A shoulder injury could impair your ability to carry out daily tasks. This could leave an excessive amount of stress leading to mental health issues.

However, applying for a claim is not that difficult. 

I have compiled this complete guide for shoulder injury compensation that has all the information you need before applying for a claim.

What refers to a shoulder injury compensation?

In case you have sustained a shoulder injury because of someone else’s negligence, you could claim for a compensation.

You could be entitled to a number of compensations through personal injury claims

What type of shoulder injuries compensation claim can I get?

You could get compensation for a number of injuries, if they were not your fault. 

These include:

  • Fractured shoulder bone
  • Sprains
  • Tendon ruptures
  • Dislocation
  • Sprained shoulder
  • Damage to the shoulder muscles
  • Muscle tears
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fractures
  • Injured rotator cuff 
  • Muscle damage
  • Dislocation of the the shoulder joint
  • Separation of shoulder from the collarbone
  • Cartilage tear
  • Impingement: In case your tendon is pinched between your shoulder bones
  • Bursitis: In case your bursa gets swollen or filled with unwanted fluids.
  • Osteoarthritis: Incase you have broken the cartilage between your shoulder bones causing them to rub together.
  • Tendinitis: In case your rotator cuff is inflamed

Your solicitor will evaluate your case and apply through personal injury claims for you.

How do I apply for a shoulder injury compensation claim?

You would want to seek medical assistance for your injury first. Your documentations will help when you apply for your personal injury claims later. 

Collect as much evidence as you can. These include: videos, images, and medical reports. This is important so you can prove the injury was not your fault. 

In case there are any witnesses, you might want to take their contact information.

Hire a solicitor, one that has knowledge in the field. Your solicitor will analyse your case and apply for your personal injury claims.

The amount of compensation you could be entitled to is divided into two categories:

  • Special damages: compensation for your expenses incurred
  • General damages: compensation for your pain and suffering

What is the time limit for a shoulder injury compensation?

Your compensation should be made within 3 years of your personal injury. 

Can the shoulder injury compensation depend on time?

Your personal injury compensation could depend on the severity and how long it takes for your injury to heal.


If your injury requires 3 months to heal, your compensation could go up to £2,090.

For minor injuries lasting up to 1 year, your compensation could range between £2,090 to £3,710.

However, for minor injuries lasting over 2 years, your compensation could range between £3,710 to £6,730.

How much claim can I get for a frozen shoulder?

If your healing time for a frozen shoulder requires not more than 2 years, your claim could range between £6,730 to £10,890.

This is when your shoulder muscles become stiff. On average it could take between 2 to 4 years to heal. Your compensation amount could increase if you require more healing time.

How do I know if I have sustained a shoulder injury?

There are a number of ways to diagnose shoulder injuries.

These include:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging scan(MRI): radio magnetic waves to identify the shoulder injuries
  • Computerized tomography scan (CT): x-ray images captured from different angles
  • Electromyography (EMG): Images capture your muscle or nerve damage
  • Arthroscopy: This is a surgical procedure. A small camera is inserted to identify the shoulder injury
  • Arthrogram: dye added to get a clearer view of the x-ray
  • Ultrasound: In case of a rotator cuff injury

What is the average payout for a severe shoulder injury?

In case of a dislocated, fractured, or nerve injury, your compensation could range between £10,890 to £40,970.

Can I make a claim for a shoulder injury at work?

You could receive compensation for your shoulder injuries.

However, you need to provide evidence proving your injury was caused by your work. These include documentation about your work environment and the type of work you do. 

Moreover, CCTV camera footage, or images could be required. The more evidence you have, it will be easier to apply for a claim.

Your solicitor will evaluate your case and apply for compensation for you.

How much can I claim for a shoulder injury?

Your shoulder injury claims could depend on the severity.

For a minor shoulder injury, your claim could go up to £6,000.

In case of a serious injury, your claims could range between £9,700 to £14,600.

However, for a severe injury, your claim could range between £14,600 to £36,500.

On what basis can I make a shoulder injury claim?

You could apply for a shoulder injury compensation for a number of reasons. 

 These include:

  • Injury sustained at work
  • Road traffic accident by a car or motorbike
  • Cycling accident
  • Slip or trip accident
  • Heavy lifting 
  • Getting hit by a object falling from a height
  • Expense incurred on special damages
  • Expense incurred on general damages

It is important to understand that the shoulder injury you have sustained should not be your fault.

How much can I claim for a shoulder injury requiring surgery?

Your compensation for shoulder injury requiring surgery could go up to £33,000.

What are the benefits of applying for a shoulder injury compensation?

You could be entitled to a number of benefits through an injury compensation claim.

Special damages include: 

  • Travel Expense:

Expense for traveling for your treatment.

  • Ongoing expense:

Long term treatment.

  • Care and assistance: 

In case of full time assistance.

  • Medical expenses: 

Expense incurred for medical checkup, therapy, and supplements.

  • Psychological damage: 

Compensation for a psychological treatment.

  • Loss of earning: 

In case of loss of savings.

  • Loss of income:

In case you lost your job or the ability to work.

  • Pain and suffering: 

Physical and psychological stress.

  • Negative life quality:

In case your injury has hindered your ability to carry out daily routines normally

How much can I claim for a soft tissue injury?

Your shoulder injury claims could go up to £6,000. This is the case if your injuries are expected to recover within 2 years.

However, your compensation claims could increase depending on the severity of your injury.

Can I claim compensation for a whiplash?

Your compensation could range between £1,000 to £9,0000.

Whiplash is mainly a neck injury. However, it could cause excruciating pain in the shoulders. 

You could make an injury compensation claim incase after an accident.

What is the average payout for a rotator cuff injury?

The amount of payout for a rotator cuff injury could range between £6,000 to £14,600.

You could apply for this claim through a personal injury solicitor.

What is the average compensation for a dislocated shoulder?

You could receive a claim between £9,700 to £14,600. This is one of the most common shoulder injuries.

The injury could be a result of a road traffic accident. However, it is important to understand that the accident should not be your fault.

Can I make a claim for a fractured collarbone?

A collarbone fracture could also be referred to as a clavicle fracture. You could apply for a claim if the injury was not your fault. 

The amount of compensation for a fractured collarbone could range between £9,700 to £14,600.

How much compensation can I get for a brachial plexus injury?

Your shoulder injury claim could range between £10,600 to £36,500. 

Brachial plexuses are a group of nerves that control the sensations felt by the hand, arms, and nerves. Damage to the brachial plexus lesion could limit your feeling, cause weakness, or even cause severe shoulder pain.

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