Suffering an Arm Injury: Can I Make A Claim?

If you have recently suffered an arm injury, one of the first things that may have come into your mind after seeking medical advice is whether or not you are able to make a claim for compensation, primarily if the injury was the fault of someone else.

From a legal point of view, an arm injury can be present anywhere in the arm itself; from the upper arm to the forearm, wrist or elbow. If this is the case, you may be able to claim back thousands of pounds in compensation. In the most severe cases, the impact of the injury may prevent you from carrying out everyday activities, both in your personal or working life, which may stop you from earning an income. For those it affects in this way, it will increase your chances of claiming back any money that has been lost.

In order to claim for an injury, you need to prove that the accident was caused as a result of negligence from another person or organisation, which put your safety at risk. If on the other hand, the injury was caused yourself and there is no-one else to blame, then it’s usually impossible to claim any compensation.

If a third party, such as a workplace is to blame and you are now suffering from any of the following injuries, there is a high chance you can make a claim by getting in touch with a professional solicitor who could look into your case on your behalf. The most common injuries for claims include:

  • Burns
  • Muscle tears
  • Tendonitis or sprains
  • Broken bones
  • The loss of limbs

Time limits

Be aware that there is typically a time limit for negligence claims to be made, which includes any court proceedings that need to be issued. However, if you sought medical advice and received your diagnosis of any of the injuries mentioned above quickly, it would be wise to make that claim as soon as the accident occurs to stand you in a better position.

Making the claim

As part of your compensation claim, you will need to have some form of supporting evidence to prove you were at no fault and was a result of the third party’s negligence. It will help avoid any long-term complications which may arise, such as if the third party denies responsibility. Getting hold of your medical records will act as hard evidence, as the notes were written by a medical professional who witnessed the extent of the injury as soon as the incident occurred. You should also try and get hold of any CCTV footage, contact details of witnesses, photographs of the scene and the injury, with immediate effect. The more evidence you can gather on your accident, the stronger your injuries claim will be when put to solicitors. You could also put together a timeline of events within a folder, so those in charge of your case are more aware of what happened and can provide you with an accurate figure on how much compensation you could receive.