Q I was sure I broke my arm in my New Jersey car accident, but my doctor says it’s only a SLAP tear. Is this a bad enough injury to hire an attorney?
You should consult with an attorney after any debilitating injury, and a Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) tear is no exception. This is a common injury in a car accident, as many drivers brace their arms against the steering wheel, tearing the ligaments in their shoulder joint.
If the other driver was at fault for causing your accident, he or she could be liable for your medical costs, including:
- Surgery. Very few SLAP tear injuries will heal correctly without surgical intervention. Victims will likely need to have the torn ligaments repositioned and will have to remain immobile while the shoulder heals.
- Physical therapy. After the ligaments have healed properly, victims will need to perform regular physical therapy exercise to strengthen the shoulder and regain lost mobility in the arm.
- Pain medication. Although most SLAP tear victims will experience a full recovery, many suffer extreme pain during the healing process and require prescription-strength painkillers.
While your insurance may pay for some of the costs related to your SLAP tear injury, you will still face many long weeks of healing time. You may have several follow-up visits, be unable to return to work, or suffer a loss of income from your reduced working capacity--things you should not have to pay for if someone else caused your injury.
If you are facing a long recovery due to car crash injuries, Morristown car accident attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., can help you seek justice in your case and compensation for your medical bills. Call us today at (877) 360-0183 or to start your FREE, one-on-one consultation. The call is FREE, and we charge you nothing unless we win your case.