. Fractures of the upper arm or forearm can also affect the elbow joint.

What is tennis elbow?

The clinical name for this condition is Lateral Epicondylitis. The elbow, wrists and fingers move due to the muscles surrounding the elbow joint. Tendons join the bone and muscle in your elbow, and these control the muscles of your forearm. The muscles that are used to straighten the wrists that are attached to the elbow, if overused, can cause tennis elbow. Inflammation and tiny tears can occur near the bony, lumpy part of the elbow if the muscles and tendons are strained.

Although the name suggests that tennis elbow is caused by playing tennis, it can also be caused by other activities and sports too such as playing golf, the violin or even decorating. Any activity that uses the elbow joint a lot can eventually be why someone develops tennis elbow.

If you start to suffer elbow pain because of repetitive or strenuous activity, you should stop immediately and rest your arm. If the pain persists after it has been rested for a few days, ideally you should visit your GP, they will carry out some simple movement tests and check for tenderness and swelling. If the GP suspects any nerve damage, they may refer you for an ultrasound or an MRI scan to check for damage.

Tennis elbow usually will improve and heal in time and can be treated at home. Resting the joint is the first thing to do, but also it is recommended that you hold a cold compress against the joint for a few minutes a few times a day as this can help to ease the inflammation and the pain. Anti-inflammatories and painkilling medication can also be taken.

For more persistent cases, physiotherapy may be recommended, and for serious cases, surgery may be suggested as a last resort to repair the damaged part of the tendon.

Tennis elbow commonly lasts between six months and two years, although in most cases a full recovery is made within a year.

If you’ve experienced tennis elbow or would just like like to know more about elbow injury claims in general, our team can help; just give us a call to chat about your case.

Tennis elbow compensation

How much compensation for tennis elbow you may be awarded will depend on several elements such as what activity you were doing, how long you suffered, the severity of the tennis elbow, and many more. Once all the different factors have been considered, the compensation amount for tennis elbow can be determined, and the payout for tennis elbow will be awarded.

The average compensation for tennis elbow paid out could range from £2,500 – £4,500 for minor or moderate tennis elbow that improves within two years. If it is severe and requires surgery, then the amount can rise quite substantially. Tennis elbow surgery settlements will depend on the extent of the surgery required, recovery time and future prognosis.

If you have suffered a tennis elbow injury due to work, the tennis elbow workers compensation settlement may be decided directly with the company, but it is always a good idea to instruct an independent personal injury claims solicitor like ours to fight your corner and make sure that the settlement amount is fair and the maximum that you are entitled to.

If you’re interested in the steps involved in elbow injury claims, then read on to our next section.

What to do if you are involved in an accident causing an elbow injury

If you have suffered an elbow injury due to being involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and wished to claim compensation, there are several steps you should take the initiative to help start building your case.

  • Witnesses – If you hurt your elbow in an accident such as trip, slip or fall etc., and some bystanders witnessed what happened, make a note of their contact details to be contacted to give a statement. Witness statements can really help to strengthen your case.
  • Medical Report – Certainly for the sake of your health, you should get your injury assessed by a medical professional. Also, though, by doing this, a medical report will be made that will include the details of your injury, recommended treatments and estimated recovery period.
  • Photos – Sometimes, it can help to take photos of your injury as this can provide visual evidence of your pain and suffering.
  • Expenses – Keep documentation such as receipts for any costs you have incurred as a direct result of your injury. These can all be included within your claim.
  • Make Notes – Write down any details you remember about getting your injury, and this can potentially provide further evidence proving the injury wasn’t your fault.

Elbow injury claims can be strengthened by the evidence outlined above, so don’t hesitate in taking action if you feel you’ve injured your elbow through no fault of your own.

How to begin an elbow injury claim

Claiming elbow injury compensation can often be a long, complex process particularly for someone without personal injury claims experience. If you want to start a claim, all you need do is call us, and we can get the ball rolling and help you to get the payout amount you deserve. Our solicitors specialise in these types of claims and have years of experience with a great reputation for making them a success.

When you give us a call, what happens is, we will offer you a free consultancy session. During this time, you can ask us lots of questions regarding making your claim so that you feel more confident and knowledgeable about the whole process.

Also, we will use the time to gain as much information from you as we can surrounding your case so that we can get your claim off to a great start. We also offer a free local medical where your injuries can be assessed if required. An appointment would be made that is convenient for you, but of course, we can discuss this further if you have any concerns when you call us.

