The shoulder is a joint at which a number of muscles, nerves and bones meet. The three main parts of your shoulder which can be damaged and require an injury to shoulder claim in an accident are:
- The bones
The shoulder joint is comprised of three bones: the shoulder blade, medical name ‘scapula’; the upper arm, or ‘humerus’; the collar bone, or ‘clavicle’.
- The rotator cuff
The rotator cuff joins your upper arm to your shoulder and contains muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- The brachial plexus
The brachial plexus contains a collection of nerves, running from the spine, which pass into the neck in one direction and into your arms in the other.
Common causes of an injury to shoulder claim
- Car accident (RTA’s)
When someone is involved in a car crash, extreme forces pass through the body, as it is whipped forwards and backwards by the force of the impact. Even minor car accidents can frequently result in whiplash injuries. It is widely known that whiplash affects your neck and spine, but it can also cause damage to the muscles and tendons which make up the rotator cuff, as well as the nerves which run through the brachial plexus, leading to tingling in the fingers and shoulder pain.
- Shoulder injuries at work
Repetitive lifting of heavy loads in the workplace inevitably puts a lot of pressure on the shoulder. This can cause injury to the muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff. Your employer is required to provide proper manual handling training to help reduce the risk of this sort of injury.
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
It’s a reflex action when falling to protect ourselves by putting out our arms to break the fall. Unfortunately this can lead to broken bones, as the shoulder takes the full weight when you crash to the floor. It can also lead to a torn rotator cuff and damaged nerves in the brachial plexus.
Talk to our shoulder injuries specialists
If you have suffered shoulder injuries following an accident in the last three years which was somebody else’s fault, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to claim compensation on your behalf, both for your injuries and any financial losses which arose as direct result of your injury. These may include lost income, medical expenses, travel expenses, and rehabilitation costs.
Our nationwide panel of around 200 solicitor’s firms is the largest UK network of its type. We’ll refer your case to one of these specialist personal injury solicitors, who have a vast experience of shoulder injuries as well as a range of other personal injury claims. All claims are dealt with on a no win no fee* basis, so there is no risk and no up-front payment.
Take our 30 second test to find out how much you may be entitled to, or call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 for an initial discussion with our friendly, professional advisors. The call is free and there is no obligation to proceed, so you have nothing to lose.