Shoulder Injury Claim: Specialist lawyer sets out average payout compensation amounts for shoulder injuries in UK accidents
In this article we set out what are shoulder injury claim is; the shoulder muscles, nerves and bones that can be injured in an accident; the most common types of accident which give rise to a shoulder injury claim with average payout examples of how much compensation you can claim for all manner of shoulder fractures, strains and pain.
What is a shoulder injury claim?
A shoulder injury claim is a claim for compensation for pain and suffering (and consequential financial loss) for injury to your shoulder, including damage to the bones, muscles, ligaments and nerves that make up and surround the shoulder joint. To make a claim someone (whether an individual, a business or other body) must be considered legally at fault, negligent or in breach of a statutory duty.
The person at fault cannot be yourself alone as you cannot make a claim against yourself. A lawyer is however best consulted to establish fault, as in many cases you might not realise legal fault for your shoulder injury claim lies elsewhere.
Take for example – a trip on a pavement. The council might be considered at fault for the accident for not maintaining the pavement correctly.
What are the body parts that make up your shoulder which can be injured in an accident?
There are three essential parts of your shoulder which can be injured in an accident for which you can make a UK shoulder injury claim for compensation, which include:
1. The bones that make up your shoulder
The main bone which is known as your “shoulder blade” is called medically “the scapula”. The shoulder joint includes two other bones – one in your upper arm called the humerus and the other being your collar bone (medically known as the clavicle).
Click arm injury claim and broken collar bone injuries to see our articles setting out the amounts of compensation you can claim for injuries to the humerus and clavicle, including fractures and broken bones..
2. The rotator cuff
The rotator cuff is an essential part of the shoulder which joins your upper arm to your shoulder and contains muscles, tendons and ligaments.
3. The brachial plexus
The brachial plexus contains a collection of nerves, which run from the spine and divide in the brachial plexus – so the nerves can pass into the neck in one direction and into your arms in the other. The nerves originate from the lower cervical spine and from the upper thoracic spine.
Whiplash in car accidents will often include an injured brachial plexus with resultant tingling in your fingers and shoulder pain.
What are the common types of shoulder injury claim?
Your shoulder can be injured in many different types of accident, but some of the most common include:
1. Car accident RTA’s
Car crashes can lead to extreme forces passing through your body, as your spine is whipped forwards and backwards by the force of your head as your upper body is restrained by a seatbelt.
A condition known as whiplash can develop, which affects your neck, cervical spine and also your shoulders.
The nerves running through the brachial plexus can be damaged as can the muscles and tendons which make up the rotator cuff.
Signs of whiplash include stiffness in the shoulders and neck as well as tingling in the hands. Remember nerves run through the brachial plexus from the spine into the arms and through your neck.
Click car accident compensation to see our article explaining what you can claim in a car accident – including the amounts for a whiplash shoulder injury claim.
2. Lifting and loading work injury claims
Manual handling in the workplace invariably puts a lot of pressure on the shoulder. Heavy loads and repetitive lifting can lead to injury to the muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff.
See our accident at work article, which sets out the claims process for work injury claims – from start to finish.
3. Slip, trip and fall accidents
In a slip, trip and fall type of accident – whether it be a pavement trip, a slip in a supermarket or a fall whilst on holiday – it is a natural instinct to protect your fall using your arms. As you crash to the floor -your shoulder will take the full weight of your fall, which can lead to broken bones, a torn rotator cuff and damaged nerves in the brachial plexus.
Examples of compensation amounts for shoulder injury claims
If you have suffered a shoulder injury following an accident, which is considered to be the “legal responsibility” or “legal fault” of another you should be able to claim shoulder injury compensation which will include: pain and suffering for the physical injury itself and financial losses which follow as a direct result of your injury (lost income, medical expenses, travel expenses, rehabilitation costs, etc).
The examples given below are approximate compensation amounts for your “pain and suffering” only as a result of a shoulder injury claim which settles in 2021:
1. Minor muscular and tendon shoulder injuries claim payouts
Injuries to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the shoulder (rotator cuff injuries) with pain which is fully resolved within 1 year will lead to a shoulder injury claim amounts of: up to £4,100
Please be aware: Our road accident whiplash shoulder injuries article sets out how the compensation payout amounts changed from 31 May 2021 for certain types of shoulder injury suffered by drivers and passengers in a car or other motor vehicle with symptoms lasting up to 2 years.
2. Symptoms of up to two years compensation settlements
If the injuries described at number 1 above – last for between 1 to 2 years you could expect an average claim payout to be calculated between: £4,100 – £7,400
3. Frozen shoulder compensation calculator
Symptoms of a frozen shoulder injury which last for no more than 2 years – you can expect average compensation payouts between: £7,400 – £12,000
Click frozen shoulder to see the page I have written about frozen shoulder compensation claims.
4. Serious shoulder injury average compensation payouts
Dislocations to the shoulder, fractures to the shoulder blade and injured nerves in the brachial plexus causing pain in the arms and neck will lead to average compensation compensation claim payout amounts of between: £12,000 – £45,000
Summary of shoulder injury claim compensation amounts
On this page you have seen all the parts of your shoulder that can be injured with average compensation payout examples of how much your UK shoulder injury claim is worth.
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