Most shoulder injuries involve the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the shoulder, rather than the bones. Some of the most common types of shoulder injuries are sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendonitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder, fractures and arthritis. Each of these injuries is described below:
Most shoulder injuries result in pain, swelling and tenderness at the affected site. Some victims may experience inhibited shoulder and arm movement and in the case of a severe shoulder injury, the individual may never recover their full range of motion. Because of the similarity of symptoms, most shoulder injuries are treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation. In cases of severe injury though, a physician may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling, as well as participation in physical therapy and possibly even surgery.
Victims of shoulder injuries are often temporarily incapacitated, and are sometimes unable to return to work for a period of time. This loss of income may make it extremely difficult for shoulder injury victims to cover the cost of their medical bills related to the injury. Most people assume that their insurance company will reimburse them for the expenses incurred in treating their shoulder injury, especially if it resulted from an accident that was not their fault. Unfortunately, many insurance companies intentionally reject personal injury claims or offer victims a settlement far below what they are entitled to. Sometimes, the insurance claims adjuster will stall or drag the claim out in hopes that the victim will simply give up. Accident victims have rights and are too often taken advantage of by deceptive insurance companies. The only way to stand up against a rejected insurance claim is to hire an accident attorney to represent the case. Personal injury litigation can be extremely complicated, but accident lawyers have the expertise and knowledge necessary to help accident victims develop a successful case. If you or a loved one has suffered from a shoulder injury as a result of an accident, you are not at fault, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss the benefits of filing a personal injury lawsuit.