Shoulder injuries can radically impact your life. If you’ve never had a shoulder injury, you might take for granted just how important this part of your body is. We use our shoulders in just about every movement we make on a daily basis. From brushing your teeth to driving a car to work, your shoulder plays an important part. When shoulders are injured, it’s not just a painful experience. It can impact your ability to complete simple daily tasks, take care of yourself and earn a living. Whether you suffered from a shoulder injury in a car accident or on the job, this type of injury can be painful and have a very negative impact on your day-to-day life. After any type of shoulder injury caused by a car accident or other form of negligence, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney. Listed below are some common types of shoulder injuries.
Common Types of Shoulder Injury
- Torn rotator cuff
- SLAP tear
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Rotator cuff injury
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Car accidents are one of the most common causes of shoulder accidents. Any time two or more vehicles collide, there is the potential for serious injuries, which can include lacerations, fractures, sprains and tears. If your shoulder is injured in a car accident, it can be an incredibly painful experience. After any car accident, it’s essential to get immediate medical are and evaluation of your injuries. Whether you were treated on the scene or rushed to the hospital, make sure to report any pain you might be experiencing to your doctor immediately. Not all shoulder injuries are immediately apparent after a car accident. If you’re running on pure adrenaline, you might not feel the full impact of a shoulder injury until the next day. Don’t think that just because it’s not too bad today, that it’s not a serious injury. Listen to your body, and let your doctor know about any pain you’re having after a car accident. Listed below are some of the most common causes of shoulder injuries.
Common Causes of Shoulder Injuries
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- On-the-job injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Construction site injuries
- Athletic injuries
- School sports injuries
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Unfortunately, the jobsite is another common area for shoulder injuries to occur. We would hope that our work environments are safe and free of any hazards that might harm us, but that’s just not always the case. After an on-the-job injury, it’s essential to report all pain and injuries to your doctor immediately. Equally important, you need to speak with a lawyer who has proven workplace injury case experience. The investigative process will be critical in determining if negligence on the part of an employer played a part in your shoulder injury. It will be necessary to find out of if your injury could have been prevented and what went wrong to cause it.
Long-Term Impact of a Shoulder Injury
If you’re dealing with a shoulder injury, you know they don’t heal overnight. In some cases, you could be dealing with long-term chronic pain and range-of-motion deficits. Depending upon the severity and type of your injury, you could be looking and weeks or months to recover. In really severe cases, you might have to undergo surgery or even multiple surgical procedures, physical therapy and other medical treatments. Not all shoulder injuries heal completely, so you could also be facing some amount of pain or limits to your range of motion for life.
Expenses Associated With a Shoulder Injury
The expenses associated with a shoulder injury start with the initial hospital bill and only go up from there. If you’re lucky, you might only be facing a few thousand dollars in hospital bills. If you have a long-term severe injury, you could be looking at tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or more in medical bills. Combine your medical bills with lost wages due to not being able to work or having a diminished ability to work due to pain or lack or range of motion and you could be in for financial trouble.
A shoulder injury can sideline you from your job and from your regular life. This type of injury can make even simple every-day tasks painful and difficult. If you have suffered from a shoulder injury in a workplace accident or if a loved one has injured their shoulder in a car accident caused by a dangerous or negligent driver in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766. for a free case consultation today.