Dislocation injuries can be extremely painful and visibly distressing. Accounting for almost 5% of A&E attendances, the most commonly dislocated joint is the shoulder, often as a result of a fall from height or slip on a wet floor. However, other joints that can be dislocated include the jaw, elbow, ankle, knees, fingers, hips and toes.
Table of contents:
- Common causes of dislocation injuries
- Dislocation injury symptoms
- Who can claim compensation?
- Compensation amounts
- What to do next
- Your questions answered
Common causes of dislocation injuries
Dislocation injuries are commonly associated with falling or slipping. At Direct2Compensation, the majority of our dislocation claimants have sustained their injury as a result of a fall from height. For example, from a ladder or stool, or after slipping on a wet floor surface or tripping on a hazardous footpath or object on the ground.
The dislocation occurs when there is an abnormal separation of a joint, usually as a result of excessive force. Any person falling from height may sustain a dislocation to the shoulder, elbow or knee as they hit the floor. Typically, those who suffer a dislocation after slipping or tripping sustain the injury to the knee or ankle joint.
Dislocations to the fingers are often associated with faulty machinery in the workplace, and with swinging doors that are not fitted with soft close mechanisms or warning signage.
Dislocation injury symptoms
Any person who has suffered a dislocation injury will report that it was extremely painful and very distressing. They can be complex and will require the attention of medical professionals to ensure that the dislocated joint is correctly and safely returned in to the correct position.
Most dislocation injuries can be treated with pain relief and simple manipulation by medical professionals. However, in more serious cases surgery can be required in order to rectify the damage.
Common symptoms associated with dislocation injuries include:
- Swelling of the dislocated joint
- Loss of range of movement
- Limited mobility
- Loss of independence
- Ligament and soft tissue damage
- Weakness of the joint with recurrent dislocations possible
Who can claim dislocation injury compensation?
Any person who believes that their dislocation injury can be attributed to the negligence of others, such as an employer, business or local authority ,has a right to make a claim for compensation.
If the employer has failed to provide the correct equipment (tasked people with working at height without providing the correct ladder or platform, for example), or provided inadequate training, it is likely an injured worker will have a valid claim for compensation.
In the case where a dislocation injury is sustained as a result of a slip on a wet floor, or a trip on a broken pavement or other hazard on the ground, claims will succeed if it can be demonstrated that the cause was due to the negligence of the shop, local authority or landowner in question.
If your injury was caused in an unprovoked assault, you may be able to claim dislocation injury compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Here, you would need to report the incident to the Police, cooperate fully with them and seek medical attention.
Compensation amounts for dislocation injuries
The value of a successful claim for dislocation injury compensation will vary depending on the severity of the injury, the level of recovery made and what associated costs and losses have been incurred. The amounts below are for the injury itself, but you can also claim for special damages which would include your expenses and rehabilitation therapies, for example.
In order for a full valuation to be reached, our specialist solicitors will instruct a medical expert to write a detailed report about your injury and provide a recovery prognosis. They will then obtain expert opinion to provide a value range for your claim.
In cases where the dislocation results in minor instability, wasting, weakness or other mild future disability, compensation amounts tend to be between £10,000 and £20,000.
For less serious injuries, settlement values fall between £5,000 and £10,000.
Serious shoulder dislocations which cause pain in the shoulder and neck, aching in the elbow, sensory symptoms in the forearm and hand, and a weakness of grip, attract compensation amounts of between around £10,000 and £15,000.
Moderate shoulder injuries where discomfort is experienced for several years fall between £6,000 and £10,000.
Where recovery is made in less than two years, settlements range from a few hundred pounds to £6,000.
Finger and thumb dislocation
Severe dislocation of a thumb will see compensation values of between around £3,000 and £6,000.
Depending on the recovery time, finger dislocations may attract a value of up to £3,000.
Severe neck dislocations that lead to chronic conditions and significant disability of a permanent nature can expect settlements of between £35,000 and £45,000, depending on how long symptoms last and treatment is required.
Dislocations which cause severe symptoms, leaving impaired function or vulnerability to further injury, have a settlement value between around £20,000 and £30,000.
More minor dislocations of the neck can expect to see between £10,000 and £20,000.
What to do next
Our expert caring staff know your rights and will be able to advise you as to whether or not the cause of your dislocation injury will give you a valid claim.
We’ll talk with you in simple terms and identify the right specialist solicitor to run your claim for compensation on a fully no win no fee basis.
Alternatively, you may prefer to call us and ask some questions to find out more about your rights and whether or not you can make a claim for dislocation injury compensation. If so, simply call us on 01225 430285.