The shoulder is designed to perform thousands of intricate and dynamic tasks that require substantial range of motion, strength and complexity of movement. The unique nature of the shoulder also makes it prone to traumatic injuries to the nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage that surround the joint.
Auto accident attorney Bill Berenson understands the complicated medical issues involved in shoulder injury claims. Drawing on nearly 40 years of experience, he knows how to prove these difficult claims and to recover the maximum possible damages for you.Brachial Plexus Injury
The brachial plexus is the network of nerves in the shoulder region that control the arm and hand. A trauma to the body can tear or overstretch these nerves, resulting in pain, loss of sensation, weakness and paralysis.
The unexpected nature of an automobile accident increases the risk of brachial plexus injury because you may tense your arms on the steering wheel as your body is jolted violently by the impact. Brachial plexus injuries are also common in traffic accidents involving motorcycles and bicycles if you were thrown onto the pavement from your bike.
Mild stretching may resolve with rehabilitation and rest. However substantial stretching or tearing of the brachial plexus away from the muscle often requires surgery and other extensive treatment and may never fully heal.SLAP Tear
The labrum is a piece of cartilage that lines the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. Trauma to the joint can tear the labrum, a condition referred to by its acronym SLAP. Symptoms of the labrum tear include throbbing pain, shoulder weakness and decreased range of motion.
You may require physical therapy and pain management until the condition heals. Often arthroscopic surgery is necessary to repair or remove the labrum.Whiplash and Subacromial Impingement
Whiplash occurs when the head is thrown forward and then back at high speed during which the soft tissues in the neck are injured. Whiplash pain typically radiates into the shoulders and arms. Whiplash may also result in an often-overlooked subacromial impingement injury, in which the rotator cuff becomes inflamed and irritated.
A rotator cuff injury generally hinders range of motion. You may have difficulty lifting your arm overhead and feel shooting pain and weakness when you attempt to do so. Without treatment, your shoulder may continue to lose strength and flexibility and eventually become frozen in place. Extensive physical therapy and medications are often necessary to overcome subacromial impingement and rehabilitate the shoulder.Damages in a Shoulder Injury Cases
You probably do not realize how often you use your shoulders until you injure yourself. Everyday tasks, such as bathing, brushing your teeth, cooking, eating and driving become unique challenges. Practically every job requires constant use of both arms to type, lift, carry or do other work related tasks. Even sleeping and walking with an injured shoulder can become painful and exhausting.
You will likely miss work and require some medical attention to recover from a so-called minor shoulder injury. A serious shoulder injury can result in permanent disability and chronic pain and weakness.
When calculating your damages, Berenson Injury Law considers your immediate needs and your future losses. Our goal is to obtain the funds that allow you to get the treatment you need now and in the future and to meet the challenges ahead. Shoulder injury damages may include
- Emergency room medical bills
- Surgery bills
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Anticipated medical needs in the future
- Lost wages since your accident
- Diminished earnings because of a disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Once your shoulder injury has been treated, you stil risk problems down the road. Your compromised shoulder is prone to higher incidence of re-injury, chronic pain or continued weakness that should be accounted for in any auto accident settlement.Recover for Your Shoulder Injury Resulting from a Dallas-Fort Worth Vehicle Accident
Does your shoulder hurt after your auto accident? The trauma of a crash can seriously damage the fine nerves, tendons, muscles and ligaments around the shoulder joint. Learn about what damages you are entitled to during your free consultation with Berenson Injury Law. Our Dallas-Fort Worth car wreck attorney handles your claim on contingency.