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Shoulder Injuries From New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers Share Information on Shoulder Injuries from New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents are a common cause of injury throughout the country and can range from minor to severe. The injuries sustained during such an 18 wheeler accident can range, but even a minor accident can cause major injury. Shoulder injuries following truck accidents are very common and can be highly debilitating which can have long lasting effects the extent of which may not be immediately apparent. Activities like dressing, bathing, child care, working, and driving all become extremely difficult after a shoulder injury. Learn more about shoulder injuries and what damages victims may be entitled to from our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers.

Shoulder Injuries from New Mexico Trucking Accidents

There are many types of shoulder injuries that one can sustain. Because the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, it is highly susceptible to injury. The shoulder is also very important for overall bodily function for things like work and daily activities. Below is a list of the most common and most debilitating injuries:

  • Shoulder sprain
  • Humerus fracture
  • Scapula fracture
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder separation
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labrum tears
  • Brachial plexus injury

Recovery from Trucking Accident Injuries to the Shoulder

The suffering does not stop when the box truck crash is over. Injuries sustained from a New Mexico trucking accident can take months or years to resolve, can require months of intensive rehabilitation, can cause chronic pain, or even surgery to correct. These injuries can take months to heal and add to the pain and suffering felt by the victim. 

Rotator Cuff Injuries

A rotator cuff tear can occur during a trucking accident when one of the four muscles of the rotator cuff tears in response to high velocity trauma. The rotator cuff is vital for the shoulder to function and any tears will inhibit normal function of the shoulder. Tears can vary from small to massive and are usually treated conservatively using anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, or 8 to 12 weeks of physical therapy. If that is not successful, surgery may be indicated, which will result in an additional 4-5 months of physical therapy after surgery to fully recover. That’s 9 months of living with pain and disability from one 18 wheeler wreck. 

Fractured Bone or Broken Bones

A fracture of the humerus (upper arm bone) is another severe yet common injury. This occurs from blunt force impact to the arm during a car accident. Conservative treatment consists of wearing a sling for 4-8 weeks to allow the bones to heal on their own followed by weeks of physical therapy to regain strength and range of motion. In the worst case scenario painful surgery including placement of screws, plates, and rods or even a full shoulder joint replacement may be warranted which can be life changing and extremely painful. 

Did You Suffer a Shoulder Injury in a New Mexico Trucking Accident?  Ask Us For Help

If you or a loved one suffered a shoulder injury such as a rotator cuff injury, fractured bone, or need a shoulder replacement as a result of a New Mexico trucking accident, please ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers for help today.  We have handled many shoulder injury cases before and have devoted our practice to representing those seriously injured in trucking accidents throughout New Mexico.  Call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.  

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