What Is the Average Labral Tear Shoulder Settlement in Florida?

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. September 11, 2022

This article attempts to explain the factors that influence the amount that labral tear shoulder victims can get in Florida settlement.

Many Florida accident victims want to know what their labrum tear car accident settlement is worth right away. But it takes time and research to figure that out. Various factors impact settlement value, including the total amount of your damages and liability.

Labral Tear Shoulder Settlement Expectations

According to the settlement examples listed on this page, the typical Florida shoulder injury settlement is anywhere from $525,000 to $1,008,258 with an average of $189,147.

Specifically, the typical SLAP (Superior labrum, anterior to posterior) injury settlement according to examples on this page ranges from $60,000 to $1,000,000 with an average settlement of $448,750.

Settlements will depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case, so the amount for labral tear shoulder settlement in Florida varies greatly. These claims can be very complex to pursue, which is why you should speak with an experienced Florida car accident attorney as soon as possible. Every injury claim is different, and a fair value depends on a victim’s medical bills, pain and suffering, future expenses, and more.

Here’s how to calculate the value of your claim as accurately as possible, work with a nearby Florida personal injury attorney at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We have years of experience pursuing compensation for our clients. 

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What Is a Shoulder Labrum Tear?

The labrum is a piece of cartilage attached to the shoulder socket that helps keep the ball joint in place. The cartilage surrounds the glenoid, the cavity in the shoulder blade, to offer protection and stability.

You can tear this cartilage, injuring your shoulder. Common causes of labral tears in the shoulder are traumatic events, like car crashes, falls, sports, repetitive motion, shoulder dislocation, and aging.

What Are the Types of Shoulder Labrum Tears?

Not all shoulder labral tears are the same—they vary by location and severity.

  • Superior labrum, anterior to posterior tears, also called SLAP tears, run from the front to the back of the cartilage in the middle of the glenoid. This top area is also where the biceps tendon attaches to the labrum. These tears are most common for athletes. If left untreated, these tears can lead to chronic pain, limited shoulder mobility, and more serious shoulder issues. Treatment can run from rest and anti-inflammatories to debridement or Bicep Tenodesis – a surgery where the biceps tendon is detached from your labrum and is reattached to your upper arm bone (humerus).
  • Bankart tears happen in the lower part of the glenoid socket. These are common when someone dislocates their shoulder.
  • Posterior shoulder instability is a tear in the back of the glenoid socket and is the least common. Labron tears can involve the labrum completely tearing away from the bone. Others may experience a tear in the cartilage itself. Another type of labrum tear happens where the bicep tendon attaches to it.

What Are the Symptoms of Shoulder Labral Tears?

If you tear the labrum in your shoulder, you may experience:

  • Pain;
  • Decreased range of motion;
  • Weakness in your shoulder;
  • Feeling like your shoulder isn’t stable;
  • A popping sound when you move your shoulder;
  • A grinding sensation when you move your shoulder; or
  • Your shoulder locking up.

Everyone’s symptoms and pain levels are unique. They’ll also vary if you experienced other shoulder injuries at the same time. It’s essential that you see a doctor after an accident and describe all of your symptoms. If the pain or other symptoms in your shoulder get worse, return to your doctor.

How Do Doctors Diagnose & Treat Shoulder Labral Tears?

Your doctor will assess your pain level and your shoulder’s range of motion and stability. They may order an X-ray, CT Scan, and/or MRI. In some cases, a doctor will perform an arthroscopy, where a small camera is inserted into your shoulder. This method is the most reliable way to diagnose a shoulder labral tear. Keep in mind, even with a negative x-ray, some injuries may not show.

Some labrum tears require rest and pain management. However, complete tears require surgery to reattach the labrum to the shoulder socket and physical rehabilitation.

Can I Receive a Settlement for a Labral Tear in the Shoulder?

You may be interested in obtaining a settlement after suffering a torn labrum in an accident. If you can prove someone else was at fault, then you may receive compensation.

That may sound simple, but the insurance and legal processes can be challenging. With the help of an experienced lawyer near you, your financial recovery should cover the value of your physical, emotional, and financial damages. 

How Much Is My Labrum Tear Injury Worth?

Several factors impact the potential value of your settlement, including:

  • Initial medical bills: These can depend on the procedures needed to diagnose your labral tear injury and whether you require surgery.
  • Future medical bills: More severe shoulder labral tears require physical therapy to improve range of motion and strength.
  • Lost wages: You may have taken time away from work for your medical care and recovery.
  • Pain and suffering: You likely experienced pain, discomfort, and inconveniences during the accident and your recovery period.

