Average Rotator Cuff Tear Car Accident Settlement in Florida

How much should a settlement be for a rotator cuff surgery? Rotator cuff and other shoulder injuries can be complex to diagnose and treat.

The prognosis for your recovery depends on the nature of your injury and how severe the tear is. These and other factors have a direct influence on the potential value of your claim.

The unique nature of Florida injury accidents makes it difficult to estimate an average settlement or payout for a rotator cuff injury. Likewise, an online car accident settlement value calculator won’t be able to consider the details of your case or grasp all the damages you suffered as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence. According to the rotator cuff settlement examples listed on this page, the typical Florida rotator cuff settlement is anywhere from $525,000 to $1,500,000. Rotator cuff accident circumstances aren’t always the same and auto accident shoulder injury settlement amounts depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case.

Here’s how to determine the approximate value of your rotator cuff car accident claim, contact one of our Florida injury accident lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today.


Questions About a Rotator Cuff Car Accident Settlement?

If you sustained a serious shoulder injury in a Florida car accident, you might be facing the prospect of rotator cuff surgery.

A rotator cuff injury can cause extreme pain and require extensive rehab and recovery time. If the actions of another person caused your accident and injuries, you deserve compensation for your losses.

Due to the nature of severe shoulder injuries, rotator cuff settlements can be substantial. Although it is difficult to estimate an average settlement for a shoulder injury, a car accident lawyer can help determine the value of your case.

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Contact one of the experienced Florida car accident lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today to learn more.



What Is the Rotator Cuff?

This term describes a collection of tendons, cartilage, and muscles that surround the shoulder. These tissues support and stabilize the shoulder and keep the head of the humerus (the upper arm bone) correctly situated in its socket.

More importantly, the rotator cuffs allow you to make overhead movements with your arms. Movements such as swimming, shooting a basketball, putting on a hat, or reaching for an object on a high shelf wouldn’t be possible without the rotator cuff.


What Does It Mean to Tear the Rotator Cuff?

This injury typically occurs when one or more of the shoulder tendons detach from the head of the humerus. Rotator cuff injuries are classified as either partial or complete tears, depending on whether any part of the tendon remains attached to the bone. The tear that occurs is more like a hole in the tendon. The severity increases as more of the tendon becomes damaged.

Tearing a rotator cuff results in extreme pain. In addition, this injury severely impedes your ability to use your arm for lifting, reaching, and other common movements. If you suffer this type of injury, you could lose your ability to perform even the simplest of everyday tasks.

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These injuries can occur over time due to overuse. Rotator cuff tears can also happen suddenly, due to trauma from improper or heavy lifting or falling on an outstretched arm. A sudden, traumatic injury is known as an acute tear.

However, some of the most common and painful causes of acute rotator cuff tears are car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions.



What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accident-Related Rotator Cuff Tears in Florida?

Shoulder injuries are a common result of motor vehicle collisions of all types. Whether you were struck by another passenger vehicle, a bus, a commercial truck, or a delivery van, you face the risk of injuries such as rotator cuff tears.

Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Florida include:

  • Drunk drivers,
  • Tired drivers,
  • Distracted drivers,
  • Speeding,
  • A failure to yield,
  • Failure to stop, and
  • Failure to obey traffic signals.

Single-car accidents, including rollovers, can also lead to severe injuries. Single-vehicle accidents are often caused by:

  • Obstructions in the roadway,
  • Road construction,
  • Roadway debris,
  • Poor road maintenance,
  • Obstructed views, and
  • Faulty vehicle components.

Whether you had an accident with another vehicle or another factor that caused your car to crash, you have the right to pursue justice. If the actions of another person or party led to your accident, a personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your damages.



Will Requiring Rotator Cuff Surgery Affect the Value of My Florida Personal Injury Claim?

Many serious shoulder injuries require surgical repair. Some more fortunate victims can have this repair performed arthroscopically and in some cases, may be eligible for arthroscopic shoulder surgery settlements. For this procedure, an orthopedic surgeon makes a minor incision. Through this incision, the surgeon inserts a small camera (scope) and surgical instruments to complete the repairs.

Other accident victims cannot have their injuries repaired using this minimally invasive procedure. In that case, the surgeon must access the shoulder using a large, open incision.

If your injury requires surgical repair, your medical treatment costs will be exponentially higher—and that increases the value of your rotator cuff injury claim. In addition, surgery often means a long, painful recovery involving physical therapy and rehabilitation. The pain and suffering involved in your recovery can potentially increase your claim’s value.

Finally, if your injury left you with a diminished range of motion or other permanent damage, your lawyer can pursue compensation for your disability as a part of your rotator cuff surgery settlement.



Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer to Get a Rotator Cuff Injury Settlement in Florida?

In Florida, you are not required to have a lawyer to recover a settlement for your injuries. However, torn rotator cuff car accident settlements pose several challenges. Unless you have a legal background or experience negotiating with insurance companies, you want to consider having an attorney on your side.

When you choose an injury accident attorney from Abrahamson & Uiterwyk to assist you, you will benefit from our 30+ years of experience. We have assisted more than 20,000 clients, recovering more than $800 million in settlements and jury verdicts.

We treat every client as though they were our only client. This highly personalized level of attention and care allows you to focus on your health and recovery. We handle every aspect of your case and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.



What Are Some Examples of Rotator Cuff Settlements that Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have achieved in Florida?

If you are wondering what is the average payout for a rotator cuff injury, take a moment to browse our past settlements and verdicts, you will see just how committed we are to getting justice for our clients. According to the average compensation for rotator cuff injuries listed on this page, the typical Florida rotator cuff payout is anywhere from $250,000 to $1,500,000. Although other auto accident shoulder injury settlement amounts, cases, and results have no direct bearing on the outcome of your case, our past achievements are proof that we know how to get the job done.

  • $1,000,000 Motorcycle head-on accident/bilateral rotator cuff injury requiring surgery
  • $1,529,282 jury verdict, Lee County FL, rotator cuff injury requiring surgery
  • $1,008,258 settlement, Manatee County FL, car accident shoulder injury
  • $650,000 settlement, premise liability, rotator cuff tear
  • $525,000 settlement, Pinellas County FL, rear-end collision shoulder surgery
  • $300,000 policy limit combine settlement, pedestrian car accident, rotator cuff requiring surgery
  • $250,000 policy limit, rear-end accident, rotator cuff tear
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$200,000/Auto Accident/2023

Our client was a delightful 62-year-old woman who is employed as a realtor. She was driving north on Church Ave. in Tampa approaching the intersection with McKay Ave. when the defendant ran through the stop sign and collided with the driver’s side of our client’s vehicle causing extensive damage.

Our client experienced immediate pain and presented to the emergency room. She sustained a bad cut on her hand which required several stitches. She also suffered injuries to her neck, back, and shoulder which required further medical care. MRI scans were performed which demonstrated a herniated disc in our client’s neck, bulging discs in her back, and a tendon tear in her shoulder. She underwent conservative care and had injections performed to help with her neck pain. Our client’s surgeon also gave an opinion that she would require surgery to repair the tear in her shoulder.

Once our client reached her maximum medical improvement, we prepared a comprehensive demand package to the defendant’s insurance company. The company made a low-ball offer which our client rejected. We pushed for the policy limits of $100,000.00, and we stood firm after the insurance company made additional offers under the policy limits. Eventually, knowing it was facing imminent legal action, the insurer agreed to tender its full limit of $100,000.00.

We then made a demand on our client’s own insurance company for her $100,000.00 uninsured motorist limit. Like the defendant’s insurance company, our client’s carrier also started off with a low-ball offer. We filed a civil remedy notice against them essentially arguing that the company was acting in bad faith in failing to settle the claim for the limits. Before the notice was set to expire, the company acceded to our demand and agreed to pay our client $100,000.00 for a total settlement of $200,000.00.

Featured case result: $300,000.00 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Rotator Cuff Tear & Herniated Discs / Citrus County, Florida

Our client was northbound on Suncoast Parkway in Citrus County near the intersection of Veteran’s Drive. Unfortunately, the defendant failed to stop as our client was slowing to make a righthand turn and struck our client in the rear.

Our client was taken to the emergency room where she underwent initial treatment for her multiple injuries. Her chiropractor later ordered MRI scans of her neck, lower back and left shoulder. The neck and back MRI scans revealed multilevel disc herniations. The MRI of the shoulder unfortunately showed rotor cuff tears to two tendons. She required two separate surgeries to repair her shoulder.

After we presented with a demand package documenting the serious injuries sustained, the defendant’s insurance company eventually became convinced to pay its $250,000.00 policy limit. We then presented a claim against our client’s uninsured motorist insurer, GEICO, who maintained a $50,000.00 policy limit.

Believing the case was worth no more than the underlying coverage, the insurance company offered only $1,000.00. We then threatened litigation and accused GEICO of bad faith negotiations. We provided a deadline for them to either pay their policy limits or face a lawsuit for potentially more.

Recognizing the possible of facing a lawsuit from our lawyers, GEICO paid its $50,000.00 limit just before the deadline ran for a total settlement of $300,000.00.

Contact our office today to learn more about auto accident should injury settlement amounts and how we can help you pursue compensation for your car accident shoulder injury case.


Contact a Florida Car Accident Attorney Today for Assistance

If you were wrongly injured by the actions of another party, you deserve justice and fair compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. You should not have to fight this battle alone.

When you need aggressive legal representation from experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers, call on Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We offer a free consultation and case review for Florida car accident victims. To discuss your rotator cuff car accident settlement options, contact us today.

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation, and we never collect any legal fees until we recover a settlement in your case. If you would like to learn more about what you should expect from the car accident settlement process with GEICO, contact us now. We’ve helped clients throughout these areas and in nearby communities:

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