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Shoulder Injury Compensation
Shoulder injuries can be both painful and, of course, extremely inconvenient – particularly if you find yourself having to take time off work – or have to attend regular medical appointments such as physiotherapy.
If you’ve been involved in any type of accident that simply wasn’t your fault, then Smith Jones Solicitors are here to help you make a claim for the maximum compensation which you might be entitled to.
Shoulder injuries can occur through all sorts of accidents – ranging from relatively minor injuries (such as a pulled joint) right through to more troublesome (and longer lasting) injuries such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
As might be expected, there are numerous situations which might easily result in a shoulder injury being sustained – with the most common being accidents on the road and work accidents (particularly within the construction, machinery and farming industry). These types of injury can take anywhere between a couple of weeks to an entire lifetime to recover from – but that’s where we’re here to help.
Smith Jones Solicitors have successfully advised and represented numerous clients in relation to many shoulder injury claims, including:
- Rotator cuff strain (an injury or inflammation in one of the main tendons in the shoulder, often resulting from bursitis, tendinitis or strain – typically caused by continual overhead lifting motions)
- Dislocated shoulders
- Impingement syndrome (typically caused by friction between the shoulder blade and rotator cuff)
- Bursitis (which can often be accompanied by swelling, leading to impingement syndrome, which in itself can eventually tear the shoulder muscle)
- Fractured shoulders (which are most typically experienced as a result of a road traffic incident or even through a simple slip, trip or fall)
- Full or partial fractures involving the collarbone, shoulder or breastbone
- Degenerative diseases such as arthritis or osteoporosis
- Shoulder strain, brittle bones and calcium deposits
Our legal team specialises in dealing with accident and personal injury claims only. We have been providing legal services in the UK since 1988 and are accredited through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as The Law Society and, are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
Shoulder Injury Compensation Payouts
|Body Area||Injury Type||Injury Severity||Compensation Amount Guideline|
|Shoulder||Shoulder||Minor||£1,000.00 – £6,920.00|
|Moderate||£6,920.00 – £11,200.00|
|Moderately Severe||£11,200.00 – £16,830.00|
|Severe||£16,830.00 – £42,110.00|
The shoulder injury claim value that you may be entitled to will depend on a whole host of different factors, so it’s very difficult to provide you with an approximate amount.
Why not use our websites interactive shoulder injury compensation calculator, (click here: https://smithjonessolicitors.co.uk/claims-calculator/) the amount you might be entitled to claim will vary massively from case to case. However, one of our experienced advisers will be able to assist you on this and we’ll always help you as much as we possibly can.
Chronic Shoulder Pain
The shoulder has an extremely wide and versatile range of motion so when something goes wrong it can quickly hinder your ability to move freely and is certainly capable of causing a great deal of pain and discomfort.
The shoulder itself is a ball and socket type joint which has three main bones – the humerus (the long arm bone), the clavicle (collarbone) and the scapula (the shoulder blade). All these bones are cushioned by a layer of cartilage and make up two main joints.
The acromioclavicular joint is located between the highest part of the scapula and the clavicle whereas the glenohumeral joint is made up of the top, ball-shaped part of the humerus bone and the outer edge of the scapula. This joint is more commonly referred to as the shoulder joint, it is the most mobile joint in the body and its main purpose is to move the shoulder backwards and forward. However, it also allows the arm to move in a circular motion and to move up – and away – from the body.
Shoulders get their range of motion from the rotator cuff which is made up of four tendons – or tissues which connect the muscles to the bone. If the tendons or bones around the rotator cuff are damaged or swollen then it’s likely that you’ll find it extremely difficult and painful to lift your arm over your head – and this can naturally be extremely frustrating.
Suffice it to say, the shoulders are extremely complex and can quickly become injured through a number of activities or incidents – and even through repetitive movement – which is commonly experienced within the workplace when employers fail to provide their staff with the correct handling or manoeuvring techniques (thus falling foul of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974).
What should I do if I’m suffering from shoulder pain?
As with any other type of injury, if you find yourself suffering from any type of shoulder pain – particularly after an accident – then you should seek urgent medical attention.
In some cases, your own GP or local A&E Department might suggest further examination on the affected area, such as x-rays, so that they can properly identify any areas for concern and then suggest any relevant treatment to help speed up your recovery.
Shoulder Pain Due To An Accident
If your shoulder pain is caused as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault then we’d certainly advise you to contact one of our team as soon as possible so that we can look at any possible claim for compensation on your behalf.
The main purpose of compensation is to put you back into the position you would have been in had the accident not occurred. This means that you might well be able to claim for any associated losses arising from your incident, such as loss of earnings, prescription charges, travel expenses, medical fees and so on, including compensation for a shoulder injury requiring surgery.
To enable us to make a full assessment of your potential shoulder injury claim, we might recommend that you see a medical professional who specialises in shoulder injuries so that they can properly assess your injuries and also give some indication as to how long your injury might take to recover. This is important information for us since we’ll then be able to liaise with the other party to arrange for any future requirements you might have – such as extended time off work, future prescription costs and (in more serious cases) even domestic help with daily chores, such as housework, shopping, gardening and so on.
How Long Will The Claim Process Take?
Again, there’s no definitive answer as to how long your shoulder injury compensation claim might take to process. If the other party involved with your incident admits liability straightaway, then the chances are we’ll be able to process your claim quite quickly (and sometimes, without the need to obtain further evidence from expert witnesses, such as medical consultants and so on).
If, on the other hand, the other party either completely denies liability – or if they feel that you were partly to blame for the incident (otherwise known as “contributory negligence”) – then we might need to obtain further evidence, and this can often mean we won’t usually recommend settlement straight away.