One of the most common workplace and accident injuries are shoulder injuries. Shoulder injuries can be painful and often full recovery does not occur. Victims of these types of injuries face a long recovery and a period of inactivity that can last months.
MOST COMMON TYPES OF SHOULDER INJURIES
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Shoulder Dislocation
- Cartilage Tear
- Clavicle, Humerus, or Scapula Fractures
- Hyper Extended Elbows
Most people who suffer shoulder injuries experience pain, sore muscles, aching and stiffness. Usually people have difficulty in moving or lifting their arm. Individuals may experience tingling, numbness, pain, swelling and changes to their range of motion.
Shoulder injuries can cause long periods of disability and pain. Often a blunt force like a car accident, slip and fall or being hit by an object can cause the ligaments, tendons, and bones in the shoulder to break or tear.
Shoulder fractures, separations, dislocations, and tears can lead to an early onset of arthritis. Impact to your shoulder from a fall or accident can speed up any degenerative changes in your body and reaggregate certain preexisting conditions.
If you have a shoulder injury, it is important to get to an orthopedist who specialized in treating shoulders. Often physical therapy is an initial course of treatment. While this can offer some relief to many it does not usually end the pain and discomfort. Undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury can be painful and lead to an extended recovery time in which you cannot work or use your shoulder. Shoulder injuries can be difficult to treat and recovery can take many months, if not years. Many times people who injury their shoulder get some recovery from surgery but may never recover fully.
LAWSUITS AND DAMAGES
Individuals who have a shoulder injury because of the negligent acts of others or one that occurred at work may be entitled to a financial recovery in a personal injury or workers’ compensation lawsuit. The damages available for a shoulder injury vary slightly depending on whether it was a workplace injury or another type of injury. However, typical damages are usually for past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, scarring and disfigurement and pain and suffering
If you or a loved one have a shoulder injury because of an accident or workplace incident, we can help. Call us for a FREE consultation at The Law Offices of Thomas More Holland, 215-592-8080. www.tmhlaw.com