Car Accident Pain Between Shoulder Blades
Oftentimes, car accident victims face injuries that cause pain in the neck and back, however, there are also types of injuries that cause pain in the shoulder region.
The seat belt positioning and the stiffening of the arms just before the accident is the most common cause of injuries to the shoulders. Shoulder pain may not exist right after car accidents and can take some time to surface.
Medical professionals recommend getting a quick examination done after an accident to determine if there are any injuries.
If you got into a car accident that was not your fault, contact Ehline Law and our personal injury attorneys today and get a free consultation on your case.
There are a few common injuries that affect the different parts of the shoulder.
Whiplash injury primarily affects the neck and upper back causing neck pain and upper back pain due to the jerking motion of the human body upon a rear-end collision. However, the pain usually travels to the shoulder region, causing immobility.
The shoulder is like a ball (the upper arm bone) attached to the socket with the help of a tough tissue called the labrum. Any impact or strain can lead to a labral tear causing pain and restricting movement. In some cases, there might also be a joint dislocation. Another injury, a torn rotator cuff, occurs in the same region affecting the ball and socket.
The joints have a soft tissue in between called the Bursae, which helps avoid the touching of two bones. A Bursae can erode over time with repetitive movements causing Bursitis, however during a car accident, this can occur if the accident is severe enough. The Bursae get inflamed making it difficult to move the joint due to immense pain.
These are the most common types of minor injuries from an accident and can cause chronic pain and muscle spasms if the car accident victim does not seek proper medical treatment. Depending on the severity of the accident, the specialist may recommend invasive or non-invasive treatments.
There are then other types of injuries that occur due to the seat belt positioning and this includes thoracic spine injuries, impingement syndrome, and more.
Injuries to the shoulder, although not deadly, require special attention as these not only cause pain and discomfort to car accident victims but also restrict mobility in the arms affecting daily life. A victim may get out of a car accident fine but later on, start to feel pain and stiffness in the shoulder.
Doctors recommend getting an examination done to identify any injuries that require treatment. Immediate and effective pain relief treatment and chiropractic care can ease the discomfort and provide enough support for the shoulders to heal.
A recent report suggested that car accident victims with injuries often experience shoulder pain for at least two to three months. This can last even longer if the shoulder injury is extremely severe.
To get the shoulder injuries treated properly, one must spend time in physical rehab for a few months and take time off from work resulting in loss of wages. Car accident victims experiencing shoulder pain may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, physical rehab costs, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and more.
Since injuries to the shoulders can affect the quality of life, the average settlement is around $100,000. There are cases where the plaintiff takes home well above $500,000 depending on the damages done during the car accident.
Working with our experienced personal injury attorneys can help assess the economic and non-economic damages to you from the accident. We have the right medical resources to determine the value of the claims and can help file personal injury claims against the negligent party to get you the compensation you deserve. Significant pain or reduced shoulder mobility can affect the quality of your life and our lawyers are here to protect your rights and get the financial means to help pay for your damages.
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