arm injury claim compensation

Arm Injury Claim Payouts: Compensation Amounts From Broken Bones To Amputation

There are many different parts of your arm that you might suffer injury to and so long as someone is considered legally at fault for your injury – it is likely you will be able to claim compensation

In this article we set out the criteria necessary to make an arm injury claim; the two main types of compensation that can form part of your personal injury claim; the different injuries you can suffer to your forearm and upper arm (from a broken arm to an amputation).

We set out a summary table and later detailed examples of compensation settlement amounts for various different types of arm injury claim..

Payouts Table For Arm Injury Claims In 2024

Our table gives a quick summary of how much compensation you can claim for pain and suffering for various different types of arm injury.

More Detailed Calculations
Read on – our article explains how these payouts are calculated and describes additional compensation that you can claim.
Arm InjuryAverage Claim Payout
Simple fracture£6,500 – £19,000
Fracture
(ongoing pain)
£19,000 – £39,000
Fractures
(modest disability)
£39,000 – £60,000
Multiple broken bones
(significant disability)
£96,000 – £131,000
Amputation
(below elbow)
£96,000 – £110,000
Amputation
(one or both arms)
£110,000 – £300,000

What is an arm injury claim?

If you suffer an injury to your arm as a result of an accident or due to some form of negligence you might be entitled to make an “arm injury claim” for compensation against the person considered as a matter of law to be responsible for your injury.

Arm injuries might include – a broken or fractured bone, torn ligament or tendon or other soft tissue muscle damage –

The parts of your arm that can be injured

Upper and lower arm

Your arm is the limb which extends from your shoulder to your wrist and is made up of the upper arm (extending from your shoulder to your elbow) and the forearm or lower arm (extending from your elbow to your wrist).

Upper arm

When doctors refer to your arm – they will normally be referring to your upper arm, but the common usage of the word in everyday society includes the upper arm and the forearm.

Humerus bone

The upper arm includes one major bone (known as the humerus), muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Biceps and triceps muscles

Two of the major muscles are the biceps (on the inside of your arm) and the triceps (on the outside of your arm).

Forearm

The forearm has two major bones known as the ulna and radius and consists of various muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Elbow and wrist injury claim payouts

Although the elbow and wrist clearly form part of your arm – the injuries you might suffer to each can be varied.

For this reason – we recommend you see our elbow injury and a wrist injury articles to find out the compensation amounts you can expect to recover for different types of injury to your wrist and elbow.

How do you know if someone is legally to blame for your injured arm?

Showing someone is legally at fault for your arm injury can be a complex matter – relying on an intricate knowledge of the law for your specific accident type.

Consult With A Solicitor To Determine Fault
The law in the UK is designed to protect innocent accident victims in many ways – most of which you probably not be aware of. Therefore, knowing who is legally at fault is not always as obvious as you may imagine.
Thus, we recommend the best approach is to consult with a personal injury solicitor as to whether someone can be shown to be “legally responsible” for your injury.
Example of showing fault for an accident

Imagine you buy a new cycle bike and that bike malfunctions causing an injury to your arm. It is likely the manufacturer of the bike will be legally liable for a defective product.

You only need to show that the bike was faulty and the manufacturer will be “strictly liable” for injuries caused.

In other words – you do not have to show how the manufacturer was at fault or how the defect occurred – only that the defect did occur and that defect caused your injury. Thereafter the manufacturer will be legally liable meet arm injury claim for compensation.

How does your solicitor decide how much compensation you can claim?

There are two main types of compensation which will form part of your arm injury claim:

Compensation for pain and suffering for your arm injury

Compensation for pain and suffering describes what the UK courts have decided over many years certain types of injury are worth.

Medical expert prognosis

Your lawyer will instruct a medical expert – most likely a consultant orthopaedic surgeon – to complete a medical report describing your injuries.

The report will include a prediction into the future (known as a prognosis) as to how long it will take for your symptoms of pain to resolve and whether there will be any future complications.

Comparison with previous claims decided by the courts

Thereafter, your solicitor will find awards for similar injuries made by the court in the past and so allowing the amount of compensation you should recover for pain and suffering to be determined.

arm fracture claim payouts
Arm Fracture Claim Payouts

Compensation for your financial losses and expenses

The financial losses and expenses you are entitled to claim in compensation will depend entirely on your circumstances.

Examples include:

Lost income

You might have to have time off work to recover from a broken arm and so you can claim lost income; you might have medical expenses such as pain killers (keep your receipts and you can claim this money back).

Travel expenses to hospital / GP

You might regularly travel to the hospital and your GP for treatment. Keep your receipts and however you travel you will be able to claim. If you drive or are driven by a friend or family member – keep a record of the mileage (and hospital parkin expenses) as rate can be claimed.

Nursing help / care and assistance from family

You could claim the expense of nursing help – should you need a nurse to look after you at your home.

You could claim a rate for the equivalent of nursing assistance if a friend or family member helps you in the home due to your injuries.

Examples of help could be – help with bathing and cooking whilst your arm is in a cast.

Keep Records Of Time Spent And Receipts
It is down to you to prove every aspect of your claim, including or your financial losses.
Keep a detailed record of all time spent, who was providing the help and all receipts.

Average compensation payout amounts for your arm injury claim

See our examples of compensation payouts in 2024 for pain and suffering for different types arm injury claim.

Simple fracture arm injury claim settlements

You may experience soft tissue injuries (muscle, ligament, tendon damage) and a simple fracture or broken bone. Bones affected can be in the forearm or upper arm (ulna, radius or humerus).

Should such a fracture heal quickly with no ongoing problems – you could expect an average payout of between £6,500 – £19,000.

Fractured forearm or upper arm with ongoing symptoms

Your broken arm may take some time to heal and you may be left with a small degree of ongoing pain. In this example – your average arm injury claim payout will be worth between £19,000 – £39,000.

Serious fractures with ongoing disability

You may experience more serious fractures, which heal leaving some significant symptoms and some disability to the function of your arm. Disability can include cosmetic disability.

However, remaining symptoms may still allow your arm to function effectively.

Here, you can expect an arm injury claim payout of between £39,000 – £60,000.

Multiple broken bones with serious disability

The most serious arm injuries (falling short of amputation) can include multiple broken bones which do not heal correctly and leave significant disability and ongoing pain.

You can expect to claim a compensation payout of between £96,000 – £131,000.

Below elbow amputation average payouts

Arm injuries resulting in the need to amputate below your elbow and through the forearm leaving severe physical and phantom pains – will lead to an average compensation payout between £96,000 – £110,000.

Amputation of one or both of your arms

In the most extreme cases – one or both arms might have to be amputated. Amputation of the arm can take several different forms: either a below elbow amputation, an above elbow amputation or an amputation of the arm at the shoulder.

The more of your arm that is removed in the amputation the more compensation your arm injury claim is worth. The most compensation you can expect will be for both your arms being amputated at the shoulder.

The range of compensation you can expect for an arm injury amputation claim is between £110,000 – £300,000.

Summary of arm injury claim compensation amounts

In this article you have seen the different parts of the arm that can be injured together with how much compensation your solicitor may be able to recover for each type of injury (from minor soft tissue injury, to multiple fractures and amputation).

Select from our specialist solicitor free help options – to see the range of free legal help we offer – which includes asking an online question, having your arm injury claim assessed or speaking direct to one of our specialist personal injury solicitors.