Dislocated Shoulder Compensation Claims

Are you looking for more information about getting compensation for a dislocated shoulder caused by another party’s negligence? Perhaps you’re looking to know how the claims process works or how much you could be eligible to receive. This guide could help you. 

If you’re interested in making a claim, you can speak to our advisors today. They give free legal advice and could connect you with our panel of personal injury solicitors if you have a valid, strong claim. You can get in touch with us by:

 Dislocated Shoulder Compensation Claims

A guide to seeking dislocated shoulder compensation

  • Calling us on 0800 408 7825
  • Using the live chat function located at the bottom-right of this page
  • Contacting us directly through the website

For more general information about dislocated shoulder compensation, please continue reading this guide. 

Select A Section

  1. What Is A Dislocated Shoulder?
  2. How Do People Get Dislocated Shoulders?
  3. What Are The Three Types Of Shoulder Dislocation?
  4. Do I Need To See A Doctor To Claim Dislocated Shoulder Compensation?
  5. How To Make A Dislocated Shoulder Compensation Claim
  6. Dislocated Shoulder Compensation Calculator
  7. Get Help With A Specialist No Win No Fee Lawyer
  8. Related Shoulder And Arm Injury Claims

What Is A Dislocated Shoulder?

A dislocated shoulder is an injury where your upper arm bone falls out of position with your shoulder socket. The shoulder has what is informally known as a ball and socket joint. This allows for movement of the arm. However, the joint connecting the arm and the shoulder is shallow, which means that dislocations are not unlikely to happen. 

You could be able to identify a dislocated shoulder in the following ways:

  • You can’t move your arm and it’s very painful
  • Your shoulder looks square instead of round
  • There’s a lump under the skin in front of the shoulder

If you believe you have sustained a dislocated shoulder, it is always wise to speak to a medical professional. Your doctor can recommend an appropriate course of treatment for your injury.

The Potential Medical Process

Firstly, your doctor may use an X-ray to check for any specific damage to your shoulder and arm. You may have sustained a fracture – in this case, you may be referred to orthopaedic care and recommended for surgery.

If this is not the case, your arm may be manipulated back into the shoulder joint gently. This process is formally called “reduction”.

This guide should not be taken as a replacement for medical advice. If you have sustained a dislocated shoulder, always speak to a qualified medical professional.


How Do People Get Dislocated Shoulders?

Dislocated shoulders can occur as a result of an accident such as a heavy fall. The NHS underlines that this can happen as a result of contact sports. However, this type of injury could be sustained in the workplace, in a public space, or on the roads.

Road Traffic Accidents

Under The Highway Code, road users owe each other a duty of care. For example, motorists should use the roads with the standard care and skill of the average motorist. If they breach this duty of care, by speeding for example, it could result in an accident and injuries. When this happens, the victim could claim.

Accident At Work

Employers owe their employees a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They should ensure they take reasonable measures to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. If their negligence causes an employee injury, the employee could claim.

Accident In A Public Place

Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those who have control or own places that are accessible to the public should ensure they’re safe for visitors. Failing to reasonably reduce or remove hazards, for example, could cause an injury. If this happens, the injured person could claim.

It is also possible to sustain a dislocated shoulder as part of a slip and trip accident, as part of a manual handling incident, or an accident on a public road. In these cases, we see some element of high-impact trauma causing the dislocated shoulder.

If you know you have sustained a dislocated shoulder due to someone else’s negligence, you may be interested in finding out about the amount of compensation for dislocated shoulder injuries. Our advisors can value your potential claim for free.


What Are The Three Types Of Shoulder Dislocation?

Not all shoulder dislocations are the same. The three main types of injury you could sustain here are known as anterior dislocation, posterior dislocation, and interior dislocation.

  1. Anterior dislocation: Here, the word “anterior” means “forward”. The top of the arm bone pops out in front of the socket. 
  2. Posterior dislocation: Here, the word “posterior” means “behind”. This is where the top of the arm bone moves behind the socket. 
  3. Inferior dislocation: Here, the word “inferior” means “bottom”. This is where the top of the arm bone is pushed down and away from the socket.

As always, do not interpret this guide as medical advice. Always speak to a doctor for the most relevant information about your injuries. 

