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Making a successful shoulder injury compensation claim requires you to get expert legal advice from a personal injury solicitor.
Whether you are seeking shoulder injury compensation for an accident at work, a road traffic accident or linked to a criminal injury compensation claim, Blackwater Law personal injury solicitors can offer quick and free advice on how much personal injury compensation you could be entitled to receive. With over 45 years’ experience of handling personal injury compensation claims for a wide range of shoulder injuries, we have the necessary experience to put forward the strongest possible case for shoulder injury compensation on your behalf. So if you or a close relative have suffered a shoulder injury through no fault of your own, call us on 0800 083 5500 for a free consultation to assess the strength of your case.
Our team of highly experienced personal injury solicitors understand that a shoulder injury of any sort can prevent you from carrying out day-to-day activities and providing financially for you and your family. The shoulder is one of the most sophisticated and complex joints in the body, and because it is such a unique joint it is also prone to particular problems. The shoulder has the greatest range of movement of any joint in the body and consists of four joints and five linked bone groups. If one of those joints or bones is injured, it can have a detrimental effect on the range of movement in the shoulder.
Blackwater Law has established a reputation as one of the top firms of personal injury solicitors in the South East. We have extensive experience of handling compensation claims for a number of different shoulder injuries, including dislocated shoulders, tendonitis, fractured clavicles and frozen shoulders. We also handle personal injury compensation claims for injuries to other parts of the body, such as foot injuries, back injuries and leg injuries.
Use the above shoulder injury compensation calculator to estimate the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. The level of compensation you receive will be linked to the severity of the injuries you have sustained and their long-term impact on your health and welfare. Also taken into consideration will be any financial losses arising as a result of your injury, such as time off work. In the worst cases, returning to work may not be a viable option and therefore future loss of earning may be worked into the shoulder injury compensation claim.
Shoulder injuries can happen in a number of different ways, and identifying what type of injury you have sustained and how it has affected your ability to perform daily activities or earn a living will be fundamental to the success of your shoulder injury compensation claim, as your financial settlement will depend largely on how much long term pain and / or disability you suffer as a result of your shoulder problem. Usually, shoulder injuries can be effectively treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Other treatments include exercise, medicine to reduce pain and swelling, and surgery if other treatments don’t work.
Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that form under the skin, usually over the joints, including the shoulder. Bursae act as cushions between the bones and overlying soft tissues and tendons, helping to reduce friction between the gliding muscles and the bone. Sometimes, excessive use of the shoulder leads to inflammation and swelling of the bursa between the rotator cuff and part of the shoulder blade known as the acromion. The result is a condition known as subacromial bursitis, which can make many daily activities such as combing your hair or getting dressed very difficult.
A tendon is a cord that connects muscle to bone. In most cases of tendonitis, the result is a wearing down of the tendon that occurs slowly over time, much like the wearing process on the sole of a shoe that eventually splits from overuse. Generally, there are two types of tendonitis:
•Acute. Excessive ball throwing or other overhead activities during work or sport can lead to acute tendinitis; and
•Chronic. Degenerative diseases like arthritis or repetitive wear and tear due to age, can lead to chronic tendinitis.
The most commonly affected tendons in the shoulder are the four rotator cuff tendons and one of the biceps tendons. The rotator cuff is made up of four small muscles and their tendons that cover the head of your upper arm bone and keep it in the shoulder socket. Your rotator cuff helps provide shoulder motion and stability.
Rotator Cuff Tear
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that attach the muscles in your upper shoulder to your bones. This is easier explained to be where your shoulder joins your upper arm, and contains muscles, tendons and ligaments that work in unison to allow you to move your shoulder. One of the most common injuries that occur to this part of shoulder is tearing the tendons – a rotator cuff tear. This can often happen over time, or immediately from a single traumatic event, often leaving the victim of the injury with less movement than previously before the injury, and a significantly weaker shoulder.
A dislocated shoulder usually happens after a heavy fall onto the arm. It takes between 12 and 16 weeks to heal after the shoulder has been put back into place.
Dislocating your shoulder means the ball joint of your upper arm has popped out of the shoulder socket. The surrounding tissues may also have become overstretched or torn as a result of the dislocation.
The shoulder is one of the easiest joints to dislocate because the ball joint sits in a very shallow socket. This makes the arm extremely mobile and able to move in many directions, but also means that it is not very stable.
Most people dislocate their shoulder during a contact sport such as rugby, or in a sports-related accident. In older people the cause is often falling onto outstretched hands, for example after slipping on ice.
Shoulder dislocations can occur more easily in people who are highly flexible, such as those with joint hypermobility (loose joints).
If you injure your shoulder in an accident (for example while participating in a contact sport), as a result of some form of medical negligence (such as in a defective operation procedure at hospital) or through a criminal act of violence (for instance an assault) – it is likely that you will be able to claim compensation for your back injury from the person or company considered ‘legally at fault’ or ‘legally responsible’ for your shoulder injury. Whatever your personal circumstances, if you have suffered a shoulder injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you can begin a ‘no win, no fee‘ shoulder injury compensation claim today.
The first thing you should do before making a shoulder injury compensation claim is to contact Blackwater Law and speak to one of our personal injury lawyers. You can call us directly on 0800 083 5500 to get free initial advice about your injury and our ‘no win, no fee’ service. When you contact us, you will speak directly to a specialist back injury expert who will be able to quickly assess your back injury compensation claim and provide expert legal advice on the appropriate course of action to take.
Blackwater Law is recognised as one of the leading personal injury solicitors in the industry by the Legal 500, an independent ranking directory of the UK’s top law firms. The Legal 500 team individually review the performance of every law firm within their directory, focusing on the quality of the legal services provided and the skills and expertise of the members of the team (including partners and associates).
Your Blackwater Law personal injury solicitor will help you through each stage of the legal process and will keep you up-to-date on the progress of your back injury compensation claim throughout. In acting for you in making your claim, we will aim to build the strongest possible case on your behalf to secure the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for your back injury.
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