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How much compensation will i get for a Dislocation Injury Claim?

By Michael Patrick. Last Updated 20th January 2021. A dislocation injury, regardless of whether it is a shoulder or kneecap, it can have a devastating impact on you and your health. In some cases, the victim is lucky to get away with some stiffness and mild pain that goes away after a few treatments, but in other cases, dislocation may lead to some serious long-term consequences.

If you or any of your loved ones have suffered a dislocation from injuries at work, in a road accident or in a public place, or under any other circumstances, you may be eligible for dislocation injury compensation from the liable party.

This guide holds a lot of vital information on how to make a claim. Please read through it, and if you have any questions or would like to start your claim right away, please use the contact details at the bottom of this page to contact us.

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A Guide to Dislocation Injury Claims

According to the National Health Service (NHS), dislocation injuries may take about 12-16 weeks to heal completely. This means that you may have to miss out on work, social activities, and maybe even need the help of family and friends, or paid caregivers to cope with daily life for around four months.

During this time, you may find it difficult or impossible to go to work or complete simple tasks as you had done prior to the accident, and in some cases where you are still able to work, you may still find it difficult to work optimally.

Sometimes, the dislocation may harm your ligaments and make it difficult for the dislocated joint to heal completely. Extending the duration of the injury.

These situations may lead to financial and emotional stress that no amount of money would be sufficient to compensate entirely. However, if you can successfully pursue an accident claim from the negligent or responsible party, it would go a long way in helping to ease physical and financial stress.

Most of the details you need concerning making claims are on this page; how much you can claim for a dislocation injury, how to start a claim and how to take advantage of our free legal advice and a No Win No Fee agreement.

We expect you to have some personal questions after reading the guide, so we have provided our contact details at the bottom of this page. Feel free to contact us for free legal advice and help.

What is a Dislocation Injury?

Dislocation injury

Dislocation injury

A dislocation injury is a type of injury that affects the point where two or more bones connect together in the body, known as the joint. When the bones forcefully leave their regular position, the health condition is known as a dislocation.

A dislocation doesn’t just affect the joints; it may also affect the nerves, ligaments, muscles, and tendons surrounding the affected area. Joint dislocation may affect your shoulders, knees, ankles, hips, elbows, toes, fingers and your jaw.

Dislocation can be very painful and may cause the victim to become temporarily or permanently incapacitated. It may become difficult to move the parts of the body connected to the affected joint.

Most common types of dislocated injuries you can claim for?

  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Dislocated knee
  • Dislocated finger
  • Dislocated thumb
  • Dislocated jaw
  • Dislocated elbow
  • Dislocated toe
  • Dislocated hip
  • Dislocated ankle
  • Dislocated kneecap
  • Dislocated wrist
  • Dislocated rib
  • Dislocated knuckle
  • Dislocated collar bone
  • Dislocated patella
  • Dislocated arm
  • Dislocated coccyx
  • Dislocated big toe
  • Dislocated clavicle
  • Dislocated neck
  • Dislocated shoulder blade
  • Dislocated pelvis
  • Dislocated sternum

Claiming for a Dislocation Injury Caused by a Slip, Trip or Fall

Most dislocation injuries occur as a result of a slip, trip or a fall. When you trip or fall, the impact may forcefully push your joints into an abnormal position and force the ligaments that support the bones to lose their hold.

A slip, trip or fall accident can happen anywhere. It could happen at work, or in a public place.

It doesn’t matter where the incident occurred if you sustain dislocation injuries from a slip, trip or fall, and the accident was the responsibility of another party, you can claim compensation.

If the accident happened at work as a result of your employer’s negligent actions, you might be able to claim compensation from your employer for your dislocation injury. For accidents that occur in public places such as shopping malls, in the street, at a public library or any other commercial location, you may be able to claim compensation from the business owner or the local council.

Claiming for a Dislocation Injury Caused by a Road Traffic Accident

Road traffic accidents are a widespread occurrence in the UK. In 2015 alone, there were at least 186,209 reported cases of road accident casualties.

