By Megan Hale. Last updated 14th December 2022. In this guide, we’ll look at how to use a shoulder injury compensation calculator to value your claim. If you’ve sustained an injury to your shoulder in an accident caused by third party negligence, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
Shoulder injuries can be painful. Furthermore, a shoulder injury may affect how you’re able to use your arm. It might stop you from working if you need mobility in your arm to do your job and in some cases can have permanent effects.
This guide will:
- Look at how a compensation calculator could help you value your claim.
- Give examples of how shoulder injuries could occur as a result of negligence.
- Highlight how a No Win No Fee agreement could be beneficial to you in funding legal representation for your claim.
Our panel of advisors offer free legal advice and are available 24/7, so you can call them at a time that works for you. Contact them today using 0800 408 7826. Alternatively, please read on if you’d like more information on how to use our compensation payout calculator.
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- A Guide To Using A Shoulder Injury Compensation Calculator
- What Is A Shoulder Injury?
- What Things Can You Claim For After A Shoulder Injury?
- Common Types Of Shoulder Injuries
- Statistics On Shoulder Pain And Injuries
- Shoulder Injury Claim – Time Limits
- How To Use A Shoulder Injury Compensation Calculator
- How Much Could I Expect To Claim For An Injured Shoulder?
- Shoulder Injury Compensation Calculator
- No Win No Fee Claim Agreements For A Shoulder Injury
- Get Free Legal Advice About A Claim
- Ask Our Team To Calculate Your Shoulder Injury Claim
- Resources And Case Studies
- Shoulder Injury FAQs
Our compensation calculator can help you evaluate both the validity of your claim and the amount of compensation you could receive. All you need to do is provide a few details about how the accident happened and how you’ve been affected as a result.
In addition to the amount you could receive for your injury, our compensation calculator can also take into consideration the value of any loss of earnings you could be compensated for.
In this guide, we’ll look at the kinds of shoulder injuries you could sustain as a result of someone else’s negligence. This guide will also examine what different losses your payout could compensate you for.
In order for you to claim shoulder injury compensation, it’s essential that you show that the accident in which you were injured was caused by a breach of duty of care. We’ll examine what a duty of care is, as well as the various scenarios in which one is owed to you.
Furthermore, this guide will also explain how much compensation could be awarded to you. It will also explain the different heads of claim that your compensation could be made up of. Finally, we will explain the benefits that No Win No Fee agreements offer when looking to fund legal representation for your claim.
If you have any more questions about using our shoulder injury compensation calculator, why not speak to an advisor from our team today? They could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if your claim has a good chance of success.
Shoulder pain can range in severity from being a slight nuisance to a serious ongoing problem. According to the NHS, shoulder pain can be caused by a number of different conditions. These include:
- Frozen shoulder: Where your shoulder is stiff and painful for months, sometimes years. It can be caused by inflammation in the tissue around the shoulder joint. This might happen if you’ve been injured in a way that stops you from moving your shoulder.
- Dislocated shoulder: Where your upper arm pops out of your shoulder socket. It can take 12 to 16 weeks to heal after it’s been placed back in its original position.
- Tendonitis: When the tendon in the shoulder is inflamed, meaning that your shoulder is painful and difficult to move.
All of these injuries can be painful and cause discomfort. As a result, you might not be able to undertake the leisure activities you usually do for enjoyment. For example, undertaking sports or working. This could cause a loss of enjoyment or impact on your earnings.
For more information on the kinds of shoulder injuries you could claim for, why not speak to an advisor on our team today? You could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if you have a valid case.
There are two potential heads of a personal injury claim. We refer to these as general damages and special damages.
General damages are designed to compensate you for the physical and psychological pain and suffering caused by the injury. Special damages, meanwhile, are supposed to compensate you for any financial losses caused by the injury.
Special damages can compensate you for costs and losses like:
- Loss of earnings, both current and future
- Prescriptions and medicine
- Travel costs
- Recreational activities that you’re no longer able to attend
To find out how much your claim could be worth, you can get a free, no-obligation assessment of your case. Just give an advisor from our team a call; they’re available 24/7.
A shoulder injury can happen in a number of different ways and can be a difficult injury to cope with. In extreme circumstances, there could be permanent damage to the shoulder joint that could impact your mobility and cause you pain, stiffness and discomfort.
This section outlines some of the circumstances in which you could sustain a shoulder injury as a result of a breach of duty of care. A shoulder injury in one of these scenarios could entitle you to claim compensation.
Breaks and fractures caused by a road traffic accident
All road users have a duty of care to one another. Drivers are expected to conduct themselves with the level of skill and care of the average road user. If they fail to do so, this could cause a car accident.
