Are you wondering how you could develop a shoulder injury? You could be injured in an accident at work, dislocate your shoulder in a sports accident or even be injured in a road traffic accident or a slip, trip or fall in a public place. These are just a few things that could happen, too – you can probably think of others. A fall from height, an impact injury, and many other things could result in someone making a shoulder injury claim. That’s the topic of this article, as we explore how you might try to make a compensation claim if something similar has happened to you.
The symptoms of a shoulder injury can vary depending on the type of injury you sustain and its severity – for example, it’s usually quite easy to spot a dislocated shoulder as it will appear square rather than round and it will be difficult to move your arm. If somebody else was responsible for your accident then you could make a shoulder injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
Doesn’t an injury need to be serious for you to secure compensation?
No. Some people assume it does, but this isn’t true. Rather than focusing on the injuries themselves, personal injury claims focus on the issue of negligence. This asks the question: Was someone else responsible for what happened, when you did nothing wrong? If so, negligence was present, and you could make a shoulder injury claim.
While a dislocated shoulder or broken shoulder will be among the more serious injuries you could suffer, it could be possible to receive compensation if you were cut on your shoulder, or it was sprained or strained in a car accident. Shoulder injuries can easily happen if you are wearing your seat belt (as you should be), because the shoulder is wrenched against it. If this can be proven, and you have medical evidence to back it up, the grounds for making a shoulder injury claim are stronger.
What medical treatment did you need?
You may have dislocated your shoulder or suffered an injury such as whiplash which has damaged your shoulder. Treating a shoulder injury will depend on the type of injury you have sustained, but for something like a dislocation, you can expect to have to undergo physiotherapy to regain full mobility in your shoulder.
The long-term effects of a shoulder injury could impact your ability to live life to the full or even carry out your job properly – for example, if you work in a role which involves manual handling and you suffer ongoing pain from your shoulder injury, you may be unable to carry out your job and you may even need to find alternative employment. If this should occur, you might have financial worries that impact you far more than you might think.
If you needed to take time off work after your accident to recover from your injuries, then we’ll take into account any loss of earnings you have suffered after your accident. The same applies if you had to stop work, or you lost money because you were in hospital rather than working.
The good news is your medical evidence can be used to support your claim. All you need to do is to give us details of the GP, hospital, or minor injuries unit you attended, and we’ll take it from there. You may be surprised how little you must do to make a claim, since our experienced solicitors take on most of the hard work. But as your solicitor works on your behalf, they will keep you up to date with what is happening, and let you know what will happen next, too. It really is much more straightforward to claim than many people imagine, and that means you can get on with the important business of getting back on your feet again.
Making a shoulder injury claim with us
When it comes to claiming for a shoulder injury, you want to ensure that you choose a reputable personal injury lawyer with experience handling this type of claim. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping members of the public claim compensation for shoulder injuries on a no win no fee basis since 2000, so there’s no need to worry about the cost of claiming for a shoulder injury with us.
Regardless of the type of shoulder injury you have, and how bad it is, we can ask you the most important questions that will help determine whether or not you could claim. Once we have all the information we need, it is down to you to decide whether to go ahead. If you do, remember the no win no fee basis we work on means you are not at risk of losing money if the case fails to be found in your favour. We have a good success rate though, and will not take your case unless we feel there is a very good chance of success.
Whether you are already back at work after your accident or still recovering, you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 5659 to find out whether you have a viable claim. You don’t have to suffer in silence if a road traffic accident or a manual handling accident at work has left you with a shoulder injury – contact us today.