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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Elbow Injury?

Elbow injuries can be caused by 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 and 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 yourself 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 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 regarding claiming for elbow injury compensation.

Claiming compensation for an injury 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 gain a better understanding about what’s involved, eligibility, average compensation payout amounts and more. If at any time you’d like extra information or have any other questions regarding compensation claims, then please contact us and we will do our best to help.

What is an elbow injury?

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Elbow injury

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, pain that can range 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.

What is tennis elbow?

The clinical name for this condition is Lateral Epicondylitus. The elbow, wrists and fingers move due to the muscles surrounding the elbow joint. The bone and muscle in your elbow are joined by tendons and these control the muscles of your forearm. The muscles that are used to straighten the wrists that are attached to the elbow, if over used, 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 the reason for someone developing 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.

Tennis elbow compensation

How much compensation for tennis elbow that you may be awarded will depend on a number of elements such as what activity you were doing, for how long have you suffered, the severity of the tennis elbow and many more. Once all the different factors have been taken into consideration, 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.

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 wish to claim compensation, there are a number of steps you should take initially to help start building your case.

  • Witnesses – If you hurt your elbow in an accident such as trip, slip or fall etc. and there were bystanders that witnessed what happened, make a note of their contact details so that they can 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, this can potentially provide further evidence proving the injury wasn’t your fault.

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 are wanting 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, and 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 to 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.

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 work place due to 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 employees safety and welfare and also for any visitors that are 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 causing minor to sometimes very serious injuries.

If you have suffered an elbow injury whilst at work, whether it is from an accident or an ongoing cause such as competitive strain injury, you can file a claim for compensation. 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 with starting your elbow injury at work claim.

Elbow injury slip, trip or fall claims

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

Elbow injury in a public place claims

Again, as above, if you have suffered an injury to your elbow that wasn’t your fault but due to the negligence of someone else, you can make a compensation claim. 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 a number of 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 also covers the amount of potential future earnings too that may be lost.
  • Medical Expenses – You are able to claim for any extra medical expenses that you have incurred in relation to 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 as a direct result of 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 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 over stretching is known as a strain. Tears can occur when the over stretching 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’ will 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 the affect it may have 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?

Each and every compensation claim will differ in some way and 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£3,100 - £9,750Mild injury that although is causing pain, movement will be as normal.
Elbow Injury - Moderate£11,400 - £23,900Movement is restricted and pain present.
Elbow Injury - Severe£29,200 - £42,250Complete loss of movement of the elbow resulting in a disability or surgery.
Arm Injury - Mild£4,500 - £30,250This is for those that have suffered restriction of movement but will make a full recovery.
Arm Injury Moderate - Severe£30,100 - £99,750For when the movement is severely restricted in one or both arms and causing a lot of pain.
Arm Injury – Very Severe£74,200 - £227,250Amputation of one or both arms, or part of one or both arms with future prognosis taken into account.
Wrist Injury Mild - Severe£2,550 - £44,500Ranging from minor injury with full recovery to complete loss of wrist function.
Hand Injury - Mild£700 - £22,300Fractures, tissue damage, cuts and bruises that will result in a full recovery.
Hand Injury – Moderate - Severe£22,500 – £47,750Unable to use the hand properly or permanent disfigurement.
Hand Injury – Very Severe£46,300 - £151,250Amputation of one or both hands due to complete loss of function.
Finger Injury – Mild - Severe£375 - £69,330Ranging from fractured or broken finger with expected full recovery to amputation of one or more fingers.
Loss of Earnings£10,000 - £400,000Considers loss of income plus loss of future income possibility.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000Considered actual loss of income depending on payscale.

No Win No Fee arm injury claims

As mentioned earlier in the guide, all our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. What this essentially means is that you do not pay anything at all 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 paying regardless of the outcome of your case, and 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 what 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. The only change to your financial situation if you were to use us, would be a positive one.

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, 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 strive to complete a successful case as quickly and as efficiently as we can 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 though 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 (x4) 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 claiming process and make a start on your claim to secure the maximum compensation payout you deserve.

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 accident at work compensation claims.

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