INJURED IN ACCIDENT – ROTATOR CUFF TEAR INJURY ATTORNEY
Our personal injury lawyers regularly represent clients who have sustained a rotator cuff injury after a motor vehicle crash, a fall, or other accident. Most cases involve a rotator cuff tear, but there other types of rotator cuff injury as well.
What is a rotator cuff injury?
The shoulder is a ball and socket where the arm bone (humerus) is kept in the shoulder socket by a network of four muscles (the rotator cuff) which help move and stabilize the shoulder joint. Damage to any or all of the four muscles and the ligaments that attach these muscles to bone can occur because of acute accident injury, either from a direct impact to the shoulder or when you use your hands or arms to brace yourself so that your shoulder absorbs the impact. This damage can cause significant pain and decreased mobility of the shoulder joint. Our lawyers understand that a rotator cuff injury from an accident can actually be quite disabling, requiring compensation for medical bills, lost time from work, and other compensation.
The severity of a shoulder injury from an accident can range from a mild strain and inflammation of the muscles or tendons, to a tear of the rotator cuff. A rotator cuff tear is where one of the rotator cuff tendons tear and is no longer attached to the head of the arm bone. The tear can be a partial tear, where the tendon is not fully severed, or a full-thickness tear, where the tendon completely detaches from the bone. A torn rotator cuff after an accident is an injury our attorneys take seriously, and we will work with your medical providers to properly document your case so you can receive the compensation you are entitled to.
An MRI is used to diagnose a rotator cuff injury or tear because it can pick up a range of information on the shoulder, including the condition of the shoulder capsule and the shoulder socket muscles and tendons.
Medical treatment for rotator cuff injuries
If the rotator cuff tear is minor, your doctor will typically recommend rest, anti-inflammatories, ice or heat, and physical therapy for your shoulder injury. If symptoms continue despite therapy, the doctor may also recommend corticosteroid injections to help reduce inflammation.
When a full thickness rotator cuff tear is sustained in a traumatic injury, it often requires shoulder surgery, which involves cleaning the injury and removing loose fragments of the tendon, the bursa and other debris to allow smooth movement. The surgeon also stitches the frayed edges of the tendon together, attaching it to the top of the humerus bone. It is not unusual for the shoulder to take up to a year to heal post surgery. There are significant medical bills associated with rotator cuff tear surgery, and our clients are frequently out of work for at least six weeks and sometimes longer. Therefore, when you call our office after a MN accident injury, your lawyer will take the time to document and prove all of your losses and make sure you are fully compensated.
MN Lawyers for people with a rotator cuff injury accident
If you have sustained a rotator cuff tear or other injury to your shoulder in an accident, it is important to talk with a top lawyer who has experience representing clients with shoulder injuries. When a shoulder injury — such as a rotator cuff tear — is caused by the negligence of another person in Minnesota, our lawyers will assist you in recovering complete compensation for your losses – medical expenses, lost wages, and for your pain and emotional distress.