The average settlement for a torn labrum claim varies widely depending on many factors. For example, the severity of the injury and its required medical care can significantly affect the size of a claim, as can other parties’ roles. If you sustained a torn labrum or a similar injury in an accident that another party caused, you have the right to hold them responsible in a claim or lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a torn labrum and the injury resulted from the reckless actions of another party, you may be entitled to collect various types of compensation. When we represent you, our team will look at the impact of your injuries on your life, the scope of your current and future medical expenses, and the involvement of other parties when calculating the value of your shoulder injury.
What Is a Torn Labrum?
Simply put, a torn labrum is a tear in the cartilage that connects a joint to its socket. As John Hopkins Medicine explains, “The labrum is a piece of fibrocartilage (rubbery tissue) attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that helps keep the ball of the joint in place.”
Different types of labrum tears can occur, and this injury is often associated with shoulder dislocation. When a shoulder labrum tears, it is also known as a superior labrum, anterior to posterior tear, or SLAP tear. Labral tears can also occur in the hip joints.
Is a Torn Labrum a Serious Injury?
A torn labrum can affect motor skills and movement significantly. If left untreated, the tear can worsen until it develops into a permanent disability that hampers a victim’s ability to live, move, and work. While this type of injury could heal on its own or with physical therapy, severe tears can require surgery.
You may be able to recover compensation for the related economic and non-economic losses if this happened to you due to someone else’s negligence.
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What Kinds of Accidents Are Known to Cause a Torn Labrum?
Torn labrums are often associated with overuse of the area or the aging process. However, several types of trauma are known to cause tears in the shoulder tissue, as well.
For example, car accidents are a common cause of torn labrums. Slip and fall accidents can also lead to this type of injury when you land on the shoulder or hip area a certain way. Other scenarios in which another party may be responsible for your torn labrum injury include:
- Construction accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
Seeking Help for a Torn Labrum
Sometimes it can be tough to know if you have a torn labrum or not. According to Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of a labral tear include pain that worsens when standing, a clicking sensation in the joint, and a limited range of motion. It is important to seek prompt medical care after an accident if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms.
After doing so, seeking legal counsel can help you determine your best course of action. If another party was responsible for your injury, you may be eligible to collect a settlement that covers the costs of your medical bills and other expenses.
Slip and Fall or Car Accident SLAP Tear Settlements
If negligent behavior caused your labral tear, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. In these cases, injury victims must show that someone else caused your injury and losses. It’s important to show that the other party had a duty to prevent this harm in some way.
Slip and falls and motor vehicle accidents are some of the more common causes of this type of injury, but a personal injury lawyer can review your case to see if you qualify for compensation.
Settlements from a Workplace SLAP Injury
Workers’ compensation SLAP tear settlements are slightly different than settlements from vehicle accidents or slip and fall cases. A labral tear in the workplace is typically from repeated motions that are part of employment, although sudden physical trauma can still cause this injury at work.
With a workplace claim, you do not typically pursue a personal injury lawsuit. You would instead go through your employer’s workers’ compensation program. Although you do not have to show negligence in a workers’ compensation case, you may have to file an appeal if the insurer denies your claim.
If you need help negotiating a workers comp settlement for a torn labrum, a lawyer can help you through the entire process.
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Will a Settlement Cover My Medical Care, Lost Wages, and Other Expenses?
The average settlement for a torn labrum claim takes several types of damages into account. Many victims who suffer from the injury may collect compensation for their losses through a settlement. When our team reviews a client’s damages, there are a few common recoverable damages we look for so that we can add them and arrive at a fair case value.
You may be entitled to collect compensation for the following damages:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical appointments, surgeries, and exams
- Physical therapy programs
- Emergency medical help
- Prescription drugs
- Damaged property
- Therapy and counseling
- Pain and suffering
Some of these require relatively simple calculations, such as adding up your medical bills and other expenses. Meanwhile, the intangible damages will require us to use industry practices to assign values to them. Our team takes case valuation seriously, as leaving any recoverable damages out of your claim can cause you financial harm in the future.
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How Settlement Amounts Are Calculated
With a lawyer from our firm working on your behalf, you can expect a complete investigation of the incident in question before we calculate your potential settlement. Although these investigations can take some time, they are a crucial step in establishing a liable party. Liable parties may include individuals such as drivers, or larger institutions, such as places of business.
In some cases, the percentage of liability for each party involved will affect your potential recovery. If the other party presents evidence that you contributed to your injury in any way, it could reduce the settlement or court award you receive accordingly. Our team will work hard to prepare for and fight against these claims so that you do not lose out on your financial recovery.
While there is no average settlement for a torn labrum, lawyers may end up pursuing claims of anywhere between several thousand and several hundred thousand dollars. While this is not a guarantee of your claim’s value, these values represent multiple types of losses, including medical expenses, emotional damages, and lost income.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Help You with Your Case
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we handle each client’s case with the utmost attention and care. When we fight for you, you can expect us to put our experience to work on your behalf. We will fight to collect any forms of financial awards that you may be eligible to receive for your pain, suffering, and losses.
Our team will also handle all communications about the details of your case with other parties so that you do not have to. We will identify a liable party and construct your case to uphold justice. Our goal is to get you the help you need after suffering from a torn labrum. To speak to someone from our team about your situation, call us today for a free consultation.
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