The Highway Code is a document containing guidance and instructions on how road users can act in a way that ensures the safety of others. If you’re injured because another road user breached the duty of care set out in the Highway Code, you may be able to claim.
Examples of incidents on the road that could cause a fractured shoulder could include:
- Another driver failed to look before emerging from a junction, causing them to hit the side of your car.
- While you’re cycling, a car swerves into the cycle lane. This knocks you from your bike and you dislocate your shoulder as you fall.
- A car runs a red light and hits you as you’re walking across the road.
Sprains and strains caused by manual handling accidents
Manual handling involves lifting, moving or holding objects. Some job roles, particularly in industries like construction, manufacturing and agriculture, might require you to do a lot of lifting and carrying as part of your role.
While you’re at work, your employer has a duty of care towards you. This is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Their duty of care means that they need to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety in the workplace. Part of their duty of care includes providing proper training and supervision for certain roles.
Examples of how you could injure your shoulder in a manual handling accident at work include:
- Being told unsafe lifting techniques, leading to you dislocating your shoulder as you try to lift a load
- Being asked to lift something that is too heavy. This could cause you to strain your shoulder
- Slipping and falling as you carry something because the floor surface isn’t suitable and is too slippery
Repetitive strain injuries in the workplace
There are a number of things your employer can do to reduce the risk of RSIs. For example, they should make sure that you have sufficient breaks when carrying out repetitive actions. When possible, these actions should be shared across employees. RSIs can also be caused by being made to use tools that aren’t the right size for the worker in question.
Examples of this include:
- As a carpenter, your workstation is positioned too low. This means that your shoulder is strained reaching down to that level, and you injure your tendon as a result.
- You don’t get sufficient time between your shifts in your factory role. This causes you to sustain an RSI.
- Your workstation is dimly lit and hard to see. This means that you have to adopt an uncomfortable position in order to be able to do your job.
Being struck by a moving object
You could injure your shoulder if you were struck by a moving object. And if the accident that caused you to be injured was caused by the negligence of someone who had a duty of care towards you, then you may be able to claim.
As well as being owed a duty of care in work and on the road, you’re owed a duty of care by the person or party in control of a public space. They’re referred to as the “occupier”, and their duty of care is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
Examples of how third-party negligence could cause your shoulder to be injured by a moving object include:
- While at work, an object falls off a conveyor belt and strikes you because of a mechanical failure.
- You’re at a supermarket, and the brakes are not put on a roll cage. As a result, it rolls towards you and hits you, fracturing your shoulder.
Being struck by a falling object
As well as moving objects, falling objects can also cause injury. And if the accident was caused by third-party negligence, you may be able to claim.
Examples of this include:
- A shelving unit is improperly stacked, with the heaviest items to the top instead of at the bottom. Because of this, they fall off the shelf and onto you, injuring your shoulder.
- A crane malfunctions, meaning that the load it’s carrying is dropped on your shoulder.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) collects statistics related to work injuries and accidents. We’ve used their statistics to create the graph above.
This graph shows the rate of non-fatal injuries reported to different parts of the body in 2019/20. As we can see, injuries to the upper limb locations were more common than to any other site on the body. However, we should bear in mind that these statistics do not relate to negligence and so we’re not able to conclude how many of these injuries could form the basis of a personal injury claim.
For more information on how our shoulder injury compensation calculator could help you if you’d like to see how much your claim could be worth, speak to an advisor today. If your claim is valid, then you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
It is important to remember that you only have a certain amount of time to start your shoulder injury claim. The Limitation Act 1980 outlines what these time limits are. Generally, you have 3 years from the date of the accident to start your claim or 3 years to start your claim from the date of knowledge. This can be when you first realised that your injury was caused by negligence.
There are also exceptions to these time limits, such as:
- If a child has been injured, they will have three years to start their claim after their 18th Alternatively, a court appointed litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf before this time. This could be a solicitor, parent or sibling. In this instance, the time limit is suspended. The child can only make their own claim once they turn 18 if this has not been done for them before this date.
- If someone who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim for themselves, a litigation friend could apply to make the claim on their behalf. If this is not done and they regain their mental capacity, they will have 3 years from the date they recover to put forward their own claim.
Contact our advisors today if you are unsure whether you have enough time to start your personal injury claim.
When you use our compensation calculator, you’ll be asked to input details about your accident and subsequent injury. This will include how severe your injury is, where it occurred and who was liable for the accident.
Our calculator will then value your claim based on guidelines from the Judicial College. These are compensation brackets based on previous payouts made by the courts.
In addition to this, our calculator can assess the value of any lost earnings you have experienced and add these to your claim estimate. Remember, if you want help using our calculator or if you’d like to find out more about how it works, our team of advisors are on hand to offer free legal advice.
