Did you know that the shoulder is one of the most commonly dislocated joints in the entire body? If you’ve dislocated your shoulder, you’ll definitely know about it as it will be painful, but you will still need to seek medical attention to make sure you haven’t sustained any other more serious injuries. Whether you have hurt your shoulder after a sports accident or a slip, trip or fall, you’ll usually need to go to A&E where a dislocated shoulder x-ray will be carried out. This will determine what has happened to your shoulder, and whether there are any other injuries such as torn tissue or fractured bones. A dislocated shoulder can take from 12-16 weeks to fully heal, so you may need to take time off work if this has happened to you.
How did your dislocated shoulder x-ray go?
A dislocated shoulder x-ray may end up revealing more significant injuries than just a dislocation. It’s fairly common to suffer tears and injuries to the tissues surrounding the shoulder blade, particularly for elderly people who have injured their shoulder in a fall. If these tears are severe, surgery may be needed and this is usually keyhole surgery to repair the damaged tissue. This can mean taking time off work to recover from the surgery and your injuries, and it’s likely that you will also need to attend physiotherapy until your injuries have healed.
If your accident was caused by somebody else – for example if you tripped over hazards on the factory floor at work or whilst working in an office – you could find you’re able to make a personal injury claim. You’ll need the services of a reputable personal injury lawyer and Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience handling claims.
Compensation for shoulder injuries
You’d be surprised at the number of people who assume a shoulder injury isn’t serious enough to warrant making a claim for compensation. In fact you can claim for almost any injury sustained in an accident caused by somebody else, provided you needed medical attention. You could be eligible to receive compensation not only for your dislocated shoulder but also for any loss of earnings you’ve suffered, as well as the cost of any medical treatment or medication you need. The best way to see if you have a viable claim is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile).
Our personal injury advisors are on hand offering confidential advice and we will never push you into making a claim – all advice is offered on a no-obligation basis. If you decide to proceed with your claim then you’ll be pleased to hear we provide a 100% no-win, no-fee service, so there are no expensive fees to worry about upfront.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen