Did you know that the shoulder joint is one of the easiest joints in the body to dislocate? Our arms sit in a very shallow socket, which makes the shoulder incredibly mobile but also fairly unstable. It’s common for anybody who has dislocated their shoulder to also tear the surrounding tissue which can take time to heal. Dislocated shoulder symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the age of the person who has been injured, and being aware of the symptoms could make it easier to spot a suspected injury. It’s important to go to hospital for a proper diagnosis if you suspect you have dislocated your shoulder, as it will need to be popped back into the joint.
What are some common dislocated shoulder symptoms?
Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of people claim compensation for accidents at work or in a public place caused by somebody else. We have handled our fair share of claims for dislocated shoulders, and here are some of the most common dislocated shoulder symptoms we have heard about:
- Pain in the shoulder
- Inability to move the arm and shoulder
- The shoulder may appear square rather than round
- You may see a bulge or lump under the skin in front of the shoulder – this is the top of the arm bone
Rarely the arm bone pops out the back of the shoulder; this can happen after an electrocution injury and can be more difficult to spot. Any suspected shoulder injury should be properly diagnosed, and if your shoulder is actually dislocated then it will need to be popped back into the joint using a process called ‘reduction’. This can be carried out with painkillers and sedatives but is sometimes performed under general anaesthetic.
How much compensation could you get for a dislocated shoulder?
You may find you’re eligible to claim a substantial sum in compensation for a dislocated shoulder. With the average shoulder injury taking from 12-16 weeks to heal, you may need to take a considerable amount of time off work, which means your earnings will be affected. You could claim compensation for loss of earnings that could help you out financially until you’re ready to go back to work. Why not get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim for personal injury compensation. It’s free to call us on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about claiming and see if you have a viable claim.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen