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Shoulder injuries in car accidents

Most people will be involved in a motor vehicle accident at some point in their lives. Car accidents cause physical and emotional injury. They disrupt work, personal lives and can result in lost wages. Types of physical injuries suffered can range from muscle sprain and tearing, typically called soft tissue injuries, to more serious injuries such as dislocations, fractures and even death. Drivers and passengers can and do suffer shoulder injuries upon impact.

Trauma to shoulders is common. A high-speed car accident can result in fractures of the shoulder blades, collarbone and arm bone, or humerus. Often, these injuries are suffered in a high-speed car accident when the victim hits the dashboard or another part of the car interior.

Pain, swelling, bruising, inability to move the joint or grinding when moving the joint can all signal a shoulder fracture. Treatment for a shoulder fracture varies depending on its severity. If the victim's fracture is compound, or if the bone has fragmented, surgery may be required.

Regardless of whether surgery is required or not, recovery can take weeks to months. Even a non-severe shoulder injury may take four to six weeks or more of recovery time. A victim's ability to work may be severely impeded, resulting in lost wages. A victim will also incur medical expenses including doctor's bills, possible surgical expenses and rehabilitation or physical therapy expenses.

Those involved in a significant car accident should seek immediate medical attention, especially if you are experiencing the pain associated with a shoulder injury. If their injury was the result of another driver's negligence, there may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation.

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