A dislocated shoulder can be very painful and is more common than you might think. That’s because the shoulder is one of the easiest joints in the body to dislocate. Our arms are so mobile because they are located in a very shallow socket, which makes the shoulder not very stable. With a dislocated shoulder you may also suffer tears to the surrounding ligaments, tendons and tissue that may require surgery. Most shoulder dislocations are the result of sporting accidents or falling onto outstretched hands – for example tripping on uneven pavement or slipping on ice – and it can take from 12 to 16 weeks for a shoulder injury to fully heal.
Who caused your dislocated shoulder injury?
If you have dislocated your shoulder after a slip or trip in a public place or at work, you may be wondering if somebody else was to blame for your accident. For example if somebody left piles of files lying around and you tripped over them at the office and fell, they could be held liable for your shoulder injury. If you slipped on ice in a supermarket car park and dislocated your shoulder, the supermarket management could be responsible, as they have failed to keep the car park safe for members of the public to use. Whoever is to blame for your accident, the reality is that you may need to take a few weeks or even months off work to recover after a shoulder dislocation.
If you have suffered tears to the surrounding tissue, keyhole surgery may be needed. You’ll have to attend A&E to have your shoulder popped back into its socket with a process known as ‘reduction’. This can be carried out with the use of sedatives and painkillers, or you may be taken into surgery and placed under general anaesthetic.
Compensation for a dislocated shoulder
Whoever is to blame for your dislocated shoulder, you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. You could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation even if you have only taken a few days off work. You could claim compensation not only for your pain and suffering but also for your loss of earnings. So if you have been off work after your accident and your finances have been affected, it’s a good idea to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline.
We don’t charge any upfront fees for our services and our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so anybody can afford to make a claim after their accident. To find out if you have a viable claim after dislocating your shoulder, just call us on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to get advice in confidence from our team of expert advisors.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen