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Shoulder impingement injuries are characterised by inflammation in the shoulder, triggered by too much rubbing of the shoulder muscles against the top part of the shoulder blade.

This can sometimes occur as a result of repetitive movement or lifting involved in certain manual job roles. If you have developed shoulder impingement syndrome as a result of your working conditions, you may be entitled to compensation.

The lawyers at First Personal Injury are on-hand to discuss your potential shoulder impingement claim. Call us today on 0800 808 9740 or get in touch online.

Causes of shoulder impingement

Shoulder impingement occurs when the rotator cuff tendon rubs or catches on the bone at the top of your shoulder. This often makes it painful to move the shoulder during everyday activities.

This can simply be a result of wear and tear with age. However, shoulder impingement can also be caused when an individual suffers a shoulder injury in an accident, such as a road traffic accident or an accident at work.

In other cases, it is caused by overuse of the shoulder, for example, during repetitive activities at work or playing sport such as tennis or swimming.

If your shoulder impingement has occurred because of an accident or as a result of overuse of your shoulder at work, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation.

Symptoms of shoulder impingement

The symptoms of shoulder impingement can come on suddenly, or develop gradually and include:

  • Pain in the top and outer side of the shoulder
  • Weakness in the arm
  • Pain that’s worse when you lift your arm, especially above your head
  • Pain or aching at night, which may disturb your sleep

Shoulder impingement can sometimes result in other associated conditions. When it causes the rotator cuff tendon to become inflamed or swollen, this results in a condition called rotator cuff tendonitis. On the other hand, if the bursa (a sac of fluid that reduces friction around the shoulder joint) becomes inflamed, this can cause a condition called shoulder bursitis.


In the first instance, shoulder impingement will usually be treated with anti-inflammatory painkillers (either over-the-counter or prescribed by a GP). If painkillers don’t help to relieve the pain in the shoulder, steroid injections or physiotherapy may be required.

Shoulder impingement usually improves within a few weeks or months with the right treatment. However, in some cases, it can be a chronic problem that lasts a lot longer than this and can require surgery to widen the space around the rotator cuff tendon.

Claiming compensation for shoulder impingement

If you have sustained a shoulder impingement injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault or because of your working environment, you are legally entitled to make a claim for compensation. The figures below give an idea of the amount you could receive for your injury.

Level of shoulder injury

Potential compensation

Severe £15,300 – £38,280
Serious £10,180 – £15,300
Moderate £6,290 – £10,180
Minor £1,950 – £6,290

If you are suffering from a shoulder impingement injury, this can have a significant impact on day-to-day life. You might need to take time off work while you recover or may find yourself unable to continue doing the same job as you did before your injury. If this is the case, you may be able to recover your loss of earnings as part of your claim.

Serious shoulder impingement injuries can lead to debilitating pain, making it hard to carry out everyday activities such as caring for family members, housework or hobbies. Your solicitor will consider the ways in which your injury has affected you when calculating the potential value of your claim.

Making a shoulder impingement claim with First Personal Injury

Our industrial disease solicitors have helped individuals for over 25 years and we usually work on a no win, no fee basis. To speak to a member of our team confidentially, call us for free on 0800 808 9740. Alternatively, contact us online to arrange a call-back.

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