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If you injure your arm, it can seriously affect your ability to carry out your daily routine, even if the injury isn't major.

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In 2016, there were 18,477 cycling accidents, over 40% of which resulted in arm injuries, according to RoSPA. If you've suffered an arm injury in an accident that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

Types of arm injury

The arm extends from your shoulder to your wrist.  The upper arm goes from your shoulder to your elbow, while your forearm (lower arm) is from your elbow to your wrist.

Your arm is made up of an elbow, which is a joint between three main bones:

  • Radius and ulna are the two large bones in the forearm
  • Humerus - the long bone in the upper arm

The bones are surrounded by ligaments, muscles and tendons, and injuries to any of these can result in stiffness, pain, inflammation and restricted movement, and sometimes even permanent disability.  There can also be associated problems with the hand, wrist and shoulder [link to any relevant pages].

Common causes can be arm injuries from a fall, cycling accidents and car accidents, slips, trips and sports injuries resulting in:

  • Fractures and breaks – eg. broken humerus
  • Torn biceps (known as 'popeye' injury) and triceps
  • Soft tissue injuries - damaged muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Tennis elbow

As well as injury through accident, repetitive strain injury (RSI) in the workplace is also a common cause of arm injury, leading to problems such as arthritis, pain, stiffness and inflammation.  It occurs due to over-use through repetitive actions. 

All of these may be short-lived injuries from which you will fully recover, or they may become ongoing conditions that need long-term treatment and medication.

Why should I claim for an arm injury?

When you are injured there are several things to consider, the main ones being pain and suffering; and any financial losses you will incur.  If your injury is due to the fault of someone else, claiming a compensation settlement can help you to pay for the inconveniences you may suffer during your recovery.

If your arm injury was due to an accident at work, making a claim against your employer can also help to make sure changes are made to safeguard other employees.
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How the claim process works

Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

We are here to take the pressure out of making a claim – so it's all done on your behalf.  Our fully trained legal advisors have many years' experience in this area and are happy to chat through your situation with you, free of charge.  They can help identify whether you may have a claim, and there is never any obligation to go ahead with anything unless you are happy to do so. 

Our specialist solicitors offer a No Win No Fee service, so you don't have to pay for anything in advance – and if the claim is not successful, you don't pay a penny.

What arm injury compensation amounts can I expect?

The amount of compensation is determined on your individual circumstances, taking into account:

  • The pain and suffering you have endured, as well as any continuation into the future.
  • Time off work, resulting in loss of earnings.
  • Suitability to carry on performing your job.
  • Changes you may need to make in your work life.
  • Medical costs and ongoing treatment
  • Adaptations or aids that you may need.

You can get guidance on compensation amounts using our compensation calculator, but to give you an approximate idea, the average cost of a broken arm could be £5,810 to £16,830.  Whereas a loss of all or part of the limb can receive compensation over £100,000.

Is there a time limit for making an arm injury claim?

Generally, a claim must be brought within three years of the injury, but our advisors can explain the process to you in more detail, with no legal jargon or pressure.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Contact us either using our online form, or request a callback at the top of the screen.  We'll give you a call at a time convenient to you, to ask you about your case and go through your options, as well as our No Win No Fee services

 The initial chat is free and there is no obligation to proceed with us until you are happy to do so.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months.
    But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.
    The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. 

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

Or you could contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

I've been injured. Can I make a No Win No Fee claim?

Yes, if the accident was not your fault, you may have a No Win No Fee claim.

By discussing your accident with one of our trained legal advisors we can assess whether you have a claim.  We will then be able to find a specialist solicitor to suit your needs.

Get in touch with us to find out more.

Who pays the other side's costs?

As part of a conditional - No Win No Fee arrangement, any costs are covered by either arranging an insurance policy, or by using any existing legal expenses cover you may have.

The solicitor will discuss any need for, and the suitability of, any insurance with you.  

What percentage do solicitors take out of my compensation?

Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you.

However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening.

At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.  More about making a claim

Can I claim if I've been injured by a physical assault?

Yes. If you’ve been injured in a violent crime you have every right to make a claim for compensation, even if the attacker is unknown or found not guilty.

This is done through the government-backed Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Incidents resulting in your injury will need to have been reported to the police and meet certain criteria set out by the CICA.

We can guide you through this process and explain the criteria set out by the CICA, so you can feel better prepared before you contact them.

Can I claim if my accident happened while I was abroad?

Yes, you can still claim if you had an accident while abroad.  But it can be more complex due to varying laws in other countries.

Accidents abroad are very common and can happen to anyone. Some of the most common accidents can include things such as suffering food poisoning from the hotel restaurant, slipping on a wet floor in a hotel or tripping over on a poorly-maintained footpath.

Other scenarios you may be able to claim compensation for include: sport-related accidents from using damaged, faulty or poorly-maintained equipment, sustaining an injury during an arranged excursion and road traffic accidents (including accidents when travelling as a passenger in a car, coach or taxi).

Those who booked their trip with a travel agent or as part of a package holiday are more likely to be able to claim against the travel company once returning to the UK, as opposed to the services used abroad (such as a hotel or restaurant).

At First4Lawyers, we work with solicitors who are experienced in making claims for accidents that have happened abroad, for people who were either on holiday or travelling on a business trip. Contact us for a no-obligation chat.

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