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An overview of shoulder injuries

Whether you have sustained personal injury while working out at the gym after not having been given adequate advice on how to use equipment or you have sustained a shoulder injury as a result of an accident at work caused by your being instructed to lift objects that were too heavy for you, The Claim Solicitors may be able to help you make a no win, no fee personal injury claim for compensation.

The shoulder joint is a complex formation of three bones (the Scapula, the Humerus and the Clavicle), four muscles (the Supraspinatus, the Infraspinatus, the Teres Minor and the Subscapularis) and a group of tendons which provide a great range of motion for your arm. A consequence of such a range of motion is a lack of stability. This means a shoulder injury could happen at any time, especially when you are exercising or exerting yourself and may be signalled by a popping sound or just a sharp pain shooting through the shoulder.

Types of shoulder injury
Owing to the fact that the shoulder is such a tendonous area it receives very little blood supply and little oxygen and nutrients as a result. This means that the shoulder is especially vulnerable to degeneration with aging and, when injured, the shoulder takes longer to heal than some other parts of the body. There are various types of personal injury to the shoulder possible including:

Rotator cuff injury
The four muscles and their tendons which surround the shoulder joint are known as the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is surrounded by an empty bursa which aids the tendons to move. This can become inflamed and cause pain and swelling to the shoulder joints. Tears can also occur as a result of degeneration or when weakened tendons are stressed during an activity or accident.

Most problems can be treated with rest, medication and gentle exercise but if pain continues for more than two weeks a thorough assessment may need to be carried out by a medical professional.

Shoulder tendonitis
Problems such as tendonitis resulting from overuse or trauma are also common. Those that swim, play sports such as tennis or work in professions that require repetitive over arm motions to be used are most susceptible.

When the shoulder slips part of the way out of its socket this is called subluxation but when the shoulder comes completely displaced from its socket we call this dislocation. Dislocations can either be anterior (to the front of the shoulder) or posterior (to the back of the shoulder) and are common sports injuries.

AC separation
The acromioclavicular joint is found where the collarbone meets the shoulder at the acronimion. When the ligaments close to the end of the collarbone become stretched or torn an AC separation can occur. Personal injury may be caused by falling onto the outside part of the shoulder, the elbow or an outstretched arm. These kinds of injuries are particularly common during contact sports such as rugby.

Symptoms include tenderness, swelling and pain. Anti-inflammatory painkillers and a cold compress are usually advised for treatment. The area may also need to be protected by wearing a sling.

Treatment for shoulder injuries
Whatever type of shoulder injury you sustain you may find one of the best methods of treatment is massage. Gentle massage can increase blood flow to the damaged area and speed up the healing process. Similarly, you should apply gentle movement to the shoulder area as if you keep it completely still it may seize up and take longer to repair.

Compensation claim amounts for shoulder injuries

Often involved with neck injuries and involving damage to the brachial plexus, resulting in significant disability - 10,500 to 26,500.

Dislocation of the shoulder and damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus causing pain to the shoulder and neck, aching in the elbow, sensory symptoms in the forearm and hand, and weakness of grip - 6,750 to 10,500.

Frozen shoulder with limitation of movement and discomfort with symptoms persisting for about two years - 4,250 to 7,000.

Soft tissue injury to the shoulder with considerable pain but almost full recovery:

In less than two years - 2,500 to 4,500

Within a year - up to 2,500

Fracture of clavicle
Compensation award depends on the extent of fracture, level of disability, residual symptoms, and whether temporary or permanent, and whether union is anatomically displaced - 2,750 to 6,500.

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If you would like to make a no win, no fee personal injury claim for a shoulder injury, whiplash injury or any other type of injury then you have come to the right place.

The Claim Solicitors have an excellent claim success rate and can help you to claim the compensation you deserve for past and future lost earnings, medical expenses such as prescriptions and much more.

Our personal injury solicitors are highly experienced and we will do our best to appoint you a solicitor that operates in your local area so that you have the opportunity to discuss your case face to face.

Your personal injury solicitor will talk you through your personal injury claim in plain English, without using legal jargon, and will be at hand to deal with any queries you may have and to provide free legal advice along the way.

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