Shoulder Injury Compensation Claim

Some of the most common injuries that people can sustain in their everyday lives are injuries to their shoulders. These injuries can occur in many different situations, but most commonly they result from accidents at school, at work, in public places and car crashes. One particular manifestation of shoulder injury is adhesive capsulitis, more commonly known as frozen shoulder where the shoulder joint is so painful and stiff that it can’t be moved.

Like other problems that affect the shoulder such as dislocation, this shoulder injury can last for many years, leaving the victim suffering great pain and hardship and may even force them to stop working as they are simply incapable of doing so. It is for this reason that the services of solicitors such as Tylers are often sought for them to be adequately compensated when it is more than likely that their frozen or dislocated shoulder injury was someone else’s fault. This is all important when it comes to claiming compensation for shoulder injury

What is a Frozen Shoulder Injury?

Frozen shoulder is a disorder of the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder that becomes stiff and inflamed causing a severe restriction in motion and chronic pain. The condition can be slow to recover from and is extremely debilitating for the sufferer. Even small arm movements are enough to cause great pain which makes simple tasks all but impossible with further restriction of movement also thought to be caused by insufficient amounts of synovial fluid in the shoulder joint that normally lubricates the area between the shoulder joints.

Frozen shoulder is distinguished from a standard stiff shoulder by the restricted space between the capsule and ball of the humerus. The condition can last for anything from a few months to years at a time and in most cases is worse at night and in cold weather. The condition can also be exacerbated by sudden bumps which cause great pain and cramping and can last for several minutes.

What Causes Frozen Shoulder Injuries?

Trauma and injury, particularly at work and surgery are all suspected to be the cause of the condition although this is by no means a certainty. Keeping the shoulder joint stationary for long periods of time is also considered a possible cause. However, it is possible for a cycle of decline to develop as keeping the joint stationary to avoid pain is likely to make it even worse. There is strong belief with some medical experts that the condition may also have autoimmune elements as evidence has suggested that the body may be attacking its healthy tissue. It is recommended that the joint is kept fully moving to prevent the development of frozen shoulder injury.

Are There Any Knock-On Effects of a Frozen Shoulder Injury?

The knock-on effects of such debilitation and pain can be devastating and can lead to further complications in the neck and back as well as depression from the sheer misery of trying to cope with the affliction. The condition is rarely seen in people under the age of 40 and those working in certain jobs and can lead to other afflictions such as heart and lung disease, diabetes, strokes, connective tissue disorders and can in itself cause other accidents to occur. Frozen shoulder injury can severely limit normal life and may cause the affected person to take time off work for several months or longer, and this is where compensation plays a key role.

What are the Symptoms of a Frozen Shoulder Injury?

Perhaps the most prominent symptom of frozen shoulder injury is the difficulty in moving the shoulder due to the stiffness and pain. However, other symptoms follow a set pattern of development in three stages with the first of these being the “freezing” or painful stage where the pain develops slowly over a period of between six weeks and nine months as the shoulder gradually loses motion.

The second stage is known as the “frozen” or adhesive stage and is characterised by improvement in pain, but a continuation of stiffness at the same level since symptoms were first observed and can last anywhere between four and nine months. The third and final stage can last between 5 and 26 months and is known as the “thawing” or recovery stage where the capability of shoulder motion slowly returns to normal.

How Are Frozen Shoulder Injuries Treated?

The reduction of shoulder pain and the restoration of joint movement are the main focus of treatment of frozen shoulder injuries. Surgery may be an option in the most severe cases, but far less drastic and invasive options include massage therapy, physiotherapy and medication. Hydrodilatation which is a treatment specific to frozen shoulder injury involving the injection firstly of contrast medium, the local anaesthetic and the steroid hormone cortisone into the affected shoulder joint and the application of heat followed by gentle stretching exercises may also be an alternative option for sufferers of frozen shoulder injury.

Nerve impulses can also be blocked by using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to help in the relief of pain. Some restoration of motion may be achieved if a doctor performs manipulation under anaesthesia. This has the effect of dispersing scar tissue, and adhesions in the joint and pain can be relieved with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. More often than not, however, frozen shoulder injury resolves itself with time with the vast majority of patients regaining about 90% of shoulder movement over time, although this may take up to two years or more in the most severe cases.

What Other Types of Shoulder Injuries Are There?

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Biceps Tendon Tear
  • Broken Collarbone
  • Broken Shoulder
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Shoulder Blade Fracture
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Scapula Fracture
  • Proximal Humerus Fracture
  • Shoulder Injury At Work
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Joint Tear
  • Arthritis in the Shoulder
  • Shoulder Trauma
  • SLAP Tear
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Chronic Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Shoulder Bursitis
  • Tendonitis of the Long Head of the Biceps

Should I Get in Touch with Tylers for No-Win, No-Fee Compensation Claims?

If you have suffered a dislocated shoulder, have developed frozen shoulder as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault or if you have suffered as a result of clinical negligence after having surgery that exacerbated an existing shoulder injury, then you may be eligible for compensation. Likewise, if the surgery you received was for another shoulder problem but which later went on to cause you to develop frozen shoulder then you could also be entitled to a significant amount of money.

How much compensation for shoulder injury?

In the past, victims of shoulder injuries who have pursued shoulder injury claims and won have been awarded large sums of anywhere between £5,000 and £8,000 to help cover such things as medical costs and loss of income. Give Tylers a call today and let us help you become one of them. Our expert team of lawyers will assess your case and guide you every step of the way through the process and secure for you the compensation you rightfully deserve. Give Tylers a call to find out your estimated shoulder injury compensation amounts.

If you have developed a frozen shoulder injury as a result of an accident or clinical negligence that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a shoulder injury claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim for shoulder injury today.

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