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Arm and Wrist Injury

Injuries to the arm can be common particularly resulting from a trip or fall but can also be suffered in a range of accidents, particularly accidents in the workplace.

Wrist injuries, including fractures, are particularly common as results of falls but injuries to the elbow, lower arm or upper arm are also common and can arise particularly where somebody has fallen from a height.

Arm and Wrist Injury compensation

While there is no single figure that is “correct” in a legal sense for every injury, there are guidelines to identify ranges of possible awards depending on the type of injury and the severity. The values listed below are for guidance only. A more specific estimate will only be possible once further information is obtained in relation to your injury. The figures below are for only the “pain and suffering” category that a court may award – the figures below do not include any wage loss or other categories of compensation that may or may not be open to you (for more information see What Can I Claim For?)

Arm injury compensation

  • Fractures of forearm: £5,000 – £14,600
  • Injuries resulting in initial significant disability but where substantial recovery has or will occur: £14,600 – £29,800
  • Serious fractures of one or both forearms leading to significant permanent disability: £29,800 – £45,500
  • Amputation below elbow: £73,100 – £83,300
  • Serious injuries not involving amputation but little or no use of the arm: £73,100 – £99,500
  • Amputation above elbow: £83,300 – £99,500
  • Amputation loss of one or both arms: £104,000 – £228,000

Elbow injury compensation

  • Moderate and minor injuries – fractures, tennis elbow, lacerations – depending on recovery time: £2,600 – £9,500
  • Injuries causing long-term impairment of function: £11,900 – £24,300
  • Injuries resulting in severe disability: £29,800 – £41,600

Wrist injury compensation

  • Minor minimally displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries where full or substantial recovery takes up to a year: £2,600 – £3,600 – where recovery takes longer but is complete, award unlikely to exceed £7,800
  • Uncomplicated Colles fracture: around £5,600
  • Injuries leaving a permanent disability such as persisting pain and stiffness limiting function: £9,500 – £18,600
  • Injuries resulting in significant permanent disability that can include complete loss of function in the wrist: £18,600 – £45,500