Shoulder Injury Compensation Claims & Settlement Amounts

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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.

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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:

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.

The most common shoulder injuries at the heart of a claim for compensation are caused by falls, slips and trips, in accidents at work or on the road.

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 injuryCompensation amount
Severe, resulting in significant disability. Often associated with neck injuries.£14,600 - £40,150
Serious, with persisting symptoms after surgery. Eg. dislocation, rotator cuff injury.£9,700 - £16,060
Moderate, with symptoms persisting a few years but not permanent. Eg. frozen shoulder, soft tissue injuries.£6,000 - £10,670
Minor, with considerable pain but almost complete recovery within a few years.£200 - £6,600
Fractured clavicle£3,900 - £10,230

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.

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  1. terry

    I sustained injury to my shoulder through carrying steps at least 6km a day for ten months at work. A decision was made by the management to collect all steps from buildings and keep them in one place which meant we had to carry them with us all day long.

    I repeatedly asked time and again at work to have this sorted out and brought the subject up at meetings and was told we should not be carrying steps up the road. I have now been off work for a year and my pay stopped in November.

    My ultrasound report says that I have a torn rotator cuff in the shoulder. I have since had operation to repair the rotator cuff muscles and damaged tendon. Where do I stand?

    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you are expected to carry the steps during the day may not be the issue here. However, whether or not the employer has provided you with training to carry the item safely, equipment to enable you to carry the item safely or indeed properly risk assess asking you to carry the item all day is the issue.

      Given the severity of your injury and the loss of income, it would seem wise to bring this matter to the attention of one of our specialist workplace injury expert Solicitors. We note that you’ve also used the ‘start a claim’ page of our website and provided your contact details. One of our team will call you to discuss this in more detail with you.

  2. Kate

    During a house viewing with an agent I fell down the stairs and was taken to hospital by ambulance. After an X-ray it showed I had dislocated my shoulder. I don’t know how it happened (cause) just that I was injured. I’m worried about long term complications, which could be a possibility and loss of earnings (statutory sick pay only) whilst I recover. So I’m not sure what to do or where I stand?

    • Ian Morris

      You can only pursue a claim for compensation if you believe that someone else is/was responsible for your accident by way of negligence. To succeed with a claim you will have to identify a hazard or cause that lead you to fall down the stairs. If you are unable to identify a defect or hazard or apportion any blame to the 3rd party no Solicitor will be able to pursue a claim for you.

      Clearly, you have sustained a nasty injury to your shoulder and as such, if you could identify a defect or hazard at the top of the stairs that lead to you falling you could look to pursue a claim for what may well be sizeable damages.

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