Washington Torn Rotator Cuff Injury Lawyers
The shoulder is the most mobile joint on your body. But, the shoulder's mobility also has a downside in that it's a rather weak joint and very easy to injure. Anyone who follows sports knows what a dreaded injury a torn rotator cuff is. A torn rotator cuff can seriously sideline and even end an athlete's career.
Fortunately, new surgical developments now allow complex joints like shoulders and knees to be rebuilt in many cases. However, these surgeries are expensive and require extensive physical therapy and long recovery periods. If you've torn your rotator cuff, not only will you accrue substantial medical bills, but you'll also miss a good amount of work, especially if your job involves any sort of physical activity, be it swinging a hammer or stocking a shelf.
If you've torn your rotator cuff in an accident, you may have grounds for a legal claim to recover some or all your medical expenses and lost wages. To find out more about your legal options, call the injury lawyers in Seattle at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. at (888) 228-3860 to schedule a free consultation.
What is the Rotator Cuff?
A rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and muscles that merge together where the upper arm bone (humerus) meets the shoulder. Together, they form a socket, or ''cuff'' that allows the humerus move in many directions. A rotator cuff tear occurs when part of the socket become irritated or pulls away from the bone, resulting in pain, weakness, and reduced range of motion.
Who is Prone to Torn Rotator Cuff Injuries?
Anyone can get a torn rotator cuff, but they are prominent in athletes and workers who repeatedly perform overhead motions with their arms. This includes baseball and tennis players, swimmers, painters, and carpenters. Age also plays a big factor in who suffers rotator cuff tears. Individuals over the age of 40 are more prone to rotator cuff injuries, even though they tend to be less active than younger people.
Accidents that Cause Rotator Cuff Tears
While many torn rotator cuffs are the result of years of repetitive motion and physical stress on the shoulder, they can also be the result of a single sudden incident, such as:
- Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Bicycle and motorcycle accidents
- Falls from heights
- Sports accidents (skiing, football, etc.)
- Construction accidents
Compensation for Torn Rotator Cuff Injuries in Seattle
If you've torn your rotator cuff in an accident that was caused by a negligent party, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages due to missed work (count on at least 12 weeks after rotator cuff surgery)
- Loss or diminishment of earning capacity
- Permanent injury or disability
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
Contact Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Today
A rotator cuff injury can have a serious and prolonged impact on your life. To get a settlement worthy of your injury, you need to contact the qualified Seattle serious injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. We have helped many injured Seattle residents secure the compensation they need. Call us at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.