SLAP/Labrum Tear Settlement Examples

  • Our client was riding a motorcycle on the way to work approaching an intersection. The intersection was controlled by a traffic light. Our client was proceeding through the intersection on a green light. The defendant driver made an illegal left hand turn on a red light, violating our client’s right, resulting in a head on collision. Our client was ejected from the motorcycle suffering multiple significant injuries. The defendant was cited for causing the accident. Our client was transported via ambulance to the hospital and was initially treated for broken bones to the arms, wrist, and fingers. Our client was placed in an arm sling and asked not to move the arms much until the fractures healed. Shortly thereafter, the client began to treat with an orthopedic surgeon and was prescribed physical therapy. A few weeks after the accident the client noticed the development of significant pain to both shoulders. MRIs of both of shoulders were taken a few months after the accident which revealed rotator cuff injuries to both shoulders. The orthopedic surgeon opined the injuries to both shoulders were directly caused by the motor vehicle accident. The client had arthroscopic surgeries to both shoulders to alleviate the shoulder pain.
    The defendant’s insurance company initial offer was only $115,000. That low-ball offer was rejected. The insurance company took the position that the shoulder injuries were not caused by the accident because our client did not complain of shoulder pain until weeks after the accident and claimed that our client was at fault for causing the accident. A suit was filed and at the same time our office represented our client in a traffic court case. The traffic court case against the defendant was conducted via zoom due to COVID. The defendant driver hired an attorney to represent him in the traffic court case. The defendant driver’s attorney denied his client was at fault and initially denied his client was driving the truck involved in the accident. Our office was able to meet with the eyewitness who clearly identified the defendant driver after the accident and established the defendant driver was at fault for causing the accident. After numerous continuances of the traffic court hearing the judge eventually found the defendant driver guilty of violating our client’s right of way. During the civil suit the defendant’s driver’s deposition was taken. He admitted he was at fault after a lengthy deposition. The deposition of the eyewitness was also taken to establish fault.

    A mediation was eventually set to resolve the case. The case settled at mediation for 1 million dollars.

  • Our client was attempting to cross through an intersection when he was struck on the driver’s side by a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. As a result of the impact our client’s vehicle was totaled and the rider of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. Following the impact, our client was transported to the nearest emergency room. At the emergency room our client underwent the painful removal of imbedded glass and underwent numerous x-rays. Our client was discharged with a diagnosis of chest pain, left shoulder pain and numerous abrasions. Two days later, our client presented to a different emergency room, where x-rays of his chest revealed a fractured sternum and he, again, underwent glass removal from his left elbow. Our client sought additional medical treatment through a chiropractor where he received physical therapy and adjustments. The client’s left shoulder pain did not fully resolve with conservative treatment, so he was referred to obtain a left shoulder MRI. The left shoulder MRI revealed a torn tendon and a tear in the labrum. Due to health concerns our client was unable to proceed with surgery on the shoulder.

    A demand was provided to the defendant’s insurance company, as well as two other insurance companies that provided underinsured motorist coverage. Our attorneys convinced all three insurance companies to pay their entire policy limits. Accordingly, we were pleased that our client received the maximum insurance proceeds for their injuries – $85,000

  • Our client was exiting a store in Bradenton, FL and walking within a crosswalk when a vehicle driven by the defendant turned left from the parking lot and struck our client. Our client was initially evaluated by an Urgent Care facility before coming under the care of an orthopedic clinic for injuries to her cervical spine and her shoulder. An MRI of the neck revealed two herniated cervical spine discs, and an MRI of the shoulder showed an injury to her rotator cuff. To treat her cervical spine, our client’s doctors recommended, and our client underwent, a procedure known as radiofrequency ablation. For her shoulder, an operation known as an arthroscopy was recommended.

    Fortunately, we were able to obtain the maximum insurance policy limits available for our client at $60,000. This was sufficient to pay all of our client’s medical bills and provide her with much-needed compensation.

  • The client was walking through a commercial establishment when the client slipped on a foreign substance.  Our client was transported to the emergency room where she complained of neck, shoulder and lower back injuries. The client began to treat with medical doctors who prescribed MRIs of the neck and lower back which revealed numerous herniated discs. All conservative treatment failed which resulted in a neck surgery to alleviate the neck symptoms which included radiating pain into the shoulder and arms. The shoulder pain continued after the surgery. An orthopedic surgeon that specialized in shoulder surgery ordered an MRI of the shoulder which revealed a rotator cuff tear. The client underwent a shoulder arthroscopic surgery to repair the rotator cuff injury. The store alleged the employees were not aware of the foreign substance and were not at fault. The most the store would offer to settle the case before suit was filed was 65,000.

    A video of the incident which included several hours before the fall revealed that other patrons had slipped in the foreign substance. The video revealed the foreign substance was on the floor for a lengthy period before our client’s fall and none of the store employees that walked by the spill paid attention as per the store’s policies and procedures. Suit was filed and depositions of multiple store employees were taken which revealed they did not follow store policies and procedures. At the mediation the store offered 250,000 to settle the case. That offer was rejected. The case progressed through litigation and settled for $650,000, shortly before trial.

Our personal injury lawyers carefully document your injuries and calculate the maximum possible value for your claim. 

Examples of Settlements of Shoulder Injuries Near You

Here are recent examples of shoulder injury settlements. Traumatic events, like car accidents and falls can be a common cause of a labral tear. These claims can be very complex, which is why you should contact an experienced SLAP tear car accident settlement lawyer.

$525,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Pinellas Co.

62-year-old male was rear-ended by Defendant and underwent shoulder surgery and surgical procedures to repair the client’s cervical spine.

$736,512 (Jury Verdict) / Premises Liability / Pasco Co.

62-year old female tripped and fell in a parking lot due to an unmarked concrete bumper resulting in shoulder and rotator cuff tears as well as disc herniations.

$1,008,258 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Manatee County, FL

Our clients, husband and wife, were involved in a serious accident where the defendant ran a red light. He suffered back and shoulder injuries, and she had an injury to her neck. This settlement represented the maximum amount of insurance coverage available.

We Want to Help You Recover Compensation

Talk with us about pursuing a labral tear shoulder settlement if someone else’s negligence caused you harm. By working with a personal injury lawyer from Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, you have someone fighting for you every step of the way.

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