Dallas Shoulder Injury Lawyer

Dallas Shoulder Injury Lawyers

If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury in a car accident, you could be dealing with pain and costly medical treatment that could even require surgery, depending on the type and severity you’re dealing with.

Because we rely on our shoulders for many activities and arm-related motions, an injury could prevent you from returning to work for some time and could have a significant impact on other areas of your life as well.

If someone else’s recklessness or negligence caused the crash and your resulting shoulder injury, you have the right to seek compensation for the harm you’ve suffered and losses you’ve incurred. With an experienced Dallas shoulder injury lawyer like those at Tate Law Offices on your side, you could recover the compensation you need to pay your medical bills, recoup lost wages from time missed from work, and move on with your life.

We will be ready to discuss your case when you contact us for a free, no-obligation case review. Our team works on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you won’t pay us any fees unless and until we collect for you.

Contact us any time, day or night, by calling us, by chatting with us live, or by filling out a contact form today.

Types of Shoulder Injuries in a Car Crash

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint and is composed of the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone), as well as numerous tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Shoulder injuries will generally fall into two broad categories, instability and impingement.

  • Instability is when a shoulder joint is out of alignment which causes pain when you raise your arm. A common symptom of this type of injury is that it feels like the shoulder is slipping out of its joint. This type of injury is commonly reported by victims of car accidents.
  • Impingement happens when a shoulder muscle rubs against the top of the scapula or shoulder blade.

Injuries to the shoulder can also be placed into three general categories: fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue injuries. These injuries range from minor to extremely serious, and often include:

  • Strain or sprain
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation of shoulder
  • Separation of a shoulder
  • Fracture of the clavicle
  • Fracture of the scapula
  • Fracture of the humerus
  • Torn ligaments or tendons
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis

Symptoms of Shoulder Injuries and Risks of Not Seeking Medical Treatment

After an accident, shoulder injuries can reveal themselves in multiple ways, including:

  • Your shoulder is stiff and tender and hurts more at night and interferes with sleep.
  • Your shoulder hurts in a specific location that worsens with physical exertion.
  • You suffer pain when you move the arm in any direction.
  • You notice weakness in your shoulder while performing activities that previously caused no pain or discomfort.
  • You feel pain or tenderness in your shoulder when you reach overhead or reach behind your back.
  • There is inflammation, tingling, loss of feeling, or weakness in your shoulder.
  • Your shoulder area is discolored, pale, or has a bluish tint.

After any crash – and particularly if you’ve suffered a shoulder injury – be sure to seek immediate medical attention. Getting treated right away can improve your chances of a speedy recovery, limit complications caused by not seeking medical care, and generate a medical record. This is crucial, because the insurance company for the driver responsible for the crash could argue that any delay in treatment is a sign that you are not as hurt as you claim.

Most Common Types of Car Accidents That Cause Shoulder Injuries

Virtually any car crash has the potential to cause severe injuries to the shoulder. In general, the occupants of a vehicle could suffer shoulder fractures or broken bones in the shoulder due to the impact of the crash.

Other injuries include rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement, shoulder joint or labral tears due to the instinctive bracing of your body for impact, the sudden, sometimes violent jolt of the impact itself, the instantaneous tightening of your seat belt at the split-second of impact, and, if you are in the front seat, the deployment of the airbag.

Virtually any type of collision could cause a severe shoulder injury, including:

  • Rear end collisions
  • Head on collisions
  • T-bone accidents
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • Rollover accidents

Once you’ve sought medical treatment for your shoulder injury, it is crucial to contact a car accident attorney right away. Your lawyer can investigate the cause of the crash, determine whether another party was negligent, and help you pursue the compensation you’re rightfully owed.

Compensation for Shoulder Injuries in a Dallas Car Accident

If a car accident has left you to deal with severe shoulder pain, costly medical treatment, and other unexpected expenses, you might be concerned about how you’ll get the compensation you need and deserve.

With the right injury attorney on your side, you could secure a settlement or verdict that provides you with compensation, such as:

  • Past and future medical expenses, including emergency medical care, surgery, rehabilitation, assistive medical devices, and others
  • Lost wages, including past wages and any decrease in your earning capacity in the future
  • Physical disability or impairment
  • Aggravation of a preexisting injury
  • Damage to your family relationships (loss of consortium)
  • Loss of household services, if your shoulder injury prevents you from performing duties around the house as you once did
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish

While most shoulder injury claims will be resolved through a negotiated settlement and will never see the inside of a courtroom, it is crucial to hire a lawyer with the right experience and resources to handle your case. Don’t try to handle your injury claim on your own, and don’t trust your case to an apathetic or inexperienced injury attorney. Turn to a team that has the skills and resources to seek the full compensation you need to put this accident and injury behind you.

Contact Tate Law Firm for Help with Your Shoulder Injury Claim

The Dallas car accident lawyers of the Tate Law Firm know the wide-ranging impact that a shoulder injury can have on your life. We know that results matter, and obtaining this compensation is vital to your life and the lives of those who depend on you. That’s why we prepare every case as if it will go to trial, and we aggressively fight for the maximum compensation possible for your claim.

Call us, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live to schedule your free consultation with our Dallas shoulder injury lawyers today.

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.