Philadelphia Shoulder Injury Lawyer
Getting into a serious accident can be one of the most terrifying and difficult
experiences in life. In addition to the psychological impact that can
occur as a result of the traumatic experience, and the financial difficulties
associated with getting vehicles repaired or replaced, there is also the
very real risk of lasting damage to your body. After any accident, it
is imperative that you speak with a shoulder injury lawyer in Philadelphia
about potential injuries you have in order to best protect your health
and your financial interests.
Some of the most common injuries that occur after an accident are injuries
to the shoulders. It is important to recognize the symptoms of a shoulder
injury as quickly as possible, as there can be significant medical and
legal disadvantages to letting an injury go undocumented.
Common symptoms of a shoulder injury
- Decreased strength that affects day to day activities
- A sensation that feels as though your shoulder could pop out of the socket
when moving it around
- A general sense of stiffness or soreness that develops anywhere from hours
to even months after the accident
Common shoulder injuries after a car accident
Shoulder Separations – Shoulder separations typically involve injuries to the acromioclavicular
(AC) joint. Typically a shoulder separation will coincide with a painful
sensation on the top of the shoulder, as well as a bump (or sensation
of a bump) on the top of the shoulder.
Shoulder Dislocation – A shoulder dislocation occurs when the bone gets locked out of place. The
most common symptoms of a dislocated shoulder are a significant loss of
mobility in the arm and a numb or dead feeling in the arm. Often times
a shoulder dislocation will cause the entire arm to be rotated outward.
Rotator Cuff Tear – Basically when one of the 4 rotator cuff tendons is torn from the bone.
After having 5 rotator cuff surgeries personally, with long recoveries
and my arm in a sling, it is the worst injury I have experienced.
Torn Labrum – Essentially a cup of cartilage that can easily by torn. I've had one labrum
surgery, and it was a painful recovery for months. It was just as painful
as my rotator cuff surgeries.
Fractures – There are several types of shoulder fractures. The severity of each can
vary significantly, so it is important to determine what type of fracture
you have as quickly as possible.
Scapular Fracture – A fracture in the scapula usually coincides with a moderate to severe
amount of pain and swelling. One of the surest signs of a scapular fracture
is a large bruise on or around the shoulder blade.
Proximal Humerus Fracture – Proximal Humerus fractures are among the most painful fractures you can
suffer, and arguably the most severe shoulder fracture. This type of fracture
will usually come with very severe pain, and a highly swollen and bruised
shoulder. Movement of the shoulder will be extremely limited, and will
require medical attention immediately
Clavical Fracture – If your fracture is closer to your neck than your shoulder blade, it is
likely that your fracture is in the clavicle. Clavical fractures are usually
associated with a moderate amount of swelling near the collarbone, and
will usually have a noticeable bump around the same area. While the range
of motion with a clavicle fracture is somewhat limited, it is less limited
than it would be with one of the other types of fractures.
Shoulder injuries can be very dangerous if left untreated, and can quickly
become more severe if ignored. One of the most important things you should
do after an accident is speak to a shoulder injury attorney.
While some shoulder injuries such as bruises, contusions or a separated
shoulder may be minor, the Lassen Law Firm often deals with more serious
shoulder injuries such as fractures and rotator cuff tears. Costs associated
with a shoulder injury include both medical expenses and lost wages. And,
depending on the circumstances, long term disability may be involved if
you are unable to return the full use of your arm. If you have suffered
from a rotator cuff or shoulder injury, contact our attorneys at the Lassen
Law Firm. The lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm have extensive experience
navigating complex personal injury and workers' compensation laws and
are skilled in analyzing your injuries, and getting you the compensation
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a
low 29% contingency fee, not the standard 40-45% like other firms.