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Shoulder injuries in car accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2015 | Car Accidents, Firm News

Connecticut drivers and other people who may have been in an accident might have suffered harm to their shoulder. The assembly of collarbone, shoulder blade and upper arm is one of the most critical physical structures to the human body, and the tremendous stresses associated with an automobile collision may cause minor or major trauma to the area.

The shoulder is well supported by soft tissue, but a car accident may cause the sinews and ligaments to be twisted, stretched, or torn. This can lead to injuries such as a dislocated shoulder, a painful condition that is sometimes associated with permanent damage to the shoulder joint.

Worse injuries are also possible. The collarbone is susceptible to fracture, which may be extremely harmful to the range of motion and ability to lift things on that side. The shoulder blade, or scapula, can also break or be pulled out of its socket, although this is less common. The shoulder blade lies flat against the torso inside a sheath of strong muscles, tendons and ligaments in layers. In most cases, only the strongest impacts will fracture a shoulder blade.

Car accidents have the potential to cause injury. If someone has been seriously hurt in a collision that was not their fault, they may have considerable grounds to pursue legal action. If the supposedly negligent party is reluctant to accept responsibility and offer remuneration for the pain and suffering, cost of treatment and rehabilitation, lost wages and any permanent debility that might result, then an attorney may be able to help the injured party to formulate a civil suit and press it in a court of law.


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