Shoulder Injury Settlements & Verdicts by Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas
If you have an injured shoulder due to a third party’s carelessness in Dallas, it is critical that you hire a personal injury attorney with a track record of success and the connections to help you physically heal and maximize your financial compensation.
Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has significant experience in handling shoulder injury cases in Dallas. We routinely assist clients in obtaining the necessary medical care they require at no up-front cost – even if they don’t have health insurance.
We maintain strong relationships with medical specialists and our clients have access to MRI’s, X-Rays, CT scans, and state of the art diagnostics and treatment options in Dallas at no up-front cost.
Shoulder Injury Settlements & Verdicts
About Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder injuries are very common in car accidents and slip and falls.
Three bones make up the shoulder: humerus (upper arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade), and clavicle (collar bone). Likewise, there are three joints: sternoclavicular, glenohumeral, and acromioclavicular.
The most common types of shoulder injuries that arise are soft tissue injuries (sprain/strain), dislocations, fractures, tendinitis, impingement, rotator cuff tears, and SLAP tears.
Common symptoms for many of the injuries above include pain, tenderness, stiffness, weakness, crepitus (crackling on movement), swelling, and tingling.
Shoulder injuries are usually first diagnosed by patient history and on physical examination. Common tests for njuries include palpation, abduction, Apley scratch test, Neer’s sign, Hawkins’ test, Speed’s maneuver, and empty can test. A positive impingement sign will also demonstrate injury. Shoulder injuries are usually confirmed by undergoing an MRI.
A sprain or strain of the shoulder will usually resolve over time. A dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone known as the humerus moves out of the joint. This usually results when a substantial force separates the ball joint from the socket (glenoid). This is also referred to as a separated shoulder.
Fractures are synonymous with a broken shoulder. Trauma can lead to a fracture of the glenoid or humerus. Fractures are classified as non-displaced or displaced.
In a non-displaced fracture, the broken pieces remain in close proximity to their usual position and immobilization in a sling while the injury heals is usually recommended. In a displaced fracture surgery is usually necessary.
Tendinitis is irritation or inflammation of a tendon. Impingement occurs when the rotator cuff comes into contact with the acromion. A SLAP tear occurs when the superior labrum – which is attached to the biceps – is damaged. Arthroscopic surgery is often necessary to repair a SLAP tear.
Our personal injury law firm in Dallas maximizes shoulder injury cases by intensely focusing on the impact said injuries have on our client’s activities of daily living and – when applicable – ability to perform necessary work functions.
We do not hesitate to employ experts when there is a permanent loss in residual functional capacity or will eventually lead to loss of earning capacity in the future.
While shoulder injuries don’t seem intense, they’re extremely debilitating when you have one. You may lose your ability to do your job with even a relatively minor injury. On the more extreme side, they can lead to the loss of use of an entire side of your body.
Unfortunately, most shoulder injuries, including minor ones, don’t heal easily. Surgery doesn’t instantly make it better. You may also need to do months of physical therapy. And even after that, you may still have chronic pain and limited use.
Types of shoulder injuries include:
- Rotator cuff tear – This is when the group of muscles and tendons that keep the ball of your arm in your socket get torn. Repetitive motion typically causes this injury.
- Rotator cuff tendinitis – Repeated overhead work such as that in construction or painting can lead to stiffness or tenderness and eventually loss of strength and sleep problems which characterize this injury.
- SLAP tear – This refers to a tear in the labrum, which is the thin muscle found where your shoulder and arm connect. Pain when lifting or holding your shoulder in specific positions results.
- Dislocated shoulder – This injury occurs when your arm bone pops out of the socket. It’s intensely painful and can also cause numbness and tingling down your arm or neck.
- Frozen shoulder – Unlike other injuries, this one appears slowly over time. Basically, your shoulder loses range of motion and hurts any time you move it.
Just like any other injury you experience, you should see a doctor as soon as you become aware of a shoulder injury. A quick diagnosis helps you recover and get back to normal faster.
If you have an injured shoulder and another person or company is at fault, contact Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas for a free consultation. Get a discounted 29% contingent attorney fee on shoulder injury cases not requiring litigation (compared to the industry standard 33.3%) if you mention this special offer on first contact.
There is never a fee unless our lawyers win your Dallas shoulder injury claim. And we can get you medical care upfront with no out of pocket even if you don’t have health insurance.