Fairfax Shoulder Injury Attorney

Fairfax shoulder injury lawyerOur Fairfax, Virginia Law Firm takes on clients who have been injured in accidents or assaults due to someone else’s negligence, misconduct, or criminal wrongdoing. We have a track record of winning hundreds of high-profile cases over many years, and we work hard to ensure the victims of personal injury receive every penny to which they are entitled. If you suffered a shoulder injury, you may be entitled to significant compensation according to Virginia law. Shoulder injuries might result in a diminished quality of life because of long-term care or financial loss. A qualified personal injury attorney can fight to reverse both.

Common Shoulder Injury Cases

Shoulder injuries may result in lifelong disability. This can affect earning potential, insurance, expected medical care, and mobility. Some victims can expect long-term physical therapy, multiple surgeries, and incalculable pain and suffering. There are two types of shoulder injuries: impingement and instability.

  1. Impingement. This is an injury that causes damage to tendons and bursa because the rotator cuff tendons become trapped. It is an extreme form of tendonitis, and may limit shoulder functionality because of inflammation or pain. Medical attention is required to prevent further damage.
  2. Instability. This is an injury resulting in torn or stretched ligaments, and may accompany occasional dislocation. Instability can be painful, but there are both surgical and non-surgical options for treatment.

Many shoulder injuries are sustained during a car accident or contact sport. Sometimes insurance adjusters will argue an injury is the result of old age or a separate condition. Either way, the victim has the right to file a lawsuit against the negligent party.

How Compensation For A Shoulder Injury Is Calculated

Compensation for a shoulder injury is calculated in the same way as most other personal injuries that occur because of a person or business’s negligence. Factors that could affect the outcome of a case include:

  • Medical Bills. The more extensive the injury, the larger the medical bills. Visits to the emergency room or extended hospital stays can be costly, as can any physical therapy needed to correct functionality. The victim should never be responsible for these bills. In addition, a shoulder injury lawyer will usually add the likely costs of future procedures, physical therapy, or doctor’s visits to ensure no financial damage in the future.
  • Pain, Suffering, and Emotional Distress. If the victim endured weeks or even months in a hospital bed, prolonged physical therapy, or lasting emotional and psychological trauma from the accident, then the lawsuit will factor in pain, suffering, and emotional distress.

These components of a lawsuit are not based on empirical evidence, and as a result, judges are more reluctant to award victims large amounts of money for “incalculable” factors. Therefore, victims should keep a detailed journal of thoughts and feelings from the time of the accident to the day of total recovery. How much pain? How much stress? What kind of undesired consequences resulted from the accident? Account for everything.

  • Lost Wages and Diminished Earning Potential. Most people cannot work from a hospital bed or with an injury that affects functionality. Only the negligent party is responsible for these lost wages. Sometimes a long-term disability results in diminished earning potential or prevents a person from acquiring gainful employment in the future. These damages can also be recovered.
  • Punitive Damages. If the defendant is accused of causing the accident because of gross negligence or criminal wrongdoing, then the judge may award the claimant punitive damages as a means of further punishing the defendant. This most often occurs when a defendant knowingly causes an accident or fails to provide knowledge that may prevent an accident.

How A Fairfax Shoulder Injury Lawyer Fights For You

There is more than one way to acquire compensation for a shoulder injury. Insurance might reimburse the victim for some of the damages. A personal injury attorney might successfully negotiate an out of court settlement, agreed upon by all parties. A few of the steps a personal injury attorney might take on a client’s behalf include:

  • Thoroughly investigating the accident to build a case for negligence.
  • Contacting witnesses whose statements might provide additional information.
  • Contacting medical professionals whose expert testimony might benefit a client’s case in court.
  • Compiling all injury-related documents (bills, insurance claims, medical reports, journal entries, etc.)
  • Contacting the defendant’s legal counsel to offer a fair and just settlement option.
  • Filing a direct claim in civil court should settlement negotiations fail.

Call A Fairfax Shoulder Injury Attorney Today!

Did you sustain a shoulder injury because of another person’s negligence or misconduct? Do you have a reduced quality of life as a result? You may be entitled to significant compensation based on Virginia’s personal injury laws. Our Fairfax, VA Law Firm is only a phone call away, and we have an experienced personal injury attorney ready to field your questions. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation today!