The forceful impact with another vehicle or objects during an accident may cause the bones to move out of their regular position. If another road user hits you with their car as a pedestrian or while you were driving your own vehicle, you can claim for compensation from the guilty party as long as there is proof that you were not partially or fully responsible for the accident. If you were in a taxi, bus or any other form of public transport and the driver was negligent. It’s possible to claim compensation from the service operator.

Dislocation treatment may take a lot of time and cost money. When you factor in the level of disruption to your everyday life and the adverse effect on your finances that the dislocation may cause, it can mount up to a significant level.

The good thing is that you don’t have to bear the costs alone. If another road user was negligent and exposed you to dislocation injuries from the impact of an accident, you may claim compensation from them.

Other Common Accidents That Result in a Dislocation Injury Claim

Although a large number of dislocation injuries occur as a result of a slip, trips and falls, workplace accidents and road traffic mishaps, those are not the only causes of dislocation injuries. Dislocation Injuries can also be caused by:

  • Faulty or Damaged Equipment or Products: Using a product or equipment that is already damaged or faulty such as ladders, gym equipment, or facilities like an elevator in a public place may also cause dislocation.

When the injury is caused by faulty products or equipment, you may be able to claim compensation from the manufacturer or supplier of the equipment or persons responsible for managing or servicing the equipment who failed to do so in cases of accidents that happen at the workplace, gym or in public places.

  • Medical Negligence: Sometimes, the negligent actions of your doctor, physical therapist or other medical professionals may also lead to dislocation injuries.
  • Assault and Violence: Blunt force impact from physical assault may also cause dislocation. You can claim compensation from the person who assaulted you in such cases.
  • Sports Injuries: Excessive pressure or forceful impact during sporting activities is another one of the most common causes of dislocation, especially dislocated shoulders, ankles and knees.

If you were involved in any other type of accident not mentioned above, and it led to dislocation injuries through no fault of yours, please talk to our legal team, and we would be able to tell you how to claim compensation.

Claiming for a Dislocation Injury Caused by Medical Negligence

Medical negligence during childbirth, surgery or physical therapy may lead to different types of dislocation injuries. Delayed diagnosis of dislocation symptoms may also cause irreversible damage to the victim’s joint and overall level of mobility.

Medical negligence cases are taken very seriously in the UK. A medical practitioner who is found guilty of negligence may have their license revoked, and be directed to pay compensation to the victim.

However, to be able to get dislocated shoulder compensation or compensation for any other dislocation injuries caused by medical negligence, you would need legal representation. Especially since no medical practitioner would take medical negligence accusations lightly. You would need an experienced medical negligence solicitor to help you prove and argue your case, and win you compensation for your injuries.

Claiming for a Dislocation Injury at Work

If you’ve suffered dislocation injuries following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation from your employer. According to the Advisory (ACAS), Employers hold a duty of care to ensure that the workplace is safe and secure for employees. this obligation is also echoed by the Health and Safety at Work at Work etc. Act 1974.

For instance, all equipment, tools and facilities that may expose employees to risks of accidents, be managed appropriately. Employers are also expected to properly train employees to use all equipment and facilities in the workplace. However, despite the measures previously listed, accidents can still occur. For example, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that:

  • There are around 1.6 million work-related ill health cases in 2019-20.
  • 0.8 million cases related to depression, anxiety and stress.
  • An estimated 10.6 billion in annual costs was spent in regards to ill health.
  • There were 111 fatal injuries at work.
  • 65,427 non-fatal workplace injuries.

Please note that these statistics are not in direct relation to negligence. However, if you can supply evidence that distinctly outlines how your employer breached their duty of care, then you could have grounds to make a claim.

Sometimes, the accident may not be your employer’s fault but the fault of another negligent party at work. Our legal advisers would be able to tell you how to go make your claims for such accidents.

Claiming for an accident in a Public Place

It’s not uncommon for people to slip or fall in a public place due to wet floors, poor construction of walkways or malfunctioning facilities like elevators, canal footpaths, pavements, pedestrian bridges, etc.

