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Tennis Elbow Golfers Elbow: solicitor explains how much UK accident compensation you can claim for the most common elbow injuries

Tennis Elbow Golfers Elbow: Discover the parts of the elbow that can be injured in an accident, what are the most common types of UK elbow injury including tennis elbow and golfers elbow with examples of the amounts of compensation you can claim for each.

Medically speaking what is the elbow?

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It is important to appreciate medically what your elbow joint is so as to understand the different parts that can be injured in an accident. The parts that make up the elbow include:

1. Bones that meet at the elbow

The bone in your upper arm (known as the humerus bone) meets two bones in the forearm (known as the ulna and radius bones) at your elbow joint.

The two protruding parts of the elbow are actually part of the humerus bone and are named the lateral epicondyle (on the outside of the elbow) and the medial epicondyle (on the inner part of the elbow). These parts of the elbow are the positions where you will feel pain from tennis elbow and golfers elbow.

2. Muscles that move the elbow

Two muscles in the upper arm allow your arm to move at the elbow. The biceps causes your arm to bend and the triceps allow your arm to straighten.

3. Ligaments meeting at the elbow

The muscles are joined at their end to your bones by ligaments and it is when these ligaments are inflamed that pain for both tennis elbow and golfers elbow occurs.

What is tennis elbow and golfers elbow?

Tennis elbow and golfers elbow are both a form of tendinitis - which in other words means an inflammation of the tendons that meet at the elbow.

If the tendon on the outer part of your elbow is causing you pain when you move your arm - your are likely suffering from tennis elbow.

If the tendon on the inner part of your elbow is causing you pain when you move your arm - your are likely suffering from golfers elbow.

How are tennis elbow and golfers elbow caused?

The name of the condition describes one way in which the injury is caused - tennis elbow can be caused by stress on your tendons from playing too much tennis and golfers elbow from the stress on your tendons caused by playing too much golf.

Of course these injuries can be caused in other ways - the most common of which is due to a repetitive strain injury at work or a manual handling injury at work.

In other words - for a RSI you must be using your arms over and over to repeat tasks in fast succession.

For a manual handling injury - you are most likely overloading the elbow and tendons by moving too heavy a weight.

Both repetitive strain and manual handling injuries can occur from your employer having in place a poor system of work - in which case you should be able to claim compensation from your employer.

Are there other types of injury your elbow can suffer in an accident?

"Yes" - there are many other injuries your elbow can suffer in a UK accident, which include fractures, ripped muscles and tendons. These types of injuries can occur in road traffic accidents, manual handling accidents at work and even slips and trips.

Examples of compensation amounts for tennis elbow, golfers elbow and other elbow injuries

Please be aware that no matter what type of accident caused your elbow injury the amount of compensation your solicitor will claim on your behalf depends only on what the injury is, how bad your pain symptoms are and how long the injury will affect you.

BUT compensation settlements for elbow injuries caused by a criminal act are less than when caused in an accident.

Some examples of the amounts of compensation you can expect for claims settling in 2013, include:

1. Minor elbow injury compensation calculator

Fracture to your elbow, tennis elbow, golfers elbow with your pain symptoms resolving within a few years will lead to compensation calcualtor of: up to £8,000

2. Elbow surgery required with ongoing symptoms average compensation payouts

When you suffer tennis elbow and golfers elbow together requiring surgery, affecting your ability to work and with ongoing pain symptoms - average compensation payouts are: up to £15,000

3. Disabling elbow injury compensation amounts

Elbow fractures and injuries which permanently disable the function of your elbow will lead to your compensation calcualted: up to £35,000

Summary Of Compensation Amounts For Elbow Injuries Including Tennis Elbow And Golfers Elbow

On this page you have seen medically what your elbow joint is, how it can be injured and how much UK compensation you can expect for tennis elbow, golfers elbow and other elbow injuries.

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