Slip And Fall Shoulder Injury: How To Get Compensation

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Madeleine Jones
September 16, 2021

After a slip and fall accident, it is very common to end up with a shoulder injury. People who suffer from a slip and fall shoulder injury that happened on someone else’s property can get compensation by filing a personal injury claim.

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How Slip and Fall Shoulder Injuries Happen

Slip and fall accidents can happen in several different ways. You might have slipped in a store, a hotel, or a restaurant because of a slippery, wet floor, especially on snowy or rainy days. Cords on the floor, uneven sidewalks, and poorly maintained staircases can also cause slips and falls.

All of these situations can create hazards that can cause a slip and fall. The resulting injuries can include shoulder injury, arm and clavicle injury, tendon and muscle injuries, etc.

Typically, shoulder injuries are not fatal, but they can be crippling. Chronic pain and reduced range of motion can interfere with your daily activities. In more severe cases, it can even reduce your ability to work.

Common Types of Shoulder Injuries

A shoulder injury is one of the most common injuries that result from a slip and fall accident. There are different kinds of shoulder injuries as well as degrees of severity. The shoulder has different parts that are vulnerable to injury, including, tendons, bones, nerves, muscles, and ligaments. An injury in one of these parts can be painful and can affect your shoulder’s strength, flexibility, and mobility.

A lot of people rely on their shoulders to perform work duties or daily tasks. For these people, a slip and fall shoulder injury can be debilitating. Recovery from these injuries can also be expensive, involving diagnostics and treatments.

Some of the most common shoulder injuries people get from slip and fall accidents include:

  • Broken shoulder
  • Broken collarbones
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocated shoulder joints
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Torn ligaments
  • Torn muscle tissue

Any of these injuries can result from a number of different circumstances, and they will range from mild to severe.

Symptoms of a Slip and Fall Shoulder Injury

In order to get proper medical care after a slip and fall shoulder injury, it is important to know the symptoms of a shoulder injury. There are four symptoms that a slip and fall shoulder injury victim can experience:

Visible Deformity

After a slip and fall accident, you should inspect any limb in your body that is causing you pain. Whenever this pain is in your shoulder, you will see a visible deformity if the shoulder is dislocated. The shoulder will look out of place.


As with many other injuries, a shoulder injury will begin to swell after its injured. This may be joined by discoloration due to bruising.


A shoulder injury can be very painful. A slip and fall victim can dislocate their shoulder and experience extreme pain. It can be compared to the pain of a broken bone.


If your shoulder is dislocated you will find it extremely difficult to move. This is because the ligaments are damaged and the shoulder not being in the correct position.

It is very important to get medical care immediately after the slip and fall accident to help alleviate these symptoms and start your recovery.

Recovering Compensation

The compensation a shoulder injury victim can recover depends on numerous factors, including:

  • How long it will take to recover from the injury
  • Long-term complications
  • The severity of the injury
  • The victim’s ability to go back to work after the injury
  • Medical fees
  • If the victim was or not partially at fault

Filing a Claim After a Slip and Fall Shoulder Injury

Even if your injuries are not obvious right after the slip and fall accident, you could develop symptoms later and you might require extensive treatment. If a person is involved in a slip and fall and thinks another person’s negligence was the culprit, it is always best to get the claim process started. Getting medical attention and treatment and getting evidence can help you build a strong claim when it’s time to contact insurance companies.

Like with other injuries, slip and fall shoulder injuries often mean you will get compensation if another person’s negligence caused the accident. If you slip and fall in a big corporation such as Walmart, we can help!

If the initial complaint you filed needs correcting, you can file an amended complaint. Learn why and how here.

Slip And Fall Personal Injury Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been victims of someone else’s negligence and are suffering from a slip and fall shoulder injury contact us now. Cogburn Law is a team of experienced personal injury attorneys that are ready to help you and build a strong case for you. Call us today at (702) 747-6000