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Average Settlement Value of a Rotator Cuff Injury

Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere at any time, and they can leave the victim with severe injuries that can be incredibly difficult to recover from fully. One of these injuries that can be inflicted from a slip and fall accident is a torn or damaged rotator cuff. These shoulder injuries can range from mild inflammation to severe tearing that can require surgery to recover from fully. If one of these injuries is caused by a slip and fall accident that occurs as a result of negligence or misconduct of another you may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible party for sizeable monetary compensation. However, when pursuing legal action against another party, it is in your best interest to hire skilled legal assistance as having a good lawyer on your side can mean the difference between filing a successful claim for compensation and having your case dismissed from court entirely. At Normandie Law Firm our top-rated Los Angeles slip and fall attorneys can guide you through the process of building your case, filing your claim, and collecting compensation for the damages that you have endured. If you have any questions after reading this article, please feel free to reach out to our law offices for a free consultation by one of our skilled associates.

Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can cause injuries that range from minor bumps and bruises, to actually severe damages like spinal cord and brain injuries. Slip and fall accidents most often occur at restaurants. However, they can truly happen anywhere. If a slip and fall accident injuries someone at a hospital, place of business, government property, or place of residence, those parties can be held responsible for compensating you for the damages. Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Cluttered Floors
  • Loose Floorboards
  • Defective Sidewalks
  • Parking lot potholes
  • Poorly constructed staircases
  • Torn carpeting
  • Recently mopped or waxed floors
  • Weather Conditions
  • Improper Training
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Footwear

These are just some of the causes of a slip and fall accident. However, it is up to the property or business owner to regularly inspect their space to ensure that it is safe for patrons. These owners, are also expected to warn possible visitors of any hazardous conditions within a reasonable amount of time. If they fail to do so, they could be hit with a truly damaging lawsuit as they are expected to compensate the victim for the damages.

Rotator Cuff Injuries
The rotator cuff is considered to be a vital part of the everyday function of a person’s shoulder. Formed by a combination of muscles and tendons, the rotator cuff helps your shoulder move and stay fully able. Any problems or damages to a rotator cuff can be quite common and can arise as a result of tendinitis, bursitis, or tear injuries. Rotator cuff tendons can become quite inflamed from frequent use, age, or injury. Any repetitive overhead motion can cause a rotator cuff, but they can also be caused by direct and forceful impact; such as a slip and fall accident. As people grow older, these tendons tend to wear down, allowing for tears and other damages to more easily occur. Some of these tears are not immediately painful, and others are, it actually depends on the age and health of the victim, as well as how severe the injury is. Treatment of rotator cuff injuries can include the following:

  • Rest
  • Heat or cold to the sore area
  • Medicines that reduce pain and swelling
  • Electrical stimulation of muscles and nerves
  • Ultrasound
  • Cortisone injection
  • Surgery

If an individual suffers a rotator cuff injury due to slip (trip) and fall accident, they may be able to file a lawsuit and collect compensation for their damages.

You & Your Case
Clients who enter our law firm looking for compensation for their shoulder injury often ask a wide variety of questions regarding the value of their case. In most cases, clients asking about average case, and average settlement values, already have an attorney but are not satisfied with the way they have been treated. Our attorneys, at Normandie Law Firm, however, are committed to extending the most assistance we can offer, regardless of whether or not you already have an attorney or not. Some of these questions regarding the average value of a rotator cuff injury from a slip and fall accident are listed as follows:

  • How much is a rotator cuff injury case worth?
  • What is the value of a rotator cuff injury lawsuit after a slip and fall accident?
  • What is the average settlement for a torn rotator cuff injury?

To determine the average value of a rotator cuff injury from a slip and fall accident you must first understand that generalizing any average can be somewhat challenging. The best way to figure out the value of your case and possible settlement is to seek out competent legal representation as they can better assist you in identifying the key aspects of your case. However, that is not to say that calculating the average settlement amount for a separate shoulder injury is impossible. Rough estimates can still be reached through calculating the compensable damages related to your case. These compensable damages are usually separated into three categories: economic damages, noneconomic damages, and punitive damages.

