Arm pain is usually defined as discomfort or pain anywhere on the arm, including the shoulder, elbow and wrist. It can be caused in a variety of ways, ranging from a sudden accident to inflammation of the skin, muscles or joints. Tripping and falling, and conditions caused by overuse are just some examples of how you could develop an arm injury. Repetitive strain injury is not an uncommon example of the type of arm injury which you may be able to make a claim for, but you could also claim for more serious arm injuries such as broken bones or burns.
If you have sustained an injury to your arm, why not get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline, to find out more about arm injury claims and see if you are eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation? There is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so it’s a good idea to get in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident.
What are the symptoms of an arm injury?
The symptoms of an arm injury may not be serious enough to warrant medical attention, and in many cases, you should be able to manage your pain at home. Rest, over-the-counter medicine and gentle massage may be enough to help you get on with your life while the injury heals. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, it is vital that you speak to your doctor as soon as possible:
- Severe pain
- Numbness or tingling in your arm
- Swelling or redness
- Inability to move your arm due to weakness in the muscles
- A misshapen joint
If minor pain does not improve or becomes worse after two days of home treatment, your doctor will be able to give you any treatment that you need and can further advise you about treating an arm injury. Often a fracture can be mistaken for a sprain, so it is a good idea to seek medical attention if you are experiencing ongoing pain and symptoms of an arm injury. Arm injury claims can only be made if you sought medical attention for your injuries, yet another reason to visit the doctor after your accident.
What caused your arm injury?
Arm injuries are often the result of a slip, trip or fall. But you could also sustain burns to your arm – for example if you are working in a commercial kitchen or with hot equipment, or you could suffer crush injuries from heavy machinery in a factory. Chemical burns or skin conditions are not uncommon amongst those who work with hazardous substances, and if you have suffered dermatitis or another skin condition after exposure to hazardous substances at work, making arm injury claims could be on the agenda, as your employer could be held liable for your accident. Arm injuries such as crush injuries and fractures are also common in car accidents, as your arm could become trapped between your body and the steering wheel, or crushed in the wreckage of a high-speed collision.
How long do arm injuries take to heal?
The long-term effects of an arm injury will depend greatly on the initial cause of your condition. For example, a broken bone could take 6-8 weeks to completely heal while a minor burn on the skin should take only a few days. Your GP will be able to give a prognosis that is specific to your own personal situation. The amount of compensation payable for arm injury claims will take into account the length of time you’ll need to take off work and how long a recovery period is needed. If you need surgery for a broken arm or crush injuries, this could also impact your recovery period, which could mean you are entitled to more compensation as a result.
If you have been left with a permanent disability after suffering an arm injury – for example if you sustained serious crush injuries that meant having your arm amputated, or if you have sustained a wrist injury that has left you unable to return to work – then you could be entitled to a substantial amount of personal injury compensation.
Compensation for loss of earnings
If your injury occurred as a result of a no-fault accident, then you might be thinking about seeking compensation. You can find out more about claiming for an arm injury by chatting to an advisor at Accident Advice Helpline today. We are one of the top law firms in the UK, and we will be delighted to give you free initial advice about your claim. One thing many people don’t realise is that you could claim compensation for loss of earnings. If you have taken time off work after sustaining an arm injury in an accident, then your earnings are likely to be affected. This could cause financial problems for you and your family as you struggle to pay your bills – and more stress is the last thing you need after an accident.
The best way to find out if you could be entitled to compensation for your loss of earnings is to get in touch with us. You’ll usually find your personal injury settlement (if your claim is successful) is more useful than claiming statutory sick pay, which usually only represents a small proportion of your pay.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to start your claim today
At Accident Advice Helpline, our specialist solicitors are experts in personal injury claims, and they will work hard to get you the maximum compensation with the minimum of fuss. If you are concerned about the cost of claiming for an arm injury, then you will be interested to know that Accident Advice Helpline’s professional personal injury lawyers provide a 100% no-win, no-fee* service. That means that you don’t pay any money upfront to get your claim started and you can move forward with confidence, regardless of your financial situation after your accident. You can choose to get in touch by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 26th July 2013
Author: Jan Newell