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Glendale Shoulder Injury Lawyers

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Representing Victims with Severe Upper Body Damage

Typically, if you are hurt in an accident at work or on your own time, a shoulder or back injury will cause much pain and discomfort. You need a healthy back and shoulders to complete daily routines involving twisting, bending, lifting, or reaching – which is why your mother always tells you to straighten your back. While some shoulder and back ailments may improve over time, others will cause permanent headaches, muscle spasms, chronic pain, numbness, a decreased range of motion, nerve damage, paralysis, or disability.

Shoulder and back injuries can follow you for years to come, even after corrective surgeries and rehabilitation. After a car accident or slip and fall, you may think you can trust an insurance company to take care of you. However, they often only focus on their own profits and will disregard your injuries, even in serious cases. But if someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior results in severe damage to your shoulders or back, then do not hesitate to contact the Glendale shoulder and back injury attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC. We will advocate for full compensation on your behalf to ensure you have a fair shot at recovery.

Reach out to us at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation.

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Damage to the Shoulders and Back

Shoulder and back injuries can range from minor strains to debilitating conditions that follow you for the rest of your life. After an accident, you may see the early signs in your ability to keep your back straight, sit comfortably, or even enjoy a restful night of sleep. Long-term, you could experience chronic pain, not just in your shoulders or back, but also in your neck, back of the skull, hips, and legs as you are unable to provide proper support to the rest of your body.

Common shoulder injuries that you may suffer include:

  • Torn rotator cuffs
  • Labral tears
  • Shoulder joint tears
  • Impinged shoulders
  • Fractured shoulder bones
  • Dislocated or separated shoulders

In addition, you may also suffer these common back conditions:

  • Cervical, thoracic, or lumbar strains
  • Compression fractures
  • Burst fractures
  • Flexion-distraction fractures
  • Fracture-dislocations
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Spinal cord injuries causing paraplegia, quadriplegia, or tetraplegia
  • Sacral injuries
  • Pinched nerves
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Broken tailbones

Sadly, an accident rarely ever leaves you with just one injury. You may experience a variety of minor injuries that add up to a disabling condition or suffer multiple catastrophic injuries that can be difficult to recover from. Ultimately, this will depend on the conditions of the accident.

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Causes of Shoulder and Back Injuries

We often go through life understanding that there is some level of risk. As residents of Los Angeles County, we are not surprised when we are involved in a fender bender or get side-swiped on the I-5. But vehicle collisions are only one type of accident that can cause serious injuries to the back and shoulders. There are a number of everyday dangers we often do not consider, such as:

  • Trauma sustained during a fall down a flight of stairs
  • A slip-and-fall because of a spilled drink at a movie theater
  • Being struck by a falling object when walking by scaffolding
  • Crashing into a parked car’s door while biking
  • Repeated motions at work that break down the tissue in our shoulders, either due to overwork or a lack of moving equipment
  • Any number of car accidents

While we may at first be quick to dismiss shoulder and back injuries as something you can simply “walk-off” or see a massage therapist about, there are several long-lasting conditions that can develop as a result of these injuries – and they come with a high price tag.

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The Long-Term Cost of Treatment

If you have sustained a shoulder or back injury, you will have initial ER or hospital bills, surgery bills, physical or occupational therapy, medications, and special equipment, such as a walker or wheelchair, if you suffered a catastrophic injury. Over time, you may be seen by a neurologist, pain management doctor, or orthopedic doctor. In addition, you may need pain injections and other therapies to relieve inflammation. If you are partly or fully disabled, you may need a caregiver to assist you with basic life functions.

Bottom-line, these types of injuries can be devastating, coming with both high costs in terms of medical bills, but also lost wages and pain and suffering. Holding the responsible party accountable may be your best bet at avoiding a looming pile of medical debt and long-term trauma.

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Types of Compensation That Can Be Recovered

Every accident is different, but almost every aspect of our lives is covered by some form of insurance. In car accidents, this is the liability policy of the at-fault driver. On a job-site, this can either be workers’ compensation through your own employer or an insurance policy held by a third-party company or individual. When you slip and fall at a restaurant, the property owner’s insurance policy should provide proper coverage if they are found at fault.

Generally, these insurance companies are unwilling to provide full compensation for your injuries, even if there was clear fault. This is why it is paramount that you contact a personal injury attorney after an accident to ensure you have the experienced legal representation that you need to hold insurance companies to their word.

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Legal Representation from Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys

Getting hurt in an accident can change your life. One day, you are going about your business and earning a living. You are providing for your family and feeling good about life. The next day, you suddenly get hurt. From that moment on, the pain hurts so much that you wonder if you will ever perform the same type of job again. The medical bills are adding up, and you feel angry about being hurt due to another's negligence. You worry how you will support your loved ones. The solution is to sit down with a personal injury attorney and discuss the details of your case.

At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale personal injury attorneys may be your best shot at compensation. We review the facts of each case brought to us to determine how your injuries occurred, who was liable, and what type of compensation is available to you. If we determine that you have a viable claim, we will gladly accept your case and do our best to negotiate compensation on your behalf – and are willing to go to trial, if it is in your best interest. Call us today at (818) 507-4311 to begin a thorough review of your case. We offer no-cost consultations and will not accept a dime of your money unless we win your claim.

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