Once we have gathered all the information we need, we will then launch your claim. All our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, so you do not need to worry about any financial outlay, more will be explained about this later on in the guide.

To find out more about what kinds of accidents can result in elbow injury claims and who might be held liable, please continue reading as the subsequent sections will be of interest.

Elbow Injury accident at work claims

A fairly common cause of elbow injury at work is repetitive strain injury. This type of injury is quite common in the workplace due to the overuse of the elbow. Elbow injury at work also often includes sprains and tears to the ligaments and joint muscles, again due to overuse.

Employers are legally responsible for their employee’s safety and welfare and any visitors on their premises. Businesses must have insurance and comply with health and safety at work regulations set out in the health and safety act. However, even when precautions have been taken and safety measures are put in place, accidents, unfortunately, can and will still happen to cause minor to sometimes severe injuries.

If you have suffered an elbow injury whilst at work, whether it is from an accident or an ongoing cause such as repetitive strain injury, you can file a compensation claim. If your own actions contributed to the cause of an accident that resulted in you gaining an elbow injury, there is still a possibility that you can claim compensation depending on the circumstances. Just give us a call for more information, and we will do our best to help you start your elbow injury at work claim.

Workplace Accident Elbow Statistics

Under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), there are certain reportable incidents that must be reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

From the statistics for 2020/21, we can see that the most common non-fatal accident kind over this period was a slip, trip, or fall on the same level. You can see some of the other most common causes in the graph below.

Non fatal injury statistics graph

Non fatal injury statistics graph

Elbow injury slip, trip or fall claims

If you have slipped, tripped or fallen over and injured your elbow due to someone else’s negligence, you should be entitled to file for an elbow accidents injuries compensation claim. Please feel free to contact us, a highly experienced and specialised personal injury solicitor will be able to help you get the payout amount you deserve.

Elbow injury in a public place claims

Again, as above, where elbow injuries aren’t the fault of the injured party but instead someone else’s negligence, claims for compensation can be made. Ring us, and we will endeavour to get the maximum payout amount that we can for you.

What can be claimed for after an accident causing an elbow injury?

When making broken elbow claims or any other elbow injury claims, there are several standard things that you should include in your claim, such as:

  • Loss of earnings – This refers to the amount of income you have lost as a direct result of your elbow injury sustained in an accident or due to an ongoing complaint. It will compensate you if you aren’t able to work for a period of time. It also covers the amount of potential future earnings too that may be lost.
  • Medical Expenses – You can claim for any extra medical expenses that you have incurred concerning your injury, such as prescription fees, treatment costs etc.
  • General Damages – This means the compensation you should receive for your injuries and the pain and suffering you have endured.
  • Travel Expenses – Any travel costs such as travelling to and fro the hospital or alternative travelling costs that you have incurred due to your elbow injury, can be included in your claim.
  • Care Claim – If you have needed help around the house whilst you recover from your injury, the person that has cared for you may make a claim.

The most common types of elbow injuries

The elbow is, surprisingly, one of the more complex joints in the body. Common injuries to the elbow can include:

  • Breaks and Fractures – When the elbow bone is fractured or broken, damage can occur to the ulner collateral ligament. If this ligament has torn or suffered a serious injury, surgery may be required and the recovery time for it to completely heal can sometimes take over a year.
  • Strain and Tears – Injury to a tendon, ligament or muscle caused by overstretching is known as a strain. Tears can occur when the overstretching is severe. The recommended treatment for these types of injuries is a surgical procedure to repair the tear.
  • Bursitis – A severe blow to the elbow can result in this type of injury which usually causes severe pain, tenderness and swelling to the area. Often, a fluid-filled sac called a ‘bursa’ would appear under the skin that is formed to protect the injured area. If the bursa is considerably large or causing discomfort, a medical professional may decide it best to drain the bursa.
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) – Overuse of the elbow joint can cause the ligaments in the elbow to become inflamed and very painful to move. This type of injury in the workplace is often called Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). This is an ongoing injury, and over some time, the pain it causes can make it more and more difficult to undergo routine work-related and personal tasks. People with RSI tend to use anti-inflammatories and pain-relieving medication to help treat the pain, but also some people have to wear a supportive elbow brace.

By launching elbow injury claims, claimants can recover compensation for their elbow injury that was caused by the negligence of someone else.

Assessing the severity of an elbow injury

Assessing the severity of an injury to the arm and its effect on the injured person in the future, can often be very difficult to do as each person’s injury, lifestyle and surrounding circumstances are different.

