Suffering a shoulder injury can be extremely painful and cause limited mobility. When a person’s shoulder becomes injured, he or she may not be able to work, play, or participate in everyday activities. If another party’s negligence caused your shoulder injury, you might be entitled to compensation by bringing a personal injury claim.
Discuss Your Case With a Shoulder Injury Attorney in Los Angeles
If you or your loved one sustained a shoulder injury in a preventable accident, we recommend discussing your case with an experienced Los Angeles attorney. The attorneys at Saeedian Law Group can help you evaluate your case and understand the personal injury claim process while helping you pursue the financial compensation you deserve. We are prepared to advocate assertively for your rights. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule your free initial consultation for your shoulder injury.
Types of Shoulder Injuries
Accidents can cause several types of shoulder injuries, including shoulder dislocation. A shoulder dislocation occurs when the bone at the top of a person’s arm pops out of the socket in the shoulder blade. A trained medical professional must place the arm bone back in the socket. However, the patient will still need ongoing rehabilitation to strengthen the muscles and improve the range of motion.
Traumatic accidents can also cause shoulder impingement when the shoulder blade pinches or catches the tendons and muscles of the rotator cuff. Car accidents and falls from heights can cause painful shoulder fractures when one or more shoulder bones break. Patients may need to wear a sling while the fracture heals, preventing them from working. Surgery involving pins may be required if the break isn’t clean. Wires and plates may also be needed. Finally, a labral tear along the rim of the shoulder socket can cause painful symptoms.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator cuff injuries are among the most challenging shoulder injuries to treat. The rotator cuff surrounds a person’s shoulder joints. The rotator cuff comprises tendons and muscles that keep the arm bone tethered and secure in the shoulder socket. When these tissues become damaged or irritated in car accidents or other accidents, the injuries must be treated as soon as possible to avoid complications.
Rotator cuff injuries require intense treatment, including surgery and ongoing physical therapy. Even with proper medical treatment, the rotator cuff can stiffen and cause long-term discomfort. These injuries can make certain types of work impossible, especially for those whose jobs involve reaching or lifting overhead. You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve suffered a rotator cuff injury in an accident or while on the job.
Should I Wait to See If I’m in Pain Before Seeing My Doctor?
The victim’s pain may not be immediately apparent when shoulder injuries involve soft tissue or nerve damage. Even if you aren’t in pain or unsure about the severity of your injury, seeking medical attention is a good idea. You may be experiencing an adrenaline rush masking the pain you’re experiencing. Don’t allow this false sense of security to prevent you from going to the emergency room.
Not receiving treatment can be dangerous. You may have a serious shoulder injury that needs immediate treatment or life-threatening internal injuries. Some shoulder injuries can take days or weeks to become apparent. Receiving medical treatment early will improve your chances of recovery significantly. Waiting to see a doctor could cause more damage to your shoulder.
Additionally, defense attorneys will question why you took so long to receive medical treatment as a way to downplay the existence or severity of your injuries. Seeking medical attention early, taking your prescribed medication, and attending all follow-up appointments will help you as you pursue compensation.
What Is My Los Angeles Shoulder Injury Claim Worth?
In any personal injury case, the case’s value depends mainly on the damages. Typically, the more severe and permanent the injury, the higher the claim’s value. Shoulder injuries caused by car accidents and other preventable causes can leave victims permanently disabled, devastatingly impacting their lives. Some patients are unable to make a full recovery. Those who do make recovery may need months to recover. The following factors will affect your case’s value:
- The location where the injury occurred
- The severity of the shoulder injury you sustained
- Whether the injury is temporary or permanent
- Your physical activity level before the injury
- Whether the injury will prevent you from holding the same job you had before the injury
- Whether there is enough evidence to prove the defendant’s liability
- The extent of your new medical complications
- Whether you injured your dominant or non-dominant shoulder
Your ability to recover compensation will require you to prove liability. You’ll need to prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, breached that duty through negligence, and caused your shoulder injury. Your compensation can be reduced by the percentage of your fault for the accident, as determined by the court. The attorneys at Saeedian Law Group will begin a thorough investigation into your case to gather evidence proving liability.
Damages Available in Shoulder Injury Cases
Medical expenses related to shoulder injuries can exceed tens of thousands of dollars, especially if long-term rehabilitation is necessary. Insurance companies will attempt to avoid paying out the full compensation you deserve, frequently trying to make a lower offer immediately. The personal injury attorneys at Saeedian Law Group are prepared to fight for your right to economic and non-economic damages, including the following:
- Past and future medical expenses, including ambulance and emergency room fees
- Nursing care
- Lost wages
- Medically-necessary home renovations, such as stair lifts and wheelchair ramps
- Disability, both temporary and permanent
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of quality of life
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages, depending on the facts of your case
Call the Los Angeles Shoulder Injury Attorneys at the Saeedian Law Group
If you or your loved one have suffered a shoulder injury due to another party’s negligence or recklessness in Los Angeles, you may be entitled to compensation. In California, victims only have a limited time to file a compensation claim. We will carefully evaluate your case and help you understand your legal options. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule your free initial consultation.