- Severe shoulder injury£19,200 - £48,030
- Serious shoulder injury£12,770 - £19,200
- Moderate shoulder injury£7,890 - £12,770
- Minor shoulder injuryUp to £7,890
The figures above are provided from the JMW’s Compensation Calculator, designed to give you a guide to the compensation amount you could be entitled to following a successful shoulder injury claim. Based on the Judicial College Injury Tables, these financial amounts will give you a rough idea of how much your injury might be worth before you get in touch with us.
For a more accurate calculation of how much you could be able to claim for a shoulder injury, contact the expert solicitors at JMW today by calling 0345 872 6666, or by filling in our online enquiry form to request a call back.
Am I Eligible to Make a Shoulder Injury Compensation Claim?
The question of eligibility is often the first concern for many when considering a compensation claim for a shoulder injury. In general terms, you may be eligible to claim compensation if your shoulder injury was caused due to someone else's negligence. This could be your employer, another driver on the road, or the entity responsible for maintaining a public space where you sustained your injury.
Criteria for eligibility:
- Timing: usually, you must initiate your claim within three years of the date of the accident. Exceptions are made in specific circumstances, such as if you were under 18 at the time of the injury.
- Negligence: there must be clear evidence that another party was negligent or at fault for your shoulder injury.
It's imperative to consult with our expert solicitors to discuss the specifics of your situation. After a detailed evaluation, we can provide advice tailored to your unique circumstances, helping to clarify whether you have a valid shoulder injury claim.
What Should I Do Next?
The next step is to speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.
After contacting the lawyers in the JMW personal injury team, we will immediately begin investigating your claim. We will start by discussing your personal circumstances with you and capturing the specifics of your case.
When you are happy for us to proceed, our solicitors will contact the party responsible for causing your shoulder injury. After gathering the evidence, we will put together a strong case that will give you the best chance of claiming the maximum amount of compensation available to you.
What Can Affect the Value of a Compensation Claim?
Payouts are calculated based on the pain and suffering your shoulder injury has caused you, whether you’re able to work and what care is required to aid your recovery, with the aim being to put you back in the position you would have been in, but for your injury.
Shoulder injury compensation, therefore, takes into account:
- Physiotherapy/medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Changes to accommodation
- Transportation requirements
- Care and assistance needed
This means that your final shoulder injury compensation amount could be much more than the average figures we’re able to show you on our compensation calculator. To find out a more accurate estimation of what you may be entitled to, get in touch with our personal injury solicitors to discuss your claim.
How Can Compensation Help?
If your shoulder injury was caused in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, compensation can help to ensure rapid access to treatment not available on the NHS and help with expenses incurred as a result of your injuries.
An injury to the shoulder can cause a great deal of discomfort to the sufferer and disruption to their daily life. They might be left in constant or recurring pain, unable to carry out simple actions, or suffer from weakness in the joint. That’s why you should start your shoulder injury compensation claim as soon as possible in order to get back to living your life the way that you’re used to.
Types of Shoulder Injury
Shoulder injuries can occur in a number of ways, causing varying levels of pain and discomfort. The most common causes of shoulder injuries involve accidents that have happened in the workplace, on the road or while lifting heavy objects. They are also often caused by damage to the shoulder during a slip or trip when arms are used to break a fall.
Types of injuries typically sustained to the shoulder include:
- Sprains or strains
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff disorders
- Broken arm or collarbone
- Acromioclavicular joint disorders
Every injury is different, that’s why our solicitors take care to investigate the specifics of your shoulder injury claim in order to build up a comprehensive picture that takes everything into account. It is this attention to detail that can help to strengthen your case and so increase your compensation amount.
Regardless of how you have been affected by a shoulder injury, if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Providing Proof for a Shoulder Injury Compensation Claim
Collecting sufficient evidence is a pivotal step in the process of making a successful shoulder injury compensation claim. The more comprehensive and compelling your evidence, the stronger your claim will be. Below are some key aspects to consider when gathering proof for your shoulder injury compensation claim:
- Medical records: your medical records will serve as the primary evidence of the extent and severity of your shoulder injury. We can gather all the necessary documents, including reports from A&E visits, GP consultations, and any treatments or therapies you have undergone.
