Torn Rotator Cuff from Fall on Landlord's Steps...
I had written and called my landlord several times regarding a broken front step off her front porch and asked her to replace it. She said she would, later. A few months later I was coming out the front door and when I stepped down on the broken step carefully, it still caused me to fall over because it crumbled under my feet.
I fell off the porch and tried to break the fall with my hand. As a result I ended up injuring my rotator cuff, hurting my neck, and twisting my knee which is currently filled with fluid and very painful.
I've been in therapy for months and now they want an MRI to see if surgery will be my best option. They believe my rotator cuff may be torn because the months of therapy have not been successful healing me.
I'm dealing with my landlord's insurance company but I don't know what would be a reasonable settlement. I haven't worked in seven months, and was making approximately $28,000 per year prior to my injury. I may not be able to work again because of my inability to use my arm and walk without limping.
Should I deal directly with the insurance company or hire an attorney? I'm 63 years of age but enjoy working and plan on doing so for many more years. I like the extra money and besides this injury am active and have been in very good health.
What would you suggest to proceed? And what would be a reasonable settlement? Thank you for the information.
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ANSWER for "Torn Rotator Cuff from Fall on Landlord's Steps...":
The insurance company may question why, after you were injured so many months ago, are you or your doctors just now considering an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination. That's a bit like putting the "cart before the horse".
When you were first injured it would have helped your case if the rotator cuff damage was identified at that time. An injured rotator cuff can be quite painful. These many months after the original injury will make it more difficult for you to convince the insurance company of the seriousness of your injuries.
At this point, the diagnosis of an injured or torn rotator cup will undoubtedly sound a bit suspicious to the insurance company as well.
You say as a result of the injury you haven't worked in seven months. From the facts you present, that would imply you have been receiving therapy for at least seven months as well. That's a long time to go without a rotator cuff diagnosis, especially if, as a direct result of the injuries, you can't use your arm and walk without limping.
Most attorneys don't charge for an initial office consultation. You would be best served by speaking with several. They will be able to review the medical and therapeutic treatment you have been receiving, and then evaluate the merits of your claim, including what a reasonable amount of settlement might be.
Although it isn't always necessary to retain a personal injury attorney for every injury, you may need to consider one because of the delayed appearance of the rotator cuff injury.
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