Shoulder injury claims are one of the more common types of accident claim our personal injury solicitors deal with.
We use our shoulders for numerous tasks, from lifting loads and playing sports to cooking, carrying bags, sewing and much, much more. As one of the more moveable joints in the body and considering they are almost constantly at work, natural injuries arising from wear and tear are common. Other problems could also result from the degenerative process of aging in which the tissues can no longer function as efficiently.
Some health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and heart disease could also result in frozen shoulder. These types of injuries are a normal part of life.
However, if you suffer any type of shoulder injury because of external reasons arising from somebody else’s fault, these are not considered to be ‘normal circumstances’. If your shoulder is injured because of another person’s negligence or mistake, you may be entitled to shoulder injury compensation for your pain, suffering and lost earnings. You may also be entitled to get all of your medical expenses reimbursed.
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1. Common Causes Of Shoulder Injury Claims
2. Starting A Shoulder Injury Compensation Claim
3. How Much Compensation For A Shoulder Injury?
4. Average Shoulder Injury Compensation Amounts
5. Advantages Of Hiring Our Personal Injury Solicitor
You cannot claim compensation for shoulder injuries that are due to natural causes but you may be entitled to compensation for shoulder injuries that are caused due to any of the following reasons:
- Broken shoulder bones resulting from a car crash or motorbike crash that was due to no fault of yours.
- Shoulder sprain due to lifting heavy loads in the workplace.
- Repetitive shoulder injury due to doing continuous repetitive work involving the shoulder.
- Dislocated or broken shoulder resulting from a slip, trip or fall in the supermarket, on the pavement, in a hotel or any other public place, whether indoors or outdoors.
- Broken or sprained shoulder resulting from a crash while cycling.
- Being struck by an object falling from height.
If you believe that your shoulder injury was due to the mistake or negligence of another person, whether it was an accident in the workplace, a road accident or a slip trip or fall in a public place, you should consider filing a shoulder injury claim for compensation.
First and foremost, if you have suffered a shoulder injury for whatever reason, the first thing to do is to seek medical attention. Some shoulder injuries may seem minor at first but there is no way to determine how much internal damage has been done. This damage could keep worsening without proper and timely medical attention.
Make sure you get a detailed diagnosis and prescribed treatment. Keep all records of the diagnosis, recommended treatment and any medicine prescriptions. Remember to keep all the bills for treatment and medication. You should also keep all your travel bills as you are entitled to be compensated for all travel expenses to and from the hospital or medical clinic.
If there were any witnesses when you were injured, get their contact details so your personal injury solicitor can get in touch with them to get more details and also to ask if they will stand witness for you if needed.
All shoulder injury claims must necessarily be filed within three years of the date of the accident. Filing your claim after three years could result in you having to forfeit any compensation unless you have a very valid reason for the delay. For example, if you became aware of the injury only later and if you have the medical records to prove it, you may be able to file the case 3 years from the date of awareness, not the date of the accident.
The table below highlights the amount of compensation you might expect to be awarded for a shoulder injury calculated by the severity.
|Severity of Shoulder Injury||Compensation Amount||Comments|
|Minor Shoulder Injury||£300 - £1,860||Almost complete recovery within 3 months,|
|Minor Shoulder Injury||£1,860 - £3,300||Almost complete recovery within 1 year,|
|Minor Shoulder Injury||£3,300 - £6,000||Almost complete recovery within 2 years,|
|Moderate Shoulder Injury||£6,000 - £9,700||Frozen shoulder injury with persistent symptoms for around 2 years.|
|Serious Shoulder Injury||£9,700 - £14,600||Dislocation, restricted movement, neck pai, sensory symptoms.|
|Severe Shoulder Injury||£14,600 - £36,500||Injury resulting in significant disability.|
There are two aspects to payouts awarded for shoulder injuries. The first aspect is general damages, which refers to the compensation awarded for your pain and suffering.
The second aspect is the monetary losses that you had to incur by way of medical treatment as well as loss of earnings because of having to stay away from work.
There is no straightforward calculation to determine the exact compensation for a shoulder injury. The amount you can expect to be awarded will depend on the severity of your injuries and the long-term effects of the injury on your life and your livelihood. Severe or long-term injuries that can reduce the quality of your life or restrict you from performing certain actions will typically earn the highest award.
- For minor soft tissue injuries to the shoulder that heal almost completely within 3 months you may be awarded up to £1,860.
- If the above minor injuries last to 2 years, the compensation may range between £3,300 and £6,000.
- The compensation for a frozen shoulder that lasts no more than 2 years, ranges from about £6,000 to £9,700.
- For dislocations, fractures, injured nerves and other serious injuries that affect you in the long-term, you may be awarded compensation in the range of £9,700 to £36,600.
* The amounts shown above are average shoulder injury compensation amounts. The compensation you might actually receive may vary based on the merits of your specific injury.
The best way to pursue an accident claim of this sort is by getting in touch with our personal injury solicitors who have experience in handling shoulder injury compensation claims. There are several advantages to hiring one of our specialist solicitors to pursue your claim rather than handling it yourself.
All of our solicitors including those who specialise in personal injury are “in-house”. This means that when you contact us you will be dealing with us from start to finish. We take care of everything for you, will explain everything you’d like to know fully and clearly and could have your claim up and running pretty much immediately.
With an experienced personal injury solicitor, the process will be faster and so much less stressful for you. You do not have to run around gathering evidence or filing the case in court- your solicitor will handle every aspect of your case from beginning to end.
It will also increase your chances of winning the case as solicitors are of course more conversant with the law and they certainly know how to put together a compelling case that will ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Our solicitors have access to various resources from where they can check up on other precedents that will help them get an edge when fighting your case.
The biggest advantage you will enjoy from hiring us is that you get to use our expertise and experience without having to pay any upfront fees at all. If you agree for us to take on your shoulder injury claim we will ask you to sign a No Win No Fee agreement (further explained here), which means we will represent you without charging you any fee until after we have won the case for you.
Should we win the case and get the settlement for you, you simply pay an agreed percentage of the awarded amount. In the event your shoulder injury claim is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay us anything.
Updated 15th February 2017.