It’s often not until you’ve suffered an arm injury that you realise how difficult it is to live your daily life with limited mobility and reduced independence. If you’re injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault, this can be especially frustrating and can feel very unfair.
An arm injury can take it’s toll on your everyday life – there’s every chance that you might have to take time off work while your recover, or that you won’t be able to participate in sports and hobbies, for example.
If you’ve suffered an arm injury through no fault of your own, a solicitor can help you understand whether you could make a personal injury claim without paying anything upfront – under a No Win No Fee agreement.
It’s best to talk to an expert legal adviser who’ll talk you through the next steps, who can give you a guideline figure on your compensation. You can call free on 0800 234 6438 or, if you prefer, you can fill in this online contact form.
The severity of arm injuries can vary hugely, but they nearly always impact your ability to work, drive and enjoy your social life. You can injure your arm doing almost anything, for example:
Arm injuries can include damage to any part of the arm, including your wrist, elbow or shoulder. Because of the complex joints and muscles in our arms (and how we use them for most activities), there are numerous types of complicated injuries that can happen:
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can drastically affect the mobility of your wrist, hand and fingers, leaving you unable to do the simplest of daily tasks without pain.
RSI is most commonly caused by the same repetitive movements at work, such as typing, using your mouse or long periods of repeated movement- for example, in manual labour work. RSI can be avoided, and your employer has a legal responsibility to take steps to make sure your workspace and work tasks are as safe as possible.
For example, if you’re suffering with RSI and you’ve not had a Display Screen Equipment assessment or been notified of the risk of RSI from a repetitive task, then you may be able to make a claim against your employer.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome happens when the main nerve in your wrist is compressed, which can cause daily pain and problems sleeping, among other symptoms. If you’re experiencing numbness or pins and needles in your wrist, then you may be suffering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
If you’ve already been diagnosed and are unable to work as a result, then it’s likely you may be able to make a claim for compensation if someone else was at fault.
Also known as fractures, broken bones in your arm can take a while to heal. During your recovery, you may be unable to drive, work, or carry out everyday tasks like writing or picking up and carrying objects.
You may also have had to pay for prescription costs or private physiotherapy. These added costs and the increased dependency on those around you can be frustrating and leave you out of pocket, as well as your family or friends who need to take time off to support you.
Not everybody can claim for their arm injury, as sometimes nobody is at fault for the accident which caused the injury. However, if you meet the following criteria then it’s likely you may be able to claim compensation if:
Each arm injury is different and require different judicial procedures. You needn’t worry about understanding which is best suited for your injury, as your solicitor will be able to guide you through the process, for example:
Because no two accidents are the same, it can be very difficult to give an exact figure of how much compensation you might receive for your injury before you start your claim. However, you can be sure your solicitor will always work get you the maximum amount of compensation possible, and to do so they’ll consider:
Your solicitor will work hard to negotiate you the compensation you deserve. If you are struggling financially because of your injury, in some circumstances they will be able to secure interim payments of compensation to cover any immediate expenses before the final settlement is made.
In some instances, it can be difficult to know whether somebody else was at fault for your accident, particularly if it happened at work or while you were alone. However, even in cases where nobody was present to directly cause your accident, somebody else may still be at fault.
For example, arm injuries can often happen through slips, trips or falls on uneven paving or dangerous surfaces causing. If you slipped over in a public place due to a poorly maintained path, you may be able to make a claim against the local council or highways agency, which are responsible for maintaining that path.
Even if the accident which caused your injury was partly your fault you may still be able to claim compensation, as long as someone else’s negligence was also to blame. The amount of compensation you receive, however, may be reduced according to how much the court thinks you were to blame for your injuries.
For advice on making a compensation claim for arm injuries, you can speak to a trained legal advisor for free on 0800 234 6438 or by filling in this online form.
Lucy is a NCTJ trained journalist who studied law at the University of Greenwich. She is a legal journalist and editor with more than 20 years’ experience writing about the law.
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