A Simple Guide To Common Shoulder Compensation

When suffering an injury where others were to blame, say from a work or traffic incident, or a trip or fall, one of the most painful, and common, involves an injury to a shoulder. When processing such shoulder compensation claims here at PHC Law, we do find some people are unsure about the extent or type of injury and its seriousness. Here’s a simple guide to some of the most common:

It’s often the case, especially with work areas, that such injuries are caused over a period of time by repetitive actions. If you believe that this may be the case with you, you’ll likely find that it is difficult to fully rotate your arm in all the normal positions where you use it. Perhaps you suffer from a worrying feeling that your shoulder is about to pop right out of its socket. In terms of lifting activities, you may be finding it more difficult than it should be to lift or carry items.

Apart from obvious breaks to one or more bones in the shoulder area that are the result of collisions or slips, trips and falls, most shoulder problems involve the kind of difficulties listed above. These can be the result of poor advice when undertaking physical activity under supervision, or a lack of adherence to proper work practices and the like.

Such injuries are likely to involve damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons that work together to allow your shoulder to function effectively. Sometime, people simply try to work on through the pain or discomfort, hoping (misguidedly) that this will solve the problem. Often, it simply worsens it. Equally, for example in work related situations, it’s easy to get used to constant pain because it can gradually creep up on you to the extent that you think “I’m just getting older” or “That’s just how it is”.

A couple of key causes are, firstly, where a joint moves, or is forced, out of its normal position – and this can then lead to painful dislocation. A second cause is where the muscles constantly rub against the top of the shoulder blade (called impingement). If you feel either of these are causing your pain, and that this is the result of circumstances where the fault is not yours, it’s always worth asking for our expert opinion about whether you may be due compensation. You can be sure we’ll never give you the cold shoulder in such circumstances!