So, you’ve dislocated your shoulder? Maybe you were playing rugby when another player violently tackled you and you fell, dislocating your shoulder. Perhaps you were injured in an accident at work when you slipped on a wet floor. Or maybe your child has been injured after an accident in the playground at school or nursery. Whatever has happened, it’s vital that you see a doctor for a dislocated shoulder. Trying to pop your arm back into your shoulder socket by yourself can damage blood vessels, nerves and tissues surrounding your shoulder, doing more harm than good.
You need to go to A&E where your arm will be manipulated gently back into its socket using a process known as ‘reduction’. This is usually over fairly quickly and you’ll be given painkillers (and sometimes sedatives) to make you feel more comfortable.
Can I claim compensation if I didn’t see a doctor for a dislocated shoulder?
In order to make a claim for personal injury compensation within three years of your accident, you will need to see a doctor for a dislocated shoulder. That’s because the medical report provided by your doctor acts as valuable evidence when it comes to making a claim. It will detail the severity of your injuries, the type of treatment you needed, and any prognosis. So if you need to take weeks or months off work after injuring your shoulder, your doctor will mention this in their report, and you could be entitled to personal injury compensation for loss of earnings during this time.
Getting the right treatment after dislocating your shoulder will speed up the healing process, which can take from 12 to 16 weeks after your arm has been popped back into its socket. Some people may need surgery, if tissues, ligaments and tendons surrounding the shoulder have been torn, so it is vital to go to A&E for treatment after your accident, whatever has happened.
What can Accident Advice Helpline do to help?
With over 16 years’ experience handling claims – including a number of claims for dislocated shoulders – Accident Advice Helpline’s experienced lawyers cover the whole of the UK. We work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, which means there are no fees to worry about when you make a claim; you’ll only pay if your claim is successful. We can help you to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and financial losses, taking a weight off your mind after your accident. If you’d like to find out more about making a claim or see if you are eligible, just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) today.
Date Published: February 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen