A dislocated shoulder is a very painful injury. It typically occurs when someone suffers a heavy fall or impact onto their shoulder or arm. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, and when it becomes dislocated it means the ball joint has come out of its usual position and has to be put back in. The average healing time for a dislocated shoulder is around 12 to 16 weeks, so you can expect to be limited in what you can do during this time.
There is only one way to get this treated, and that is to go to A&E as soon as you can. You should never attempt to try and put your arm back into position on your own, because this can cause further damage. X-rays will be done to ensure there is no other damage or injury that should be treated, such as a fracture.
How might someone experience a dislocated shoulder?
While they can happen during epileptic fits, most people experience a dislocated shoulder if they are involved in some kind of accident. An awkward fall can do it, especially since you are instinctively going to put your hands out in front of you to break your fall. If you fall with enough force to pop your arm out of its socket, you will have a long recovery ahead of you. During the average healing time for a dislocated shoulder, you will be required to wear a sling. You might also eventually need to do some exercises to get full use of your arm back again.
As you can see, this is a painful and uncomfortable injury that might leave you feeling out of sorts for a while.
Has this happened to you in the past three years?
While not all accidents involving this injury are due to negligence, this might be true of your situation. If you suspect someone else was negligent and caused the situation that led to your dislocation (such as not attending to a trip hazard, for example), getting advice from Accident Advice Helpline would be a smart move.
The average healing time for a dislocated shoulder may be weeks, but you can get advice from us on 0800 689 0500 far sooner. Call now and see just how quickly we might be able to help you consider a no win, no fee* claim for some compensation.
Category: Shoulder injury claim