By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 17th November 2023. If you’ve injured your shoulder through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. In this guide, we explain how we can help you do so, as well as give advice on shoulder injury compensation claims and payouts.
We also discuss the process of making a compensation claim and the benefits of No WIn No Fee agreements.
If you would rather begin your shoulder injury compensation claim now, simply call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 to talk to our team.
Select a Section:
- Shoulder Injury Compensation Calculator And Payout Examples
- The Criteria For Shoulder Injury Compensation Claims
- What Evidence Can Help Me Claim Shoulder Injury Compensation?
- Claim Shoulder Injury Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
- Useful Links Relating To Shoulder Injury Compensation Claims
Successful shoulder injury claims could result in a payout that includes two heads of claim: special damages and general damages. Each compensates for the different impacts of your injury. General damages compensate for the psychological and physical impacts of your injury whilst special damages compensate for the financial losses. A shoulder injury compensation calculator could help you get a broad idea of what you could receive in terms of general damages, but they often don’t cover all special damages.
Those calculating general damages could refer to a document known as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG provides guideline payout brackets for a range of injuries of different severities. In the below table, you will find figures from the 2022 edition of the JCG. However, these are only meant as guidance, and the top entry in this table is not taken from the JCG.
Injury Type Severity of Injury Comments Compensation Amount
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages Serious/Severe Multiple serious injuries with special damages such as a loss of earnings. Up to £100,000+
Shoulder Injury Severe (a) Often associated with damage to the brachial plexus and neck injuries, resulting in significant disability. £19,200 to £48,030
Shoulder Injury Serious (b) Serious injuries such as dislocation, damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus or a rotator cuff injury. £12,770 to £19,200
Shoulder Injury Moderate (c) Non-permanent injuries such as a frozen shoulder or soft tissue injuries that cause limitation of movement. £7,890 to £12,770
Shoulder Injury (e) Injuries such as a clavicle fracture. The exact compensation for a fracture of the clavicle bone will depend on the severity of fracture, symptoms and level of disability. £5,150 to £12,240
Shoulder Injury Minor (i) Soft tissue injuries with considerable pain but a near-complete recovery that occurs in less than two years. £4,350 to £7,890
Shoulder Injury Minor (ii) Soft tissue injuries with considerable pain but near- complete recovery that occurs within a year. £2,450 to £4,350
Shoulder Injury Minor (iii) Soft tissue injuries with considerable pain but near-complete recovery that occurs within three months. Up to £2,450
Special damages is the head of claim compensating for financial losses caused by your injury. You may receive special damages for costs and losses such as:
- Care costs – if you need help with cooking or cleaning, or help with childcare.
- Medical expenses – if you have had to pay for prescriptions or mobility aids.
- Travel expenses – if you have had to pay for transport to attend a medical appointment.
- Loss of earnings – if you have lost out on income due to taking time off work to recover from your injuries.
To learn more about shoulder injury compensation payouts or to get an estimate of how much you could receive, please contact an advisor.
If you are considering claiming compensation for a shoulder injury, you first need to make sure that your case meets the eligibility criteria. To be eligible to claim, you would have to prove that:
- Someone had a duty of care towards you.
- They breached that duty of care
- The breach caused you to suffer a shoulder injury.
Various parties may have a duty of care towards you. This could include:
- An employer: Employers owe their employees a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This means they have to take all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe while working.
- An occupier of public premises: Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the controller of a public space owes visitors a duty of care. This means that they have to ensure your reasonable safety while visiting.
- A road user: All road users owe each other a duty of care to navigate the roads in a way that prevents injury and damage to themselves and others. To fulfil this, they must comply with the Road Traffic Act 1988 and follow the mandatory rules in the Highway Code.
If any of these parties breach their duty of care, and this results in you suffering an injury, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Time Limits In Shoulder Injury Compensation Claims
Let’s look at the time limits that apply to shoulder injury compensation claims.
Under the Limitation Act 1980, you typically have three years from the accident date to launch your claim. There are, however, some exceptions to this. For example, if you are under the age of eighteen when you are injured, the time limit will not start until your eighteenth birthday. Similarly, if you lack the mental capacity to claim for yourself, the time limit is suspended indefinitely. In both cases, a litigation friend can start your claim on your behalf while the time limit is frozen.
The answer to “how much compensation will I get for a shoulder injury?” might depend on the evidence you provide to support your claim. It needs to show that you were owed a duty of care. Additionally, you must also show that it was a breach in this duty that caused your injuries.
Examples of evidence that could be useful when seeking shoulder injury payouts include:
- Accident footage. This could be from CCTV, a dashcam or doorbell, or a mobile phone.
- Witness contact information. Anyone who witnessed the incident can provide a statement at a later date.
- Medical records. In addition to your medical records, you might be invited to attend an independent medical review. The purpose of this is to determine the severity of your injuries and what impact they could have on your life.
- Photographs of the accident scene. For example, if you suffered a shoulder injury in a car accident, you might have taken photographs at the scene or returned later on to take pictures. These can be submitted.
- Injury photographs. If your injuries are visible, such as swelling or bruising, you can submit photographs of these.
Understanding what is the average settlement for a shoulder injury may not be particularly helpful for you. This is why our advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a free bespoke claim valuation. In addition, they can advise on what evidence could support your claim. Call them using the number at the top of the page.
If you are eligible to make a shoulder injury claim, you may wish to have legal support. A solicitor could assist you with gathering evidence to support your claim, filing your claim within the correct limitation period, and negotiating a fair settlement amount.
Our solicitors have experience with various types of personal injury claims, and may be able to help you with yours. Furthermore, one of them may offer to assist you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement. When working with a solicitor under a CFA, you will not have to pay them anything for their services upfront or during the process of your claim. You will also not be required to pay them for the work they have provided should your claim fail.
If your case is successful, your solicitor will take a small percentage of your shoulder injury compensation as a success fee. The percentage that this fee can be is legally limited.
To check your eligibility to make a personal injury claim, and find out if one of our solicitors could help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our advisors. To connect with an advisor today, you can:
At the link below, you will find detailed information published by the National Health Service regarding shoulder pain, its causes, symptoms and treatment.
- NHS information on shoulder pain
- Accident at Work Claims Guide—How Much Compensation Can I Claim?: Was your shoulder injury a consequence of a workplace accident, caused by your employer’s negligence? Read our guide on how to safely claim against your employer.
- A Guide to Car Accident Claims—How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Car Accident?: It’s possible you may suffer shoulder pain after a car accident. If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury or other types of injuries following a car accident that was another party’s fault, you may be able to claim for this. Read our separate guide linked here to find out how you may be able to claim.
- Cycling Accident Claims and Advice—How Much Compensation Can I Claim for an Injury?: Statistics from the Government reveal that people in the UK cycled, altogether, 964 million stages in 2019. Did you injure your shoulder in a cycling accident? Read our guide, if so.
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We hope this guide to shoulder injury compensation claims has been useful for you. Please get in touch with our advisors at Accident Claims if you still have any questions about these kinds of personal injury claims or about making a compensation claim.