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What Compensation Can I Expect For Shoulder Injury In A Car Accident?
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and have sustained a shoulder injury as a result you may be considering making a claim for compensation. If the accident was caused through no fault of your own then it is likely that you will be able to pursue a successful claim against the third party driver. This article looks at how compensation for shoulder injuries is calculated and how long it may take to settle your claim for compensation for your shoulder injury.
Personal injury claims are split into two parts - general damages and special damages. Your claim for general damages is your claim for the actual injuries you have sustained and the pain and suffering you have endured, or continuing to ensure. When you instruct a solicitor to help you pursue your claim for compensation for your shoulder injury, your solicitor will arrange for you to attend an appointment with an independent medical expert who specialises in shoulder injuries. The medical expert will assess your injuries and prepare a report detailing the same and providing a medical prognosis for the future. The prognosis will set out how long the medical expert takes you to recover from your injuries and whether you will be left with any permanent symptoms in your damaged shoulder. Your solicitor will then look at previously settled cases where the Claimant sustained a similar shoulder injury to your own and had a similar medical prognosis. This is will give your solicitor an indication of how much your claim for a damaged shoulder may be worth, as will referring to reference material called the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines.
How Much Shoulder Injury Compensation?
Shoulder injury compensation awards fall into the following approximate amounts:
- £12,250 to £30,250 for sever shoulder injuries
- £8,100 to £12,250 for serious shoulder injuries
- £5,000 to £8,100 for moderately serious shoulder injuries
- Up to £5,100 for minor shoulder injuries where a full recovery takes place within two years.
Your other losses and expenses are called special damages and will include any out of pocket expenses you have incurred as result of the accident. This could include loss of earnings, loss of overtime, travelling expenses to medical appointments and the cost of prescriptions charges. Your special damages claim will be easier to value as you will have documentary evidence (such as receipts and invoices) to support the items you are claiming for.
When your solicitor has been able to assess the value of your claim he will disclose the medical report and Schedule of Special Damages to the third party's insurers and begin settlement negotiations. The amount of compensation you receive for your damaged shoulder, and the amount of time your claim will take to settle, will depend largely upon the extent of your injuries and how long your recovery is expected to take.
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