Upper Limbs


The term ‘upper limb injury’ refers to injuries to the shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists and hands (including fingers and thumbs). These can range from sprains and ligament damage, to broken and fractured bones, and amputations. The impact of any upper limb injury can be considerable because we require the use of our arms and hands for almost all day-to-day activities; such as personal care, household chores, working, using a computer, driving etc.

If you have suffered an upper limb injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault, we can help to get the compensation you need to help you get on the road to recovery.

We operate on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning that there no upfront costs to you. We offer a free initial, no-obligation assessment of your case.

Call us on 0161 225 8181 to discuss your claim, or submit your details below and we’ll call you back at a time convenient for you.

What are common upper limb injuries?

Common upper limb injuries include:

  • Hand or wrist fractures: can result from the force from a sports injury, a fall or from a road traffic accident. A fracture can result in significant loss of movement in the hand and wrist.
  • Hand or wrist sprains: A sprain is the result of the stretching or tearing of ligaments. It can involve pain, swelling, loss of mobility and bruising in the hand and wrist.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: This is very common amongst office workers and people who have jobs which involve repetitive hand movements. It causes a compression of the median nerve in the wrist, leading to pain, numbness and pins and needles.
  • Vibration White Finger: This is a vascular condition that effects industrial workers who spend the majority of their time operating vibrating hand tools and machinery. It causes tingling and numbness in your fingers, along with cold induced spasms which cause the fingers or fingertips to turn white due to lack of blood supply.
  • Tennis elbow: Involves pain and discomfort in the forearm, due to repeated bending and flexing of the muscles.
  • Rotator cuff syndrome: The tearing of muscles and tendons around the shoulder. This can be caused by heavy lifting and pulling.
  • Limb Amputation: If you have suffered catastrophic injuries this may result in amputation.

What is recovery time like for an upper limb injury?

Where the injury is minor, say a soft tissue injury such as a sprained wrist or strained shoulder, then recovery could be relatively quick, perhaps lasting no more than a few weeks or months and causing little disruption.

A more serious injury, such as a broken hand, wrist or elbow, may require surgery, immobilisation in plaster, and a course of physiotherapy before a full recovery is achieved. Even without complications the recovery period could be lengthy, say several months to a year, and may require a period of absence from work.

A life changing injury, such as a limb amputation, will require specialist intervention and treatment. In addition, there may need to be adaptations to your home, your car and your place of work as a result.

How much compensation will I receive?

There is no hard and fast rule for what a upper limb compensation claim may be worth. It depends on the severity of the injury, and also how long it is likely to take to settle down. 

How much will it cost to make a claim?

United Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis

Why choose us to pursue your claim?

We help thousands of clients per year with their personal injury claims. We will work hard to get the deserved compensation for your injury and we will give you clear, jargon free advice and guidance so you can be in complete control of your claim.

We will:

  1. Agree to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis which means you pay nothing to us but you might be liable to pay the defendant costs if you lose and
  2. Make sure you receive your maximum entitlement to compensation. We won’t settle for less.

How long will my claim take?

The answer varies depending on the seriousness of the injury. A simple upper limb injury can be settled within 6 months but only where liability is admitted, the medical prognosis is certain and the insurance company is prepared to make a reasonable offer. More essentially, United Solicitors will make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

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