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Stamford Shoulder Injury Attorney

Although it might not sound as serious as other injuries, a shoulder injury can have a significant impact on a victim’s life. Some shoulder injuries can have long-lasting effects on those who suffer them – requiring multiple surgeries as well as permanent impairment. Many shoulder injuries are due to either motor vehicle accidents or slip-and-fall incidents, any of which may be due to another party’s negligent actions. Stamford shoulder injury lawyer Kevin L. Hoffkins is dedicated to making sure the parties who act negligently are also the ones who financially support the victims they harmed. Mr. Hoffkins has over thirty years of litigation experience and has successfully advocated for clients throughout the Stamford area. At The Law Offices of Kevin L. Hoffkins, we want our clients to fully focus on their recovery, while we fully focus on their legal proceedings. If you have questions regarding your legal rights following a shoulder injury you believe was caused by negligence, contact our office to speak with an attorney today.

Types of Shoulder Injuries Sustained in Stamford Accidents

With a population of over 130,000 residents and an additional 21,000 people commuting into Stamford daily to work, the possibility of sustaining a shoulder injury in a motor vehicle collision or other accident is high. If you’ve injured your shoulder in a Stamford accident, a seasoned personal injury lawyer can help you determine what your legal options may be. Reckless drivers on highways passing through the city like I-95 or local roads such as Main Street can all cause devastating crashes. At night, visibility on the Merritt Parkway is poor due to the absence of lighting, making the Stamford exits 33 through 35 particularly dangerous during those times as well. Shoulder injuries can also be sustained in slip-and-falls. Common shoulder injuries include:

  • Bruises

  • Dislocations

  • Torn ligaments, including rotator cuffs

  • Nerve or tendon damage

  • Fractures

Unfortunately, sometimes significant shoulder injuries are misdiagnosed by professionals as strains. These types of injuries can also be ignored by victims as not being that serious as their symptoms are delayed or mild. After being involved in an auto accident or suffering a fall, it is important to tell your doctor immediately of any shoulder pain or discomfort. Equally important is following up with your doctor if you continue to have pain after the initial treatment.

Legal Options for Shoulder Injuries Caused by Negligence

If a shoulder injury due to a fall or collision is caused by negligence, victims have the option of pursuing personal injury suits to receive damages. Consult a knowledgeable Stamford shoulder injury attorney today to find out if you might have a claim. In these cases, the plaintiff must show that the defendant has breached an owed duty of reasonable care. For car accidents, it is usually a driver who has engaged actions or behavior on the road that is deemed careless or reckless. In slip-and-falls, a property owner can be held accountable for failing to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe way. For instance, existence of dangerous conditions such as slippery floors or broken stairway railings can be used as evidence in these situations. Evidence in motor vehicle collisions often involves use of the police report prepared regarding the accident. The Stamford Police Department has a specialized eight-member unit known as the Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Squad (CARS) which investigates accidents that result in serious injuries. Among its members, CARS has one who is a trained reconstructionist, the highest level of training, as well as four that have advanced level training. CARS’ reports can be obtained in person or by email from the Department’s the Records Division.

Legal Representation for Stamford Personal Injury Claims

Those who have suffered a shoulder injury due to another’s negligent acts may be awarded compensation for past and future medical expenses as well as loss of income or diminished earning capacity. Stamford personal injury lawyer Kevin L. Hoffkins strives to make sure his clients have the financial resources they need, and are entitled to, to properly treat their injuries. Contact The Law Offices of Kevin L. Hoffkins or online to find out more about how we can help.