Arm Injury – How Much?

August 16, 2017

Arm Injury how much can you claim?

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The Arm injury section covers injuries to the upper arm and the fore arm, along with the shoulder and sadly amputation or partial amputation. The range of award is huge as can be expected as a 2-week bruise will affect you little where as an amputation will have life changing effects.

Work-related Upper Limb Disorders
This section covers a range of upper limb injury in the form of the following pathological conditions from finger to elbow.

  • Tenosynovitis. Inflammation of synovial sheaths of tendons usually resolving with rest over a short period. Sometimes it leads to continuing symptoms of loss of grip and dexterity.
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. A form of tenosynovitis, rarely bilateral, involving inflammation of the tendons of the thumb.
  • Tenovaginitis steno-vans. Otherwise trigger finger/thumb: thickening of tendons.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. Constriction of the median nerve in the wrist or thickening of surrounding tissue, often relieved by decompression operation.
  • Epicondylitis. Inflammation in the elbow joint: medial (golfer’s elbow), lateral (tennis elbow).

The various levels of award below apply to each such condition. The following considerations affect the level of award regardless of the precise condition:

  1. Bilateral or one-sided
  2. Level of symptoms (pain, swelling, tenderness, crepitus)
  3. Ability to work
  4. Capacity to avoid recurrence of symptoms
(a) Continuing bilateral disability with surgery and loss of employment. £17,500 – £42,000
(b) Continuing symptoms, but fluctuating and unilateral. £14,000 – £28,000
(c) Symptoms resolving over two years £8,000 – £11,000
(d) Complete recovery within a short period To £8,000
  • Cases of Vibration White Finger

(This is not an orthopedic injury)

This is a particular form of Raynaud’s phenomenon caused by prolonged exposure to vibration.

(i) Extensive blanching of most fingers with episodes in summer and winter of such severity as to necessitate changing occupation to avoid further exposure to vibration. £17,500 – £28,000
(ii) Blanching of one or more fingers with numbness. Usually occurring only in winter and causing slight interference with home and social activities. £10,000 – £17,000
(iii) Blanching of one or more fingertips, with or without tingling and numbness. To £10,500

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 Injuries to the Elbow
(a) A Severely Disabling Injury £35,000 – £70,000
(b) Less Severe Injuries
These injuries lead to impairment of function but do not involve major surgery or significant disability.
£14,000 – £35,000
(c) Moderate or Minor Injury
Most elbow injuries fall into this category. They comprise a simple fracture, tennis elbow syndrome and lacerations; i.e. those injuries which cause no permanent damage and do not result in any permanent impairment of function.
To £14,000


Shoulder Injuries
(a) Serious Injury
Dislocation of the shoulder and damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus causing pain in shoulder and neck, aching in the elbow, sensory symptoms with forearm and hand and weakness of grip. The higher level would be appropriate where there is damage to the brachial plexus resulting in significant disability. This does not include injuries which fall more properly under loss of arm which is dealt with at para. D sub-para. (b) above.
£20,000 – £75,000
(b) Moderate Injury
Frozen shoulder with the limitation of movement and discomfort with symptoms persisting for some years.
£10,000 – £25,000
(c) Minor Injury
(i) Simple fracture of clavicle with good recovery
To £11,500
(ii) Soft tissue injury to shoulder with considerable pain but almost complete recovery in less than one year. To £10,000
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Severe Injuries
Injuries which in terms of their severity fall short of amputation but which are extremely serious in their own right and leave the Plaintiff little better off than if he had lost his arm.
£92,000 – £125,000
(b) Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement
Examples are serious fractures of one or both forearms where there is significant permanent residual disability whether functional or cosmetic.
£42,000 – £70,000
(c) Less Severe Injury
While there will have been significant disabilities, a substantial degree of recovery will have taken place or will be anticipated.
£14,000 – £42,000
(d) Simple Fractures of the Forearm To £14,000
(a) Loss of Both Arms
The high figure would normally apply where the arms are lost at the shoulder region.
£280,000 – £500,000
(b) Loss of One Arm
The value of a lost arm depends upon:

  1. Whether it is amputated below or above the elbow. The loss of the additional joint obviously adds greatly to the disability.
  2. Whether or not the amputation was the dominant arm.
  3. The intensity of any phantom pains
(1) Arm amputated at the shoulder £125,000 – £175,000
(2) Above elbow amputation
A shorter stump may create difficulties in the successful use of a prosthesis. This will make the level of the award towards the top end of the bracket. Amputation through the elbow, however, will normally produce an award at the lower end of the bracket.
£92,000 – £140,000
(3) Below elbow amputation
Amputation through the forearm with residual severe organic and phantom pains would attract an award at the upper end of the bracket.
£75,000 – £115,000


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