shoulder dislocation claim

Shoulder Dislocation Claim Payout Calculator

Discover what a shoulder dislocation claim is; the various different types of dislocated shoulder you might experience; the accident mechanics that cause your shoulder to dislocate; examples of average compensation payout amounts with free online specialist solicitor assistance with your claim.

Payout Table For Shoulder Dislocation Claims In 2023

Shoulder DislocationPayout Amounts
Moderate Dislocation£12,800 – £19,200
Severe Dislocation£19,200 – £48,000

Watch out – our payout table sets out the amount you can claim for pain and suffering for a shoulder dislocation. You are also entitled to claim additional compensation for any past and future financial loss and expense you may experience as a result of your injury.

What is a shoulder dislocation claim?

Your shoulder has the greatest range of movement of any joint in the body and as such is most prone to dislocation. It is a ball and socket joint – your shoulder blade forms the socket and the top of the humerus bone (the large bone in the top of your arm) forms the ball.

Ligaments, tendons and muscles (the rotator cuff and deltoid) hold the bones in position and allow your shoulder to function smoothly.

A dislocated shoulder (technically known as a luxation for a full dislocation or a subluxation for a partial dislocation) describes the situation when your shoulder joint is torn out of position and become misaligned or displaced.

When this happens – you will experience an enormous amount of pain and suffer damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves that once supported your shoulder joint.

If your shoulder injuries were caused in an accident, working practice or criminal assault – someone could be considered legally at fault entitling you to make a shoulder dislocation claim for compensation money.

Your shoulder dislocation claim includes compensation for your shoulder pain and future instability problems together with any financial loss as a direct result of your dislocated shoulder injury, for example: lost income (past and future), medical expenses (cost of physiotherapy treatment, surgery and rehabilitation), help in the home (friends and family doing tasks you would ordinarily do).

What are the types of shoulder dislocation?

The type of shoulder dislocation claim depends on the manner in which your shoulder dislocates – which is varied.

The broad classification of dislocation are:

Full dislocation

A full shoulder dislocation is medically known as a luxation and is typically worse than a partial dislocation.

Partial dislocation

Medically a partial shoulder dislocation is called a subluxation.

In addition to the type of dislocation – a dislocated shoulder can occur in four directions:

Anterior dislocation

This is a forward dislocation of the shoulder.

Posterior dislocation

Posterior refers to a backwards dislocation of the shoulder.

Inferior dislocated shoulder

Inferior is when your shoulder is dislocated downwards.

Multi-directional dislocation

In the worse cases of shoulder dislocation, as the name suggests multi directional is in more than one direction – such as forwards, downwards and backwards.

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What types of accident can cause your shoulder to dislocate?

There are many types of accident which can cause a dislocation of your shoulder, but three typical ones include: impact accidents (car crashes, motorcycle collisions, pedestrian crossing accidents, jolts from defective machinery at work, blows from falling objects at work); handling of heavy weights (work accidents as workmen having to lift large weights) and falls with your arm outstretched (pavements trips, supermarket slips, wet surface slips at work).

When you suffer an accident of any kind – it is best to speak to a specialist solicitor immediately to determine if you can make a shoulder dislocation claim.

What is the your duty to mitigate loss in shoulder dislocation claims?

In any accident claim – UK law requires you to do what is known as mitigate your loss. In other words – reduce the effects upon you of your dislocated shoulder as best as possible.

You should seek medical treatment at hospital immediately. Your shoulder joint will be returned to its correct position by either manual manipulation (known as reduction) or by surgical intervention (known as closed reduction).

Dislocations will show up on x-rays as will any shoulder joint fractures, which can often accompany a dislocated shoulder injury.

Following your shoulder being returned to its correct position – doctors should take an MRI scan to see the damage to shoulder tissues (ligament and tendon tears, muscle injury and nerve damage). Surgery, by way of arthroscopy or bone graft, is often necessary to stabilize the shoulder joint.

In addition your shoulder muscles (rotator cuff and deltoid) can be strengthened through physiotherapy exercises further increasing your shoulder’s stability.

Compensation payouts calculator for shoulder dislocation claims

The amount of compensation your shoulder injury claim payout will be calculated at depends upon the exact nature of your injury as set out in an independent orthopaedic medical expert report, some examples of payouts in 2023 include:

Dislocated shoulder injury with ligament damage

If you suffered a partial or full dislocation, which gives rise to instability in your shoulder requiring surgery with reduced grip in your hands and pain in your elbow and neck – your shoulder dislocation claim average payout is likely to be calculated between £12,800 – £19,200.

Severe dislocated shoulder claim payouts

In the worst cases of shoulder dislocation claims – you can be left with significant disability in your shoulder, neck and arms and might include fractures in the bones of the shoulder joint. The amount your compensation settlement is likely to be calculated at is between £19,200 – £48,000.

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