If a dislocation injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward
Dislocation injuries can cause intense pain and lasting joint problems.
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a dislocation injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Compensation can pay for medical treatments, any long-term physical therapy, and the injury's impact on your daily and professional life.
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
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You are not alone
According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, dislocation, fractures and joint injury accounted for over 1.1 million diagnoses at Accident and Emergency departments in England in 2019/20. Dislocated shoulders are the most common, but dislocation injuries can also occur in the ankle, elbow, finger, hip, toe, jaw or knee.
If you decide to make a dislocation injury claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Who is responsible for the injury?
If you have experienced a dislocation injury, liability is dependent on the environment and circumstances of your accident. If the injury was sustained while you were at work, it may be that your employer is responsible for what has happened. Employers have an obligation to protect the well-being of their staff. If they have failed to do this, and you have suffered a dislocation injury as a result, your employer can be held liable.
If your dislocation injury was caused by playing a sport, it is possible that the organisation responsible for instructing you in the game can be held responsible. This is particularly relevant if the organisation has failed to observe health and safety precautions.
If you have suffered a dislocation injury because of a physical assault, the person who attacked you can be considered responsible for the consequences of that injury. If it is not possible to identify your attacker, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme can be held liable.
If you have dislocated a joint because of a fall in commercial premises, such as a supermarket, the owner of the premises may be considered to be responsible for your injury. This is more probable if your fall was caused by a spill on the floor, or tripping over items that were not stored properly.
A dislocation injury that is caused by a road traffic accident is usually the fault of the person who caused the collision.
Do I qualify for dislocation injury compensation?
If you've been injured or made ill in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, then you will be entitled to claim compensation for dislocation injury.
Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.
What if I was partly to blame?
Liability for an accident often involves fault on both sides.
In our recent 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents thought they could be partially to blame for their accident.
Claims are possible even when your actions partially caused the accident. In instances of 'contributory negligence', claims are usually settled with a split liability agreement.
How long after a dislocation injury do I have to claim compensation?
For most injury claims, you have up to 3 years from the date of your injury to start the claims process.
The 3 year limitation period does not apply to minors (under 18s). A parent, guardian or litigation friend can start a claim on a child's behalf up to their 18th birthday and the child has until their 21st birthday to claim for themselves.
What should you do if you have suffered a dislocation injury?
After receiving medical treatment, you should contact a solicitor. Quittance's panel of solicitors have experience of working with claimants who have suffered dislocation injuries, and can guide you through the process step by step. Your solicitor will gather the proof that is needed to establish that another party was to blame for your accident. This proof can take the form of medical reports, witness statements, and evidence of how your life has been affected by the injury.
How much compensation can I claim for a dislocation injury?
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the seriousness of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.
Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.
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General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages is compensation awarded to cover any financial losses and expenses you incur as a result of your dislocation injury or negligent medical treatment. These damages aim to put you back in the financial position you would have been in, had your injury not occurred.
Special damages will also cover your medical treatment expenses, that might include reduction, pain medication, immobilisation and physiotherapy.
Average dislocation injury general damages compensation
The following dislocation injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College.These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.
Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).
|Ankle injury||Moderate||Full recovery or with mild ongoing symptoms||£12,490 to £24,170|
|Elbow injury||Moderate||Some long-term problems||£14,230 to £29,100|
|Knee injury||Moderate||Mild long-term symptoms||£13,490 to £23,810|
|Shoulder injury||Minor||Soft tissue injury||Up to £7,170|
|Shoulder injury||Moderate||Fracture of clavicle||£7,170 to £11,610|
|Shoulder injury||Serious||Dislocation||£11,610 to £17,450|
|Thumb injury||Moderate||Moderate thumb injuries||£8,790 to £11,450|
Claiming compensation for psychological injuries
If you have experienced psychological issues in addition to physical symptoms, you are not alone.
Our 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey found that 29.03% of claimants reported a psychological injury, with 70.97% of these relating to a physical injury.
Compensation for psychological harm can help you access mental health support and therapies not always available through the NHS.
Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.
How did your injury happen?
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Chris Salmon is a co-founder and Director of Quittance Legal Services. Chris has played key roles in the shaping and scaling of a number of legal services brands and is a regular commentator in the legal press.