An Injured Shoulder Can Cause Temporary or Permanent Disability
The complexity of the shoulder joint and our reliance on it functioning fully make shoulder injuries problematic. Rotator cuff injuries and broken bones in the shoulder severely limit our mobility, sometimes permanently. In addition, shoulder injuries can cause pain, numbness and stiffness in the arms and neck. These types of musculoskeletel injuries can be severe.
If you suffered a shoulder injury due to the negligence of another party, you may be able to collect damages for your pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. I am New York personal injury trial lawyer Ira M. Maurer. I represent people who are injured in traumatic accidents as well as workers who injure their shoulders through repetitive stress. With more than 30 years of experience, I know how to build compelling cases for full and fair compensation.
Rotator cuff injuries are some of the most common shoulder injuries. When you tear the tendons that connect the muscles to the bones in the shoulder joint, you injure your rotator cuff. Most people do not recover their full range of motion after a rotator cuff injury. They may experience this as temporary frozen shoulder or as a permanent disability.
Additional shoulder injuries include fractures of the shoulder blade (scapula) and the collar bone (clavicle) as well as fractures of the upper arm (humerus) within the shoulder joint. Dislocated and separated shoulders are very common injuries that can make the joint chronically unstable.
Repetitive stress or cumulative trauma injuries affect workers in many occupations, including railroad work and construction. Working in stressful body positions, lifting and carrying, pulling levers or gears, and operating machinery are frequent causes of cumulative trauma to the shoulder. Symptoms such as pain, tingling, burning, numbness and reduced range of motion can make it impossible to do your job or accomplish daily activities.
Surgery is required to repair some shoulder injuries. In some cases, people do not recover their full range of motion after surgery. Extensive physical therapy is usually required to attempt to recover full use of the shoulder. Compensation for shoulder injuries may include hospital bills, rehabilitative treatment, pain and suffering, and lost income.
To find out if your shoulder injury may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, please contact The Maurer Law Firm to schedule a complimentary consultation with Ira Maurer, who is an experienced and aggressive lawyer in the greater Poughkeepsie, Fishkill area.