Many people purchase motorcycles because they love the feeling of being one with a two-wheeled machine and having the wind blowing past their faces. However, riding a motorcycle in traffic in Florida puts motorcyclists at a heightened risk for injuries. Many drivers don’t look out for motorcycles, cut bikes off, and turn out in front of motorcycles. These actions often cause Sarasota motorcycle accidents that involve riders being ejected from their motorcycles.
When motorcyclists get thrown from their bikes, they often land on their shoulders. When a shoulder hits the ground forcefully, a rider can suffer the following injuries:
- Ligament and tendon injuries
- Shoulder muscle injuries
- Shoulder fracture
- Clavicle fracture
- Ball-and-socket fracture
- Shoulder dislocation
- Joint dislocation
- Torn rotator cuff
How Do Insurance Companies View Shoulder Injuries?
Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t classify shoulder injuries as severe injuries. They want you to believe their myth that shoulder injuries are not really serious and don’t deserve that much compensation. In reality, shoulder injuries can be serious, cause severe pain, and can affect a person’s quality of life.
When injured motorcyclists cannot use their injured shoulder, they may not be able to drive, work, cook, clean, or participate in the hobbies and activities they once did. Especially if a rotator cuff injury occurs in a Sarasota motorcycle accident, the injured motorcyclist will have a long recovery. Any shoulder injury can cause victims to have limited range of motion, inability to use their arms, joint stiffness, pain, weakness, and even nerve damage.
Insurance companies will do all they can to try and get victims to accept a settlement quickly by downplaying a shoulder injury. However, some shoulder injuries require surgery, physical therapy, and rest. This process can last six months or more, all while a victim is missing work and wages.
Many people do not know what their motorcycle accident claims are really worth. They accept the insurance settlement offer without negotiating to get more money. Unfortunately, the offer that victims accept likely will not properly compensate them for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of range of motion.
In order to get the compensation that you truly deserve, you should contact an experienced Sarasota personal injury law firm to make sure you know your rights and how much your claim is worth. Contact the Mallard Law Firm today at 888-409-3805 for a free initial consultation.