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Shoulder Injury Compensation Claims

Shoulder injuries can not only be incredibly painful, but they can have a severe impact on a person’s ability to complete normal daily tasks and work, having a potentially detrimental effect on earnings. If you have suffered from a shoulder injury because of the actions or inactions of another person, you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

The following guide provides information on shoulder injuries and claiming compensation if you have been a victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Common Causes of Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder can be injured in a number of different ways, as it is a complex joint that is very active and frequently used for many everyday activities. Shoulder pain and discomfort in moving this joint can heavily impact on daily life and leave a person unable to work, carry out domestic tasks and enjoy simple routines. What is more, damage to the shoulder can impact on a person’s ability to use their arm, neck and even lower body parts.

Shoulder injuries can be caused by a wide variety of accidents, but some of the most common causes of damage to this part of the body that are presented in compensation claims include:

Common Types of Shoulder Injuries

There are a number of different types of shoulder injuries that can be sustained and the difference in the injury can determine the recovery time, treatment requirements and overall prognosis. Some of the most common types of shoulder injury include the following:


Bursitis is a condition that refers to small fluid-filled bursae sacs that can form under the skin and that act as cushions to protect parts of the body from damage. The bursae work to reduce friction in joints and sometimes, with excessive use of the shoulder, inflammation and swelling of the bursa can occur. This results in a condition that is known as subacromial bursitis, which can be very painful and uncomfortable. This form of bursitis can severely impact on a person’s ability to perform basic daily tasks and complete the requirements of their job.

People with this condition have often developed bursitis through excessive use of the shoulder in work, particularly in roles such as construction, plumbing, carpentry and factory work.


Tendons are cords that connect bones and muscles, and tendonitis is a condition that usually occurs when the tendon is worn down because of prolonged use. There are two main types of tendonitis:

  • Acute: This refers to the form of the condition that is caused by excessive use of the joint such as through work or sporting activities.
  • Chronic: Chronic tendonitis is usually caused by degenerative diseases such as arthritis or through age related wear on the tendons.

The tendons that are most commonly affected in the shoulder are the four rotator cuff tendons and one of the biceps tendons. The rotator cuff helps provide shoulder mobility and stability, and therefore tendonitis in the shoulder can be extremely painful and debilitating.

Dislocated Shoulder

A dislocated shoulder most commonly occurs when a person suffers from a slip, trip or fall and it can take several weeks to recover once the shoulder has been put back in place. A dislocated shoulder means that the ball joint has become displaced from the shoulder socket, and there is a risk that the surrounding bones and tissue can be damaged too.

A dislocation to the shoulder can be incredibly painful and minimise mobility of the shoulder, arm and neck. This can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to work and perform routine daily tasks, such as driving, lifting and carrying items.

Frozen shoulder

This is the name given to a condition where the movement of the shoulder becomes severely restricted. It is also known as adhesive capsulitis in medical terms. Discomfort and stiffness are two main signs of frozen shoulder. The joints become so stiff and tight that it is very difficult to carry out even simple movements.

The Impact of a Shoulder Injury

Because the shoulder is one of the most frequently used joints and is essential for a person’s ability to perform countless tasks, the impact of a shoulder injury on a person can be severe. Injury solicitors have managed many different shoulder injury claims, with the severity and impact of the injury varying on a case by case basis. Some of the most common consequences that a shoulder injury can have include:

  • Difficulty in caring for children, such as lifting, dressing and bathing a child
  • Inability to drive
  • Impact on work capacity
  • Discomfort and detrimental effect on sleep
  • Constant pain
  • Wear and strain on surrounding body parts
  • Unable to play sports, exercise or continue with hobbies

In severe shoulder injury cases, a person may require painful surgery, and this can lead to extensive delays in recovery. Such delays can cause extreme discomfort and disturbances to a person’s life, impacting on their ability to earn money and enjoy life fully. A shoulder injury can have a significant impact on your life and so it is important to access the compensation that you are rightfully owed.

Solicitors are skilled in securing the highest compensation awards possible for shoulder injury claims and are focussed on ensuring that all areas of suffering and loss are considered in the negotiations of your settlement.

How much compensation will I receive?

The amount of compensation that is awarded to you will greatly depend on the effect that your shoulder injury has had on your life. Your solicitor will be highly skilled and experienced in achieving the highest compensation awards for all types of personal injuries, and will ensure that negotiations are made on a thorough basis, considering all potential losses and suffering.

The areas that are taken into consideration when negotiating how much compensation you are entitled to claim includes:

  • The type and severity of injury
  • The level of pain and suffering
  • Any loss of earnings that you have suffered and any impact on your future work and earning capacity
  • Treatment costs
  • Any emotional distress caused to you
  • Impact on your independence such as inflictions on your ability to drive
  • Negative impact on your personal life such as your ability to play with your children.
  • Travel costs associated with treatment

For a free consultation to find out if you have a valid claim for compensation, call 0800 678 1410 today. A friendly and experienced legal adviser will be pleased to answer any questions that you have, assess your case and provide an experienced estimate of the amount of compensation you could be eligible to claim.

Injury Type Description Compensation
Shoulder Injuries Severe shoulder injury causing significant disability £15,510 to £38,830
Serious shoulder injuries such as dislocation or a fractured humerus causing restricted movement of the shoulder £10,340 to £15,510
Frozen shoulder or soft tissue damage with minimal symptoms lasting over two years £6,380 to £10,340
Fractured clavicle without permanent damage £4,180 to £9,900
Minor shoulder injury with a full recovery within one to two years £3,520 to £6,380
Minor shoulder injury with a full recovery within 12 months Up to £3,520