If you have dislocated your shoulder, it is usually pretty easy to spot. As well as pain in your arm and shoulder and difficulty moving your arm, you will normally notice your shoulder appears square rather than round. It’s important to seek medical treatment for a dislocated shoulder urgently, and NHS care for a dislocated shoulder will normally involve a diagnosis using an x-ray, to check that no bones are fractured. Following this, your arm will need to be manipulated back into your shoulder socket using a procedure called ‘reduction’.
This is usually performed after taking painkillers and sedatives, and a doctor will rotate your arm around your shoulder until it pops back into the socket. Most people heal from a shoulder dislocation within 12 to 16 weeks. In the case of serious injuries, you may need surgery and/or physiotherapy, which again should be included as part of NHS care for a dislocated shoulder.
What if NHS care for a dislocated shoulder doesn’t cover my treatment?
If you need to be referred to a specialist or you need to pay for private care not covered under the NHS then there is a possibility you may be able to claim this back as part of your personal injury claim. It’s important to keep a record of any expenses incurred for treatment, prescription medication and travel to medical appointments, as these can form important evidence when it comes to making a claim. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim if somebody else was responsible for your dislocated shoulder.
Perhaps you slipped on a spillage in the warehouse at work or fell in an icy supermarket car park and landed on outstretched hands. You may even have been injured whilst taking part in rugby training, and we could help you to get the compensation you are entitled to.
You may be ready to push ahead with a claim, or you might need some more advice before you decide what to do next. Either way, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to get no-obligation advice from our team of expert advisors. With over 16 years’ experience helping people claim, we know what we are talking about, yet we will never push you into anything you’re unsure about. Get in touch with us today – you have nothing to lose.
Date Published: February 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen