The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body and is built more for function than for stability. That's why a shoulder tear is such a common injury from a car or truck accident.
Shoulder muscles that are susceptible to injury include the supraspinatus, the teres minor, and the infraspinatus. Tears in the tendons of the rotator muscles at or near the insertions into the humerus routinely occur as a result of "acute trauma" and the impact from a wreck can lead to this type of trauma on your shoulder.
A typical shoulder injury from an accident is "floating shoulder." This is when the collarbone or shoulder blade breaks. The break causes the shoulder to fall out of place and look like it is floating or unattached.
If you suffer a right or left shoulder tear, you will probably need to have shoulder arthroscopy surgery. Unfortunately, with any procedure, surgical complications can occur. Typical shoulder surgery complications include stiff shoulder, inability to raise the arm over the head or the ability to reach out, and an increased likelihood of a re-tear.
If you or a loved one suffered a shoulder tear in an accident or suffered complications from a shoulder arthroscopy surgery, contact a lawyer immediately. Shoulder injuries can dramatically hinder your quality of life and may take weeks, or even months, to fully heal. You may be able to secure compensation for this pain and suffering.