Shoulder and Torn Rotator Cuff Injuries

The Scholle Law Firm is a metro Atlanta personal injury law firm.  The law firm handles cases related to car and truck accidents, tractor-trailer (18-wheeler) accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, work accidents and accidents and injuries related to negligent security and premises liability cases. A lot of the content in our Georgia Personal Injury & Accident Guide Knowledge Center contains information focused on specific practice areas.  Because of our years of experience in handling injury cases, we are also writing about many of the common injuries that our clients suffer.  This topic is written by an Atlanta shoulder injury lawyer from Scholle Law.   

Over the 40+ years that our firm’s attorneys have been collectively practicing law, our office has been representing injured Georgians. We have worked with thousands of accident victims and we have been involved with many cases serious injuries including shoulder and rotator cuff tears. Our Atlanta accident lawyers and should injury attorneys have handled numerous cases related to car accidents, commercial vehicle collisions, work related incidents and defective and dangerous commercial and retail properties.

The information provided here is not medical advice and it is not written by doctors. It is just general information on the topic of shoulder injuries.  If you have a case involving a shoulder injury or a torn rotator cuff caused by someone else’s bad driving or other poor choices, contact our office today for a free case consultation with an experienced Atlanta shoulder injury lawyer.

Shoulder Injuries: Torn Rotator Cuff

The human shoulder has three important parts. First, they include the top of the upper arm (the humerus bone) that fits into a hole called a socket in important part number 2, the shoulder blade (the scapula bone). Lastly. muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff keeps the bone centered in the socket and connects it to your shoulder blade. 

A rotator cuff tear is a tear or rip in the group of muscles and tendons that stabilize the humerus (upper arm) into the shoulder blade.  A rotator cuff tear inhibits the ability to freely and without pain or limitation rotate your arm. Such an injury is very serious not only because of the amount of pain it causes, but also for the limitations that it can create.

There are two kinds of rotator cuff tears. A partial tear is when one of the muscles that form the rotator cuff is damaged but not detached. A complete rotator cuff tear occurs when the tear or rip goes all the way through the tendon or pulls the tendon off the bone. Torn rotator cuffs create issues with being able to lift objects and an inability to raise the arm. Additionally, a tear in the rotator cuff can cause extreme pain. Signs of a torn rotator cuff include hearing clicking or popping when you move your arm, shoulder weakness and pain when you move your arm in certain ways or lie on it.

An orthopedist can help diagnose a shoulder injury including a torn rotator cuff. A specialist may order an MRI, ultrasound and an x-ray to get a better look at the problem. Depending on the diagnosis, there are different treatment plans for shoulder injuries and torn rotator cuffs. A doctor may order physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. Additionally a doctor may order the patient to rest and reduce their activity level to see if that has an impact. In more serious cases a doctor may order steroid shots or speak to the patient about the need for surgery.

Help For Shoulder Injury Victims

Many of us take our bodies for granted. Being able to walk and move around without pain is an unrealized blessing for many. For example, being able to throw a football with your kids or pick up grocery bags or Amazon packages is a thing that people do without giving much thought to it. But what about the people that can’t play with their kids or help around the house because they have a bad or injured shoulder from a car accident or work injury?

If that is not bad enough, what about the medical bills and lost wages since the accident? In even a more serious scenario, what about the money for a shoulder repair surgery or money for future lost earnings, or for money for never being able to use your shoulder again without some pain? These are legitimate concerns and real problems that people face after being involved in a bad car or motorcycle accident. In this example we are focusing on injured shoulders, but the sentiment is true for other serious injuries as well.  

When someone else caused a car or truck accident that resulted in a very serious shoulder or rotator cuff injury, our Atlanta, Georgia accident attorneys are there to help. Legal representation for a shoulder injury case can begin by assessing the prospective client’s liability case. Our firm offers free case evaluations and encourages anyone with an injury case or accident question to contact Scholle Law for the purpose of discussing the liability and injuries.

When a client hires Scholle law, we can begin working hard to help them receive compensation in the form of a settlement with the negligent person’s insurance company or through a verdict from a jury or bench trial. No two cases are alike and neither are their potential for compensable damages. However, generally speaking, compensation often includes money for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and other economic and non-economic damages.  It does not matter if the injury stems from a car accident in Atlanta or a work injury that happened in Savannah, our Georgia attorneys fight hard for injury victims across the whole state of Georgia.

Even though the laws in Georgia include a system and process for getting damages and compensation for injury victims and people hurt by the negligence of others, putting together a winning case with good results can still be difficult. Cases involving car wrecks or motorcycle crashes, defective products, work-related accidents, premises liability and negligent security will almost always be defended by an insurance company’s defense lawyers. Most cases also have experienced claims adjusters also playing an important role.

Even in cases without liability issues, (cases where there is no question of fault) an insurance defense attorney or insurance adjuster should not be expected to offer maximum or even fair compensation without a fight.  Insurance company adjusters and their lawyers are not being mean when they put up a fight, they are just doing their job.  They work for insurance companies and their best interests, not yours. That is why it is always a best practice to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to fight out more about your rights.

Our team of skilled Georgia personal injury and serious shoulder injury attorneys have decades of experience in fighting against big insurance companies. Our lawyers fight for the rights of injured Georgians.  We have been providing zealous advocacy for the people of Georgia for two-plus decades and have helped injury victims recover millions of dollars for their injuries in insurance company settlements and litigation.

Causes of Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injuries

Serious shoulder injuries and rotator cuff tears happen in many different types of accidents. The scenarios that can result in serious shoulder injuries and rotator cuff tears are numerous and include but are not limited to:

  • Car Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • SUV Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Tractor Trailer Accident
  • 18-Wheeler Accidents
  • Commercial Vehicle Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents Caused by Defective Equipment
  • Products Liability Cases
  • Workplace Injuries Involving Motor Vehicles Accidents
  • Premises Liability Injuries
  • Slip and Fall Cases
  • Negligent Security Cases
  • Animal Attack Cases

Contact a Shoulder Injury Lawyer

Even if you are reading this list and the facts of your injury case do not appear, please understand that this list is not meant to be all encompassing. These are just a few of the common examples that an Atlanta shoulder injury lawyer may see. Please contact us to discuss the individual facts of your shoulder injury case

To set up a meeting with our Atlanta personal injury attorneys and shoulder injury and torn rotator cuff injury lawyers, call us today at (678) 921-3320 or contact us online. We look forward to speaking with you.