There are few injuries as painful and limiting as a broken shoulder. Whether you have broken your collarbone, breastbone, or shoulder blade, the injury will be felt all the way down to your fingertips. If you think you have broken your shoulder, the first thing you should do is go to the hospital. Depending on the type of injury you have received, you may require surgery. However, it is more likely that you will simply require some stiff painkillers and a sling, along with orders to rest for the next few weeks.
If your shoulder injury happened as a result of an accident or in your place of work, you may be entitled to claim compensation. A good law team can help you to work out the value of compensation for a broken shoulder, so that you aren’t left out of pocket because of an injury that wasn’t your fault.
How do you assess the value of compensation for a broken shoulder?
The value of compensation for a broken shoulder will depend on the severity of the injury, and the impact the injury has had on your life and ability to generate an income. For a right-handed person, an injury to your right shoulder will make it almost impossible to write, making it extremely difficult to study or work. If your employment involves a lot of heavy lifting or working with your hands, you will be unlikely to carry out these functions until your injury has healed.
It can take adults a minimum of six to eight weeks for a broken shoulder to heal. During this time, you may not be able to earn your usual salary, travel, or carry out day to day activities like cooking and cleaning. The amount of compensation you wish to claim should reflect the loss of income and inconvenience caused by your injury.
What we can do to help…
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) has been helping people to win personal injury claims since 2000. Our law team is available to offer advice 24/7 via our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, with no obligation to proceed. Alternatively you can log onto www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk and take our 30-second test to find out whether or not you have a strong claim for compensation.