When it comes to a baby’s dislocated shoulder, it must surely be one of the worst injuries imaginable. Adults will find the experience very painful, as you would expect it to be if your arm had popped out of its shoulder socket. This requires a doctor to perform a reduction – the process of putting the bone back into its socket again. While this is done under local anaesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain, it is still not a pleasant experience to go through.
Imagine how it would be to have your baby go through this injury. While they may not remember anything of it when they are older, they will have the pain at the time of the injury, and there is nothing you can do to explain to them what has happened.
How might a baby’s dislocated shoulder injury happen?
Any heavy blow to the shoulder can cause the bone to come out of its socket. A fall would usually do the trick if someone fell on their shoulder in just the wrong way. However, being struck on the shoulder could also lead to this happening.
If you believe your baby was subjected to negligence, it is important to find out whether a compensation claim could be made on your baby’s behalf. There is plenty of time to think about whether you want to claim something, because while a three-year deadline is in place for claims made by adults, this period only begins from a child’s 18th birthday. That means as their parent or guardian, you have many years to consider making a claim if you wish to do so. And if you do not, your child could still claim in the three years following their 18th birthday.
Discover whether negligence caused your baby’s injury
If your baby was being looked after by a childminder, or at a nursery, or at a playgroup, or other location when the accident happened, you may wish to find out more. You can see where you stand legally by getting in touch with a legal advisor who regularly deals with personal injury cases.
You are closer than you think to getting the details you need. Simply call 0800 689 0500 today (or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile) and you will get through to Accident Advice Helpline, where we can help you find out if you could claim for your baby’s dislocated shoulder.