Arm injury claims

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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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.

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.

Find out more about making a claim.

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.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25%* of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

*Excluding Road Traffic Accident related claims where the accident happened on or after 31st May 2021. Here customers will typically pay 30% + VAT due to changes introduced through the Civil Liability Act 2018.

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. The loss of all or part of the limb can see 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 call the number 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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