It may be the case that you were injured while you are abroad, and if you are then you may feel that it is not possible for you to make a claim. However, in many cases such as the one we have researched below, and it is certainly possible to claim personal injury compensation for any injuries that you have sustained that we due to an accident that wasn’t your fault.
The case we are looking at at this point is one where a lorry driver was on the roads in Germany, when he was rear ended on one of the motorways. The accident left him with a left shoulder injury-a frozen shoulder-which left him unable to perform his work duties for around half a year. In this claim, the victim was awarded £25,000 payout for a frozen shoulder for the injuries caused by this incident. We will go into further detail about the claim and payout for a frozen shoulder below as well as explaining how to begin a similar claim without having to pay out legal bills upfront, as well as explaining how we can help provide you with the personal injury solicitor you need to undertake a similar claim.
Road Traffic Accident Abroad Statistics
You may not realise it, but we all take a risk getting on the road, in whatever country we choose to do so. It is important to take the proper precautions and if you are driving in a foreign country you must abide by their road rules fully to ensure that you are not at fault for any RTA that happens. However, not every road user is as diligent in checking and remembering road rules in other countries and if they do not and an accident is caused, it may be a possibility for you to claim for compensation for any injuries that you are left with.
Here, we take a look at the numbers with regards to statistics for road accidents abroad.
The picture above details the number of fatalities per country in 2016/17. While this frozen shoulder injury was the result of a traffic accident in Germany, you can see many other countries and the rates of fatal accidents in the graph above. While Germany and the UK are quite low in comparison to other countries as far as RTAs go, accidents do happen. Whilst road traffic accidents are not always fatal, they often do cause injury, as can be seen below in the table obtained from bast Germany.
This table does not take into account the type of injury, but as you can see, the autobahn (motorway) is a common place for accidents to happen, and if it can happen in Germany, it can happen in any other country in the world. Should you have been on the roads in any other country and suffered injury of any type due to someone else’s negligence on the road, then it is important you seek expert advice on whether you can claim for compensation.
What Injuries Did the Claimant Suffer?
The claimants obtained a frozen shoulder injury due to this accident, and whilst this may seem on the face of it quite a minor injury it can cause extreme pain, and in fact be quite debilitating. But what is a frozen shoulder? A frozen shoulder injury is basically pain in the shoulder and stiffness as well as frozen shoulder pain down arm that does not go away quickly. It can be so painful that patients find it very difficult to move their shoulders and arms. In terms of treatment, there are three main steps to take to recover, but this might take a while.
If you receive a frozen shoulder diagnosis NHS from your GP, then it is likely that you will be told to only move the shoulder in a gentle manner and try to avoid pain causing movement. You will likely initially use either ibuprofen or paracetamol as frozen shoulder pain relief in order to help your frozen shoulder symptoms, neck pain etc. Should this not be working for you, you may require either painkillers that come only on prescription or even pain relief frozen shoulder injections. These are usually steroid based. Once the shoulder feels a bit less painful, you will likely need to do some exercises with the shoulder either at home or possibly at a physiotherapy centre where you will learn what exercises to do for a frozen shoulder. Unfortunately, long recovery times are possible with this type of injury, and while in the majority of cases, around 18 months to 2 years is the recovery time, in some cases stiffness and pain symptoms can go on for up to 5 years. Your prognosis, and recovery time for such injuries will help to determine the payout for a frozen shoulder injury that you receive. If you would like to know more about typical payout for a frozen shoulder brackets, our team will happily speak to you about this.
The Allegation and Establishing the Defendant’s Liability
Victim in this case alleged that the driver behind was much too close to the back of his vehicle on the motorway. What has happened was that on the inside lane of a motorway way approaching Regensburg (A2), the driver had spotted an incident that was happening on the hard shoulder, and appropriately slowed his vehicle down to around 10 km/h. When the driver slowed his vehicle down, the other driver behind him did not follow suit, and therefore shunted into the back of the lorry and pushed it around 50 m. As a result of this shunt, the driver’s shoulder was injured, which meant he had to stay off work for half a year. After medical appointments physiotherapy and negotiations with the defendant, a settlement was reached.
What Was The Compensation Payout?
The damages settled upon intense in this claim reflected the time that the victim had had to have off work, along with pain and also suffering that he had experienced. In this case, the payout for a frozen shoulder injury was £25,000. It is important that you understand, however, that your pay out for frozen shoulder injury may not be exactly the same. Many things are taken into consideration when calculating the value of a payout frozen shoulder injury. Not least, the wages you were on and had lost, the prognosis for recovery and whether you suffered any other injuries as well as your frozen shoulder injury.
No Win No Fee Payout For A Frozen Shoulder Injury
One of the most pressing questions that we get about personal injury claims is, aside for what is the typical pay out for frozen shoulder injury, how can I go ahead if I don’t have the money to pay for a solicitor? The answer to this question is that we provide no win no fee solicitors who will work on your case solely for a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation received at the end of the case. Many people worry about going ahead with this sort of claim, especially if they feel that there is some question over whether they would receive a compensation payout for a frozen shoulder injury. However, they need not worry. Because of this no win no fee, solicitors rarely take on cases they are not fully confident they can win, but if the worst happened and you were not awarded compensation, then there would be no legal bill for you to pay at all. It is only natural that you would have some questions about going ahead with this sort of personal injury claim, so if you’d prefer to talk this over in more detail with our team why not pick up the phone and call?
Speak to Our Experts Today
Speaking to an experienced personal injury lawyer is something you should certainly consider doing before you decide to go ahead and look for a payout for a frozen shoulder injury. Luckily this is something that we here at Accident Claims can help you with. Not only can we provide an experienced frozen shoulder injury personal solicitor, but we can also offer use some useful advice from our legally trained team of operators before you decide whether or not you would like to use our service. We promise not to overwhelm you with information you don’t need but will provide answers to any question you choose to ask us, if you just call 0800 073 8801. Whether your claim happened here or abroad, we will certainly strive to do our best to ensure you are furnished with the appropriate information before you decide whether to go ahead with the claim.
If you are intrigued as to other places to research in terms of making claims for frozen shoulders or any other injury that has happened abroad or in this country, you may find the below links quite helpful.
HGV Accidents – What to do about claiming – HGV accidents are common folk in this country and others. Find out more on making HGV accident claims here.
Foreign Accident Claims – if you have been injured abroad, as we touched on earlier on this page, getting help is important. Click this link to get more information on foreign claims.
Bast – Traffic accident Statistics – German traffic details you might be interested to look at.
GOV – Accident Statistics by country – Find the data in the chart above and more information too.