To get the injury assessed, the claimant would normally have a medical examination. Any further treatment that may be necessary can also then be recommended.

The examination is quick and simple and is carried out at a local medical centre at no cost to the claimant.

How much compensation will I get after an accident causing an elbow injury?

You may be tempted to use a compensation calculator to see how much you may be owed. But each and every compensation claim will differ in some way, so we cannot give an exact answer as to how much you will be awarded should you decide to claim compensation following an accident that has left you with an elbow injury. However, we can tell you some of the average payout amounts given for certain injuries so as to give you an idea of the amount you could possibly be eligible for.

Reason for CompensationTypical Compensation AmountComments
Elbow Injury - Minor or ModerateUp to £11,820Mild injury that although is causing pain, movement will be as normal.
Elbow Injury- Less Severe Injuries £14,690 to £30,050Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disability.
Elbow Injury - Severely Disabling£36,770 to £51,460Complete loss of movement of the elbow resulting in a disability or surgery.
Wrist Injury - Less Severe£11,820 to £22,990Less severe injuries where these still result in some permanent disability
Wrist Injury- Moderate £22,990 to £36,770Injury resulting in significant permanent disability, but where some useful movement remains.
Wrist Injury - Severe£44,690 to £56,180Injuries that result in a complete loss of wrist function.
Hand Injury - Moderate£5,260 to £12,460Crush injuries, penetrating wounds, soft tissue type and deep lacerations.
Hand Injury - Severe£22,500 to £47,750Included would be cases where several fingers have been amputated but rejoined to the hand leaving it clawed, clumsy, and unsightly, or amputation of some fingers
Hand Injury - Very Severe£27,220 to £58,100Amputation of one or both hands due to complete loss of function.
PTSD - Less Severe £3,710 to £7,680a virtually full recovery will have been made within one to two years and only minor symptoms
PTSD- Moderate£7,680 to £21,730In these cases the injured person will have largely recovered and any continuing effects will not be grossly disabling.
PTSD - Severe£56,180 to £94,470cases will involve permanent effects which prevent the injured person from working at all or at least from functioning at anything approaching the pre-trauma level.

More examples of elbow injury compensation payouts

Compensation for an elbow injury can come from two different sources: general damages and special damages. General damages relate to the pain and suffering caused by the injury and to what degree the injury has negatively impacted your life. The figures corresponding to different injuries in the table above relate to the general damages amount you will be awarded following a successful claim.

Broken elbow compensation can also consist of special damages. Special damages are the financial losses you’ve suffered because of the injury you sustained. For instance, you may need to pay for travel expenses due to being unable to drive while your injury is healing. If so, you could claim back the cost of travel under special damages.

It’s important to ensure you have sufficient evidence to show the value of the losses you’ve experienced. To potentially receive special damages compensation for an elbow injury, you would need to provide receipts, invoices or bank statements proving the financial losses you’ve suffered due to the harm you sustained.

If you would like more examples of elbow injury compensation payouts, please contact our team of advisors. They can provide you with a compensation estimate that relates to your specific injury. You can contact them using the details above.

No Win No Fee arm injury claims

As mentioned earlier in the guide, all our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This essentially means that you do not pay anything until your case is successful and your compensation is paid out. We take a percentage of the amount awarded to you as our payment for our legal fees. If however, in the unlikely event that we were to be unsuccessful, you will not be expected to pay us anything at all.

Therefore you have absolutely no financial outlay at all and are not paying anything out of your own pocket. We feel that this way of working gives everyone, no matter what their current financial situation is, an equal opportunity to claim for compensation after suffering an injury that wasn’t their fault.

By going with a pay by the hour solicitor, you are in a way gambling your finances as they will want to pay regardless of the outcome of your case. So you could potentially pay out an awful lot of money on legal fees without any compensation payout at all at the end, leaving you a lot worse off financially than you were before.

With our No Win No Fee service, there is absolutely no gamble, if we are successful, we take a percentage out of the payout, if we are unsuccessful, we cover the legal fees ourselves. If you were to use us, the only change to your financial situation would be a positive one.

If you’d like to speak to someone about No Win No Fee elbow injury claims, you can get in touch with our team today for free legal advice regarding your claim.

Why choose us as your claims service for an arm injury claim?

As mentioned above, we offer a No Win No Fee service and so there is no risk when you use our service. We will work really hard to get you the maximum payout amount that we can for you, and we have a fantastic track record of doing just that.

