A personal injury victim can suffer a shoulder injury that can lead to medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering costs. A direct blow to the shoulder can cause intense pain, reduced mobility, and inflammation in the shoulder. A shoulder injury can occur in any personal injury incident that can expose the shoulder to impact, such as a car, truck, or slip and fall accident.
You can pursue compensation from a negligent or intentionally reckless party for their actions that caused the personal injury incident and your shoulder injury. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help with the claims process, as their experience can assist in handling the necessary steps correctly. The personal injury lawyers at The Russo Firm have decades worth of experience helping shoulder injury victims and can use their specific experience to put you in the best position to recover full compensation for your damages. We can help you too. Give us a call at (561) 270-0913 to schedule a free consultation. Or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
What Personal Injury Incidents Can Cause Shoulder Injuries?
A personal injury incident can cause a shoulder injury if it involves a direct impact on the shoulder. A sideswipe car collision can cause a shoulder injury due to another car striking the side of yours, with your shoulder exposed to impact. The muscles, tendons, and bones that make up the shoulder can receive trauma and pressure that can lead to a fracture or dislocation.
The following are some of the personal injury incidents that can cause a shoulder injury:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Boating accidents
- Motorcycle accident
- Bicycle accident
- Bus accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Lyft accidents
Symptoms of Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder injuries can have debilitating symptoms that can make everyday living much more difficult. Without the full use of your shoulder, you will not be able to do everyday tasks, like picking something up, without experiencing significant pain. This can reduce your standard of living, which the at-fault party can be held liable for in a personal injury claim.
The following are some of the symptoms of a shoulder injury:
- Stiff shoulder
- Stinging pain in the shoulder
- Reduced range of motion
- Inability to move your arm without experiencing pain
- Shoulder discoloration
A Personal Injury Incident Can Cause a Shoulder Dislocation
A shoulder dislocation is when the upper arm bone pops out of the socket of the shoulder blade due to impact or trauma. The shoulder joint is one of the most commonly dislocated parts of the body because of its flexibility. It can dislocate forward, downward, or backward and can either partially dislocate or fully dislocate.
The strong force from a personal injury incident can cause a shoulder dislocation by pulling the bones out of the socket. These often occur through the front of the shoulder, with the ligaments being stretched or torn to worsen the injury. Some of the symptoms of a shoulder dislocation include intense pain, inability to move the shoulder, and the shoulder being visibly out of place.
Torn Rotator Cuff Caused by a Personal Injury Incident
A rotator cuff is a group of muscles that come together as tendons to keep the arm in its socket. Rotator cuff tendons can suffer a partial or full acute tear due to trauma from the impact of a personal injury incident. According to OrthoInfo, about two million people see a doctor about a torn rotator cuff in the United States every year. A torn rotator cuff can cause pain when lifting an object, weakness in the shoulder, and a crackling sensation when moving the shoulder.
Personal Injury Incident Causing a SLAP Tear
A Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior (SLAP) tear is an injury that occurs to the top part of the labrum, otherwise known as the superior. It occurs where the biceps tendon attaches to the labrum and can also encompass the biceps tendon. An acute tear can occur due to the impact of a personal injury incident, such as falling onto the floor or being struck by a vehicle.
The following are some of the symptoms associated with a SLAP tear:
- Decreased shoulder strength
- Pain when using the injured shoulder
- Popping and cracking sensation in the injured shoulder
- Decreased range of motion
- The shoulder locking or catching when used
Pursuing Compensation for Shoulder Injury Damages
A shoulder injury can affect your financial situation, as you will have to pay for medical costs and could lose wages due to an inability to work. You can pursue compensation for damages caused by a shoulder injury through a personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer can help you assess your current and future damages, which can encompass economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are monetary losses, whereas non-economic damages are intangible losses that reflect the negative effects the shoulder injury has on your standard of living.
The following are the damages you can pursue compensation for shoulder injuries:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disability costs
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of society
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You Recover Compensation for Shoulder Injuries?
While you can attempt to recover compensation for your shoulder injury damages on your own, you will likely make a mistake due to your inexperience in handling personal injury claims that can limit your potential compensation. Your best chance to recover full compensation for your shoulder injury damages is to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle the claims process.
Their vast experience handling personal injury claims will help, as they can assess your current and future damages, determine the at-fault party, and negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company. An insurance company will attempt to deny, devalue, or delay your claim to keep their profits up, which a personal injury lawyer will have the experience to combat. Your best chance to pay for the full cost of your shoulder injury damages is by hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Contact The Russo Firm for Help Recover Compensation for Shoulder Injuries
At The Russo Firm, our personal injury attorneys have experience helping victims of shoulder injuries recover compensation. Whether your shoulder injury stems from an automobile accident, workplace accident, or medical malpractice incident, we can use our specific experience to put you in the best position to recover compensation. Russo Law Firm’s personal injury lawyers can help you recover fair compensation for the full cost of your shoulder injury damages with our vast resources, personalized legal counsel, and expansive experience with personal injury claims.
The Russo Firm offers free consultations to personal injury victims to see how our personal injury lawyers can help with the claims process. Contact us today at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page to see how our personal injury lawyers can help you recover full compensation for your shoulder injury damages.