New Jersey Shoulder Injury Lawyer

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Shoulder injuries are common in car accidents, slips-and-falls, and workplace and other incidents. There are different types of shoulder injuries, including broken or fractured bones, dislocations, and soft-tissue injuries.

If you’ve recently sustained a serious shoulder injury in New Jersey, you could be forced to deal with significant pain, costly medical care, lost wages due to the inability to work, and more. If someone else caused your shoulder injury, you may be entitled to significant compensation.

The shoulder injury attorneys at the law firm of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman provide assertive representation to people who have been injured due to negligent, reckless or intentional acts. We’re ready to stand up for you if you’ve been hurt in an accident where another was at fault. All  of our efforts will be directed to recovering the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Contact us for a free case evaluation and learn more about your rights and options under the law.

Common Types of Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries can limit your range of motion, affecting your ability to do your job, complete household chores, and enjoy daily activities. While overexertion and aging can cause some shoulder injuries, it’s also common for a shoulder injury to result from an accident. Some of the most common shoulder injuries include:

Rotator cuff tear

A rotator cuff tear happens when the tendons that connect the muscles to the bone around the shoulder joint are torn. Rotator cuff tear injuries can cause significant pain, limited range of motion, insomnia, and an inability to carry out certain tasks. Rotator cuff injuries typically take a long time to heal fully, and physical therapy might be necessary.


Tendonitis occurs when tendons – the connective tissue that links muscles and bones in the shoulders – become inflamed. Tendonitis can develop over time as a person ages, but sudden inflammation due to an accident is also common. In addition to physical pain, tendonitis can lead to other complications, including tendon tears, if left untreated.


Shoulder impingement occurs when the shoulder blade and connective tissue rub against each other, causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Shoulder impingement can eventually lead to other serious shoulder conditions, including tendonitis.

Fractured bones

Broken and fractured bones can occur in the shoulder due to severe trauma in an accident. The primary bones that make up the shoulder include the clavicle or collarbone, the humerus (upper arm bone), and the scapula (shoulder blade). Fractures may need to be repaired in surgery and can take months to heal. Physical therapy may be needed to regain mobility in the shoulder.

Dislocated shoulder

When the ball of the upper arm bone pops out of the socket connecting it to the shoulder blade, the shoulder can become dislocated. Dislocated shoulders can cause intense pain and reduced mobility. Long-term complications can occur. When a shoulder becomes dislocated, it often causes damage to the connective tissue around the shoulder joint, leading to an increased risk of dislocation again in the future.

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Accidents That Cause Shoulder Injuries

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Shoulder injuries are often the result of negligent, reckless, and intentionally harmful conduct. Circumstances that can cause shoulder injuries include:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Assault and battery
  • Bus accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Sports-related accidents
  • Lifting accidents
  • Repetitive-movement accidents

No matter the nature of the events that caused your injury, if someone else was at fault for your harm, you are legally entitled to seek compensation from them. Speak with a skilled attorney at our firm to learn more about your options.

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Demanding Compensation for Shoulder Injury Accidents

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Recovering from a shoulder injury can be costly. Depending on the specific losses that you’ve suffered, you might be able to claim compensation for:

      Medical expenses, including hospital bills, doctor’s visits, surgical costs, prescription costs, cost of purchasing medical equipment, ongoing care costs, and costs associated with emergency services

      Rehabilitative care costs, including the cost of physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy

      Lost income to make up for the time you missed at work while you were recovering from your injury

      Lost future earnings, if you were temporarily or permanently disabled due to the accident and are no longer able to perform the same job or work in any capacity

      Pain and suffering, including physical pain, emotional trauma, mental distress, PTSD, depression, and anxiety

      Diminished quality of life

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Before seeking compensation for your injuries, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman who can help you understand the total extent of your losses under the law. Once the losses you’ve incurred and will likely incur in the future have been calculated, your attorney may send a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurance company.

Initial settlement offers from insurance companies typically aren’t very generous, particularly if you are not represented by an attorney. If you sign a settlement agreement without the benefit of your lawyer’s advice and counsel on the value of your claim,  you most likely will receive less than full and fair compensation from the insurance company.

It is in your best interest to allow a lawyer to handle all communications with insurance companies and negotiate a full and fair settlement on your behalf. Claims adjusters know they can’t get away with the same tactics with attorneys that they often use when communicating directly with injury victims. Having an attorney represent you in settlement negotiations can significantly increase your odds of securing the financial relief you deserve.

What Our Shoulder Injury Lawyers Can Do for You

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There are numerous advantages to hiring our personal injury team. We will:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances that resulted in your injuries
  • Quickly collect and preserve evidence needed to prove liability in your case
  • Offer you pertinent legal advice and keep you informed at every step along the way
  • Identify the responsible parties
  • Calculate your financial damages, quantify your non-financial losses, and pursue a fair settlement accordingly
  • Handle communications with insurance claims adjusters and others involved in the case
  • File a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf
  • Represent you in mediation or in court if your case goes all the way to trial

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

Connect with Our New Jersey Shoulder Injury Lawyers Now

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If someone else is responsible for the  injuries you’ve suffered, you shouldn’t be burdened by the physical, mental and financial consequences of your situation. You deserve a legal advocate who understands how to get fair economic satisfaction from the party responsible for hurting you.

Contact a shoulder injury lawyer at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman today for a free consultation to discuss your rights and legal options. We look forward to speaking with you.


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