Compensation for Arm Injuries, Fractures and Nerve Damage


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By Crispin Bateman

on Wednesday 7 November 2018


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There are many accidents that can cause injury to the arm, from a fracture or break that must be splinted and set into a cast for many weeks, to nerve damage that can lead to temporary paralysis and even permanent loss of use in extreme cases.

What is ulnar nerve damage?

Ulnar nerve entrapment (also known medically as Ulnar Neuropathy) is a compression of one of the nerves that runs down the length of your arm to your hand. The ulnar nerve runs near the ulna bone and can become trapped, typically on the inside of the elbow, and this can lead to Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and other nerve issues of the hand.

Treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome and other ulnar nerve damage is fairly simple, requiring an ulnar nerve splint, ulnar neuropathy brace or an elbow pad, but it can take a long time to heal, from three months to years and consequently cause issues with daily life, including your ability to work.

Having a trapped nerve in your arm can mean suffering from numbness in the arm and hand, arm pain and a loss of strength with your grip.

If you have suffered from a fracture of the forearm, or nerve damage to your arm leading to either a temporary or even permanent disablement, then you may be able to claim for financial compensation.

What situations lead to legitimate compensation claims for arm injuries?

You can make a compensation claim if the incident that led to your injury was not your fault, but was instead caused by the negligence or intention of another.

Assault

If you have been physically assaulted, then it is reasonable to make a claim against your aggressor for the pain of the injury and associated financial impact on your life.

Any compensation award and costs will be determined by the court and the perpetrator of the crime will be expected to pay. In order to ensure that you, the victim, are not left short if the criminal is unable to make full payment, CICA, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority exist to cover the financial outlay and recover the costs subsequently.

Accident at work

All employers have a legal duty of care set down by the Health and Safety Executive in the UK to provide a safe working environment for their employees. This includes making sure you have all the required protective equipment, as well as maintaining the environment and keeping it free of hazards.

If these regulations were not followed and something happened at work that caused you an injury to your forearm – an ulnar fracture, radial fracture or situation leading to cubital tunnel syndrome, then you will be able to make a claim for compensation.

Accident in public

Like the workplace, the owner of any business or venue has a legal obligation to provide a safe and hazard-free environment for anyone who visits their place of business. Whether this is a sports hall or a supermarket, the regulations are clear and must be followed, with regular visits from the Health and Safety Executive to ensure this is the case.

If you had an accident that was not your fault while out, then you should be able to make a successful claim from the person responsible for the maintenance of the area you were in. This could be as simple as a spill on the ground which was not cleaned up in a reasonable time, causing you to slip and fall.

Adequate lighting, clear signage and efficient response to situations are all components to the regulations that must be followed. If your accident was due to being unable to clearly see the path, or because a known issue with the building (such as a damaged step) wasn’t properly signed and cut off, then you will be able to make a claim.

Road traffic accident

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was clearly not your fault, then you will be able to make a claim against their car insurance to pay for your personal injury and associated costs. Even if you believe the damage to your radial nerve is slight and causes little more than minor temporary numbness in your little finger, it is worth looking into a claim for compensation.

Those who have been in a road accident while being a pedestrian or cyclist are also fully entitled to make a claim. Being hit by a car when crossing the road, for example, can often lead to an arm injury and you will be able to make a solid case for compensation.

How much will I receive for a forearm or nerve injury claim?

The courts use a set of standardised guidelines for making fair injury payouts. They will consider every aspect of your injury - lost earnings due to time spent recovering, expenses incurred as a consequence of being injured, and a financial award to compensate you for your pain and suffering.

The following chart lists the current payout values for injuries related to the arm.

Severity Compensation
Simple Fractures of the Forearm£5,280 to £15,300
Less Severe£15,300 to £31,220
Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement£31,220 to £47,720
Severe£76,650 to £104,370

Remember, the more documentation and evidence you can provide of your financial losses, the better. Keep receipts, invoices and any proof of your loss of earnings.

Will I have to go to court?

Though we talk about the court, most personal injury claims are sorted out by solicitors using those same guidelines without needing to involve the power of the claims court. However, in cases where an agreement cannot be reached, you may need to be there alongside our team to present your case to the court.

How do I make a claim for my arm injury?

Call Accident Line Direct today!

We are a specialist accident claims company working with the finest professional solicitors in the UK to bring personal injury claims to fruition.

At Accident Line Direct we believe that quality legal representation should be available to everyone, no matter their personal financial situation. To accommodate this, we work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that we will not charge a single penny in fees if the case is not found in your favour – all our work done to that point will be free! Of course, we expect to win, and will work to our utmost to secure you a positive outcome. We make our money from a small percentage of the final award value – so when you win, we win. This level of collaboration ensures you get the best from us without any financial outlay from you.

There’s no small print or hidden fees – we have no need for that. Once you call us, one of our specialist advisors will take a preliminary look at your case and if they believe there’s a legitimate position for a compensation claim, will pass you on to the rest of the team. We will assign you a specialist solicitor with years of experience in winning claims just like yours.

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