Not only are shoulder injuries painful, but they can also seriously limit mobility. A severe shoulder injury may permanently restrict an individual’s ability to perform certain job duties or functions of daily living. Shoulder injuries often require surgery, and in some cases the victim never recovers full range of motion on the affected side of the body.
There are three bones in the shoulder: the collar bone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the upper arm bone (humerus). Although the shoulders are the body’s most movable joints, they can be unstable because the ball of the humerus is larger than the shoulder socket that contains it. This instability makes the shoulder susceptible to injury.
At Kraft & Associates, P.C., we help individuals who have been hurt in accidents that were caused by someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered a shoulder injury due to the fault of someone else, you should seek legal advice immediately from experienced personal injury attorneys – before you discuss the matter with an insurance adjuster and before you sign anything.
Let Kraft & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.C., advise you about your rights after an accident that caused serious shoulder injuries. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online.
Types of Shoulder Injuries
Because of its instability, the shoulder is vulnerable to a range of injuries and conditions. The following are some common shoulder injuries:
- Rotator cuff injury: The group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint is called the rotator cuff. Its function is to keep the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) within the shoulder socket. Repetitive overhead motions are the most common cause of rotator cuff injuries. These injuries occur frequently among workers such as carpenters and painters.
- Separated shoulder: This injury occurs when the ligaments that hold the collar bone to the shoulder blade are injured. This can happen in a fall, a motor vehicle accident or a workplace accident. The ligaments may be merely stretched in mild cases or completely ruptured in severe cases.
- Brachial plexus injury: The brachial plexus is a network of nerves transmitting signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand. When these nerves are compressed, stretched or torn, a brachial plexus injury occurs. These injuries are common in car accidents, falls and motorcycle accidents.
- Dislocated shoulder: When the upper arm bone pops out of the shoulder socket, the shoulder is dislocated. Strong force must be applied, such as a sudden blow to the shoulder, to pull the bone out of place. These injuries are common in falls and motor vehicle accidents.
- Shoulder sprains: These involve stretching or tearing of the ligaments.
- Shoulder strains: These involve stretching or tearing of muscles or tendons.
- Tendinitis of the shoulder: Inflammation or irritation of tendons. It can be caused by sudden injury, as in an accident, or by repetitive motion, as in repetitive workplace injuries.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome: When the blood vessels and nerves between the first rib and the collarbone become compressed from trauma, such as an auto accident, or from repetitive on-the-job injuries, it can cause pain in the shoulders and neck and numbness in the fingers.
- Fractured clavicle, scapula or humerus: A sudden blow from a motor vehicle accident, a workplace accident or a fall can fracture any of the bones in the shoulder joint.
Causes of Shoulder Injuries
Many shoulder injuries are caused by sudden traumatic force in various types of accidents, including the following:
Legal Help for Victims of Shoulder Injuries in Dallas
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious shoulder injury through the fault of another, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Kraft & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.C., are ready to help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve for your shoulder injury.