There is no way to calculate what an average payout might be after a crash in Louisiana, even for victims who suffered similar injuries or underwent the same types of treatment. There are too many factors that contribute to the value of a collision case to compare the outcomes.
Each crash occurs uniquely, and each victim suffers unique injuries that require an individualized treatment plan. The best way to learn what a fair settlement value might be based on your Louisiana crash is to work with a personal injury attorney who can investigate and put a fair price on the case. Our team is here to help.
Shoulder Pain After a Car Accident Could Be a Serious Injury
A shoulder injury could occur in any type of accident, leading to severe limitations on range of motion, pain, and even lasting impairment. Some crash injuries that cause shoulder pain may include:
- Fractures of the bones that comprise the shoulder joint
- Dislocation of the shoulder
- A torn rotator cuff, which refers to the muscles that stabilize the joint
- Other soft tissue injuries, which could involve nearby muscles, ligaments, or tendons
Whiplash, usually thought of as a neck injury, can also cause pain in the shoulders – particularly across the back of the shoulders. This pain may also radiate down one or both arms. Stiffness in the neck and a severely limited range of motion are other possible symptoms.
Treatment and Recovery Could Last a Few Weeks to Several Months
The treatment for your pain and underlying injuries will depend on the diagnosis and other factors. An emergency department physician, your primary doctor, or an orthopedic doctor may order X-rays and other imaging tests to evaluate your symptoms and put a plan in place to address them.
Immobilization, physical therapy, or surgery may be necessary to stabilize the joint and ensure proper healing.
Some People Experience Significant Time Away from Work
Shoulder injuries require recovery time. Depending on your job and its required tasks, an extended period could pass before your doctor releases you to return to work. There may be additional limitations on your everyday activities, as well.
This requires you to pay for medical care, therapy, and other expenses, while causing you to miss out on paychecks and activities you enjoy. Even handling chores around the house or lifting your children might be challenging to do.
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What Can You Recover By Filing an Insurance Claim Against the at-Fault Driver?
You may be able to secure payment for the expenses you had to pay and the losses you incurred due to the crash. This could include your current and future damages, as well as intangible losses. If you have an advocate from our personal injury law firm on your side, we can help you calculate a settlement range that is appropriate based on your shoulder pain, limitations, expenses, and more.
Some examples of recoverable damages in a Louisiana car accident with shoulder injuries include:
- Medical bills for evaluation, surgery, treatment, therapy, and more
- Future medical needs related to the injury
- Lost income while you missed work during recovery
- Repair or replacement of your car
- Additional expenses related to the crash
- Pain and suffering
Working with an Attorney Can Help You Focus on Physical Recovery
If you choose to let a lawyer from our firm handle your claim, you can focus on your treatment, therapy, and getting your injured shoulder back to full strength and range of motion. We will take care of gathering evidence and preparing your case to pursue compensation.
Once we have supporting evidence and a good idea of what an appropriate settlement range might be, our lawyer will file an insurance claim based on the at-fault driver’s liability coverage. We will demand a fair settlement and negotiate with that goal in mind. If the insurer does not negotiate in good faith, we can prepare a lawsuit on your behalf and sue the at-fault driver.
Deadlines for Suing the at-Fault Driver in Your Crash
In most cases, Louisiana traffic accident victims only have up to one year to take legal action under CC Art. 3492. Missing this deadline could prevent you from suing the driver who caused your crash, taking the case to trial, and recovering a court award.
Exceptions to this statute could mean you have even less time to file a lawsuit or take other legal action. As such, you may want to consider enlisting the help of an attorney who can begin the process well before the first anniversary of the crash.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Evaluate Your Options Today for Free
You can discuss your shoulder injuries, accident case, and legal options today for free with our team. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers provides free case reviews and represents clients for a contingency fee, meaning we receive our payment only if we recover compensation for you.
You can reach our main office in Lafayette to learn more at (337) 777-7777. We also have offices serving Alexandria and Marksville, as well as New Orleans and its surrounding parishes.