If you want more information regarding shoulder dislocation compensation, speak to our advisors.


Do I Need To See A Doctor To Claim Dislocated Shoulder Compensation?

Your claim may be affected if there is no medical evidence. If you decide to make a claim with a personal injury solicitor, they may arrange a medical appointment with an independent medical professional. This assessment allows the professional to check the severity of your injuries. The resulting report can be used to determine how much compensation you may be able to claim. 

Regardless of collecting evidence for your claim, it is recommended that you see a doctor for your own health and safety.

You may be able to compensation for a dislocated shoulder if a third party’s negligence caused it. Speak to our advisors today who could connect you to our panel of solicitors.


How To Make A Dislocated Shoulder Compensation Claim

If you have sustained an injury that wasn’t your fault, seek immediate medical attention. Always be sure to look after yourself and your own health.

Next, consider speaking to a personal injury solicitor. You can pursue a claim by yourself, but using a solicitor’s services may make the claims process easier for you.

Evidence To Collect

You could then collect evidence to support your compensation claim. Possible evidence to collect includes:

  • Contact details from people who witnessed the accident. This can include friends, colleagues, and bystanders. They may be able to provide statements based on what they witnessed.
  • Footage from CCTV cameras.
  • Photographs depicting the injuries.

Your solicitor could then be able to put your evidence together into a claim which may result in you receiving compensation for a dislocated shoulder if your case is successful. 


Dislocated Shoulder Compensation Calculator

You may be wondering how much compensation you could receive. We can offer you rough boundaries based on the Judicial College Guidelines. While these guidelines can be useful, they may not fit your own claim perfectly. All cases will be different with their own details to consider. As such, speak to an advisor today for a more up-to-date figure more closely related to your own claim.

InjurySeverityNature of IncidentPossible Compensation
Injury to the Shoulder(a) SevereWill involve dislocation but also factors in neck injuries as well as brachial plexus damage. £18,020 - £45,070
Injury to the Shoulder(b) SeriousWill involve dislocation as well as damage to the lower brachial plexus. £11,980 - £18,020
Injury to the Shoulder(c) ModerateWill involve a limitation on movement as well as a frozen shoulder. Any injuries incurred in this bracket can persist for about two years but should not be permanent.£7,410 - £11,980
Injury to the Shoulder(d) Minor (i)Will involve soft tissue injuries with considerable pain but near full recovery. This bracket allows for complications that may occur. recovery is in less than 2 years. £4,080 - £7,410
Injury to the Shoulder(d) (ii) Minor As above, but recovering in 1 year.£2,300 - £4,080

Damages

The compensation that you may be entitled to can be regarded in two distinct ways: general damages and special damages.

General damages refer to medically-diagnosed injuries that you can be compensated for. These injuries may be mental or physical. 

Special damages refer to compensation designed to financially restore the claimant to the place they were in before their injury. This can cover losses such as lost wages and travel expenses. It is always a good idea to hang onto evidence such as receipts and payslips as you may not receive the full amount of special damages possible without these.


Get Help With A Specialist No Win No Fee Lawyer

You may be interested in claiming compensation for a dislocated shoulder. However, you may be nervous about legal fees in relation to making a claim.

If you choose to use the services of one, a solicitor from our panel can take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you do not pay your solicitor’s fee. However, if you win, you only pay a small percentage fee as a result of success. It’s capped by law and taken from the compensation after it comes through. 

What’s more, under No Win No Fee:

  • You don’t pay the solicitor’s fee upfront
  • There is no ongoing solicitor’s fee

You can find out more now about No Win No Fee dislocated shoulder claims by:

  • Calling us on 0800 408 7825
  • Using the live chat function located at the bottom-right of this page
  • Contacting us directly through the website

Related Shoulder And Arm Injury Claims

Below, we have included sources that could be of use to you.

Frozen Shoulder Compensation Case Study Guide

Public Pavement and Road Defect Accident Claim Guide

Public Cycle Path Accident Claims Guide

The Highway Code

Request CCTV footage of yourself

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

If you have any more questions about dislocated shoulder compensation, why not get in touch?

Article by EC

Publisher UI