Types & Physiology of Shoulder Injuries
The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body and if injured can render an individual unable to perform the most basic of tasks. It is the joint that connects the upper arm to the shoulder blade and is made up of crucial structures that give the arm full range of movement.
Injuries can occur over time, or immediately as the result of an accident. If a third party is to blame for your injuries, such as an employer, or a member of the public, then you are entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation. Some common types of injuries sustained by the shoulder include:
Instability: where one of the joints is forced out of its usual position resulting in dislocation.
Labral Tear: a one-off accident or overuse of the shoulder can cause a tear in the labrum.
Frozen Shoulder: inflammation that causes pain and stiffness and severely limits movement.
Impingement: the result of prolonged rubbing of the shoulder muscles against the top part of the shoulder blade.
Osteoarthritis: a form of wear and tear of the joint that occurs with aging.
Bursitis: overuse which can lead to inflammation or swelling of the bursa.
Rotator Cuff Tear: the rotator cuff supports range of motion in the shoulder and a tear may be the result of overuse or a sudden injury.
Dislocated shoulder: the ball joint of the upper arm is dislocated from the shoulder socket.
Any injury to the shoulder can cause significant pain to the sufferer and can severely impair an individual’s ability to carry out simple daily tasks. Such injuries may render a person unable to work and in extreme cases unable to return to the work they did prior to suffering the injury. Obviously such circumstances would be significant in the pursuit of any claim for financial compensation.
How much is a shoulder injury claim worth?
The circumstances of any accident or injury suffered are unique, the same as your personal circumstances, and so it is impossible to provide a definitive figure at the outset. Any figures provided should be treated as a guide only. Any sum eventually awarded by a court will be considerate of two things:
General damages: the impact to you personally in terms of pain and suffering endured as a result of the injury.
Special Damages: actual expenses incurred by you as a result of the accident/injury such as medical costs or loss of earnings.
Broken Collar Bone, Fractured Clavicle & Shoulder Injury Compensation Settlement Values
Severe shoulder injury:
£41,050 - £16,060
Moderate shoulder injury
£16,060 - £6,600
Minor shoulder injury
£6,600 - £1,500
£10,000 - £4,000
Common causes of shoulder injuries
The below list is not exhaustive but some of the most common causes of shoulder injuries include:
- Strain from overuse or lifting / moving heavy objects
- Slips, trips or falls
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Physical assault
- Use of uncomfortable furniture
Being clear on the shoulder injury you have sustained and being able to provide evidence to support the exact cause of your injury and how it has affected your daily life can help greatly when pursuing a financial compensation claim.
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