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Shoulder injury

 Shoulders can be damaged in a wide variety of ways but typical causes tend to be  from a road traffic accident with associated other injuries such as whiplash which we deal with on a separate page. Other common causes include where an object falls on you at work or where there is a fall from height and the shoulder area breaks the fall or from slipping or tripping or when lifting either a load which is too heavy or repetitive lifting where there has been inadequate or incorrect health and safety process or training.

Shoulder injuries often result in significant incapacitation, particularly as the shoulder is crucial in using hands and arms. Where a shoulder muscle has been torn or damaged recovery times and degrees of recovery will also vary and any competent injury lawyer will advise that the injury should be allowed to settle, with appropriate medical evidence, before a claim is finally resolved.

Types of different shoulder injury problems can include :-

  • Muscular injuries including frozen shoulder
  • Bruising
  • Fractured shoulders including collar bone – some 80% of shoulder fractures are non-displaced, which means bones will repair without surgical intervention. A displaced fracture is where bones fragment or separate, and need surgery
  • Dislocated shoulders
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries

The likely range of compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity for injuries to the shoulder :-

Muscle tears and damage which fully recover within a year of an accident – up to £4,000.00

More serious muscle injuries where there is significant progress but still residual or intermittent discomfort – up to £7,000.00

Frozen shoulder injuries which largely resolve within 2 years are likely to result in damages of between £6,000.00 to £10,000.00

Fractured shoulder or collar bone – with a largely uncomplicated recovery over an expected timeframe – in the likely range between £7.500.00 to £13,000.00.

Severe shoulder injuries involving complicated fractures requiring surgery and where recovery is not straightforward or where the injury results in permanent disability –  in the range from £13,000.00 to £32,500.00

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