There is no average settlement for shoulder surgery after a car accident. Your own potential settlement will be based on the facts of your individual case, such as:
- How serious your injuries are
- The permanence of your injury
- The costs of your surgery and other medical treatments
- The recovery period following the surgery
- How your injuries and the surgery have affected your ability to work
- How Nevada’s modified comparative negligence laws apply to your case
If you hire our team, we can consider each of these factors to determine the value of your case.
Ways You Can Help Bolster Your Car Accident Claim
The factors listed in the previous section are out of your control now, so it is understandable to feel concerned about the legal process.
However, there are a few things you can do to protect your right to compensation, including:
Keeping a Log of Your Recovery Period
By the time you read this article, you have probably seen a doctor already. Not only is this medical assistance good for your health, but this documentation also helps tie your shoulder injuries (among other injuries) to the car accident.
We recommend keeping a written journal of your doctor’s visits leading up to and following your shoulder surgery. In addition to these appointments, keep a log of:
- Your healthcare costs
- Your daily pain levels
- Your recovery regimen (e.g., medication you take, exercises, etc.)
- Your new daily routine
These entries will be an asset to your evidence file when you file your claim or lawsuit.
Refraining from Posting about Your Accident and Injury on Social Media
There might be support groups or other social networking pages you might want to join to give you some insight on car accident victims who have required shoulder surgeries. Even posting your pictures on your own account might seem like a good way to share and track your recovery.
Unfortunately, posting on social media is ill-advised when you are pursuing a compensation claim. The other party’s insurance company can easily access these different accounts, even if they’re private. They might conclude that you don’t need a settlement as high as you’re asking for, especially if you post pictures of yourself at the gym or doing any kind of physical activity.
For now, share your recovery process with your doctor and legal team.
Consulting a Car Accident Attorney on Our Team
The legal process can be confusing following an accident, so while you recover, our team can get to work on your compensation claim. You can count on us to keep you up to date on the progress of your case.
On your behalf, we can:
- Request the crash report
- Add to your evidence file
- Get an idea of how long your healing process will take
- Communicate with the insurance companies and other relevant entities
- Review insurance policies
- Negotiate a settlement
- Meet state deadlines, like NRS §11.190(4)(e)
- Represent you at trial, if need be
- Protect you from bad faith insurance practices
You can expect us to provide services that advance your case.
For a free legal consultation, call (702) 633-3333
Recoverable Damages for Shoulder Surgery after a Car Accident
When you pursue a settlement for your car accident damages, you can request compensation for your past and future healthcare costs, which may include:
- Physical therapy
- Medical devices
- Imaging tests
Your surgery might have also impacted other areas of your life. You could recover the following:
- Past lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Past and future mental anguish
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Scarring, disability, and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage expenses
You might be entitled to other damages that are not listed here. A lawyer from our firm can assess all of your losses and determine the value for each.
Nevada’s Modified Comparative Negligence System Could affect Your Damages
Nevada operates on a modified comparative negligence system. NRS §41.141 says that as long as you are not more than 50% responsible for the accident, you could recover damages. However, your portion of fault will reduce the amount of money you can get.
For instance, if you were texting and driving, but the other driver ran a red light and hit you, you might hold 40% of the blame.
In that case, a potential settlement of $100,000 would be reduced to $60,000. Your lawyer can work to prove that the other party was more at fault than you.
Get Started on Your Car Accident Case with the Attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson Today
At Bernstein & Poisson, you won’t have to worry about what the average settlement is for shoulder surgery after a car accident. With over 60 years of experience, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. Now it’s time to take care of you.
Contact us at (702) 633-3333 for a free consultation.