The shoulders are highly vulnerable to injuries when involved in an accident. Especially at risk are motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians when they land hard on their shoulders and back when struck by a vehicle. Many car accidents in Texas cause victims to suffer significant injuries that affect their ability to earn a living potentially well into the future.
Injuries lead to shoulder impingement syndrome
Each shoulder has three bones that give it strength and durability. Those are the collar bone, scapula and humerus. A lot of soft tissue surrounds the shoulder to enable movement and give it strength. When injuries occur, they range from mild to severe and often include a lot of pain from soft tissue injuries as well as broken bones. When injured soft tissue rubs against the bones in the shoulder joint, the resulting pain is what the medical field refers to as shoulder impingement syndrome.
Torn rotator cuff injuries cause lots of pain
A torn rotator cuff is one of the most common injuries that lead to shoulder impingement syndrome. It happens when one or both shoulders endure a great deal of blunt force trauma during a car accident. Those who do not have the safety of an enclosed vehicle, safety belts and airbags most often suffer shoulder injuries and impingement syndrome.
Surgery may be needed
Many individuals who suffer the effects of shoulder impingement syndrome benefit from anti-inflammatory medication and regenerative healing techniques. Pain medication initially can help reduce discomfort while starting the healing process. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to ensure that soft tissue has the best chance to heal and restore full strength to your afflicted shoulder.
Medical costs require compensation
When you suffer a personal injury and are not at fault for the accident, the liable party is responsible for your medical costs. An attorney with experience in litigating car accidents is a great asset to make the strongest case. The right lawyer will help establish the facts, depose the at-fault driver and dispel any false information provided by the liable party.