Shoulder Injury Claims Guide – Compensation Amounts Calculator – Find Out How To Claim?

By Meg Stein. Last updated 8th March. Welcome to our guide to shoulder injury claims. In this guide, we’ll discuss the potential settlement value of a shoulder injury claim. We’ll also provide information on using a shoulder injury compensation calculator and why they would not be able to give you an accurate sum for rotator cuff tear compensation. This guide could prove useful to you if you’re considering claiming compensation for a shoulder injury, including whiplash.

When a shoulder is injured, there are a lot of things you’ll find you can no longer do – at least while it recovers. It’s also likely to be quite painful, and you might find it affects you more than you would have thought.

There are various ways you could sustain a shoulder injury. For example, in an accident in the workplace due to inadequate training, in a motorcycle accident or the result of a slip, trip or fall. If someone else’s negligence caused the accident in which you sustained your shoulder injury, it may be possible for you to claim shoulder injury compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer.

Shoulder injury claims explained

Within this page, we explore the complexities of shoulder injuries, describe the situations that lead people to launch shoulder injury compensation claims, and show how we can help you bring one against the responsible parties.

We also talk about approximate compensation brackets for certain types of shoulder injuries.

You can chat to us at any time on 0161 696 9685, or see what other personal injury claims we could give guidance on, but we’d advise you to take a look through the guide first in order to have most of your questions answered.

A Guide To Shoulder Injury Compensation Claims

Shoulder injury compensation claims

Shoulder injury compensation claims guide

The shoulder is an important joint, and one that we use almost constantly throughout the day without quite realising just how much it does.

However, when your shoulder is injured, this will likely be brought home in quite a painful fashion.

Should the injury in question be due to someone else’s fault, then it is likely that you will not only be in pain, but be feeling aggrieved that the injury happened at all. This is when most people start to search as to whether they are able to make a compensation claim for shoulder injuries, whether this is against a local authority, their employer, a commercial building owner, or a driver on the road.

If you read the sections below, you’ll be able to learn all about shoulder injury compensation, what situations would lead you to seek this type of compensation, how to choose a personal injury solicitor to help you, why no win no fee is a great way to claim, and more about personal injury claim calculators and why we advise not to use them.

Shoulder Injury Compensation Calculator

Almost always, the first question you’ll be asking is ‘Is claiming shoulder injury compensation worth my time?’. The answer is almost always a resounding yes.

You could seek compensation for your physical and psychological pain and suffering but also financial burdens because of the injury, and compensation may help to redress the balance.

It could never quite make up for what you’ve been to, but may go some way to help you move on after your injury. The question ‘How much compensation will I get for shoulder injury however, is more complex.

The settlement value of a shoulder injury claim varies greatly depending on different factors unique to your circumstances. For that reason, you may only receive an estimate from using a shoulder injury compensation calculator.

We have provided further information on compensation calculators below.

Would a shoulder injury compensation calculator help?

You may have already used a personal injury claims calculator, but the figure you may have received will differ to the actual settlement you’re awarded.

The reason is this; because all claims are different, all personal injury settlements are too. For example, compensation for a shoulder injury requiring surgery that leaves the person suffering from ongoing issues may differ to that of a minor shoulder injury that full recovers.

These calculators rarely give accurate information, which is why we don’t have one here. What we do have, however, is information on guidelines for settlements, provided by the Judicial College in order that you can see average payouts for certain injuries.

The alternative to a shoulder injury compensation calculator

Although the settlement value of a shoulder injury claim will differ from case to case, generally, your claim may comprise general damages. These provide compensation for your physical or psychological pain and suffering.

They may be calculated using medical evidence. Alongside medical evidence, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is often used to help value claims. They provide bracket figures of compensation for various injuries.

The table below includes figures from the JCG but you should only use them as a guide. The figures don’t take into account any additional damages your claim might include, such as financial losses.

If you’d like any further advice on this, do give our team a call.

Shoulder Injury TypeAverage BracketMore information
Severe£16,830 - £42,110Brachial Plexus and neck injuries are usually involved here. There are often severe effects on hand and arm movements
Serious£11,200 - £16,830Dislocation and lower brachial injury, loss of grip could be involved. Persistent symptoms are likely to be present.
Moderate£6,920 - £11,200Frozen shoulder can be included here. Symptoms can be present for up to 2 years
Minor£3,810 - £6,920Recovery in less than 2 years
Minor£2,150 - £3,810Recovery in less than 1 year
MinorUp to £2,150Recovery in 3 months

What Can My Shoulder Injury Compensation Claim Include Damages For?

