If you have dislocated your shoulder then you’ll know what a painful injury it can be. Most people heal from a dislocated shoulder in 12 to 16 weeks but it can be a bit of a slow process. Normally you will need to have your shoulder relocated into its socket using a procedure known as ‘reduction’ which will be carried out under general anaesthetic or with the use of sedatives and painkillers. Once your shoulder is back in its socket, a dislocated shoulder sling is normally worn for a few days. This helps to support your injured shoulder and arm whilst it is still very painful.
After a few days you’ll normally be given exercises to carry out at home or with the aid of a physiotherapist. These are designed to strengthen the shoulder and arm, promote healing and help to reduce stiffness and relieve pain, so it’s important to ensure you take the time to do them.
Do I have to wear my dislocated shoulder sling?
Whilst it’s not compulsory to wear a dislocated shoulder sling, if you have been given one to wear then it is recommended. The sling supports your arm and can help to prevent pain from it moving around or being knocked for the first few days after you have been injured. You’ll probably need to take some time off work and how soon you return to your job depends on how you are feeling and the type of job you have. Obviously if your job is more physical then you may need to take more time off, which means your finances may suffer more.
If your accident was caused by somebody else – whether you were injured in an accident at work, in a public place or even in a road traffic accident – then Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation for your financial losses, such as lost wages. You could be compensated for your lost earnings, which can really help you out financially until you’re ready to go back to work.
How much compensation is payable for a dislocated shoulder?
All dislocated shoulder injuries attract a different amount of personal injury compensation. Each claim is handled individually, so that we can take into account the unique circumstances surrounding your accident. Taking the 30-second test on our website will give you an idea of how much you could be entitled to claim, but the only way to find out for sure is to proceed with a personal injury claim. You can call us today on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, charges apply) to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen