Shoulder Injuries in Baton Rouge and Metairie LA
Shoulder injuries are quite common and they affect the shoulder joint. Three bones compose the shoulder joint – the clavicle (collar bone), the scapula, and the humerus. As the shoulders are the most mobile joints of the human, they are also perhaps the most unstable. Sprains, strains, dislocations, tendinitis, and bursitis can be extremely painful and leave the shoulder immobile. Rotator cuff tears, torn ligaments or muscles, dislocated or separated shoulders, fracture of the collar bone, and frozen shoulder are some other conditions.
Accidents, falls, or work that involves frequent heavy lifting may lead to shoulder injuries. If you have sustained injury as a result of negligence or fault, consult a good Louisiana personal injury lawyer. There are statutes of limitations on accidents and you cannot file a lawsuit after the expiration date. Work place injuries may qualify you for worker’s compensation. Third party fault can also be contested in such cases.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Shoulder injuries sustained in accidents can give rise to neck problems and vice versa. Whiplash can result in problems much after the accident has occurred and it may be difficult to diagnose that this is an effect of the accident. X-rays and MRIs are essential to determine the exact cause of a shoulder injury. An arthrogram or an ultrasound may also help diagnose the injury.
Rest and cold compresses are usually sufficient to heal most shoulder injuries. More severe damage will require splints or a brace, medications, physical therapy, and even trigger-point injections in some cases. Extreme cases or badly damaged muscles may require surgery. Furthermore, extensive physical therapy ensures that normal function returns to the joint.
Damages and Compensation
A good attorney will be able to help you recover the appropriate compensation. Even if the injury is not too serious, recuperation will take days to weeks and this can mean that you have to stay home from work for this period. The medical bills racked up by the injured can run into thousands of dollars. Even after therapy, you may have to be careful when participating in certain activities such as sports or other types of recreation.
Compensation must take into account current and future medical expenses, lost wages, cost of therapy, as well as non-economic damages including pain and suffering or loss of quality of life. You must also consider long term disability in extreme instances. However, most insurance companies do not take all these factors into consideration. Instead, the insurance companies determine compensation using preset formulas.
Records of medical evaluations, doctor’s reports, accident reports, and all other accident-related information must be documented and preserved to support your claim for compensation. Experienced attorneys know the ploys used by insurance companies to minimize the payouts.
Call a Qualified Shoulder Injury Lawyer
Experienced and hardworking attorney Price McNamara handles shoulder injury cases across New Orleans, Kenner, Lafayette, Mandeville, Lafourche, Terrebone, Jefferson, Orleans, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, and St. John Parishes. If you think that you have a basis for a personal injury claim, or have been hurt or injured due to someone’s negligence or fault, call Louisiana personal injury attorney Price McNamara at his Baton Rouge office (225-201-8311) or his Metairie office (504-458-8455) to have your queries answered or to schedule a free consultation. His extensive trial experience of over 20 years, proven track record, and limited caseload philosophy ensure that you will obtain excellent personal attention and a patient hearing on a consistent basis.