Every so often car accident victims feel fine immediately after an accident. They don’t realize that they may have sustained injuries such as a shoulder injury which may be dormant in nature and has not had time to present itself, at least not yet. When car accident victims don’t feel the pain, they refuse immediate medical treatment from emergency personal at the scene of the accident. Many times accident victims feel pain weeks after the accident – which means that a lack of pain does not always equate to the absence of injury. This is a common occurrence with some shoulder injuries. If you’ve recently been in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, you might have thought “I have a bit of soreness in my shoulder. I should probably go home relax and rest.”
Do not ignore the symptoms you’re experiencing after an accident. By getting proper evaluation and necessary treatment by a medical professional after a car crash, you prevent further damage and injuries to your body and organs weeks or months after the accident.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF SHOULDER INJURY IN A CAR ACCIDENT
Pain is a symptom of just about every shoulder problem. The pain can range from dull and achy to sharp and severe. Some of the common symptoms of shoulder injury after an accident include:
- Stiffness, pain and inability to move your arm normally
- Feeling that shoulder could pop out of the socket
- Feeling that your shoulder isn’t strong enough as before the accident.
- Shoulder joint looks deformed.
- Inability to use your shoulder at all.
- Intense pain
- Sudden swelling of your shoulder
- Feeling of numbness and weakness in your arm and hand
COMMON TYPES OF SHOULDER INJURIES IN A CAR ACCIDENT
The shoulder is made up of 2 main bones: the end of upper arm bone (humerus) and the shoulder blade (scapula). The end of the humerus is round and fits into a socket in the scapula. Surrounding the shoulder is a group of muscles and ligaments. Ligaments join the bones of the shoulders. Tendons connect the bones to surrounding muscle. Some of the common types of shoulder injuries in a car accident are: torn rotator cuff; shoulder dislocation injury; shoulder joint tears; shoulder fractures.
TORN ROTATOR CUFF INJURY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Two common injuries of the rotator cuff are tendonitis and bursitis. These injuries result from overuse, which causes the tendons (tendonitis) or the bursa sacs (bursitis) to become inflamed. Yet these tendons can also tear from overuse or from acute trauma, such as an impact from a fall or an auto accident. One may experience intense sudden pain when tendons tear after a traumatic injury such as a car crash. Such injury would limit your range of motion in your shoulder, making it painful to move your arm around. Also delay in treatment may cause the injury to get worse.
A car accident that happens at a high impact may lead to a torn rotator cuff. Signs of a torn rotator cuff can include pain when moving the shoulder, a certain way. Weakness is also a symptom when rotating or lifting the arm – and a cracking sensation when moving the arm in different directions. Another symptom of a shoulder joint tear may be when you place pressure on when you are lying on the injured shoulder.
SHOULDER DISLOCATION INJURY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
A dislocated shoulder occurs when your upper arm pops out of your shoulder socket. It is one of the easiest joints to dislocate because the ball joint of your upper arm sits in a very shallow socket. This makes the arm very mobile to move in many directions, but this also means it is not very stable. In some instances, the adjacent and surrounding tissues supporting the shoulder joint can also be overstretched or torn. At times a dislocated shoulder may take between 12 and 16 weeks to heal after the shoulder has been put back into place.
SHOULDER FRACTURE INJURY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
An auto accident with a forceful impact can result in a fracture of the clavicle or humerus. A fractured clavicle, or collarbone, will significantly limit shoulder movement of the victim. Fracturing the humerus may also lead to a swollen shoulder as well decreased range of motion and significant pain.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.