Many people in Maryland are seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents each year. Some of these incidents may result in significant fractures to the bones that comprise the shoulders.
The shoulder is made up of three bones connected by muscles, tendons and ligaments. In the front of the chest lies the clavicle, and along the back lies the scapula. These two bones are connected to the joint bone which provides the socket for the arm. In a high-speed accident, chest injuries can result in breaks of all three, as well as torn muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Shoulder fractures may require surgery in some cases. Most involve the need for an extended period of immobilization to prevent further damage as the bones heal. Following the initial medical care for the injury, people often need ongoing physical therapy to help regain muscle strength, relieve stiffness and improve their range of motion. Recovery from a shoulder fracture caused by a car accident may take many weeks or months, and depending on the injury's severity, may leave the victim with an ongoing limited range of motion in the affected shoulder.
Shoulder fractures and injuries are just examples of some of the serious injuries that people may experience as a result of a motor vehicle accident. When it is caused by the negligence of another driver, the injured victims may be able to hold the party responsible through the filing of a personal injury action. Through a lawsuit, an injured plaintiff may be able to recoup damages for losses that could include repair costs, ongoing medical care and wages lost due to an inability to work.
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)", accessed on Feb. 8, 2015