If you have suffered a shoulder injury at work, or as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a shoulder injury claim. The following article provides some brief shoulder injury advice. To discuss your case in more detail, call Accident Advice Helpline.
Understanding shoulder injuries
Most shoulder injuries involve the ligaments, tendons or muscles, rather than the bones that make up the shoulder. Orthopaedic surgeons generally group shoulder injuries into one of two categories:
This occurs if a shoulder joint moves or is forced out of position. This can result in a shoulder dislocation.
This is caused by the shoulder muscle excessively rubbing against the top part of the shoulder blade. This is normally a result of too much overhead arm motion.
One of the most frequent injuries to the shoulder is a rotator cuff injury.
Rotator cuff injuries
The rotator cuff is responsible for holding the bones of the shoulder joint together and is made up of a group of muscles and tendons. These muscles are the ones that give us the ability to lift our arms and reach over our heads. An injury to the rotator cuff can limit mobility and, depending on the severity of the injury, full mobility may never be regained.
There are many accidents that can lead to a shoulder injury, but the most common accidents include car accidents, slip, trip and fall accidents, and lifting and loading work. The impact caused by a car accident or fall can lead to shoulder injuries and as previously mentioned, excessive overhead arm motion can also cause shoulder injuries.
What do I do if I have shoulder pain?
If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder after an accident or a fall, you should consult a doctor. The same applies to pain in your shoulder that may be related to your work. Most of the time, people ignore shoulder pain and write it off as something insignificant. If your shoulder has been damaged and is left untreated, your symptoms could worsen and cause a more serious condition later on.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should consult a doctor:
- Stiffness in the shoulder.
- Inability to rotate your arm in all the usual positions.
- Sensation that your shoulder could pop or slide out of its socket.
- Lack of strength in your shoulder and inability to complete daily tasks.
Call Accident Advice Helpline for more shoulder injury advice
We offer a free legal helpline that is available 24 hours a day. Speak to one of our friendly advisers about your shoulder injury and find out whether you are entitled to make a shoulder injury compensation claim. Once you have answered a few questions, our advisers can give you an honest assessment of whether your claim could be successful. If you want an idea of what your claim might be worth, try our 30-second test at the top of the page.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 180 4123.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown