Many people in the UK suffer with chronic shoulder pain that can have a severe impact on independence and ability to work, often leading to a loss of income. Such injuries can make it hard to perform simple tasks such as dressing and washing, and may require post accident care. Claiming compensation can help in many ways.
Table of contents:
- Types of shoulder injury
- Can I claim compensation?
- How can claiming help me?
- Compensation amounts for shoulder injuries
- How long will a shoulder injury claim take?
- How do I start my claim?
- Comments – your questions answered
Types of shoulder injury
The shoulder is a vital component in human movement and free movement of the shoulder is vital for usual dexterity and personal independence. Often, injuries such as frozen shoulder and rotator cuff damage may also lead to associated pain and injuries to the neck and back, and can cause nerve damage. Typical shoulder injuries include:
- Dislocation of the shoulder
- Ligament and tendon sprains and strains
- Fractures of the shoulder joint and upper arm
- Repetitive strain injuries such as Bursitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff damage
Can I claim shoulder injury compensation?
If you have suffered an injury to your shoulder in an accident that was not your fault you have a right to make a claim for compensation. As with any claim in the United Kingdom, it must be made within 3 years of the date of the injury. It is important to note that it is wise to avoid delaying a claim and ensure that as much of the 3 years is available as possible.
If you have slipped or tripped due to a hazard on the floor, a disrepaired pavement or other surface and injured your shoulder, you can make a claim against the business or landowner in question. Work-related injury claims are made against the employer. In either case, you must prove they were negligent in their duty to maintain a safe environment. As with any claim, it is important to ensure that the details of your accident are reported in an accident book.
If you are uncertain as to whether or not you can claim shoulder injury compensation, speak with our expert staff for friendly, helpful advice. We know your rights and can help you understand what options are available to you.
How can claiming help me?
If you are suffering with a debilitating shoulder injury, such as a rotator cuff issue, frozen shoulder, or ligament damage after a dislocation, it is likely that your working life and personal life have been heavily impacted.
At Direct2Compensation we will ensure any claim for shoulder injury compensation you make is given the maximum prospect of succeeding. We know that you will be struggling with a loss of income if you’ve been forced to take time off work, or that you may have had to employ the services of a gardener or cleaner to help you around the home. You may also need help to get dressed or cook meals.
By succeeding with a claim for shoulder injury compensation, not only will our specialist solicitors ensure that you receive an appropriate financial settlement for the pain and discomfort, but we’ll also ensure that any lost income or incurred costs are recovered.
In cases where your long term ability to work is affected, or you need to employ help long term, we’ll ensure that any settlement awarded to you takes your future losses and costs into account.
A further benefit of making a claim for shoulder injury compensation is that you may be able to access specialist rehabilitation treatments at the cost of the defendant insurer. In cases where liability is admitted, our solicitors will act on medical evidence to ensure that any possible routes to recovery are considered, and if appropriate, provided as part of your claim.
Compensation amounts for shoulder injuries
The following is a guide to settlements for the injury only, excluding lost income and expenses, so your final compensation amount could be much higher.
|Severity of injury||Compensation amount|
|Severe, resulting in significant disability. Often associated with neck injuries.||£18k - £45k|
|Serious, with persisting symptoms after surgery. Eg. dislocation, rotator cuff injury.||£12k - £18k|
|Moderate, with symptoms persisting a few years but not permanent. Eg. frozen shoulder, soft tissue injuries.||£7k - £12k|
|Minor, with considerable pain but almost complete recovery within a few years.||Up to £7k|
|Fractured clavicle||£5k - £11k|
How long will my claim take?
It is not possible to assign a definitive time frame to any claim as much depends on issues like the severity of a shoulder injury, the recovery process and handling of the claim by the defendant insurers.
Our solicitors will work hard to ensure that the claim is handled in your best interest and as fast as possible. The claims process does afford defendants a prescribed timescale to respond to various elements of the claim and our solicitors will hold them to such timescales and if need be, use the courts to enforce such demands.
How do I start my shoulder injury compensation claim?
Starting your claim for shoulder injury compensation is easy. We realise that any kind of legal action is daunting and that you may have questions and concerns. Our team are well trained experts with 20 years’ experience in claims and know your rights. We are here to help you understand your options, the claims process and how we can help you. You can call our friendly and helpful staff on 01225 430285 or get your claim started online today. We look forward to helping you make your claim.