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Shoulder Injuries

After a serious car accident, recovery is the most important priority. However, making sure that victims are able to afford the cost of their recovery is what the motor vehicle collision lawyers at Donaldson & Weston prioritize.

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Shoulders are responsible for a wide variety of arm movements like being able to pull, push, or lift objects, as well as reach for items. When a shoulder injury occurs, the ability to do many jobs or activities is hindered. Victims who suffer shoulder injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident may be entitled to compensation from those responsible. The Port St. Lucie car accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston offer dedicated and seasoned legal guidance to victims injured as a result of a negligent driver. We understand the difficulty that many people may have in navigating the legal process following a serious motor vehicle collision, and we work with clients throughout all of the stages of a claim, keeping them steadily informed of its progress. If you have sustained a shoulder injury due to a car accident, contact our office today to discuss your legal options and learn more about our services.

Shoulder Injuries Attributable to Car Accidents

A shoulder is comprised of three bones – the scapula (shoulder blade), the calvicle (collarbone), and the humerus (arm bone), as well as multiple ligaments, cartilage, muscles, and tendons. All of these factors working together make the shoulder the most flexible joint in a person’s body, and therefore it may be easily injured. Car accidents are often a source of these injuries, since a forceful impact may put strain on different parts of the shoulder. Some common shoulder injuries include:

  • Fractures or dislocations. Clavicle fractures especially are very common in car accidents. A dislocation, whereby a bone comes out of its socket, may be either partial or complete.
  • Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) tears, which affect the labrum joint, which is the joint that allows a person’s arm bone to move inside the socket.
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Soft tissue injuries, whereby ligaments separate or detach.

Other, seemingly unrelated injuries may also affect a person’s shoulder, such as a neck injury like whiplash. Symptoms associated with most types of shoulder injuries include pain, stiffness, swelling, and bruising. It is important to seek prompt medical attention following a serious car accident so that these injuries are diagnosed and treated appropriately.

Seeking Compensation for Shoulder Injury Costs and Trauma

An injury to a person’s shoulder may cause a temporary or permanent disability. The costs of these injuries are not always covered by the limits of an insurance policy, and therefore, certain legal action may be necessary. Personal injury claims may be an option for victims who have suffered a shoulder injury in a car accident involving another driver. These cases are based on the legal theory of negligence, whereby it must be shown that the defendant driver breached their duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would have behaved under the circumstances. The victim must also prove that their injury was caused by the defendant’s breach, and quantifiable damages were incurred. For example, a driver who is texting and hits another vehicle because of that distraction, causing a victim to suffer a clavicle fracture, probably will be found negligent. The damages available include property loss, any past and future medical expenditures, pain and suffering, and compensation for missed work or an inability to earn a comparable amount to what the victim earned before the injury occurred.