Shoulder injuries can be complex, and they may stop you doing certain things. One thing is for sure, however, and that is that they are painful.

If someone else has caused you this pain, it is only right that you are able to claim for it, as well as financial losses that you’ve suffered directly due to the injury.

The settlement value of a shoulder injury claim may comprise:

General Damages

Pain, discomfort, torment; call it what you will, but you will likely have suffered a bit if you’ve obtained a shoulder injury. This is what general damages compensate for.

The amount will likely be awarded based on the severity of the shoulder injury, as well as your chances of a full recovery.

Special Damages

These are for monetary losses you’ve faced, and could include:

Evidence is required to support your claim for any monetary losses, such as receipts and payslips.

The Anatomy Of The Shoulder

As previously mentioned, the shoulder is an important job, and to understand what it does that makes it so important is easy when you follow the explanation below.

The joint is made up of the scapula (blade) of the shoulder, which is like a socket. The upper arm (humerus) bone fits into this, like a ball. The other vital parts of the joint are the clavicle which is also known as the collarbone. This meets the acromion, part of the scapula, in what’s called the acromioclavicular joint. On top of all this is the rotator cuff. This is a number of tendons and muscles that help with movement of the shoulder, and they also support the joint. Then, there is the bursa, which is a small sec filled with fluid that cushions the joint, and labrum; a cartilage cuff that helps the humerus fit into the scapula.

All this works together to provide a joint with a full range of movement that allows the arm to move properly.

What Are The Most Common Shoulder Injuries?

There are a huge number of things that can go wrong with the shoulder. Here, we take a look at some of the more common ones that are usually caused by accidents, and not wear and tear.

Instability of the shoulder – This happens when the ligaments and muscles holding the shoulder together are stretched too far. This can happen in lifting accidents. It renders the joint unstable.

If the ligaments were to be torn, then this can lead to the shoulder becoming dislocated. This is extremely painful and while sometimes the shoulder ‘pops’ back into the joint, sometimes it requires manipulation to be put back into the correct position. Recurrent dislocations might need surgery to correct.

Rotator Cuff Tear – We’ve explained what the cuff is, and where it is located previously in this guide. The tearing of the cuff makes it extremely difficult for a person to lift the arm and rotate it as normal. Rest is often required, but physiotherapy may be a requirement once the shoulder has begun to heal. You will likely need to take painkillers for this injury.

Overuse – If the shoulder joint is subject to overuse, then this can cause osteoarthritis, a painful condition that makes usual use difficult. This is common in work shoulder injury claims. Cortisone injections may be required for a person to regain some movement in the shoulder.

Other injuries, such as heavy blows may cause injury to the bones within the shoulder joint. These can be very painful and cause long-term issues.

If you have experienced a similar shoulder injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to make a shoulder injury compensation claim. Call our team for more information.

Common Causes Of Shoulder Injuries

There can be any number of shoulder injuries that lead to compensation claims. Here, we break down some of the more common ones, but if you’ve suffered this injury through another cause, then do not let this put you off making shoulder injury compensation claims. Just call our team and we’ll talk over with you whether you’d have a claim.

  • Workplace accidents: These could include repetitive strain injuries, falls from height, slips and falls on the same level or heavy lifting.
  • Road traffic accidents: These might include head-on collisions or rear shunt accidents.
  • Public place accidents: These might include a slip, trip or fall.

Please note, to pursue compensation, you must show that someone failed to uphold their duty of care and caused you harm as a result. Call our team to see if you’re eligible to receive a settlement value for a shoulder injury claim.

What Are The Effects Of A Shoulder Injury?

With the shoulder being such an important joint, and one we use all the time, when it fails, it can cause untold disruption to our daily life, and even our state of mind, as it can be very frustrating and depressing not to do the things we once did. Things like getting dressed, playing sports, and lifting loads can often be problematic and this can have a huge effect on our enjoyment of life, sports, and even our job.

