The consequence of any serious work or vehicle incident means adjusting to significant types of pain, learning to use limbs again to your limitations, trying to sustain yourself without income, and going through months of medical treatment including physical therapy. One of the more difficult injuries a person can suffer is an injury to the shoulder and rotator cuff.
Our shoulders and rotator cuffs are the pivot point upon which we freely move our arms. Healthy shoulders allow us to carry items, drive a car, put on clothes, cook, clean, do yard work and the multitude of other activities that require the use of our arms. Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries dramatically impact our ability to work virtually any job until the pain subsides.
When serious vehicle accidents, slips and falls, workplace negligence, or premises liabilities have caused unbearable shoulder pain, you may have a legal remedy. This will allow you to get compensation for medical treatment, income loss and the pain and suffering you have endured.
Types of Shoulder Injuries
Various shoulder injuries and disorders can arise when you have sustained trauma in an accident. While most injuries are immediately apparent because of pain or limited movement, sometimes shoulder trauma effects do not show up for days or weeks after an incident.
According to the U.S. Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus, injury victims may experience:
- Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- Fractures of the clavicle, humerus, and scapula.
- Acromioclavicular (AC) joint injury
- Biceps injury
- Rotator cuff tendinitis
- Rotator cuff impingement
- Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior (SLAP) tear
- Torn rotator cuff
- Joint separation
- Rotator cuff strain
- Deltoid and supraspinatus injury
- Infraspinatus muscle injury
Each shoulder injury, especially to rotator cuff, has differing symptoms, treatments and prognosis. Some injuries may only need a few months to recover, while other shoulder injuries can take years to heal, if they heal at all.
Rotator cuff injuries sustained in accidents are typically more serious than frozen shoulders or bicep tears, although the latter are still painful. Surgery or ultrasound guided platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) could be treatment options. Physical therapy and medications are typically prescribed. With any serious injury like rotator cuff tears or impingements, medical treatment costs add up quickly.
What makes matters worse for shoulder injury victims is that the average time to return to unrestricted activity post-operatively is 11 months after rotator cuff surgery. The average cost of treatment is over $35,000.
Rotator Cuff Injuries and Legal Help
Between the joint and soft tissue injections, shoulder arthroscopies, shoulder joint replacement, and physical therapy, there needs to be legal action taken against the negligent party.
Serious injuries mean you will divert your attention toward treatment, healing, which can cause havoc to your finances. No income means time off work, missed mortgage payments, overdue utility bills, and certainly no extracurricular activities. Now include costs associated with rotator cuff injury medical treatment, surgeries, hospital stays, and extended periods of therapy, and one can easily lose control of one’s entire life.
Our firm begins fighting for your rights the moment you retain us. We work with your medical professionals to determine the extent of your shoulder or rotator cuff injury, procure associated police reports, work with insurers to demand fair compensation for the accident, and even secure second opinions of diagnoses and prognoses offered by your primary physician.
We will challenge every defense thrown out by uncooperative insurance companies. If our settlement demands are not sufficiently met, our attorneys have demonstrated their ability to fight cases aggressively in and out of court, securing favorable jury awards much higher than our clients expected. We recently went to a jury trial and received 4 times the settlement offer.
Our comprehensive method of client representation in injury cases provides solutions that injured people deserve. We will fight to get every bit of compensation your case is worth. We charge you nothing until we resolve your case.
How Much is a Shoulder Injury Claim Worth?
The amount of compensation you may receive for a shoulder injury depends on many factors, such as the facts of the at fault party’s conduct, work days lost due to inability to use your shoulder and arm, the extent of medical care necessary to restore your body back to pre-accident condition, and other details. As Illinois has a one or two-year deadline for filing personal injury lawsuits, it is important for victims to immediately contact a competent attorney when serious accidents cause rotator cuff or shoulder injuries.
Hire a Chicago Shoulder Injury Attorney
Our shoulder injury attorneys want victims to receive the compensation they deserve, so while we are unable to place monetary value on the unknown, know we are going to negotiate the fairest settlement possible given the extent of your shoulder pain, unwarranted suffering, loss of work, and loss of quality time with loved ones. If a settlement is not forthcoming, we will go to court to request a jury make an award.
Offering intelligent representation in serious rotator cuff and shoulder injuries, the Blumenshine Law Group is both qualified and professional in handling all accident cases. Contact the firm by phone at 312-766-1000, text at (312) 313-3466 or email [email protected] or fill out the quick contact form online.
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