Elbow Injury Claims
Our elbow claims solicitors are here 7 days a week to help you make a claim for compensation if you have had a injury that was not your fault.
Elbow injuries can range from minor annoyances to major, debilitating injuries which prevent you being able to carry out many of the tasks we take for granted everyday. If you suffered an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This could be because you injured your elbow in a public place such as a supermarket or a library, during a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, following an accident at work or as a result of a violent crime such as assault.
No matter how your elbow injury occurred, we want to help you get justice for what has happened. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. Our highly trained team of personal injury solicitors will listen to the details of your case, ensuring that we understand exactly what happened to you, how your accident or injury occurred, who was to blame, the full extent of the damage done to you and the impact this has had and continues to have on your life. This will allow us to give you the best possible advice regarding the probability of success with your claim and the amount of compensation you might receive.
Common Reasons Why Elbow Injury Claims Occur
Elbow injuries are reasonably common, whether in sports or as a result of a fall or other accident. Usually, these will heal within a few days with appropriate rest, ice and elevation of the arm. If your injury is more serious than this, you can require surgery or even find yourself with permanently reduced mobility and strength. Common elbow injuries include:
Fractures are breaks to the bone, and can be of varying severity. They can occur at the head of the bones forming the elbow joint and can be either to the cup-shaped piece of bone that goes on the outside of the elbow joint (olecranon) or the two more rounded pieces that sit inside this ‘cup’. Fractures can be simple (where the bone breaks but doesn’t move far from where it is supposed to be) or compound (where one or more broken ends of the bone have broken the skin and can be seen from outside the body).
Elbow dislocations are usually due to a fall onto an extended elbow, although they are also known to be relatively common sporting injuries as well. A dislocated elbow is very painful and requires medical attention to make sure that it is put back into its correct position as soon as possible. Once you have suffered an elbow dislocation, you at a greater risk of suffering a second dislocation, a long-term consequence of your accident or injury which must be taken into account when calculating the amount of compensation you are due for your elbow injury.
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
RSI is caused by making the same movements over and over again, causing the ligaments to become inflamed and sore. This can lead to all movements with the affected joint becoming painful. Because of the nature of the injury, RSI is most often found in a work environment, if your job requires many movements of the same type. It is essential that you are given proper support from your employer if you have these tasks as part of your job role, ensuring that your working environment is ergonomically designed (this means that it is adapted to fit the way our bodies move, rather than expecting our bodies to conform to the space available) and that sufficient protective gear including elbow braces are available. It may also mean that they are required to provide you with regular breaks or changes of task to ensure that you do not develop this kind of injury.
- Tennis or Golfers Elbow
Tennis elbow (technically lateral epicondylitis) or golfers elbow (technically medial epicondylitis) is different to a typical RSI in that it is the tendons and, to a lesser extent, the muscles surrounding the elbow that are damaged. It is still caused by carrying out repetitive actions over an extended period of time. Usually, it is possible to allow tennis or golfers elbow to heal through the use of rest and supporting the joint whenever rest is not possible. Sometimes, however, physiotherapy may be needed to help with the rehabilitation of the muscles and even surgery to help repair the tendon damage.
Bursitis often occurs following a severe blow to the elbow. It is an infection or inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that surround our joints to help protect them. When these sacs become damaged, you may experience a range of symptoms including visible swelling around the area, a reduced range of motion where you cannot fully straighten or bend the arm anymore and pain and tenderness when touching or moving the joint. In some cases, this can become a chronic pain where it is sore even when you are not moving or touching the joint. Bursitis will usually heal by itself, but extreme cases may require surgery. This is an extremely painful condition and it may be important for you take a significant period of rest from work.
This is not an exhaustive list of elbow injuries, and you may well still be able to make a claim for compensation for your elbow injury even if it is not listed above. If your elbow injury was caused by something in your workplace or an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced, as well as for the loss of earnings you may have incurred. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to find out whether you can make an elbow injury claim.
What If I Can’t Afford To Make A Claim For My Elbow Injury?
We understand that legal fees can be very expensive, and we don’t believe that anyone should be barred from seeking justice for their elbow injury through a lack of money. As a result, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the vast majority of our clients. A no win no fee agreement means that you don’t have to make any payments up front and you will not have to pay a penny if we are unable to get you the compensation you deserve. Additionally, we want to make sure that you get the benefit of the compensation you are awarded. This means that we have capped our fees as a percentage of your compensation award, meaning that you will always receive the lion’s share of the payment. We want you to be able to get justice for the accident or injury that you have suffered without having to worry about the cost. This frees you up to concentrate on getting better while we pursue your elbow injury claim.
Our expert team of elbow injury claims solicitors are here to help with our free, no obligation consultation. This allows you to be in control of the process at all times. If you think that you might be able to make a compensation claim for an accident or injury to your elbow, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form.
What Is The Process For Starting A Elbow Injury Claim?
In order to make a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim, you first need to sign a no win no fee agreement with us. This allows us to act on your behalf. Once we have this, we will;
- Write to the other party notifying them that you are making a personal injury claim against them for the accident or injury you have sustained to your elbow. We will ask them to accept liability (this is the legal term for accepting that they are responsible for what happened) and give them a deadline by which they have to respond. In most cases, the other person or organisation will accept that they are to blame.
- If the other party does not accept that they were the cause of the accident or injury that you suffered, we will gather evidence in support of your claim. This could be in the form of witness statements, photographs, police reports or testimony from experts in health and safety or a related field. Once we have gathered this evidence, liability is agreed in almost all cases.
- In the unlikely event that we have to go to court to progress your elbow injury claim, we will make sure that you are supported and informed throughout. This is essential to giving you the peace of mind you need to concentrate on your recovery while we deal with getting you the compensation you deserve.
- Once liability has been agreed, we will also conduct the negotiations on your behalf. This means that we will be talking to the other party, listening to how much they offer, bringing that offer to you for a decision and putting forward our reasons for why you deserve a higher payment if you decline their offer. Negotiations can leave many of our clients feeling unsure and unsettled, as it can be hard for you to know how much compensation is a fair reflection of the pain, suffering and difficulties you have experienced. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors have years of experience handling these negotiations and will be able to give you the benefit of this experience making sure that you feel sure in your decisions as to whether to accept or reject a compensation offer. Although we will be conducting the negotiations for you, you remain in control of the process at all times. We will inform you of any and all offers of compensation and give you our opinion as to whether we think it is fair or not. Either way, the final decision is yours and we will support you in this.
We want to help you to get compensation for your elbow accident or injury. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form, for a no obligation consultation and find out how much compensation you may be entitled to.