Shoulder and upper arm injuries are very common in car accidents. That is because the shoulder is highly complex and comprised of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that are susceptible to injury when exposed to unnatural forces, which occur in car accidents. For example, if you have your hands on the steering wheel and your arms extended, then are hit from behind, unnatural forces will be put on the shoulder that can cause serious injuries. Also, airbag deployment can force the shoulder to move in an unnatural way, injuring these ligaments or tendons. Among the most common shoulder or upper arm injuries involve the rotator cuff.
In handling so many serious car accident cases, FVF has seen a lot of rotator cuff injuries. The rotator cuff is a complex series of ligaments and tendons that are responsible for making sure your upper arm bone stays put in the shoulder socket. The trauma of a serious car accident can cause serious damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your shoulder, leading to permanent injuries that might require surgery.
As with virtually any personal injury case, the car accident lawyers at FVF understand that it’s necessary to arrive at a reasonable estimate of what a jury would award you if your lawsuit went to trial. This is usually an estimated range that will vary depending on the type of jury that is ultimately selected. FVF has the experience to know which factors are most important in calculating this value, and they know how to use it to leverage the highest settlement from the insurance company and take the case to a jury trial if necessary.
There are four major factors to be taken into account when valuing any rotator cuff auto accident settlement. The first accounts for the severity of your injuries and damages, including the long-term financial consequences and impact on your quality of life. The second factor relates to your ability to prove the other driver, drivers, or other parties are legally responsible for causing the car accident and the rotator cuff injury you claim to have sustained in the car accident. The third factor relates to the resources available to recover compensation from, including insurance proceeds and assets belonging to those responsible for causing the car accident. Finally, the fourth factor considers whether you have a history of prior injury to the shoulder that was hurt in the car accident. If you already had some impairment or medical costs because of a prior rotator cuff or shoulder injury, it can be more difficult to prove how this rotator cuff injury has impacted your life.
Some rotator cuff injury damages are relatively easy to predict, since those losses are the type you can demonstrate with medical bills and lost work, including how much you are likely to lose going forward. However, damages like pain and suffering are more subjective and are often determined based on your own lifestyle, and how your rotator cuff injury is impairing your ability to engage in work or hobbies, or how much pain the rotator cuff injury is causing. The personal injury lawyers at FVF understand how to maximize your settlement for a rotator cuff car accident injury. Most cases do not go to court, but one key to negotiating the best settlement comes with making sure the insurance company knows you are willing to do so, which we are.
Because of the speeds and the impact of a car crash, virtually all body parts are vulnerable in a car accident, but the shoulder is at particular risk because the balls of our upper arms are actually larger than the shoulder socket that holds the ball. The function of the rotator cuff is to hold the shoulder joint together and hold the ball of the humerus snug in the socket while large muscles move the arm around in space. The supraspinatus tendon is the tendon that is most commonly torn when people suffer a rotator cuff tear.
The value of rotator cuff auto accident settlements often vary significantly, although there are five important factors that drive the value of these types of settlements. They are:
If not treated surgically, rotator cuff tears will not heal the same way some other bodily tissue tears will repair themselves. Without proper treatment, a rotator cuff tear will remain a tear for the rest of your life, and often worsen with use and time. The car accident injury lawyers at FVF know how to prove the long-term impact a rotator cuff injury will have on your future finances (such as medical bills) and overall quality of life, which allows us to make sure your rotator cuff auto accident settlement is maximized.
The rotator cuff injury lawyers at FVF understand that every person and every case are different. Evaluating your rotator cuff car accident injury is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, we will take the time to fully understand the financial and other consequences of your rotator cuff injury, and help you take the steps necessary to prove what those harms and losses are. For example, if you lead an active lifestyle, and are sidelined because of your rotator cuff injury, we will fully explore how that change in your lifestyle is impacting your quality of life. This could be anything from changing your ability to swim, golf, play a musical instrument, make art or pottery, or any other type of hobby that your rotator cuff injury is impairing.
We want to make sure that how we handle your rotator cuff injury case takes into consideration your needs and expectations. We will do that by listening to you and ensuring you understand all your options, so you can make educated decisions on the steps to take to get what you want and need out of your settlement.
Insurance companies have adjusters whose primary concern is their bottom line, which means paying you as little as possible. Insurance companies profit by paying you less money for your rotator cuff injury settlement. The lawyers at FVF have more than 70 years’ combined experience, and know how insurance companies work. They will try to lowball your rotator cuff auto accident settlement, and to get you to accept an amount of money that might seem reasonable at first, but which is far lower than you deserve and often does not take into account the full range of long-term losses that can flow from a rotator cuff injury. At a minimum, it makes sense to talk to an expert who can help you understand what you should expect from a rotator cuff injury settlement, and what steps you can take to make sure you maximize your recovery.
The experienced auto accident lawyers at FVF will explain your options for getting the medical care you need, complete an investigation to make sure all details about the accident are known, including then level of liability of any and all responsible parties. They will also find out everything they need to know about how your rotator cuff injury is impacting your life, and help you understand what you should expect for a fair rotator cuff injury settlement.
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