Such accidents may occur in various places including supermarkets, spas and beauty salons, libraries and car parks. Any place that is accessible to the public and is the responsibility of a third-party to maintain.

The owners and managers of commercial enterprises owe a duty of care to their clients and visitors to ensure that their business premises are safe for the public to access. A failure to do this makes them liable for any injuries you sustain while you are on the premises.

 Facts and Statistics

The following facts and statistics provide a picture of the frequency and severity of cases in the UK:

  • The cost of UK home accident injuries to society is estimated to be around 43 million pounds per year.
  • The average dislocated knee recovery time is 6 weeks, while the average dislocated shoulder recovery time is about 12-16 weeks.
  • The health risks of a dislocation increase with age.
  • Subsequent dislocations sometimes occur especially in people aged between 25 and 40. This is usually due to the tissues around the dislocated joints, not healing correctly.

Assessing the Severity of an Injury

The severity of your dislocation injury will drive the amount which would be offered to you as compensation. As would be expected, severe cases get higher payouts than minor issues.

Taking dislocated shoulder symptoms as an example, soft tissue injuries with short recovery times would attract a lesser compensation amount compared with severe dislocated shoulder pain coupled with neck injuries and significantly restricted mobility.

In any case, however, the court would expect you to provide a medical report from a certified medical professional, giving an opinion on the level of physical damages your dislocation injuries have and may cause.

A local medical expert can be arranged specially for you by our legal team to take a look at your injuries and let us know the extent of severity, and if there are any other health implications, you should also claim for.

The Long-Term Effects of a Dislocation Injury

Dislocation injuries should not be underestimated no matter how insignificant they may seem in the beginning.

Dislocation may negatively affect your usually active lifestyle and interfere with your daily activities, including work. If you are a professional sportsperson who suffers from a dislocation, for instance, this may restrict your performance or make it impossible for you to compete again. The resultant effect is a significant reduction in your income. It doesn’t just stop there; a reduction in your income may necessitate a reduction in your standard of living, which may trigger further emotional and physical stress.

The court takes all of these factors into account when awarding compensation as long as you have a knowledgeable and experienced solicitor who would help you point out all of these possible effects and why you should receive compensation for them.

What to do If You Have Suffered a Dislocation Injury

This is an essential part of the claim process, as if you do not handle this correctly, you may be unable to make claims against the negligent party because there would be insufficient evidence to back up your claims.

You should take the following steps:

  • Gather as much evidence as you can. Use your mobile phone to take photos of the accident and clearly show the location and time the injury occurred. If it’s a road accident, make sure you take the photos before the vehicles are towed.
  • Record details of witnesses to the accident. If it’s possible to get a statement from them too, that would further help.
  • Receive medical treatment for your injuries and obtain a medical report on your injuries.
  • Make a formal report to the guilty party. If the accident happened at work, you could report to your employer or to the manager or owner of a business if it occurred within commercial premises.
  • Talk to a legal expert for advice on any other steps to take and how to begin making claims against the negligent party.

The legal time limit for making claims in the UK is three years; hence you must begin your claims immediately to exceed the time limit.

What can be claimed for a Dislocation Injury?

Two main compensation areas are considered when calculating the damages, you should be awarded for your dislocation injuries.

  • Special Damages: If you had to incur any expenses to treat yourself or cope with the after effect of the injuries, you can claim for them under this category. Special damages typically include but are not limited to property damage, travel expenses, medical treatments, hospital care costs, home adaptation and assistance, prescription costs, gadgets to help you cope such as wheelchairs and crutches, rehabilitation expenses including mental and physical therapy, and prescription costs.

This compensation category would also pay for any loss of earnings and loss of earning potential caused by the accident.

  • General Damages: Alongside special damages, general damages would also be awarded for the physical pain and suffering caused by the injury.

Since some of the injuries you may suffer cannot be quantified, it’s best to have an experienced legal expert on your side to guide you on the best way to make your claim.

