Shoulder injuries in car accidents can be serious and very painful. They can often prevent you from doing your work and various activities that you enjoy. While the shoulder has the most free range motion of any joint in the body, it is easily damaged in a car accident or other type of accident.
Shoulder injuries can range from a dislocated shoulder and torn ligaments, to a torn rotator cuff, to a shoulder fracture, or simply a severely broken arm. More specifically, you could have a fracture of the collar bone, humerous or top of the upper arm bone or scapula or shoulder blade.
Another serious shoulder injury that can lead to a large settlement is a dislocation of the collar bone; this is also known as a separated shoulder. Another type of dislocation is of the sternoclavicular joint between the sternum and clavicle. The glenohumeral joint also can be dislocated, which is the ball and socket joint of the shoulder.
How much an arm and shoulder injury personal injury settlement will be dependent upon many factors that vary widely. Some of the factors to determine the settlement value are:
- Whether any tear in the shoulder ligaments and tissue was full or partial
- Whether you needed surgery on your arm or shoulder
- How well you healed after the surgery
- How well your injury responded to physical therapy
- How much work time you missed
- Whether you were able to regain full range of motion; if you have a permanent disability, this will increase the settlement value
- Whether the arm or shoulder was on your dominant side
Some arm and shoulder injuries on the less serious side can range from $10,000 to $25,000, if the injury generally heals well and missed work time is less. But for more serious, long term injuries, settlements of $75,000 to $100,000 or more are not uncommon.