If you walked away from your Morristown car crash, you probably thought you were lucky. But now that the pain in your shoulder has caused you to miss work—and may even require surgery—you’re not so sure. You’re thankful that the injury wasn’t worse, but you don’t know how you’re going to pay your medical bills—especially since you have to stay home for weeks during your recovery.
Many victims don’t realize that they do not have to cope with these costs on their own. A Morristown NJ car accident attorney can help you get the treatment you need for shoulder injuries caused by negligent drivers, including:
- Dislocated shoulder. A dislocated shoulder involves the bone of your upper arm popping out of the socket in your shoulder blade. You will need to have the bone reinserted, a painful procedure that requires you to keep your arm immobile for weeks—and even after healing, it is likely that you could suffer another dislocation in the future.
- Shoulder separation. Also known as an acromioclavicular (AC) joint injury, a shoulder separation occurs when the ligaments surrounding the shoulder are torn, causing pain and limited range of motion. You will most likely need a sling to avoid using your arm as the ligaments heal.
- SLAP tear. A Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) tear is common in victims who brace their arms against the steering wheel during a crash. Many victims will require surgery to repair the ligament damage and physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome. If the arm or chest was compressed in the crash, the victim’s nerves and blood vessels may have difficulty passing through a narrow point in their collarbone. This can cause pain, numbness, poor circulation, and weakness in the hand and arm muscles. Patients often need surgery to relieve the pressure, which may include angioplasty or the removal of a rib.
- Impingement syndrome. Complications from shoulder injuries may result in impingement, also known as "swimmer's shoulder." Inflammation of the tendons that pass through a small opening in the shoulder joint can cause victims constant pain, difficulty sleeping, and an inability to raise their arms.
If you are unable to use your arms or shoulder after a car accident, it is important to remember that there is help available. The legal team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you get compensation for your medical treatment and lost time from work—and it will cost you nothing to find out your options.
Call us today at (877) 360-0183 or click the link on this page to begin your FREE consultation. The call is free, and you will not pay for our services unless we win your case.