Shoulder Injury Compensation Claims
If you have been affected by a shoulder injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a shoulder injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.
In our guide to claiming
shoulder injury compensation:
How common are shoulder injuries?
An estimated 7% of the UK's population suffer from shoulder pain, according to recent data published by the British Society for Rheumatology.
If you have suffered a shoulder injury as the result of another party's negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.
How will shoulder injury compensation help me?
Shoulder injuries, including frozen shoulder, dislocation and rotator cuff disorders can cause significant, lasting pain and disruption.
The debilitating nature of these injuries can mean those affected are often unable to work during their recovery.
Your solicitor can help you claim compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injury, and for financial losses including:
- lost earnings if you have had to take time off work
- future loss of earnings if you are unable to return to work
- the cost of medical treatment and future care to support your recovery
- expenses such as travel costs to and from hospital
How have we have helped injured claimants?
The panel of solicitors have a wealth of experience assisting clients with a range of injuries including:
- Rugby tackle shoulder injuries
- Contact sports
- Shoulder injuries sustained during other sporting events and gym workouts
- Manual handling and lifting injuries at work
- Rotator cuff tears
- Dislocated shoulder injuries
- Shoulder injuries affecting the brachial plexus
Do I have a shoulder injury claim?
You should be eligible to make a shoulder injury claim if your injury occurred:
- in the last three years, and;
- someone else was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Claim eligibility - Common questions
What if a child was injured?
The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.
A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start a shoulder injury claim on their own behalf.
What if I want to make a multi-party or group claim?
A multi-party claim (sometimes referred to as a 'group claim' or a 'class action') brought by a group of people who have sustained the same or similar injuries due to the negligence of the same defendant. How you start a multi-party claim will depend on the circumstances and we recommend you speak to a solicitor for more information.
How did your injury occur?
The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:
No win, no fee, no risk
Under a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor agrees that you will have no legal fees to pay if your claim is not successful.
Our no win, no fee promise
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is zero financial risk in making a shoulder injury claim, even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my shoulder injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, once your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my shoulder injury claim?
If your shoulder injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees at all. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
How can Quittance help?
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
if you can claim
to start a claim
Shoulder injury FAQ's
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make a shoulder injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the shoulder injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your shoulder injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for a shoulder injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim shoulder injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a shoulder injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
Helen Goddard, Legal researcher
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