How Much is the Average Settlement for a Torn Labrum Claim?
Like all other personal injuries, there is no set amount for a torn labrum. Labral tears often occur with other shoulder injuries so an experienced personal injury attorney will be best equipped to assess your situation and come up with a fair settlement amount.
The damages you receive for your shoulder injury will be based on the extent of your injury, any loss of quality of life, and the circumstances which led to you being injured.
Depending on the severity of your injury, a torn labrum can settlement amount can be anywhere between several thousand to up to a hundred thousand dollars. Some of the damages that will be factored in to your settlement amount include:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Future medical bills
- Future lost wages
An experienced personal injury attorney will work with your doctors to get a full understanding of the extent of your labral tear and how that injury has affected your quality of life.
Your lawyer will come up with a settlement amount that covers your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any medical bills and lost wages that you may accrue in the future.
What is a Labral Tear Shoulder Injury?
The labrum stabilizes the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder by keeping the ball (humeral head) in the socket (scapula). The shallow, socket-like opening of the shoulder where the labrum is located is called the glenoid. Shoulder labrum tears can happen anywhere around the glenoid socket.
If you experience pain or swelling of the shoulder after an accident, you should visit a doctor or ER right away.
3 Main Types of Labral Tears:
- SLAP or Lesion Tear:
- Superior Labrum, Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) tears occur when the tear is above the middle of the glenoid and means “front to back”. This injury is common with anyone who uses a lot of overhead motions (think tennis, basketball, or baseball players).
- Bankart Tear:
- Common is young people with dislocated shoulders, this injury occurs when there is damage to the lower half of the glenoid socket.
- Posterior Labrum Tear:
- Rare; occurring in only 5 to 10 percent of all shoulder injuries. Happen when injuries are to the back of the shoulder joint.
Symptoms of Labral Tear Shoulder Injuries:
A torn shoulder labrum often occurs with other shoulder injuries. If you were in an accident and dislocated your shoulder, have rotator cuff tears or injuries, have a torn bicep, or another shoulder problem, you may have a torn labrum as well.
Torn labrums often occur along with injuries to the shoulder socket and/or upper arm bone, muscles, and tendons.
These injuries are very painful and symptoms include decreased range of motion, loss of strength, pain while doing daily activities, shoulder instability, and feelings of catching, locking, popping, or grinding.
Don’t Get Ripped Off by the Insurance Company!
After your accident, the insurance companies will want you to settle right away and usually for the lowest amount. Don’t do this! Shoulder injuries aren’t always diagnosed immediately after an accident. If you settle with the insurance company, you will lose the ability to seek further damages.
If you injured your shoulder in a car accident, fall, or because of someone else’s negligence, you probably have a good personal injury case. You may feel like your injury may not be serious enough or that you are not the type of person to sue, we understand, but there is no shame in recovering the money for medical bills, lost wages, and property that were taken from you.
An experienced local attorney will work with your doctors to get a full understanding of the severity of your injury and get you a settlement amount that is fair and covers all your damages.