Claiming for a shoulder injury
Our shoulders do a lot of work during the day and are key to our working and social lives. So, when you suffer a shoulder injury or live with shoulder pain, you can quickly begin to feel like you've lost your independence.
While shoulder injuries can occur for a number of reasons, they're more common in jobs that require repeated or heavy lifting. They can also be caused by any sudden impacts such as the jolt caused by a car accident or a slip, trip or fall.
If your shoulder injury or pain was caused by a road accident that wasn't your fault, or because your employer was negligent and didn't provide you with the training needed to do your job safely, then you may be able to make a compensation claim.
While compensation won't make your injury disappear, it can help you get back on your feet. If you think you might have a claim or would like impartial advice about compensation, you can call us for a free chat on .
Shoulder injuries at work
There are strict health and safety laws in place that are designed to protect employees from avoidable accidents.
If you've been involved in a workplace accident, then your employer may not have followed those regulations fully. If that's the case, they've put you at risk and you may be able to make a claim.
Shoulder injuries can occur in the workplace for a number of reasons, including:
- Heavy lifting
- Repeated arm movements
- Using dangerous machinery
- Impact from falling objects
We can help you understand if you do have a potential case - speak to us for a no-pressure chat on . All calls are free and completely confidential.
Injuries caused by impact
Some shoulder injuries occur because of an impact to the joint. This commonly happens during road traffic accidents, when the vehicle suddenly jolts or abruptly stops.
Injuries can also be caused when the shoulder is actually hit against something in a collision, such as the handlebars of a bike or the steering wheel of a car.
You can find out more about making a road accident claim here.
Types of shoulder injury
The shoulders are among the largest and most versatile joints in the human body - and for this reason, they can be fragile and incredibly painful if damaged.
Below are a few examples of the types of injury that can affect your shoulder:
Broken or fractured bones
Several bones make up the shoulder, and if one of these breaks it can cause extreme pain for years after you've recovered. Fractures of the clavicle and scapula can cause problems even after they've healed.
The rotator cuff is made up of muscles and tendons that aid the range of mobility in your shoulder. When damaged, it severely impacts your ability to use your shoulder properly.
This is a network of nerves that sit underneath your shoulder blade. If this becomes damaged, it can affect mobility in the back and shoulders. This injury is also known as Parsonage-Turner syndrome and results in feelings of numbness or tingling, as well as pain in the arms and hands.
Ben contacted us to help him make it right
I was in agony. I had to take about two weeks off work. My Dad had to come and help me out of bed because I didn’t have the strength to be able to push myself up.
Your compensation figure is calculated on the details and consequences of your accident, meaning there's no one-size-fits-all answer to how much compensation you might get for your shoulder injury claim. That's because the costs that can be recovered vary from case to case.
However, to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you're entitled to, your solicitor will consider:
- Your lost earnings and any time you and your loved ones have had to take off work
- Any medical treatment or physiotherapy you've received, or prescription costs you've paid for
- Travel and accommodation for you and your family
- The future impact of your injury
We understand that shoulder injuries cause more than physical pain; they can also have a huge impact on your family and social life, as well as your ability to carry on with day-to-day activities.
After a shoulder injury, you may be unable to drive or work. This can put you under financial strain, it can also mean you're stuck at home and dependent on those around you.
You can be sure that our solicitors will take into consideration all the impacts of your injury so that you can get the compensation and support you need. Once they have an idea of the amount of compensation you're likely to receive, they'll let you know.
Starting a shoulder injury claim
You may be feeling unsure whether you have a claim. The best way to find out is to get in touch with us on where we can ask you some questions about your accident and how your injury has affected you.
As we're here to offer free, impartial advice, you don't need to worry about feeling rushed or pressured to start a claim during our call - we're simply here to help you.
If you do have a potential claim and you decide you'd like to go ahead, we can put you in touch with the right specialist solicitor for your case. They'll often be able to speak to you on the phone straight away and will give you a free consultation to guide you through the next steps, before you start your case.