Economic damages typically make up a significant portion of a case’s total value as these damages carry a definable monetary value, unlike the other two damage categories. Some of these economic damages include:

  • Past & Future Medical Expenses: These are the costs that a victim must endure for the hospitalization of the initial injury and any further treatment needed in the future because of this injury. These expenses often make up a significant portion of a settlement value.
  • Loss of Income: These compensatory damages meant to reimburse the victim for any wages lost from the injuries. This amount can be determined through a thorough examination of the victim’s salary history and often includes sick and vacation time.
  • Loss of Potential Income: Sometimes injuries can be so severe that the victim may lose the ability to perform at the same level they had before their injuries. To determine this amount, a complicated formula is used that involves the examination of the victim’s projected earnings and the impact that the damages may have had on the victim’s ability to find and perform future work.

Noneconomic damages are a little harder to calculate as they don’t carry any particular monetary value. While the best way to determine the level of noneconomic damages in your case is to seek legal guidance, it still helps to understand the different compensable damages that make up noneconomic damages. These noneconomic damages are listed as follows:

  • Pain and suffering: This damage is compensated to a victim based on the pain and suffering they endured from their injuries. This amount is often calculated by the use of a pain multiplier that has the victim identify their level of pain on a scale of one to ten.
  • Emotional Distress: This form of compensation is offered to victims that have experienced any emotional trauma suffered due to the injuries. The compensable amount of emotional distress often varies from state to state.
  • Loss of Consortium: Loss of consortium is often added to the value of your case when the injuries are so severe that the victim’s loved ones are deprived of a normal loving relationship and companionship

The final form of damages is punitive damages. Punitive damages are typically added to the total value of a case as to punish the defendant for their actions and to deter them from engaging in similar conduct in the future. Punitive damages are considered to be relatively difficult to fight for, as they involve proof of the defendant acting deliberately. In these cases, a lesser attorney will settle the suit without fighting for punitive damages. However, our attorneys at Normandie Law Firm are committed to ensuring that our clients receive all the damages they demand; punitive damages included.

To give you an idea of what kind of compensation amount you could receive from your separated shoulder or rotator cuff injury, we’ve compiled a list of example settlements and verdicts. These examples are as follows:

  • A plaintiff receives $757,000 settlement for shoulder injury caused by car accident that resulted in loss of earning capacity
  • A plaintiff received $300,000 settlement after suffering shoulder injury after a car accident. Injury involved torn tendons and rotator cuff, arthroscopic surgery and six months of physical therapy.
  • A plaintiff receives $190,000 verdict for suffering a torn rotator cuff. The injury was to her non-dominant shoulder and required surgery
  • A plaintiff who slipped and fell in a store receives $65,000 after she fractures various bones at the shoulder joint. Required 60 physical therapy sessions and would continue to experience pain throughout her life.
  • A plaintiff’s rotator cuff was torn when a pulley slipped at her workplace. Her surgery was relatively successful, but she was likely to have continued orthopedic issues. The case settled for $280,000.

As always, there is no guarantee that your lawsuit will have a positive outcome. That is why it is incredibly important that you seek representation from a skilled personal injury attorney before pursuing legal action.

How Normandie Law Firm Can Help
Having a skilled attorney on your side can make the difference between filing a successful claim for compensation and having your case dismissed from court entirely. Clients who file a claim with our law firm an expect to find some if not all of the following damages compensable to them:

  • Past and Future Medical Expenses
  • Loss of Wages
  • Potential Loss of Future Wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc…)
  • Punitive Damages

At Normandie Law Firm we can guide you through the often arduous process of fighting for proper compensation for your damages. While our attorneys are based out of Los Angeles, we also practice in San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, San Diego, Orange County, Stockton, Bakersfield, and throughout the entire state of California.

Free Second Opinions
Some attorneys are lazy, and will sign you up to their firm but will disappear once your name is on the paper as they are busy signing up more cases. In these instances, their business is based more on volume and will attempt to sign up as many cases as possible. In turn, they will spend less time on cases resulting in severely reduced settlements. Our firm will not treat you like a number. We will be in communication with you throughout our lawsuit and will treat you like family. So if you already have an attorney don’t worry, we’ll give you a second review of your case 100% free of charge.

FREE CONSULTATION AVAILABLE TO YOU: If you contact our law offices today, we can walk you through the complicated process of filing your claim completely free of charge. As a show this commitment to you and your case we offer our clients the benefits of a zero fee guarantee policy. Under our zero fee policy, all clients don’t pay for our services until their case is won. If you feel in need of a second opinion, second opinion case reviews are also free under this policy. Please, feel free to give us a call, and we can guide you down the path of receiving proper compensation for your damages.

 

 

 

 

 

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