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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For An Arm Injury Caused By A Car Accident
- What Is An Arm Injury?
- Top 3 Common Arm Injury Caused By A Car Accident Examples
- Personal Injury Compensation Claims Calculations From Our Team
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £28,000 For An Arm Injury Caused By A Car Accident
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- More Resources And Guides On Arm Injuries Caused By A Car Accident
- Arm Injury Caused By A Car Accident FAQs
This page is written to help you get a handle on how much compensation you could be entitled to and how it would be calculated if you have been in a car accident that has injured your arm. If you have been injured in a road accident caused by a negligent road user then you could have a valid claim for compensation. While compensation can be awarded for the pain and suffering you have endured it could also be claimed for any losses you have experienced due to the injury. This guide shall explore the different types of damages you could claim.
This page is about how compensation is calculated, and what types of compensation is available. It also relates to the specific details of arm injuries that could be caused by car accidents. It does this by relating an example case study. If you would like an elaboration on anything you read here, or if you would like to talk about making a claim, get in touch with us. You can do this through the contact details we have provided.
Arms injuries can come in all different kinds and severities. Moreover, they can affect different parts of the arm. Injuries to the arm can range from those that amount to a mere inconvenience, with temporary pain and loss of mobility, to injuries causing the permanent loss of the use of the arm. Being able to use our arms and hands is something we usually take for granted. However, arms are vital for our ability to go about our day-to-day activities. Even a less serious injury could mean severe disruptions in your life, at least in the short term. According to the NHS, a broken arm or a broken wrist usually take between 6 to 8 weeks to fully heal, but in more severe cases this can take much longer.
You could potentially suffer a broken arm and not realise it at first. Some of the symptoms you should look out for in a broken arm, especially if you have been in a car accident are:
- Difficulty moving the arm
- Numbness and tingling
- The sound or sensation of snapping when the accident occurred.
If you experience any of these issues, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can. Visit this NHS website on arm and elbow injury symptoms for more information.
Road users owe each other a duty of care via the Highway Code and The Road Traffic Act 1988. If you are injured in a car accident that you were not to blame for, and you can provide proof of who was at fault and how you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. In many cases, this would be another driver who, through negligence or unlawful driving, has caused the accident. If the driver can be proven to have caused the accident then a compensation claim could be made against them. And, if successful, they could be made to pay compensation through their insurance policy.
In different circumstances, other parties could be held liable for the accident, or responsible for paying compensation. You could have the right to bring a claim against a public transport operator company if they are at fault for the road accident. Or against the authority responsible for maintaining and managing the road you were driving on if the state of the road caused your accident.
In some situations, you might not be able to identify the driver responsible because it was a hit and run accident, or may not be able to receive compensation because the driver was driving without car insurance. In these instances, The Motor Insurance Bureau can handle such situations. If you would like more general information on making road traffic accident injury claims, read this article. Below are some of the common ways in which road traffic accidents occur.
Head-on collisions are when cars impact front bumper to front bumper. This usually occurs when two cars are travelling in opposite directions, when one car tries to over take another going into the path of the on coming traffic. Or a car that has travelled down the wrong way in a one-way street. Head-on collisions are often the most dangerous, They can cause serious injuries.
Read end bumps are when one car runs headfirst into the rear end of another car. These are common accidents at junctions, traffic lights and roundabouts. They are commonly the result of another car not leaving enough stopping distance.
Multiple Car Pile Ups
Multi-car pile-ups are road traffic accidents involving multiple different cars. They often occur when an accident happens so rapidly on a stretch of road that’s so busy that multiple cars are affected, either by being hit all at once or by running into each other in rapid succession.
For more information on compensation for an arm injury from a car accident call our advisors. Through a free consultation, you can have your questions answered.
The amount of compensation you could receive for an injury depends on the type of injury you receive and its severity. You will receive more compensation if the injury is more severe. The severity is measured by a number of different factors. These include:
- The length of your recovery
- The degree of lasting damage
- Pain or lasting trauma
- The degree of disfigurement
Among other things, these effects will have to be proven of course. Acquiring proof will usually involve being seen by a doctor. You may need to see an independent medical specialist. Arranging a doctor’s appointment is usually part of the procedure when working to prepare for a case with your solicitor. If you would like free legal advice and consultation on how much compensation you could be entitled to claim, you can call our team and speak to one of our friendly advisors.
