Shoulder injuries are one of the common types of injuries sustained in an accident. You may have been involved in a road traffic accident, an accident at work or a slip or trip in a public place. Shoulder injuries can be overlooked as minor, but they can have serious and long term damage such as dislocation, rotator cuff, a fracture, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis etc.
Unfortunately, shoulder pain can go ignored so if you have suffered a shoulder injury and it was not your fault, then you may be able to claim for compensation for your pain, loss of earnings and your medical expenses. A solicitor’s firm dealing with injury compensations claims will be able to assist you and aid you in claiming compensation you might be owed.
No one can predict the long term effects a shoulder injury may have on your life. It may cause you incapacity that you are unable to work, which can then lead to psychological injuries. It is therefore important that you protect your future and seek adequate legal advice so the experienced solicitors can assist you in dealing with the consequences of your injury.
Assessing shoulder injury severity
The shoulder is a vulnerable joint of the body. It comprises of three bones; the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the humerus (upper arm bone). There are also muscles, ligaments and tendons, all of which can be damaged in an accident.
If your experiencing any of the symptoms below, then it would be advisable to obtain medical attention straight away:-
- The pain is sudden and/or very bad
- You cannot move your arm
- Your arm or shoulder has changed shape and/or is swollen
- You feel pins and needles that don’t go away
- There isn’t any sensation in your arm or shoulder
- Your arm or shoulder area is hot or cold to touch
It is important to obtain medical advice, as a qualified doctor will be able to provide a diagnosis about the severity of the damage caused. This will also assist your solicitors with the compensation claim and help them to instruct the relevant medical-legal expert as part of the claim process.
What will your compensation consist of?
As well as looking to obtain compensation for your injury, your solicitors will also look at potential future losses such as shoulder injury requiring surgery and future care. To assist the solicitors in evaluating your claim, they will also research case studies of similar shoulder injuries.
Your compensation can include but will not be limited to:-
- Physiotherapy if NHS waiting time is too long
- Rehabilitation similar to physiotherapy but other forms of treatment recommended by the medical experts
- Special damages/out of pocket expenses such as loss of wages, unexpected medical bills, travel expenses, damaged clothing, damaged items supported by receipts, invoices etc.
- General damages will consist of compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity supported by legal medical reports from medical experts. These reports then assist your solicitor in valuing your injury claim.
- Medical expenses incurred as a direct result of the injury such as prescription charges, treatment costs, surgery, specialist expert charges. Again supported by invoices and receipts.
- Travelling expenses such as to medical appointments, treatment venues, solicitors office. So any trip made as a direct result of the accident/injury. Keeping receipts or note of all journey and dates is useful.
No Win No Fee agreements
Unfortunately, victims sometimes do not wish to make compensation claims as they fear the financial burden as well as being an injured party. No Win No Fee agreements could be a benefit to you and less stressful during such a difficult time. This agreement will put your mind at ease as our fees are only charged if the case is successful which means we will drive harder to make sure you get the compensation you deserve but also work hard to make sure your claim succeeds. We aim to make the process as less stressful as possible and always keeping you updated on the progress of the claim.
Therefore, if you have suffered an injury as a result of another party’s negligence, then you can discuss your case with our experienced solicitors. Our specialised solicitors will explain the process in simple terms, so no legal jargon to confuse or worry you. They will assess your claim and assist you in understanding each step. We are confident in the services we offer and have a proven success rate. We pride ourselves on providing a transparent service with no hidden fees. Our legal advice team will be able to supply you with free, confidential, no-obligation advice tailored to your circumstances. They can also tell you if you are eligible to make a No Win No Fee claim for your injuries.
Our firm is regulated and safe. Our Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), also known as a No Win No Fee Agreement is governed by the Law Society, and we pride ourselves to be a reputable firm which adheres to the rules. For example, we are prevented by the law to charge more than 25% of your compensation for our fees. So you may be pleased to know that you will be awarded at least 75% of your compensation after our fees are paid. No upfront charges which will put your mind at rest while allowing us to deal with your claim efficiently.
What steps do you need to follow while making a claim compensation for a shoulder injury?
To help us build a strong and successful case, we would recommend that you do the following:-
- Seek medical treatment after your accident and continue to do so if necessary
- Take photographs of the location where the accident took place
- Take photographs of your injury
- Obtain details of the party involved or party liable for your safety and any witnesses present
- Keep receipts and any details of any costs incurred
Accidents can cause shock and distress, so when you feel ready, contact your solicitors who will advise you whether you have a claim and what the next steps will be.
Call to get free advice and to start a claim
If you have been involved in an accident whether that be a road traffic accident, accident at work or a fall, slip or trip and have suffered a shoulder injury, then contact our personal injury solicitors. We are here to make things easier for you and your family.
Our reputable law firm, Direct Solicitors, have handled thousands of cases per year with satisfied customers. Our dedicated team will work hard to get the compensation you deserve.
Our experienced solicitors await your call where they will provide you with a free no obligation no win no fee consultation.