If you’re wondering about the chances of making a tennis elbow claim, chances are you didn’t get the injury from playing tennis. One American report stated that only around 5% of cases are related to playing tennis. However, since tennis players and other athletes have the potential to develop this condition, it’s a name that has stuck.
Tennis elbow at work
It’s also an injury that can develop at work. Sometimes, a worker may put in a tennis elbow claim because they developed the condition while they were at work. The clinical name for the condition is lateral epicondylitis. The forearm contains both muscles and tendons, and if someone overuses these, they are at greater risk of developing tennis elbow. If you have it, you’ll likely feel pain on the outside of your elbow. This pain may only occur when you try to bend your arm and use it, although in more serious cases it can hurt when you aren’t using your hand or arm. It’s also possible to experience pain when you try and hold small items, or when you attempt to write.
On occasion, tennis elbow can be caused by nerve damage. If you do not get better after refraining from the activities you believe caused the condition, you should see your GP. There are two further tests that may be required to glean more information:
- Ultrasound scan
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
How can you tell whether your injury was caused at work?
Manual handling injuries are among the more common injuries that can occur in any workplace. Indeed, lifting, carrying and handling items, particularly heavy ones, could make a person more prone to developing tennis elbow. This may in turn lead to the possibility of making a tennis elbow claim. Almost a quarter of all reported injuries under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) are related to handling. Furthermore, an average of 6.6 days was lost in each case where a handling injury occurred.
If you experience a handling injury such as tennis elbow, claim possibilities won’t be the first thing to occur to you. You will be experiencing pain and discomfort that will likely mean you won’t be able to continue doing the work you did when the injury happened. This injury doesn’t happen suddenly – it develops over time and is related to overuse. So, if you realise you have the injury and have it confirmed by your GP, they are likely to recommend you refrain from doing your normal duties.
Think about what you do at work. Some people are regularly handling things such as stock, for example. Factory workers and other people with physical jobs such as fetching and carrying things from lorries and other areas of the business premises could easily develop tennis elbow and may have the chance to begin a tennis elbow claim.
How much could you receive for a successful tennis elbow claim?
It is difficult to put an exact figure on a tennis elbow claim. This is because no two cases will be precisely the same. While 80% of people will recover with appropriate treatment, some may find their condition flares up from time to time.
Whatever job you do, your employer has a legal duty to make sure they adhere to every health and safety regulation in place. This includes providing appropriate manual handling training to ensure workers know how to move objects of any size or weight without injuring themselves. Refresher training is also necessary at regular intervals to make sure the knowledge is not forgotten.
Additionally, risk assessments should be undertaken regularly to highlight any potential risks or hazards associated with a task. For example, if a load is too heavy to lift by hand, proper lifting equipment such as a pump truck should be provided to move the load when necessary. In some cases, only a fork-lift truck might be able to handle the load. Performing these tasks regularly can reduce the number of instances where someone might be able to make a tennis elbow claim. Most people would agree they’d rather not receive the injury to begin with, when compared to the prospect of having to make a tennis elbow claim.
Recovering from tennis elbow
The most encouraging thing to remember is that 90% of people get better after a year. However, even if you make a full recovery, you may still be able to claim for compensation if your employer was negligent in not preventing the injury to begin with. If you are eligible to claim compensation by proving they were negligent, your claim can go ahead and you will see how much any compensation award might be worth in your case. Various factors will be considered:
- How bad was your injury?
- How long did you suffer from the injury for?
- How debilitating was it?
- Did you have to stop work while it healed?
- Did you need physiotherapy or other treatment?
- Did it prevent you doing many other daily tasks?
Once the relevant information is sought, a successful claim can be settled.
Call us today to find out if you could make a claim
At a time like this, you need professional advice. Accident Advice Helpline can provide no-obligation advice on whether you could make a claim for your injury if it occurred at work. Find out more today by contacting our team or trying the online test that takes a mere 30 seconds to complete.
Call now on 0800 689 0500, or ring 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, if you wish to try and make a tennis elbow claim. With our help and support, and the benefits offered by making a no-win, no-fee* claim, you’ll see whether your own claim could result in an award being made. Don’t wait too long – you have three years from the date you first noticed a problem to make a claim. If you still have time, make that call to our team of experts now.