Special damages are the part of your compensation that is made up of money that is awarded to replace the money you have either been forced to spend or have lost out on because of your injury. An injury, particularly a debilitating one like an injury to the arm, can cause a big financial impact for many victims. Impacts can include:
- Losing wages from taking time off work.
- Losing bonuses from taking time off work.
- Cancelling plans such as holidays because of an injury.
- Paying for medical treatment or prescriptions
- Costs for home care support or home adaptions
- Paying for transport costs relating to the injury.
So long as you can provide evidence for the earnings you have lost or expenditure you have faced you could be entitled to claim back money. Examples of evidence you could use; receipts, tickets, payslips and other forms of paperwork.
The case study concerns Mr Sands, 32. Mr Sands was injured in a road accident that was no fault of his own and was left with an arm injury. The accident occurred while Mr Sands was driving along the main road. He was approaching a traffic light that had just turned from red to green, so he proceeded forward. However all of a sudden a car hit his driver door.
For a few moments after, Mr Sands did not actually know what had happened. He was really confused. Passerbyers were knocking on the window to make sure he was ok. Others were trying to open the door. The door was stuck. The next thing he heard was the emergency services. And by this time he had begun to feel the horrendous pain in his right arm.
The police became involved as Mr Sands received treatment at the hospital. He needed an operation to repair the fracture to his arm. Helpful witnesses to the accident provided their photos to the police and gave a statement collaborating Mr Sands’ account. It was proven that the driver who had crashed into Mr Sands had driven through a red light. He was liable for the accident. This meant Mr Sands was able to claim against his insurance policy for the damage to his car. But also for his injury and the subsequent costs he was going to face.
Mr Sands spoke with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor. He lost a few months’ worth of income due to having to take over two months off from work. As well as losing out on an attendance bonus that he was on course to receive. He was also faced with the additional costs of having to pay for public transport because he could not drive. Also paying for work that he had arranged to be done to his house that he would have otherwise performed himself. Mr Sands was also due to go on a rock-climbing trip just weeks after the accident occurred, and couldn’t because of his injury.
Mr Sands was awarded £28,000. This included both general damages as well as special damages. You can see in the table below how his compensation would have been broken down.
|General damages||Special damages|
|£24,000 for an arm injury requiring ongoing surgery and treatment.||£2,000 in lost income|
|£1000 in home renovation costs|
|£1000 for a cancelled holiday|
It is important to state that this case study is not based on an actual case. It’s an accumulation of past experiences of assessing personal injury cases.
You can get free legal advice with no obligation from our team of friendly advisors. Just call or send us a message to get in touch. While you may be slightly confused as to whether you could make a claim our advisors will be able to answer any questions you have. They can give you an assessment of whether or not your circumstances mean you may be eligible for compensation. Moreover, they could provide a valuation of the possible amount of compensation you could be entitled to.
Making a compensation claim isn’t something that should be needlessly overcomplicated by the costs of taking on a solicitor. You should only have to concern yourself with winning the case, not how you will afford the lawyer to begin the case in the first place. That’s why you ought to look for a solicitor who makes claims through No Win No Fee agreements like those on our panel do. Although you are well within your rights to pursue a claim alone solicitors have a vast amount of knowledge and experience.
No Win No Fee solicitors won’t charge legal fees’ from you if the case is unsuccessful, and will only charge fees if you are awarded compensation after a successful claim. You will pre-arrange the payment of the fees when you sign a contract with your solicitor. If the claim is successful the solicitor will take a percentage of what has been awarded. Importantly, this percentage is capped by law. If you would like to know more, please talk to our advisors.
Thank you for reading our guide on compensation for an arm injury from a car accident. You can get free legal advice from our team. We urge you to get in touch if there is anything you would like to know about making a compensation claim, such as how much your compensation might be worth. The consultation is free and you aren’t under any obligation to take the case further with us just because you have spoken to our advice team.
How Long After A Car Accident Can Injuries Appear?
The most severe kind of injuries will almost certainly be apparent immediately following the accident, but in some cases, symptoms could go unnoticed for days afterwards. You should always attempt to get medical attention following a car accident even if you don’t feel as though you have suffered serious harm.
How long do I have to make a car accident claim?
When making any personal injury claim there is a time limit. This means you have a certain amount of time to make a claim. While the time limit for most personal injury cases is three years the starting point can be different. There are also different time limits for children and those who do not have the mental capacity to claim themselves. For more information call our advisors on the number above.
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