If someone else’s recklessness or negligence caused the crash and your resulting shoulder injury, you have the right to seek compensation for the harm you’ve suffered and losses you’ve incurred. With an experienced Dallas shoulder injury lawyer like those at Tate Law Offices, P.C., on your side, you could recover the compensation you need to pay your medical bills, recoup lost wages from time missed from work, and move on with your life.
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Types of Shoulder Injuries in a Car Crash
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint and is composed of the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone), as well as numerous tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Shoulder injuries will generally fall into two broad categories, instability and impingement.
- Instability is when a shoulder joint is out of alignment which causes pain when you raise your arm. A common symptom of this type of injury is that it feels like the shoulder is slipping out of its joint. This type of injury is commonly reported by victims of car accidents.
- Impingement happens when a shoulder muscle rubs against the top of the scapula or shoulder blade.
Injuries to the shoulder can also be placed into three general categories: fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue injuries. These injuries range from minor to extremely serious, and often include:
- Strain or sprain
- Dislocation of shoulder
- Separation of a shoulder
- Fracture of the clavicle
- Fracture of the scapula
- Fracture of the humerus
- Torn ligaments or tendons
- Torn rotator cuff
Symptoms of Shoulder Injuries and Risks of Not Seeking Medical Treatment
After an accident, shoulder injuries can reveal themselves in multiple ways, including:
- Your shoulder is stiff and tender and hurts more at night and interferes with sleep.
- Your shoulder hurts in a specific location that worsens with physical exertion.
- You suffer pain when you move the arm in any direction.
- You notice weakness in your shoulder while performing activities that previously caused no pain or discomfort.
- You feel pain or tenderness in your shoulder when you reach overhead or reach behind your back.
- There is inflammation, tingling, loss of feeling, or weakness in your shoulder.
- Your shoulder area is discolored, pale, or has a bluish tint.
After any crash – and particularly if you’ve suffered a shoulder injury – be sure to seek immediate medical attention. Getting treated right away can improve your chances of a speedy recovery, limit complications caused by not seeking medical care, and generate a medical record. This is crucial, because the insurance company for the driver responsible for the crash could argue that any delay in treatment is a sign that you are not as hurt as you claim.