You may think dislocating a bone would be easier to put right than breaking it. This isn’t necessarily the case though. If you dislocate your shoulder for example, you can expect the injury to take as much as 16 weeks to heal fully. This is because there can be damage to the surrounding tendons and ligaments as well as the actual dislocation. They’re stretched beyond their normal range of movement, and if they tear they will take time to repair.
A dislocated shoulder can occur in a variety of situations, but most typically it will happen because of an accident. There needs to be an impact to the shoulder for this to happen. For example you might trip up a paving stone and put your hands out to brace yourself for the fall. In doing so, this might pop your shoulder out of its socket. In another example, someone who is hit by a vehicle might land awkwardly and end up with a dislocated shoulder.
Would it be possible to claim dislocated shoulder compensation?
It might be, but it would depend on what caused your dislocation in the first place. For instance, in the example we gave concerning a trip over a paving stone, compensation may be paid if the paving stone was significantly raised above its usual level.
If you were injured because someone hit you with a car, the driver might be found negligent in their behaviour. If you ran across the road in front of them with no warning, this wouldn’t be the case. But if you were crossing at a green light and they did not stop and hit you, this would be likely to be proven as negligent behaviour.
How can you learn more about the likelihood of dislocated shoulder compensation?
When you are coping with an injury like this, you’ll want to get your shoulder sorted out first of all. However, once you start thinking about what happened you might want to look for some legal advice too.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide such advice on a no-obligation basis. As such it is much easier to tell where you stand with regard to an injury you suffered in the last three years. All you need to do is pick up the phone to call 0800 689 0500 now to learn more about whether you might be able to claim.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead