Value of Rotator Cuff Injuries in Maryland

Back in March I reported data I found in Metro Verdicts Monthly research that I thought would be of interest to personal injury lawyers in Maryland on the value of fractured shoulder injuries. Yesterday I received the new issue of Metro Verdicts Monthly that provided the median settlement value for rotator cuff injuries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia:shoulder3

Washington D.C. $136,200
Virginia $26,250
Maryland $45,000

It is hard to comment on these numbers.  I can’t believe they are accurate.  The idea that a rotator cuff injury in D.C. is worth three times as much money as the same case in Maryland… I don’t buy it.  I’m not quite sure how they get their data but the difference in these jurisdictions is not all that pronounced.  Arguably, Maryland is a better place for plaintiffs.  Certainly, Baltimore City and Prince George’s County are far superior jurisdictions.   While we have never calculated our average or median verdict and settlement statistics in these cases, I can tell you it is a lot more that $45,000.

Rotator Cuff Accident Cases

The rotator cuff is a composite of four major muscles and tendon fibers that blend with the upper half of the capsule of the shoulder joint. In the experience of our lawyers, most rotator cuff injuries in car and truck accidents occur in side collision or “t-bone” accidents.

Our law firm has handed scores of rotator cuff cases.  Our clients struggle with these injuries.  These painful and debilitating injuries make every day tasks impossible.  It is amazing how often you lift your arm up over the course of living, as these victims quickly figure out.

Of course, rotator cuff injury is a relative term with varying degrees of severity, from strains of the rotator cuff that result in minor limitation in the motion of the shoulder to severe ruptures of multiple muscles or tendons.  Millions of people are diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff injuries every year.  But if you are getting a tear — often a full-thickness — from a motor vehicle accident,  you are unlikely to see an injury that easily resolves.  Many of these clients require an open repair or a mini-open repair that is pretty invasive by 2014 standards.

Interestingly, older data for rotator cuff injury cases that went to trial showed that the median final demand was $85,000 and the median final offer was $25,000. This is a pretty wide range, obviously, perhaps underscoring the difference of opinions as to the severity of the rotator cuff injury. The study also found that the median award was $50,000, which leads one to believe that both the Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s lawyers were often way off the mark on the real settlement value of the case.

You can get more information on the value of rotator cuff injuries by looking both at statistics and sample jury verdicts and out-of-court settlements here.

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  • Steven Marrow

    You would be hard pressed to get this kind of a verdict in Nebraska. But thanks for publishing this stuff. I have a rotator cuff client that I need to rein in a little bit in terms of expecations of a big payday.

  • chris

    I’ve got a shoulder injury during a company team building exercise in smokey mountians of tennessee (3mm tear non surgury).

    after 4 years of treatment/pt, etc… first offer was $12,700. Looking at this site, I should counter with $85,000, and hope to settle out of court for $35,000+ expenses. ???

  • Chris W

    I was involved in a Head-On MVA where the 16 y/o kid crossed the double yellow. I have gone through 2 months of treatment, including electro-therapy for a brachioplexus injury with rotator cuff involvement and Nationwide just offered me $4000. I am now looking for an attorney.

  • Haydee

    Anybody know about laws in New Mexico? My husband had Rotator Cuff, SLAP, bicep tendon, etc. surgery. Shoulder was severly hurt in a car accident. He has not worked for 4 months. We have gone through so many financial, etc. difficulties. His attorney says he can only get $25,00 in New Mexico. How true is that? Thanks.

  • Barbara J

    I Want to know The settlement amount for an injured rotator cuff. I am suppose to have surgery on it soo. and i need to know how long it takes to recover and the settlements

  • Ron Miller

    Many of your questions are hard to answer without more information? If you have a question and want my opinion, give me a call at 800-553-8082.

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