Arm Injury Claims*

Arm injuries can cause disruption to a person’s life and their ability to carry out simple everyday tasks. The impact that is caused by any kind of arm injury can be very serious and in some cases life-long.

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Common Arm Injuries

The arm is the area from the shoulder down to the wrist and injuries range in severity and can affect the upper arm, elbow, wrist and forearm. Arm injury claims are usually made for injuries such as repetitive strain, crush injuries, fractures or tendon injuries.

Arm injury claims can come from any type of accident, from accidents at work to car accidents and accidents in public places. In order to have a successful claim, you must be able to prove that you did not contribute to your injuries. It must be proven that another party acted in a negligent manner which in turn led to the injuries. Not all arm injuries are caused as a result of an accident and may be caused by accidents at work or overuse.

Some of the most common arm injuries are:

  • Breaks and Fractures
  • Dislocations and Sprains
  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Torn Muscles
  • Amputations
  • Crushing Injuries
  • Loss of Function
  • Soft Tissue Damage
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
  • Burns and Lacerations
  • Nerve Damage
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Arm Injury at Work*

Arm injuries at work can be caused by a number of different types of accidents. The industry and environment that a person works may play a role in the type of accident they have. Some work environments, such as construction, may be more susceptible to accidents and injuries when compared to somebody who works in an office. Having said that both do have their own set of risks that may affect a person’s arm. The most common types of arm injuries at work are:

Arm Injury in a Car Accident*

There is a multitude of possible injuries associated with a car accident and most people will immediately think whiplash when it comes to road accident injuries. The arm is also at risk from certain injuries, particularly in cases of a side collision and the most common of these are:

  • Humerus Fracture (Crack or break in the upper arm) – this can occur when the arm takes the full force of the impact, for example when holding the steering wheel. In some cases, the end of the Humerus bone may suffer a fracture which can cause damage to the joint and cartilage which can lead to stiffness, pain and in some cases arthritis.
  • Ulna or Radius Fracture (Crack or break of both bones in the forearm) – this can occur when the arm is outstretched during the accident.
  • Olecranon Fracture (tip of the elbow) – this bone can become fractured or even dislocated during a car accident.

Arm Injury in a Public Place*

The most common accidents in public places are slips, trips and falls and are usually caused by the negligence of another party. There are many different types of injuries a person can sustain from a fall and in cases where a person injures their arm in a trip and fall accident the following are the most common of injuries:

  • Shoulder injuries – the shoulder can take a large proportion of the impact in a slip and fall incident, which could lead to fractures, breaks, dislocations and long-term recuperation to regain normal shoulder function.
  • Elbow Injuries – with little time to brace yourself for impact in falling on your elbow can lead to breaks, fractures and in turn join or cartilage issues
  • Wrist injuries – in cases where a person falls and uses their hands to break their fall the impact the wrist takes can cause breaks, fractures and sprains.

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How do I make a claim?

Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a personal injury solicitor to help you with this.

  1. Prepare the information for a solicitor

    When you decide you want to move forward with your injury claim it is important to have all the relevant information to hand when contacting a solicitor. Important information to have on hand at this point is:

    • Date of the accident
    • Location of the accident
    • Details of who/what caused the accident
    • Specifics of what happened
    • Who did you report the accident to?
    • If any emergency services attended the scene and their details
    • Details of your injuries
    • Hospitals/Doctors attended with your injury
    • Any pictures you may have taken of the scene of the accident and/or your injuries
    • Details of any witnesses
    • Is there CCTV that may have captured the accident?
  2. Solicitor becomes your trusted advisor

    As a solicitor is aware of the injury claim process they can avoid any legal bumps in the road you might encounter if you did this yourself. It is their job to be your trusted advisor on all legal matters throughout your case.

  3. Solicitor obtains a medical report

    The most important document needed to prove your injuries is your medical report. The reason a solicitor will ask for your doctor’s details or if you have attended the hospital is so they can obtain all the medical reports required to pursue the case for you.

  4. Solicitor prepares the Injuries Board application

    As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your injury claim will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. Your solicitor will do this for you. Once the Injuries Board assess your claim your solicitor will revert with a suggested settlement amount. At this stage, you have a choice to accept the Injuries Board assessment or reject it and move to the next steps.

    At this point one of two scenarios will unfold:

    a. If both you and the party at fault accept the Injuries Board assessment, your case is settled and the person at fault will be ordered to pay settlement to you.

    b. If either you or the person at fault reject the Injuries Board assessment, then you move to the next stage and your solicitor will issue legal proceedings.

  5. Possible case outcomes

    Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.

    Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus on your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.

At Tracey Solicitors LLP, we make law accessible to all — regardless of your knowledge or experience with the claims process. For more information and a confidential discussion on your accident, phone 01 649 9900 where you can speak with a member of our team straight away, or email to tell us about your case.

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Case Settlement

If you are to proceed with an injury claim you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injury and added expenses you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.

General Damages

General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following an accident.

Special Damages

Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the injury, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the injury (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages. 

Material Damages

Material damage refers to damage caused to your personal property. For example, in a road traffic accident, the material damage would be the damage to your car.

What are the Legal Time Limits?

The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.

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