Could you make a tennis elbow claim?
If you have developed an injury or illness as a result of the work you do, then you may be able to claim financial compensation. Here, we put the spotlight on a common work-related injury – tennis elbow.
What is tennis elbow?
Clinically known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is the common name given to 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 outside of your elbow.
Typical symptoms include the following:
- Pain when lifting or bending your arm;
- Pain when twisting your forearm, such as turning a door handle or opening a jar;
- Pain when gripping small objects, such as a pen;
- Pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of your elbow, which may extend down towards your wrist; and
- Difficulty fully extending your forearm.
How is it caused?
Tennis elbow is usually caused as the result of overuse of the tendons and muscles in the forearm near the elbow joint. Although it can sometimes happen after knocking or banging your elbow, this condition is most often caused by repetitive, strenuous activity, sometimes something you are not used to doing in your normal routine.
Can you make a tennis 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 compensation. Therefore, if you can prove that you have developed tennis elbow as the result of a repetitive manual task you have had to undertake at work, you would be able to claim compensation.
Although 90% of people make a full recovery within 12 months, an episode of tennis elbow will typically last between six months and two years. However, an injury such as this sustained as a result of an accident can have further-reaching consequences which can put emotional and financial pressure on your life. For example, you may have had to take time off work, which may have resulted in loss of earnings for your household. Making a tennis elbow claim offers the opportunity to alleviate the financial burden.
Accident Advice Helpline and your tennis elbow claim
Accident Advice Helpline are a law firm with over 15 years’ experience in assisting those who have suffered an injury or illness through no fault of their own. Endorsed by 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 tennis elbow.
Take 30 seconds to take our compensation calculator test to see if you qualify to make a tennis elbow claim and see how much financial help you could be entitled to receive. Alternatively, speak to one of our advisers on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown