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We can help you claim compensation for an upper body injury

An upper body injury is any injury which affects the area from the top of your head down to your waist, including your shoulders and arms.

We know that upper body injuries can have major repercussions on your career, finances and social activities, not to mention the pain and isolation of being unable to get on with your everyday life.

Upper body injuries can stop you from being able to drive and can be costly, due to you having to take time off work while you recover. This can add stress to your situation which you shouldn't have to put up with.

At National Accident Helpline, we have two decades of experience in helping people to claim the compensation they deserve after a number of injury and accident types. We've helped two million people just like you find out if they can claim, making us the UK's most trusted personal injury specialists.

Aside from offering specialist solicitors for you to speak to, our main aim is to provide you with the help and advice you need. If you'd like to know whether you could make a claim or would just like confidential support with no obligations, you can get in touch for free on  or fill in our short online form to request a call back.

In most cases, if you answer yes to the below then there's a good chance we'll be able to help you make a claim.

  • Were you injured as a result of your accident?
  • Did your accident happen in the last three years?
  • Was your accident somebody else's fault?

We realise that you may be unsure as to whether the accident was your fault, as it can often be difficult to tell who was responsible for an injury. The best way to find out is to get in touch with our legally trained advisors for free on .

All of our advisors go through an intensive training program so that they're able to offer you the best possible advice and can let you know whether they think you have a claim, usually on the same call.

What happens if you have a claim?

If you're eligible to claim and you decide to go ahead, we'll put you in touch with a specialist solicitor to suit your particular case. This saves you the stress and hassle of searching for the right solicitor yourself.

Your solicitor will be able to answer any questions you may have, and will be your point of contact throughout the claims process.

They'll work hard to negotiate with the other party on your behalf, so that you can get the full amount of compensation you're owed for your upper body injury.

Find out more about the standards we hold our solicitors to.

How we choose our solicitors to handle your claims

Find out more about the standards we hold our solicitors to.

There are a huge number of different types of upper body injury. Below are just a few examples of injuries we've helped people to claim for in the past:

If your injury isn't listed, then don't worry. If your accident happened in the last three years and wasn't your fault, then there's still a very good chance we'll be able to help you.

We know injuries can happen from a wide variety of causes, including accidents at work, slips, trips and falls in public places, or car accident claims or any accident where you've been injured due to someone else's negligence.

For more information and free advice, or to find out whether we think you have a claim, you can get in touch on .

How is upper body accident injury compensation structured?

An exact compensation figure won't be available until your solicitor has valued your claim and started negotiating with the other side, However, there are guideline ranges set by the Judicial College. The Judicial College is part of the Ministry of Justice. 

Below we've included some examples of general damages for upper body injuries from the 15th and latest edition of the guidelines.  General damages compensate for pain, suffering and ‘loss of amenity.' Loss of amenity means the impact the injuries have had on your life. These include the everyday things you used to take for granted that you might no longer be able to do as a result of the injury.

Injury typeCompensation range
Loss of spleen with low risk of future infection£3,710 - £8,110
Fractured ribs Up to £3,710.00
Severe arm injury£82,040 - £122,860
Moderate shoulder injury £6,730 - £11,980
Serious damage to both hands£47,550 - £79,360
Loss of a thumb£30,300 - £51,460
Wrist injury causing permanent pain and stiffness£10,750 - £22,990
Severe, disabling elbow injury£33,430 - £51,460

We treat each case on an individual basis to ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation you're owed. Your solicitor will take into account any expenses as a result of your upper body injury, as well as the impact it has had on your life and your family.

For example, the compensation you could receive could help to cover the costs of:

  • Lost earnings due to time off work now and in the future
  • The future impact on your employment opportunities
  • The impact on leisure and social activities
  • Medical treatment, physiotherapy, equipment and modifications to your home or vehicle
  • Travel costs and care costs, even if this was given for free by a friend or family member
  • Loss of spare time activities and social life, for example if you're no longer able to take part in a hobby or sport

We realise that some upper body injuries are particularly serious or severe, and can have life-changing consequences for both you and your family.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a major upper body injury, we know how difficult it can be to deal with the emotional impacts, and you may be left feeling isolated and alone.

Whether you're trying to adjust after a life-changing accident, or are looking to be compensated for the lost earnings and emotional stress you're likely to have experienced, we can help.

Our solicitors will always try to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve to make sure the impact of your injury is fully covered. Find out more about making a serious injury claim.

Due to the fact that your compensation is calculated for your particular situation, it's not possible for us to tell you how much you could receive. However, you can use our industry leading compensation calculator to get an estimate of how much you may be owed.

Our calculator asks some questions about your accident and injury and then provides a guideline amount based on previous cases similar to yours.

Making a claim with us is risk-free. This is because all of our solicitors can help you make your claim on a no win no fee basis. Quite simply, no win no fee means that in the unlikely event your case isn't successful, then you won't be charged a penny.

You've been through enough, so we try to make sure there are no more unwelcome surprises and that you won't be left out of pocket.

In some rare cases you may not be able to make your claim on a no win no fee basis. If this applies to you, your solicitor will let you know beforehand and will be happy discuss your options with you.

Read more about our no win no fee agreement.