There are general types of shoulder injuries – fractures and “soft
tissue” injury, such as rips and tears of muscle or ligament. The
shoulder has the largest range of motion of any joint in the human body
and is actively involved in many physical tasks.
A shoulder injury can be life altering and prevent a person who does physical
labor for his or her livelihood from earning a living. Accidents on
motor vehicle accidents,
trips/slips and falls and any accident that results in an impact to the shoulder can result
in a serious shoulder injury for a construction worker or other laborer.
Shoulder injuries involve only minor bruises and contusions; others are
more serious and may require extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and
surgery. Some typical accident-related shoulder injuries include:
- Rotator cuff tear – may require rotator cuff repair surgery. The
rotator cuff is shorthand for a group of muscles that work together to
provide the shoulder joint with stability, helping to control the joint
during rotation, such as when a baseball player throws a ball –
thus with baseball players we often hear of rotator cuff injuries, and surgery.
Torn ligament or muscle. (Click the links to see a professional medical
drawing depicting a car accident client’s
right shoulder injury with tendon and muscle tears and see drawings showing the surgical repairs
of these injuries with the first
right shoulder surgery and the second
right shoulder surgery.
- Dislocated or separated shoulder. Shoulder dislocation is a common sports
injury. While some insurance companies this to be a minor injury, most
shoulder dislocation accidents cause damage to the shoulder cartilage
or to the surrounding ligaments, nerves or blood vessels.
Fracture, may be to the collar bone (clavicle) – the bone that runs along
the front of the shoulder to the chest. (Click the link to see a medical
drawing showing arthroscopic shoulder surgery to repair an
improperly healed shoulder fracture.)
- Impingement. In itself is not a diagnosis, but a clinical sign. There are
at least nine different diagnoses which can cause impingement syndrome.
- AC joint injury. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the outer
end of the clavicle (collar bone) and the acromion of the scapula (shoulder
blade). The acromion is a bone which sticks out from the upper part of
the scapula. This joint forms the highest part of the shoulder. The two
bones are attached by the acromioclavicular ligament.
- Frozen shoulder. Adhesive Capsulitis is the medical term. The medical term
literally describes what is seen in this condition – adhesive meaning
“sticky,” and capsulitis meaning “inflammation of the
joint capsule.” It is thought that a lot of the symptoms are due
to the capsule becoming inflamed and 'sticking', making the joint
stiff and difficult to move. This is not the same as arthritis, and no
other joints are usually affected.
Shoulder injury may also involve other complications, including nerve damage
and chronic pain.
New York personal injury lawyers and New York car accident lawyers often
represent clients who have suffered painful shoulder injuries, like rotator
cuff tears, in Queens or Bronx
car accidents, New York
slip/trip and fall accidents, and
work-related accidents. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment and cause disability
from employment and inability to participate in recreational activities.
You need an experienced shoulder injury attorney to address the legal
and medical issues of your case.
For your serious personal injury, you need legal representation from a
qualified personal injury attorney.
Contact us for your free consultation.
Gary E. Rosenberg, P.C.
Serving: New York City, including the Boroughs of Queens, Manhattan, Staten
Island, and Bronx.