Neck and shoulder injury compensation claim solicitors.
Neck, shoulder and arm injuries are amongst the most common injuries that MG Legal's personal injury experts help our injured clients to claim personal injury compensation for.
Road Traffic Accidents often cause neck and shoulder injuries, and slip and trip incidents regularly cause injury to the arms and wrist.
MG Legal’s expert personal injury solicitors regularly handle cases involving neck, shoulder and arm injuries and we are well versed in securing the best compensation for our clients, all on a No Win No Fee basis.
What sort of injuries can you sustain to the neck, shoulders and arm in personal injury cases?
As you would expect, personal injury cases bring about all kinds of injury and so, there is no one type or category of injury that can occur, or not occur, in a personal injury claim. Injuries can vary from mild muscular injuries (often called whiplash) to more serious ligament injuries, broken bones, burns and lacerations.
Soft tissue injuries, also known as ‘pulled muscles’, ‘sprains’ or ‘strains’ can occur in any type of incident, whether in a Road Traffic Accident because you have been jolted or thrown around by an impact, a slip or trip where the fall itself, or attempting to stop the fall, can cause damage or from injuries in the workplace such as repetitive strain injury or injuries caused by improper working arrangements such as badly designed workstations or seating.
Broken bones can, in some cases, be caused by Road Traffic Accidents, although it is more often cyclists, motorcyclist or pedestrians, that suffer broken bones as a result of a road traffic accident. Breaks to the arms and wrists are common in slipping and tripping incidents, often medically described as FOOSH (fall onto out-stretched hand) with the Colles fracture being a regular injury. More serious injuries tend to come from either pedestrian road traffic accidents or serious falls or crush injuries at work, where the vertebrae can be cracked, discs crushed or in the most serious injuries, the spinal cord can be damaged.
Burn injuries can most often occur in accidents at work, whether from a lack of safety equipment such as PPE (personal protective equipment), lack of proper handling equipment, malfunctioning machinery, unsafe systems of work or lack of proper cleaning procedures. Public liability cases can also result in burn injuries, especially in the beauty salon field where a lack of patch testing, proper medical questioning prior to commencing a treatment or Incorrect application of certain products, such as bleaches, dyes or abrasives can cause long term damage.
Lacerations and cuts can occur in many different ways, whether from striking the interior of the vehicle during a Road Traffic Accident, to not being given protective gloves in a workplace or buying a defective product which has a sharp edge or which breaks or shatters, causing injury.
As always, MG Legal’s experienced personal injury solicitors know that every case if different and this is why we treat our clients as individuals, not as just another file reference. We will listen to your story, your instruction to us and look to tailor our advice and our actions to your particular case.
How is an award for personal injury calculated?
Doubtless at some time you have seen a newspaper story about an award for a severely injured person, perhaps with brain damage or a lost limb, receiving an award of several million pounds.
Many personal injury solicitors like to throw personal injury figures around, without often explaining what they mean, or how they are awarded. At MG Legal, our personal injury solicitors are different; we like to be clear from the start, and give you clear, honest answers about how much compensation you will receive, if you have been injured. Subject to this, we believe it is important to differentiate between the award for your personal injury itself and the other, associated losses that you can be awarded, and with this in mind, MG Legal's personal injury experts have prepared a guide, below, explaining the different types of losses you can claim for.
Your award for your personal injury is also known as an award for “pain, suffering and loss of amenity”, routinely called General Damages. This is an award for the injury itself, the pain it causes and the effects on your life. The highest awards for General Damages tend to reach levels of around £400,000.00.
Where overall awards reach into the millions of pounds is the other aspect of damages, known as Special Damages. Special damages is the term for all financial losses claimed in any given case. So, usually, these will include medical expenses, loss earnings and in more serious injuries, future care costs, adaptation costs and even expenses such as moving home (usually to a property without stairs or with room for specialised equipment) can come in. Particularly if the injured party is young, then any compensation monies they receive may well include the fact that instead of earning, say, £20,000.00 per year for the next 40 years, they will now need daily care for the remainder of their life. So, not only will there be a lost earnings claim for 40x£20,000.00 (£800,000.00) but there will also be a claim for the cost of care at, say, £20,000.00 per year for the remainder of their life, which if 50 years is used would constitute a cost of £1,000,000.00.
So, when reading the below section, please bear in mind that the figures quoted for these injuries are purely the award for the injury and that each case being different, the total losses will be different too.
What sort of awards can I receive for injuries to the neck, shoulders and arms?
At MG Legal our first port of call is the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines (JSB), a regularly updated reference book containing guides for awards in certain brackets based on the type and scale of the injuries as detailed by the medical experts in your claim.
Should it not be sufficient to value a case on the content of the JSB, the parties can turn to specific Case-Law to ‘fine tune’ the award within a certain bracket. Finally, in higher value cases, it is common practice to seek a second opinion from a barrister, to ensure that your award is appropriate.
Awards for neck, shoulders and arm injuries can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injuries, their effect and a host of other factors, however, the JSB details these as follows:
Neck injury associated with incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis where there is still little or no movement in the neck - Awards in the region of £139,210.00
Injuries to the neck such as fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and which necessitate spinal fusion - Awards range between £23,460.00 and £36,120.00
Injury to the neck where a full recovery takes place between three months and a year - Awards range between £2,300.00 and £4,080.00.
Dislocation of the shoulder and damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus causing pain in shoulder and neck, aching in elbow, sensory symptoms in the forearm and hand and weakness of grip or a fractured humerus leading to restricted shoulder movement Awards range between £11,980.00 and £18,020.00.
Fracture of Clavicle - Awards range between £4830.00 and £111,490.00
Amputation of arm at the shoulder - Awards of not less than £128,710.00
Serious fractures of one or both forearms where there is a significant permanent residual disability whether functional or cosmetic - Awards range between £36,770.00 and £56,180.00
An uncomplicated Colles fracture - In the region of £6,970.00
How long have I got to make a neck, shoulder or arm injury compensation claim?
Usually, if you have been injured as a result of someone else's negligent acts or omissions, you have three years from the date of the negligence, or the date you know about the negligence, to pursue a claim for personal injury. So, in most cases this will be immediately should it occur in an accident, or if the injury stems from medical negligence or industrial illness, if everything appears ok to start with and then you later find out about an issue, your three years starts from the day you find out this information.
Subject to the Limitation Act 1980, there are exceptions- those under the age of 18 at the time the injury occured, have three years from their 18th birthday within which to make a personal injury claim. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, here…
Who pays my legal fees if I make a neck, shoulder or arm injury personal injury claim?
MG Legal’s expert neck, arm and shoulder personal injury claims solicitors believe that if access to justice should not entail up-front costs, legal jargon, and confusing conversations with fussy solicitors who don’t live in the real world. So, if you have suffered a personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you should not have to pay up front legal costs to get access to proper representation.
Why choose MG Legal for my personal injury compensation claim?
At MG Legal, we take a personal interest in each case and we have a dedicated department dealing just with personal injury claims. Our extensive experience of dealing with all types of personal injury claims means that when you work with MG Legal's team of personal injury solicitors, you have a dedicated team in your corner, with a combined total of 30 years of successfully winning personal injury compensation for our clients.
We believe that our confidence in our own ability is demonstrated by the fact that every personal injury claim we accept is on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a no win no fee agreement, which means that if we do not succeed for our client, we do not get paid for our work.