There is also a diagnosed condition caused shoulder impingement syndrome, which involves a tendon catching within your body on some tissue or bone and causing long-term pain. This can last months or even years, and may require shoulder surgery to correct, if things like cortisone injections, rest, or physiotherapy don’t work.

How Are Injuries To The Shoulder Assessed?

Assessing a shoulder injury

Assessing a shoulder injury

The only way to correctly ascertain the severity of any shoulder injury is via a medical exam.

A medical professional may ask you to do some movement, take a full history, including asking you about your level of pain, then perhaps send you for scans.

The results of these will be compiled into a medical report and this could form part of the evidence required to ascertain your shoulder injury compensation.

How Can You Prove Liability In Shoulder Injury Claims?

Proving who is liable for your shoulder injury requires certain conditions to be met. You are required to prove that the person/s were responsible for your safety, that they failed in this responsibility and that the failure led to your shoulder injury.

This is where a No Win No Fee solicitor comes in; as they know the sort of proof that is required for this.

In addition, however, you may be asked, not only to attend a medical to assess your injury, but to provide an account of what’s happened, any witness details if anyone else was present, any photographical evidence as well as proof of costs incurred as a result of your shoulder injury.

Can I Claim For A Workplace Accident Causing A Shoulder Injury?

In short, if someone failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you resulting in you sustaining a shoulder injury, you could make a shoulder injury claim.

For more information on whether you’re eligible to claim, call our team.

Shoulder Injuries Caused By A Car Crash Or Road Traffic Accident

Road accidents can cause major trauma to the body, and the shoulder can be stretched out of place, leading to some of the injuries mentioned above. A heavy blow can also cause a lot of damage to the shoulder. Brachial plexus injuries are common in road traffic accidents, as well as nerve, tendon and muscle damage or a dislocation injury.

Shoulder Injuries Caused By An Accident In A Public Place

Your local authority may be responsible for your safety in certain public places if they are the occupier. For instance, if they haven’t repaired a pavement and you’ve fallen, or a pothole that should have been fixed or signposted was not and you were injured, then you would likely have a claim for shoulder injury compensation.

Similarly, owners of commercial buildings also have the same responsibility, so if you have slipped on a wet floor that was not signposted at a supermarket, or shop, or hotel, then you might have cause to launch a shoulder injury compensation case there too.

Injuries To The Shoulder Caused By A Slip Or Fall

Some of the most common accidents, whether it involves tripping on a pavement, in a shop, in someone’s workplace, or anywhere include slips and falls.

Depending on whether you’ve fallen from height, on the same level, or into another object, your shoulder injury from slip and fall may be only minor or it may cause you issues for years to come.

What Reason Can I Make A Shoulder Injury Claim For?

The way in which you’d ascertain whether you have a reason to make a shoulder injury claim is by taking an outsider’s look at the events that had occurred. There are three components that make up validity of claims and they are as follows:

1. Someone must have been responsible for wellbeing or safety of the victim. This could be an employer liable for employee health and safety, a building owner for health and safety of building inhabitants, or a driver responsible for the safety of their vehicle on the road.

2. There must have been an incident that caused injury or harm to the victim. No matter what, this must be evidenced, which is why seeking medical attention directly following an incident is a must.

3. It must be proven that the person/entity’s failure in their duty to preserve your safety directly resulted in harm to you.

If the above criteria are filled, then it is wise to contact a quality personal injury solicitor, who can pull together the argument that you are entitled to compensation for what has happened to you.

Get in touch to find out more about shoulder injury claims and the steps you can take to build a strong case.

How Do I Make A Shoulder Injury Compensation Claim?

When you’ve ascertained that you’ve been injured, and it was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may not quite know what to do next.

One of the most important things that will likely take a lot of stress out of your claim, is to get a personal injury lawyer with experience in this field to help you claim.

By calling our team, you can start the ball rolling. We’ll offer you our input into whether you’d have a case for someone to answer, and we can also help connect you with a no win no fee solicitor to take your case forward to conclusion.

No Win No Fee Shoulder Injury Claims

When considering making a shoulder injury compensation claim, it is essential that you aren’t put off by the cost of hiring legal representation. It is, in fact, entirely possible to put forth a shoulder injury claim with a solicitor without having to pay a fee upfront. This way is called No Win No Fee.

