Labral Tear of Shoulder — Personal Injury Lawyer


Our attorneys regularly represent clients who have sustained a labral tear of their shoulder after a car crash, a slip fall, or other accident.

What is a labral tear injury of the shoulder?

The shoulder is a ball and socket where the arm bone (humerus) is kept in the shoulder socket by a network of four muscles which help move and stabilize the shoulder joint. To help make your shoulder stable, there is a ring of firm tissue, called the labrum, around your shoulder socket. The labrum (pronounced “lay-brum”) is a piece of fibrocartilage (rubbery tissue) that is attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that helps keep your arm bone in the shoulder socket. When this cartilage is torn, it is called a labral tear. In many cases, labral tears are caused by a direct injury to the shoulder, often from a fall or in a motor vehicle accident.

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Symptoms of a labral tear

Symptoms of a labral tear may include a sharp pop or catching sensation in the shoulder during certain shoulder movements. This may be followed by a vague aching for several hours. In addition, shoulder instability can result from a damaged labrum, which may cause the shoulder to feel weak or loose.

Diagnosing a labral tear of the shoulder

The labrum can tear a few different ways: 1) completely off the bone; 2) within or along the edge of the labrum; or 3) where the bicep tendon attaches. It is difficult to make a diagnosis of a torn labrum upon physical examination.  Therefore, if a doctor suspects a labral tear, an MRI or CT-arthrogram will typically be ordered.  However, even these tests will not identify all labral tears.

The best way to make a diagnosis of labrum tearing is with arthroscopy of the shoulder.  Small incisions (approximately 1 cm in length) are made in the shoulder, through which a fiber optic camera and other instruments are inserted to perform the surgery.  Then, the shoulder is visually examined, including the cartilage, tendons and bursa of the shoulder. Any necessary procedures, such as a labral repair, are then performed.

Medical treatment for labrum tears of the shoulder injury after an accident – MN Lawyer

Treatment depends upon which type of tear there is in the labrum. Sometimes a doctor will first recommend rest, medication (including pain medications and anti-inflammatories), and physical therapy.  Often, however, orthopedic surgical repair of the tear is required. Usually this can be done at a same-day surgery center rather than a hospital.

Legal Representation for people with labral tear to the shoulder

If you have sustained a labrum injury to your shoulder from an accident, it is important to talk with a lawyer who represents clients with shoulder injuries. When a shoulder injury, such as a labral tear, is caused by the negligence of another person, the Rochlin Law Firm can assist you in recovering compensation for your losses – medical expenses, lost wages, and for your pain and emotional distress.

Our top accident injury attorneys have over 25 years’ experience getting fair and complete compensation for people injured in a Minnesota auto accident, work injury, slip fall, motorcycle accident and other situations. Call us for a free consultation. A lawyer will meet you to discuss your case and answer your questions at our offices in Minneapolis, Edina, Woodbury, Bloomington and St. Louis Park.  Our accident injury attorneys also can come to your home in St. Paul, Roseville, St. Cloud, Mankato, Duluth, and other cities throughout Minnesota.