- Photographs: visual evidence like photographs can be a potent way to demonstrate the conditions that led to your injury or the severity of your injuries. Take clear photos of the accident scene, your immediate injuries and any relevant environmental factors like a slippery floor or a faulty piece of equipment.
- Witness statements: if there were any witnesses to the incident that caused your shoulder injury, their accounts can be invaluable. Try to collect statements as soon as possible while memories are fresh.
- Financial documentation: keep a meticulous record of any financial expenditures linked to your shoulder injury. This includes medical bills, transportation costs to and from healthcare providers, and any other expenses incurred as a result of your injury.
- Employment records: if your injury has led to time off work, secure evidence from your employer that verifies your absence and its impact on your earnings. This can assist in claiming for lost income.
- Expert testimony: in some cases, expert testimony may be necessary to establish the fault of the other party or to provide a more in-depth understanding of your medical condition.
FAQs About Shoulder Injury Claims
How long do I have to make a shoulder injury compensation claim?
The question of timing is often critical when considering making a shoulder injury compensation claim. It's vital to be aware of the time limits involved, as failing to adhere to these can jeopardise your eligibility to receive compensation. Below are key considerations regarding the timeframe for making a claim:
Standard Limitation Period:
In most cases, you have three years from the date of the accident to initiate your shoulder injury compensation claim. This period is known as the limitation period.
Exceptions to the Rule:
- Under-18s: if you were under the age of 18 at the time of the injury, the three-year limitation period starts from your 18th birthday.
- Mental capacity: for those who lack the mental capacity to manage their legal affairs, the three-year limitation may be set aside, depending on the specifics of the case.
Although you may have up to three years to make a claim, it's advisable to act as soon as possible. The sooner you initiate the claims process, the easier it is to collect evidence and witness statements that are fresh and reliable.
How long does the shoulder injury compensation claims process usually take?
The duration of the claims process can vary widely depending on the specifics of your shoulder injury case. However, there are some general guidelines that can give you an idea of the time involved:
In situations where the injury is severe, requiring ongoing medical treatment, or if there are complexities relating to liability, the process may extend to over a year or more.
Key factors affecting duration:
- Severity of injury: more serious injuries often require extensive medical evidence, potentially lengthening the process.
- Dispute on liability: if the party at fault disputes liability, additional time may be needed for negotiations or even court proceedings.
- Willingness to settle: some defendants are more willing to settle out of court, which can expedite the process.
- Court backlogs: sometimes external factors such as court backlogs can affect the length of the claims process.
It's important to remember that while a swift conclusion is often desirable, rushing the process can compromise the compensation you receive. Our team of expert solicitors at JMW will guide you through every step, ensuring all aspects of your claim are thoroughly considered to secure the best outcome for you.
Will I have to go to court for my shoulder injury claim?
The prospect of going to court can often be a daunting one; however, the majority of personal injury claims, including those for shoulder injuries, are typically resolved without the need for a court appearance. Here are some key points to consider:
In many cases after the evaluation of medical evidence, both parties prefer to reach a settlement through negotiation, thereby avoiding the time, stress and cost associated with a court case. Our experienced solicitors at JMW will aim to secure a fair settlement for you through negotiations with the opposing party.
Mediation or arbitration
Alternatively, a neutral third party can help facilitate a resolution between the two parties involved in the claim. This is often a quicker and less formal setting than a courtroom.
Instances requiring court
Certain situations may necessitate court proceedings. These can include disputes over liability, contested evidence, or if the opposing party refuses to offer a reasonable settlement. In these instances, we will prepare you fully for what to expect and guide you through the court process.
Expert legal support
Rest assured, if your claim does go to court, our dedicated team of solicitors will provide you with comprehensive legal support, advising you at each stage of the proceedings to ensure the best possible outcome.
JMW’s team of personal injury solicitors has decades of experience in securing compensation for people who have been affected by a shoulder injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Discover how we work in practice by taking a look at our case studies:
Talk to Us
To find out how much compensation you could be entitled to for a shoulder injury, speak to the shoulder injury claims team at JMW today. Our solicitors can give you a clearer idea of how much you are eligible for and will help you start your claim.