Injuries that occur because of an accident can range from minor to catastrophic, depending on the circumstances of the accident. One of the most challenging injuries a victim can sustain is a shoulder injury. There are a variety of accidents that can cause this type of injury, like slip and fall accidents, car accidents, bike accidents, and more. Damage to the shoulder can include torn ligaments and fractures. A victim who suffers a shoulder injury in an accident caused by another party may be able to pursue damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
Rotator Cuff Injury
One of the most common shoulder injuries – and painful – is a torn rotor cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Its job is to keep the top of the upper arm bone secured into the shoulder socket. When a rotator cuff is torn, the victim often suffers from a dull ache. If the injury does not heal properly, the victim may face surgery to repair the tear, followed by extensive rehabilitation.
A torn rotator cuff can occur due to repetitive motion or it can occur because of a sudden trauma or other impact to the area. At Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn, we have successfully represented many victims who have sustained torn rotator cuffs. Common incidents and accidents where these injuries occurred are:
- Vehicle accidents: The majority of car accidents are quick and sudden, and the impact of the crash can be forceful and severe. A victim can end up slamming into the windshield or even being ejected from the vehicle. Many parts of the body can suffer from traumatic injury from the impact, including the shoulder, resulting in torn rotator cuffs.
- Slip and fall accidents: When a person slips or trips and loses their balance, it often results in a fall to the ground or fall. The slamming of the body and hitting the hard surface can cause serious injuries, including to the shoulder.
- Work injuries: There are many jobs that require repetitive motions where the employee makes the same movement over and over again. This repetitive motion can cause significant damage to the body area that is making these movements.
When a rotator cuff is torn or otherwise injured, the victim may end up with permanent loss of motion, as well as degeneration and weakness in the shoulder joint if property treatment is not obtained. A victim can also end up with long-term and chronic pain from the injury. These issues can cause the victim to not be able to work or even perform the daily tasks they are used to performing, severely impacting the victim’s quality of life.
Treatment for torn rotator cuffs is often extensive – including surgery – and extended, with victims usually requiring months of physical therapy, even if they do not require surgery.
Let a Virginia Injury Attorney Help
If you have suffered an injury caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of another party, a Virginia personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn to discuss what your legal options may be. Victims can be compensated for the medical expenses, lost income from being unable to work, pain and suffering, and emotional anguish.
If a victim has been left with long-term or permanent disability, they may also be entitled to financial compensation for future losses this disability has caused, including loss of future income if they are unable to work or return to their profession, future medical expenses, and the overall negative impact the injury has had on their quality of life.
Our personal injury attorneys have successfully represented many clients who were forced to deal with painful injuries and long recoveries due to another person’s negligence. Contact our office today at 800-752-0042 to schedule a free case evaluation.
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