Introduction to Shoulder Injury Compensation
Shoulder joints are the most movable joints in the body, and when a shoulder injury occurs you tend to notice the loss of function more than an injury to most other parts of the body. Claims for shoulder injury compensation should reflect this loss of function, irrespective of whether the claims are for injuries sustained in road traffic accidents, accidents at work, or slips, trips and falls.
The shoulder joint is comprised of three bones (the collarbone, the shoulder blade and the upper arm bone) which are anchored by muscles, tendons and ligaments. A fracture to any of these bones, or damage to the soft tissues that join them can effectively restrict movement of the whole limb, and even though the physical injury may be relatively small, the impact it has to your mobility and quality of life could be substantial.
Typical Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder injuries tend to be painful and inconvenient rather than life threatening. Shoulder injury compensation claims are typically due to broken bones or dislocation after an impact, a sprain or strain if the shoulder injury has been caused by a manual handling injury at work, or tendinitis or bursitis if the shoulder injury has been caused by prolonged repetitive actions.
Possibly the most worrying shoulder injury is a complaint known as frozen shoulder. The exact cause of adhesive capsulitis is unknown, but is thought to be a failure in the shoulder´s autoimmune system after a trauma. Frozen shoulder can last up to three years, during which time inflammation of the shoulder restricts movement and causes chronic pain. The constant pain causes the victim many sleepless nights, which in turn can lead to psychological injury.
What to do After a Shoulder Injury Accident
Immediately after a shoulder injury, your first course of action should be to seek medical attention. If your shoulder injury has been caused as the result of a road traffic accident, exchange insurance details with other drivers while you wait for an ambulance to arrive. If the accident has occurred at work, have somebody accompany you to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital where you can receive a professional examination, and should your shoulder condition be one which has deteriorated over a period of time, make sure that you visit your GP as soon as you feel a stiffness or warmth in the shoulder area.
Your solicitor will be able to get access to police reports, witness statements and copies of relevant accident reports in order to assist your should injury claim when your injury has been caused by somebody else´s negligence. The important thing for you to do is to rest the shoulder injury as much as possible and allow the healing process to start.
Shoulder Injury Compensation Solicitors
Solicitors who have experience in dealing with shoulder injury compensation claims are the best legal representatives to instruct to deal with your case. They will have firsthand knowledge of the causes of a shoulder injury, the length of time that they take to heal and the issues that you will experience until such time as you make a full recovery.
A shoulder injury compensation solicitor is the best person to advise you should the negligent party´s insurance company approach you with an offer of early settlement for your should injury compensation claim. The solicitor will familiar with the long term consequences of not being able to work, the emotional trauma you experience because of your immobility and the effect this has on your quality of life. Accordingly, they will ensure that any should injury compensation settlement is adequate and represents financial security for you and your family.
No Win, No Fee Shoulder Injury Compensation
If you have sustained a shoulder injury in an accident for which you were not wholly to blame, or have developed an injury over a period of time due to an employer´s breach in their duty of care, you are invited to discuss your entitlement to shoulder injury compensation with an expert solicitor on our “No Win, No Fee” shoulder injury claims advice service. Our solicitor will be able to provide you with practical and helpful advice about your entitlement and talk you through what is required to make a successful shoulder injury compensation claim.
The number for you to call is 0800 044 3253, and our lines are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm, seven days a week. Alternatively, you can take advantage of our free call-back service if you rather that we called you at a more convenient time. There is no obligation on you to proceed with a claim for shoulder injury compensation once you have spoken with us and all calls to our free shoulder injury claims advice service are completely confidential. If you choose to proceed with a claim for shoulder injury compensation you can be assured that if your claim is not successful you will not pay a penny in legal fees.