Types of shoulder injuries following car accidents

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2023 | Auto accidents

May different types of injuries can result from car accidents in Texas. Shoulder injuries are one of the most common types, ranging from minor to severe. When victims suffer one in conjunction with injuries to other body parts, they may require months or even years of treatment.

Complex anatomy produces complex injuries

Car accidents can make daily living difficult in more ways than one. In addition to getting your vehicle repaired or replaced, you may suffer significant injuries. As with other body parts, injuries to the shoulder may not be readily apparent, developing slowly over time. This complex area of the anatomy is susceptible to injury, especially when car crashes occur. Common injuries occurring as a result of car accidents are:

  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Fractures involving the collarbone
  • Dislocations

Rotator cuff injuries can cause excruciating pain that limits shoulder movement. This injury requires surgery. Fractured collarbones also caused significant pain and swollen tissue surrounding the area. Dislocations happen when the shoulder points out of the joint and pops back in. If left untreated, muscle damage can occur.

Prompt diagnosis will determine your course of treatment. Victims will generally need to undergo diagnostic procedures like X-rays, MRIs and CT scans. Less severe injuries usually respond to RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) treatment, while more severe injuries may need surgery or joint replacement.

Getting prompt care is critical

The steps you take following a car accident can affect the severity and prognosis of your injuries. Even if you don’t feel like you have sustained injuries, it’s a good idea to have a doctor examine you soon after the mishap, as they can find telltale signs of problems before you start to experience pain or have other issues.

If you or a loved one have sustained significant injuries in any type of motor vehicle accident, you may be able to seek compensation. Insurance company payments are frequently insufficient to cover expenses when recovering from catastrophic accidents. A successful lawsuit can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, in some cases, loss of companionship.