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Philadelphia Shoulder Injury Lawyer

Getting into a serious accident can be one of the most terrifying and difficult experiences in life. In addition to the psychological impact that can occur as a result of the traumatic experience, and the financial difficulties associated with getting vehicles repaired or replaced, there is also the very real risk of lasting damage to your body. After any accident, it is imperative that you speak with a shoulder injury lawyer in Philadelphia about potential injuries you have in order to best protect your health and your financial interests.

Some of the most common injuries that occur after an accident are injuries to the shoulders. It is important to recognize the symptoms of a shoulder injury as quickly as possible, as there can be significant medical and legal disadvantages to letting an injury go undocumented.

Common symptoms of a shoulder injury

  • Decreased strength that affects day to day activities
  • A sensation that feels as though your shoulder could pop out of the socket when moving it around
  • A general sense of stiffness or soreness that develops anywhere from hours to even months after the accident

Common shoulder injuries after a car accident

  • Shoulder Separations – Shoulder separations typically involve injuries to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. Typically a shoulder separation will coincide with a painful sensation on the top of the shoulder, as well as a bump (or sensation of a bump) on the top of the shoulder.
  • Shoulder Dislocation – A shoulder dislocation occurs when the bone gets locked out of place. The most common symptoms of a dislocated shoulder are a significant loss of mobility in the arm and a numb or dead feeling in the arm. Often times a shoulder dislocation will cause the entire arm to be rotated outward.
  • Rotator Cuff Tear – Basically when one of the 4 rotator cuff tendons is torn from the bone. After having 5 rotator cuff surgeries personally, with long recoveries and my arm in a sling, it is the worst injury I have experienced.
  • Torn Labrum – Essentially a cup of cartilage that can easily by torn. I've had one labrum surgery, and it was a painful recovery for months. It was just as painful as my rotator cuff surgeries.
  • Fractures – There are several types of shoulder fractures. The severity of each can vary significantly, so it is important to determine what type of fracture you have as quickly as possible.
    • Scapular Fracture – A fracture in the scapula usually coincides with a moderate to severe amount of pain and swelling. One of the surest signs of a scapular fracture is a large bruise on or around the shoulder blade.
    • Proximal Humerus Fracture – Proximal Humerus fractures are among the most painful fractures you can suffer, and arguably the most severe shoulder fracture. This type of fracture will usually come with very severe pain, and a highly swollen and bruised shoulder. Movement of the shoulder will be extremely limited, and will require medical attention immediately
    • Clavical Fracture – If your fracture is closer to your neck than your shoulder blade, it is likely that your fracture is in the clavicle. Clavical fractures are usually associated with a moderate amount of swelling near the collarbone, and will usually have a noticeable bump around the same area. While the range of motion with a clavicle fracture is somewhat limited, it is less limited than it would be with one of the other types of fractures.

Shoulder injuries can be very dangerous if left untreated, and can quickly become more severe if ignored. One of the most important things you should do after an accident is speak to a shoulder injury attorney.

While some shoulder injuries such as bruises, contusions or a separated shoulder may be minor, the Lassen Law Firm often deals with more serious shoulder injuries such as fractures and rotator cuff tears. Costs associated with a shoulder injury include both medical expenses and lost wages. And, depending on the circumstances, long term disability may be involved if you are unable to return the full use of your arm. If you have suffered from a rotator cuff or shoulder injury, contact our attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm. The lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm have extensive experience navigating complex personal injury and workers' compensation laws and are skilled in analyzing your injuries, and getting you the compensation you deserve.

The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a low 29% contingency fee, not the standard 40-45% like other firms.