We are honest, reliable and care about our customers, and we will not let you down. We have years of experience in dealing with and making successful personal injury claims and will use our expertise in the industry to make sure you are awarded the best payout amount of compensation that you could hope for.

We are a professional, hard-working team that strives to complete a successful case as quickly and as efficiently as possible as we understand that you are no doubt under stress and suffering from your injury. We are very hands-on with the claim so that you need not be too involved, and instead, you can concentrate on your recovery. We will keep you informed through every step of the way, so there is no need for you to worry.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you have any queries regarding making an elbow injury compensation claim or tennis elbow claim, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 073 8804. Your call will be answered by a member of our professional, experienced team who will help you in any way that they can regarding your claim. They can answer your questions and explain the next steps in the elbow injury claims process and make a start on your claim to secure the maximum compensation payout you deserve.

You can also talk to us about your claim online.

Useful links

HSE report on musculoskeletal problems

This link leads to a study carried out on musculoskeletal complaints within certain professions.

NHS advice on arm or elbow pain

This is the NHS guide to arm injuries, including possible causes and treatments.

NHS advice on tennis elbow

This is the NHS guide on tennis elbow, its causes, symptoms and treatments.

Accident at work claims guide

This is another of our guides with information about the accident at work compensation claims.

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Elbow Injury Claims FAQs

How much compensation do you get for an elbow injury?

The answer to this question is different for everyone. Every elbow injury claim is unique. Because of this, the value of each one will also be different. There are a number of factors that can help decide how much you may receive in compensation for an elbow injury.

For example, some elbow injuries may only be minor. You may make a complete recovery from them. However, some cases can be more serious and have a greater impact on your life. The extent of the damage can directly affect the value of your claim, amongst other factors.

Can I make a claim for tennis elbow?

Yes, you can. However, the injury needs to have been caused by the negligence of another party. For example, your employer’s negligence may have led to your injury.

Tennis elbow is a cumulative injury, which means that it is something that develops over time. There are certain industries in which this injury may be more likely to develop. If your employer does not uphold their duty of care by taking all reasonable steps to prevent you from sustaining harm, then this could be negligence.

If you have evidence of your employer’s negligent behaviour, then you may be able to make a tennis elbow injury claim.

Is it possible to claim for an injury from a car accident?

Yes. If another road user’s negligence has caused you to be injured, then you can make a claim. It’s important to gather evidence before doing so. In this instance, things like dashcam/CCTV footage can prove useful during your claim.

Your medical records are another good example of something you could present.

How do I know if my elbow injury is serious?

Most commonly, there are two indicators that an elbow injury is serious. Firstly, it will be extremely swollen and bruised. Secondly, you would have limited movement.

How long does it take for an elbow injury to heal?

The type of injury you have endured and its severity will heavily influence the healing time. For instance, if you have sprained your elbow, it may take 2-3 weeks to heal. In contrast, a fracture or brake may take longer.

Can I work with a broken elbow?

If you’re wondering whether you can work with a broken elbow, you should seek medical advice from a trained healthcare professional. Generally, they might consider the nature of your work and the degree of your injury.

For this reason, a doctor or another medical professional would need to assess your injury to determine if it’s suitable for you to work. If you return to work against your doctor’s orders causing your original injury to worsen, you wouldn’t be able to claim for the worsening of your injury.

If you return to work against your doctor’s orders, it could affect the amount of broken elbow compensation you receive.

What is the most common elbow injury?

Soreness fractures, brakes, tennis elbow, and tendinopathy are some of the most common elbow injuries that occur.

Can I make a claim for an elbow accident in work?

Yes. If your elbow injury can be shown to have been caused by your employer’s negligence then you may be owed compensation.

What’s the average settlement for a broken elbow in the UK?

The amount of compensation you could receive for a broken or sprained elbow will vary on a number of factors, like how severely you were injured and how your injuries affected your quality of life.

Will I be paid for time off work for an elbow injury?

If you’re unable to work because of an elbow injury, then you may be able to claim for loss of earnings as part of the special damages head of your claim.

How do you treat an elbow injury?

If your elbow injury doesn’t need medical treatment, you can help your elbow injury by protecting the area from being injured further, rest the elbow, use ice and compression and elevate the area as much as you can.

Can I claim for an elbow injury in a car accident that is partly my fault?

Usually, if you’re at fault for an accident you can’t claim. However, if you’re found to be contributorily negligent or partly at fault, then you may be able to make a claim. Your compensation amount will reflect the fact that you were partially to blame for the accident.

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