Understanding Common Shoulder Injuries After a Motor Vehicle Accident: Queens Car Accident Lawyers Explain
One of the more common types of serious personal injuries after a motor vehicle accident is a shoulder injury. This is common for two reasons. First, the shoulder is restrained by the seatbelt which is a pivot point that holds the body into the seat during a motor vehicle accident. Thus, there is an extreme amount of force on the shoulder. Second, the shoulder is one of the most complex joints, if not the most complex joint. The impact from a motor vehicle accident can really derange and damage the shoulder, resulting in serious personal injury to this resilient but susceptible joint. There are many common shoulder injuries after a motor vehicle accident that our Queens car accident lawyers can help a victim recover the compensation that he or she deserves.
Here at COHEN & COHEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS, P.C. , our experienced Queens car accident lawyers can help recover victims with shoulder injuries after a motor vehicle accident compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earnings if unable to work in the same career, loss of consortium, medical bills, future medical costs and surgeries, property damage, and other damages related to the crash. There are many different types of shoulder injuries, which not all of them require the strategy of handling the case. Learn more from our experienced Queens car accident lawyers by calling for a FREE consultation today.
Types of Shoulder Injuries
There are several different types of shoulder injuries which could be caused by a motor vehicle accident or trucking accident in New York City or Long Island. This includes some of the most common which our lawyers could handle for you:
Shoulder sprains – this is caused by direct trauma to the shoulder (AC joint) and is separated into three grades. Grade 1 is when the ligaments and joint stretch but the bones do not separate, tear, or sustain damage other than some pain and swelling. Grade 2 is when the ligaments tears causing more considerable pain and swelling. Grade 3 is when the AC joint becomes completely separated and the ligaments are torn, as well as the coracoclavicular ligaments (ligaments that connect the collarbone to the shoulder claim). This causes the AC joint and the collarbones to dislocated and separate. Pain is usually severe and some form of manipulation, usually surgery, is required.
Rotator cuff tear – there are four rotator cuffs in your shoulder. These are small tendons which help move your arm and add stability to the joint. When these tendons are torn, even just one of the rotator cuffs partially, it can result in a failure of the joint. Rotator cuff tears need surgical intervention to repair, especially for a full tear, because the ends of the tendon snap away from each other and must be brought back together.
Biceps Tendon Tear – there are two bicep tendons, the long head and the short head. The long head is what progress up the shoulder and onto the anterior side of the scapula (shoulder blade). It then forms the glenoid cup, or labrum. This is where the humerus bone (arm bone) sits in the “ball and joint” socket. If the biceps tendon is torn in the shoulder or in the belly of the biceps (middle of arm where the biceps muscle is when you flex), there will usually need to be surgical repair to restore balance, stability, and strength. In addition, if the biceps small head is torn, even though it does not come up and into the shoulder, it could still affect how the shoulder balance works with the long head as more strain will be on the long head. Thus, this can throw off the balance of the arm too.
Labrum Tear – the biceps long head curls up to form the labrum. The labrum is the fibrous tissue that forms the shoulder socket, also known as the glenoid or the glenoid region. Anytime the labrum is torn, there must be surgical intervention because it will not heal by itself. While some tears are minor and could be stabilized by the body’s natural scar tissue process, it could result in more pain, restricted motion, and disability. In serious instances, a labrum tear could be a SLAP tear. This type of tear is damage from the superior labrum anterior and posterior tear, or SLAP. This is when the entire labrum is torn up.
Impingement – impingement can be a very serious and painful injury, even though on paper it might not look that way. This is when the AC joint slides forward and crunches the tendons, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves which go between the collarbone and the AC joint. This not only causes severe pain, but it can also eventually sheer away at these structures and tear muscles or tendons and severe vessels or nerves. It can also greatly reduce the range of motion in the shoulder. This means that there could be serious disability.
Ask Our Queens Car Accident Lawyers for Help With Any Serious or Common Shoulder Injuries
Here at COHEN & COHEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS, P.C. , we understand shoulder surgeries. We have handled many shoulder injury cases which result in arthroscopic surgery. Also known as a “scope surgery,” this is a common surgery used to repair shoulder damage. Our law firm has recently recovered $250,000, $200,000, and $194,500 for our clients in scope surgery personal injury cases. (Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.) If you or a loved one suffered serious shoulder injuries, ask our Queens car accident lawyers for help by calling 800-247-8164 for a FREE case evaluation or use our convenient and easy-to-use contact us box available here.