When researching how much compensation you could receive for your shoulder injury, a compensation calculator may be able to help you. Most compensation calculators will ask you questions such as how you were injured, what injury you sustained and the severity of your injury, to help them work out how much you may be owed.
Alternatively, you could use the table we have created in the section below which uses compensation brackets listed in the Judicial College Guidelines. Solicitors can use these to help them calculate your shoulder injury claim value.
The figures in the table relate to general damages which compensate for the pain and suffering of your injury. You should only use these as a guide, however, as the value of your injury will depend on the specific circumstances of your case.
|Arm Injury||Severe||Injuries could include a serious brachial plexus injury that did not require amputation but has left the person little better off than if it had been.||£96,160 to £130,930|
|Arm Injury||Injuries Resulting in Substantial and Permanent Disablement||Serious fractures in one or both forearms that result in a significant cosmetic or function disability.||£39,170 to £59,860|
|Arm Injury||Less Severe||A degree of recovery has taken place or is expected despite the person suffering from serious disabilities.||£19,200 to £39,170|
|Shoulder Injury||Severe||Injuries within this bracket are often associated with injuries to the neck. They often involve damage to the brachial plexus.||£19,200 to £48,030|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||Where the shoulder has been dislocated and the lower half of the brachial plexus damaged. This will cause pain in the neck and aching in the elbow. It could also restrict shoulder movement and weaken grip.||£12,770 to £19,200|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||Frozen shoulder causing discomfort and limiting movement for about 2 years.||£7,890 to £12,770|
|Shoulder Injury||Fracture of the Clavicle||How much is awarded will depend on the extent of the initial fracture and any residual symptoms.||£5,150 to £12,240|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor (i)||Where the soft tissue has been injured, causing considerable pain but a recovery that is almost complete in less than 2 years||£4,350 to £7,890|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor (ii)||A soft tissue injury, causing considerable pain but a recovery that is almost complete within a year||£2,450 to £4,350|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor (iii)||An almost complete within three months from a soft tissue injury.||Up to £2,450|
You can also receive special damages which compensate for the financial losses caused by your injuries. This can include lost income, medical costs and travel expenses. You can document these losses through receipts, payslips and invoices which can be used to help support your case.
If you’d prefer to speak to someone directly about the circumstances that could entitle you to claim, why not speak with an advisor today? They’re happy to offer free legal advice and can connect you with a solicitor from our panel to work on a No Win No Fee basis. For more information about what this means, please read on.
Our panel of solicitors offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. This is a way of funding legal representation for a claim that reduces the financial risk usually undertaken when hiring a solicitor. It means that:
- Your personal injury solicitor will not request any legal fees, either upfront or during the course of the claim.
- You will not have to pay any legal fees to your personal injury solicitor if they don’t win your case.
- If your claim is successful, your solicitor will deduct a success fee from your compensation.
Another advantage to a No Win No Fee agreement is that they’re often only offered to claimants with a strong case. A No Win No Fee solicitor will only take your case if they feel you have a reasonably good chance of winning.
For more information on No Win No Fee agreements, speak with an advisor today. You could be connected with a solicitor to represent you on this basis.
It’s now easier for you to work out how much you could claim due to our shoulder injury compensation calculator. Our advisors offer free legal advice 24/7, so you can call them at a time that works for you. Our panel of solicitors could represent you on a No Win No Fee basis if your claim has a good chance of success.
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If you’re unsure how to use our compensation payout calculator, don’t worry! Our advisors are available 24/7 and can help you work out what you’ll be able to claim for. They’re friendly, helpful, experienced and can answer any questions and queries you might have.
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If you’d like more useful information, please use the links below.
For information on shoulder impingement, view this NHS guidance.
The Department of Transport offers road traffic statistics which you can find on their webpage.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers advice and guidance on manual handling.
If you’ve broken your foot, view this page for information on claiming.
Have you broken your thumb in a public place as a result of negligence? If so, our guide could help.
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See below for answers to frequently asked questions regarding shoulder injury claims.
How long should you rest a shoulder injury?
It depends on the extent of the injury and is something you’d need to discuss with your doctor. In some cases, you might be given exercises to perform while your injury heals to prevent it from becoming stiff.
Do shoulder injuries ever heal?
Injuries, in general, need to be looked at on a case-by-case basis. For example, some shoulder injuries can recover within six weeks to two months. However, other incidents can cause permanent damage that will not fully heal.
How do I know if I tore a ligament in my shoulder?
You would need to contact a doctor or medical professional who can assess if you’ve sustained this injury. Some symptoms include pain, difficulty moving the joint and a grating or crackling sensation when the joint is moved.
Thank you for reading our guide on how to use our shoulder injury compensation calculator.
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