All you need to know to make a golfer’s elbow claim
If you have developed an injury or illness through no fault of your own as a result of the work you do, you may be able to claim financial compensation. Golfer’s elbow is an uncommon but painful condition which some people are unfortunate enough to experience. But what exactly is it, and could you be entitled to make a golfer’s elbow claim?
What is golfer’s elbow?
Clinically known as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow is similar to its cousin tennis elbow, as both conditions are forms of elbow tendonitis. Golfer’s elbow causes persistent pain in the elbow area, which can range from discomfort when you move your arm to severe pain experienced even when the elbow is still. The pain occurs when the muscles and tendons in your forearm have been strained and tears and inflammation have developed near the bony lump on the inside of your elbow.
Typical symptoms of golfer’s elbow
- Pain which extends from the bony lump in your elbow down into your forearm;
- Pain when flexing or turning your wrist or forearm, such as turning a door handle;
- Pain when gripping small objects, such as a pen; and
- Difficulty fully extending your forearm.
How is it caused?
Golfer’s elbow is usually the result of pulling and tearing of the tendons and muscles in the forearm, which are used to grip, rotate your arm and flex your wrist. Although the condition can be caused by sports which involve lots of movement of the forearm, such as golf or tennis, it is often brought on by overuse of the forearm through repetitive, strenuous activity, often something you are not used to doing.
Can you make a golfer’s elbow claim for compensation?
Anyone who has been injured through no fault of their own within the last three years can make a claim for financial compensation. Therefore, if you can prove that you have developed golfer’s elbow as the result of a repetitive manual task you have had to undertake at work, you would be able to claim compensation.
Common treatments of golfer’s elbow include resting the affected arm, wearing a brace or elbow strap and undergoing physiotherapy on a regular basis. This may mean that you have no choice but to take time off work, potentially resulting in loss of earnings, which can put emotional and financial pressure on your life. Making a golfer’s elbow claim will offer the opportunity to alleviate some of the financial burden you may feel.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you with your golfer’s elbow claim
Accident Advice Helpline are one of the UK’s leading law firms. We were established in 2000 and have since then helped thousands of people who have suffered injury or illness through no fault of their own to claim compensation to which they were entitled.
Endorsed by consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, we have an extensive legal team many of whom are specialists in dealing with work-related compensation claims involving repetitive injuries such as golfer’s elbow.
To find out how much financial help you could be entitled to receive if you make a golfer’s elbow claim, take our 30-second compensation calculator test or call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our friendly advisers. You can also call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993, just do it today.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Elbow injury claim