No Win No Fee Dislocation Injury Claims

Can you not afford the legal fees for making dislocation injury claims? No problem. We can help you make your claims for free through our Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), also known as the no win, no fee dislocation injury claims service.

This service is specially designed for you to make your claims without spending any money until your claim is successful and you are awarded compensation.

How Much Can I Claim for a Dislocation Injury?

It’s almost impossible to put a specific value on a dislocation injury claim, especially without knowing the full circumstances surrounding the injury. Our solicitors are highly experienced with dislocation injury compensation claims, and they would be able to review your case and let you know how much your claim is worth, but meanwhile, this table provides an idea of what you should expect to get based on the past cases we have handled and the guidelines set by the Judicial College.

Dislocated ShoulderMinor to SevereUp to £36,500Severe dislocated shoulder injuries include injuries with accompanying bone fracture and may cause permanent disability.
Dislocated KneeModerate to SevereUp to £73,125Moderately severe injuries include torn cartilages and limitation of movement.
Dislocated FingerMinor to SevereUp to £27,925For pain and discomfort
Dislocated JawMinor to Severe£4,900 to £34,600Where there is no bone fracture.
Dislocated ElbowMinor to SevereUp to £41,675Moderately severe cases may lead to weeks of immobility.
Dislocated AnkleMinor to Very SevereUp to £53,000Severe ankle dislocation with walking difficulties and torn ligaments.
Dislocated HipModerate to SevereUp to £103,250In very severe cases, the victim may require hip replacement surgery.
Dislocated KneecapModerate to SevereUp to £73,125Moderately severe injuries include torn cartilages and limitation of movement.
Dislocated WristMinor to Very SevereUp to £45,500Severe wrist dislocation often leads to reduction or loss of function.
Dislocated CollarboneMinor to SevereUp to £36,500For a dislocated neck or collarbone.
Dislocated KnuckleMinor to SevereUp to £27,925Where there is no fracture.
Dislocated CoccyxMinor to SevereUp to £122,350Where there is no fracture or soft tissue injury.
Dislocated LegModerate to SevereUp to £103,250Without fracture or tissue damage.
Dislocated PelvisModerate to SevereUp to £103,250Very severe cases may require corrective surgery.

The easiest way to know how much your dislocation injury settlement is worth is to claim your free consultation session with us, using the contact details at the bottom of the page. It only takes a few minutes, during which we would be able to review your case and tell you how much you can reasonably expect.

How to Start a Claim

As soon as you are done reading this guide, check the bottom of the page for our contact details. Those are the details you would need to use to claim your free consultation session.

It’s a completely free service designed to offer legal advice and support to members of the public, and you are under no obligation to use our services after the session.

If you decide to make us your claims expert, we would arrange for a medical examination and any other professional examination that may be necessary.

After this, we would immediately begin your claims process and continue to update you as we proceed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any point during the process for any questions and requests you may have.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for a Dislocation Injury Claim

We are a team of legal experts. Having dealt with many personal injury cases in the past, we understand just how painful and inconvenient dislocation injuries could be. This is why we make it our utmost priority to get you the compensation you deserve from whoever must have caused you to suffer unjust pains and losses.

Our experts are easy to talk to and treat all cases on a personal level. We can’t promise to make all the pains and sufferings caused by the injury go away, but we promise to give you all the support and attention necessary for winning your dislocation injury claim.

Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim

You only have a limited time to make dislocation injury claims, why wait further? The further you wait the lesser chances you have of winning compensation for your dislocation injuries. Start now by calling us on 0800 073 8804 or by using the web contact form or web chat feature to start your free consultation session today.

Helpful Links

NHS on Dislocated Shoulder

This is an NHS link about dislocated shoulders and has some vital information.

NHS Choices Dislocated kneecap

A dislocated kneecap injuries are common and normally takes about six weeks to heal find out more on this NHS Link.

Accident At Work Claims Find out Compensation Amounts

If you have had an accident at work you could claim for your injuries and loss of earnings on a No Win No Fee basis contact us today for dislocated injuries at work.

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