Shoulder Injuries in Auto Accidents

Tampa Shoulder Injury Attorneys

Your shoulders are very prone to injury because they are the most mobile of all the joints in your body. A shoulder injury therefore restricts your range of motion, which prevents you from participating in your normal daily activities. Injuries of the shoulder include:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Tendonitis
  • Shoulder joint tear
  • Separation or dislocation
  • Fractured shoulder blade

Injuries to the scapula, clavicle, and humerus bones can lead to extreme pain that can actually prevent you from performing daily activities. Every year more than 7 million people experience some form of shoulder injury in the United States. For most of these injuries you require expensive medical attention and these may mean huge medical expenses.  These include joint and tissue injections, joint replacement surgery, shoulder surgeries and more. You may also need rehabilitation treatments after surgery to restore normal operation of your shoulder.

How To Tell You Have A Shoulder Injury

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Rotator cuff injuries are the most common injuries, and you may have such an injury if you experience pain in and around the shoulder joint. Generally, the indications that you have a shoulder injury include:

  • You experience pains or spasms that limit the motion of your shoulder
  • Your shoulder feels stiff which prevents you from rotating your arms
  • You feel like your shoulder is about to pop out of its socket

Who Is Liable?

Sometimes you can suffer shoulder injuries because of someone else’s negligence.  However, it can be challenging to prove that a certain party is responsible for that injury because of the nature of those injuries. It is easier to hold a particular party responsible if the shoulder injury results from slip and fall accident.  In situations where small repetitive injuries happen over a long period of time until finally your shoulders are damaged, proving liability can be more challenging. For example, injuries people who play sports experience every time they train.

Damages For Shoulder Injury

The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is four years. However, you should speak to an attorney immediately you sustain that injury to help build a solid case for you. The more time that passes, the greater the chance of witnesses disappearing or forgetting the whole incident or only remembering parts of it. Evidence may also disappear or get destroyed. Generally for damages like medical bills, and lost wages it will be easier for you to demonstrate what you have lost in court because of your shoulder injury. But pain and suffering awards are less clear and may be based on awards from previous cases.

You Need An Attorney

Your attorney will negotiate with insurance companies and takes some of the load off your shoulders so that you can concentrate on recovery. Insurance companies are often mostly interested in profit making and that means they want to save money not compensate you.  You cannot negotiate with these companies on your own because you may end up agreeing to a smaller settlement that may not cover current and future expenses. Your attorney will evaluate your medical records, communicate with your doctors and deal with the insurance companies.