It involves you and your chosen solicitor signing an agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that comes with the condition that a percentage of your compensation is paid to your solicitor. If your claim doesn’t result in a compensation payment, then you don’t pay this percentage.

The benefits of this type of claim extend beyond the financial. You’ll also know that your solicitor will be working hard for your compensation, as they won’t want to lose out on their money. You’ll also know that they wouldn’t just take on your claim if it didn’t have a good chance of success.

How We Can Advise You If You Suffered A Personal Injury

We are ready and able to help answer questions on shoulder injuries. While we have covered a lot in this guide, we do understand that questions still arise, especially when it comes to complexities surrounding some cases.

We’ll be able to listen carefully to what’s happened to you, advise you on a course of action and then connect you to a personal injury solicitor to take your claim forward.

We do so with great customer service, a professional yet friendly approach and confidentiality guaranteed.

Get in touch and we can provide further clarification on using a shoulder injury compensation calculator when valuing your shoulder injury claim.

Talk To Our Team About Shoulder Injury Claims

It’s easy to get hold of advice on shoulder injury compensation. Just call 0161 696 9685 and we will happily talk over your case. Or fill out the online contact form and an advisor can call you back.

Whether you have questions you need answering or you’re ready to find a personal injury solicitor, we can help find what you need.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Where You Can Find Out More About Personal Injury Claims

Some more information you might find of interest can be found in the links below:

Shoulder Pain – An NHS Guide – Do you want to know more about shoulder pain? Read here.

Publication on prevention of slips – Advice for employers about prevention.

Workplace health and welfare – HSE approved code of practice

More information on shoulder impingement – An NHS guide.

Damaged Nerve Injury Claims– Visit this guide if you have experienced shoulder nerve damage as a result of someone else’s negligence.

Pedestrian Accident Compensation Claim– See our helpful guide on claiming compensation as a pedestrian.

Agency Worker Injury At Work Claims– Visit our guide to learn more about claiming for an injury sustained as an agency worker.

Can Pre-Existing Injuries Affect A Whiplash Claim? – Read our guide to understand whether a pre-existing injury could affect your claim for a whiplash injury.

Accidents Caused By Fatigue And Tiredness In The Workplace – See our guide to find out if you can claim for an accident or injury caused by fatigue or tiredness at work.

How To Prove Liability In A Slip And Fall Case – See this guide for more information on slip, trip and fall claims.

Can a Whiplash Claim Be Refused? – Read our guide for more information on if a whiplash claim could be refused.

What Is The Minimum Whiplash Payout? – Read this article to learn more about the minimum payout you could receive from whiplash claims.

How Long Does a CICA Claim Take? – Find out here how long a CICA claim could take if you’ve suffered from a criminal injury.

FAQ on Shoulder Injury Claims And The Shoulder Injury Compensation Calculator

What could cause shoulder injury claims from workplace accidents?

As we mentioned, you’d need to prove that your employer had breached their duty of care to protect your safety and your health at work to claim for an injury in a workplace accident. If you’re wondering what could cause an injury at work, we only have to look at the HSE statistics. The figures for 2020-21 show that slips, trips and falls on the same level were the most common accidents reported by employers during this time. Further statistics could be found below.

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Shoulder injury compensation calculator -What is the average payout for a shoulder injury?

If you’re wondering how much compensation for a whiplash and shoulder injury you could receive, we have already given advice on how a shoulder injury compensation calculator and its lack of accuracy. However, we have given guidance on how to calculate the settlement value of a shoulder injury claim in the sections above. As a reminder, whether you’re seeking rotator cuff tear compensation or want to claim for other shoulder injuries, you’d need to submit medical evidence. This evidence could go a long way toward determining the settlement value of a shoulder injury claim.

Shoulder injury compensation calculator – What’s the worst shoulder injury?

Usually, a fracture to the shoulder would be considered one of the worst injuries. No matter what type of injury you have, if you could prove someone else was at fault, we could help you with shoulder injury claims if you’re eligible to make them.

Thank you for reading our guide to shoulder injury claims. Now, hopefully you’ll be aware of what compensation for whiplash and shoulder injury could be and how to make rotator cuff tear compensation claims. You’ll also be aware that a shoulder injury compensation calculator could only give you rough guidance on the settlement value of a shoulder injury claim.