Arm & Shoulder Injury Compensation
Arm and shoulder injuries can be very distressing, but rest assured you’re not alone. If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and have suffered injuries to your arms and/or shoulders as a result, then Smith Jones Solicitors are here to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Arm and shoulder injuries can occur as a result of a variety of different accidents, ranging from relatively minor injuries to the most severe. These can result in the loss of full use of the arm, or even loss of the arm itself. These injuries can be life-changing, especially if suffered to the dominant arm or both arms.
Smith Jones has advised people in relation to many arm injuries, including:
- Cuts and deep lacerations
- Bruising and swelling
- Broken or fractured bones
- Loss of fingers or hand
- Loss of arm(s)
- Injuries resulting from an industrial accident or disease
- Brachial Plexus Injury
There are many situations that could result in an arm or shoulder injury, with the most common being accidents on the road, work accidents (especially construction, dangerous machinery and farming) or sport injuries . These injuries can take anywhere between a couple of weeks to an entire lifetime to recover from. If you have suffered injuries after an accident that wasn’t your fault, then the team at Smith Jones can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
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Arm & Shoulder Claim Types:
LACERATIONS, CUTS & WOUNDS
The primary concern when you’ve received a cut, laceration or bad graze is to stop the bleeding. When you’ve managed to do this, the wound must then be cleaned properly and dressed to avoid any infection. If there is anything in the cut such as stones or dirt, or it appears to be becoming infected, then you should go to your GP and they may prescribe a course of antibiotics.
Small scrapes and cuts constitute ‘minor’ injuries, and they usually accompany larger injuries to the body. If your cut is deep into your skin, or more than 5cm in length, then it’s advisable you pay a visit to A&E.
Swelling and bruising also fall under the minor injury category, but they may only be an indication of something worse under the skin such as a broken bone or ruptured muscle or ligament. If your elbow is swollen because of an accident and you’re suffering a great deal of pain, then you should definitely visit a doctor, as this can be an indication of internal damage to joints.
If you have an elbow injury, complications such as gout or DVT can occur. These may swell the joint or cause bruising, and require additional treatment to lessen the symptoms. It can be extremely painful, or even fatal if left, so it’s always advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Sometimes smaller injuries to the elbow may be overlooked. Our team of expert personal injury solicitors weigh up all possibilities when making a claim for you and aim to get you the best level of compensation for the damage possible. If you want to find out more about the compensation you could be entitled to, use our compensation calculator or get in touch.
TORN MUSCLES / LIGAMENTS
A tear of your rotator cuff occurs when tendons or muscles become either partially or completely torn. There are many ways that this can happen, including falling awkwardly, an accident such as on a car or bike, or through repeated wear and tear (which also includes ‘Impingement Syndrome’). The risk of obtaining this type of injury is higher for individuals who work in a job which requires the same repetitive shoulder movement for many hours in the day, with painters and window cleaners being very common sufferers.
A bicep can be ruptured when the muscle detaches itself from where it is supposed to be attached to the elbow. The symptoms of this are visible and include weak elbow movement, visible purple bruising around the area, and occasionally a bulge can also be seen in the upper part of the arm.
LIMITED USE OF ARM
Sometimes an accident can occur which leaves you with the limited use of one or both arms, severely limiting your upper body. This can be due to a torn ligament, or the arm being crushed. We use our arms every day for a variety of tasks, and having one arm not working properly, or only capable of basic movements, can have a severe impact on your quality of life.
BROKEN OR FRACTURED BONES
Broken bones can cause a lot of distress after the break occurs, and the implications can last for months. Having a broken bone often also means taking weeks off work or college to heal. With a broken arm you often cannot type on a computer or lift anything heavy, and if you have a broken leg, you may be unable to even leave your home. We aim to recover your losses in situations like these which may have affected your potential earnings and income.
LOSS OF FINGERS OR HANDS
Losing a hand, or even just a finger, can be devastating both physically and emotionally. It is an injury that will stay with you for the rest of your life and can severely affect the extent to which you go about your day to day activities. We use our hands daily for all manner of tasks, from opening a bottle to reading a book, and not having the proper functional use of your appendages is extremely upsetting. If your injury has been caused at work where proper safety precautions weren’t followed or the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then we are able to help you make a claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
LOSS OF ARM(S)
So many things require the use of both arms, from driving to simply preparing a meal. As such, the loss of a full arm, or even both arms, can have drastic consequences on your mental wellbeing, quality of life and the well-being of your loved ones. In the event that you have suffered such a tragic accident then the team at Smith Jones will work to get you the full compensation that you deserve. We understand that this is a life-changing event, and ensure that your rewarded amount will assist you both now and in the future.
INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS / DISEASES
There are strict rules and guidelines in place to prevent industrial accidents and diseases, unfortunately, however, they are still very common. If you or a family member have been the victim of an industrial accident such as a fall, crush injury or a machine fault, then contact Smith Jones and we’ll help you get your life back on track.