An arm injury can relate to any injury suffered from the shoulder to the wrist. The upper arm extends from the shoulder to the elbow, and the lower arm (or forearm) covers the area between the elbow and wrist. The upper arm consists of one main bone (the humerus) as well as a variety of muscles, ligaments and tendons.
The major muscles on the upper arm are the biceps (which are on the inside of the arm) and the triceps (on the outside). The forearm, or lower arm, has two main bones - the ulna and the radius - as well as lots of muscles, ligaments and tendons.
An arm injury occurs when any of these bones, muscles, ligaments or tendons have been damaged. If you have suffered an arm injury as a result of an accident that wasn't your fault then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
If you have suffered an injury to your arm following an accident that was not your fault, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Because your arms carry out an important function, the loss of use can have a devastating effect on your day-to-day life. As such, compensation claims for severe arm injuries can be considerable as sufferers may not be able to work again or need help carrying out their day-to-day activities.
Arm injury compensation claims can also cover expensive treatment and rehabilitation costs. As every claim is different, it is not possible to give accurate predictions as to the value of your claim. However, we have listed some example compensation awards below.
Outside of amputation, but leaves person little better off than if amputated: £76,650 - £104,370
Injuries resulting in permenant & substantial disablement: £31,220 - £47,720
Amputation of both arms: £191,950 - £239,140
Amputation of one arm: £76,650 - £109,330
Still a substantial degree of recover required: £15,300 - £31,220
Simple fractures to forearm: £5,280 - £15,300
Arm injuries can occur in a number of different ways. Some of the most common arm injuries are:
Our forearms are important and essential for a lot of daily activities such as lifting, driving etc... Fractures/breaks are the most common forearm injury and can happen to either of the two bones that make up the forearm - the ulna or radius. Slip, trips and falls are a common cause of forearm injuries, as are impacts like road traffic accidents or sporting accidents. Forearms are also susceptible to burn injuries, particular from accidents at work if the correct safety equipment has not been used.
Elbow injuries tend to be related to overuse of the joint-damaging the muscles and tendons in the elbow, which are vital to its overall mobility. Overuse of the elbow can be caused by poor working practices and a lack of safety training. Impact accidents can also cause elbow injuries, particularly car accidents and sporting accidents.
The wrist is made up of eight different bones and is quite susceptible to injuries caused by heavy impacts or by repetitive and overuse. Slips, trips and falls can cause fractures or tendon damage to the wrist, as can road and sporting accidents. Wrist injuries can also be related to overuse at work, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and repetitive strain injury...
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*Information taken from Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases – 14th Edition. Please note that these figures are for guidance only and the compensation that you receive may be outside of these guidelines.
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