The shoulder is one of the more than 250 joints in the human body and comes into play with almost every arm movement. Functionally this makes sense as the purpose of the shoulder, also deemed the shoulder girdle, is to move the upper arm. As with any joint the shoulder is commonly injured in accidents of all types such as auto accidents, falls, workplace accidents and repetitive stress movements. Medical mistakes can also easily injure the shoulder region during surgeries and other procedures. If you have suffered a shoulder injury of any type please contact our Pennsylvania shoulder injury lawyers. You may be entitled to benefits as well as financial compensation depending on how, when and where you hurt your shoulder.
Our Pittsburgh shoulder injury attorneys offer free case examinations. They will identify all liable parties and pinpoint all benefit types and forms of compensation you are entitled to. They charge no fees if they are unable to obtain compensation for you.
Three bones make up the shoulder girdle. They are the humerus, scapula and clavicle. Of the several hundred different joints in the human body there are only 3 types: immovable, slightly movable and freely movable. The shoulder is a freely movable joint and anatomically is a diarthroses joint and has synovial fluid that lubricates it during motion. Various cartilages, tendons, ligaments and muscle also make up the shoulder region. Common injuries to the shoulder are dislocations, rotator cuff tears and labrum tears.
Common Shoulder Surgeries & Procedures
Frequently Treated Problems:
- Arthritis of the Shoulder
- Dislocation or Instability
- Frozen Shoulder
- Joint Stiffness
- Rotator Cuff Damage
- Shoulder Separation
- Nerve Compression
- SLAP lesions
- Labral Tears
- Fracture Treatment
- Mini Open Rotator Cuff Repair
- Shoulder Arthroplasty
- Shoulder Replacement
- SLAP Repair
- Sports Shoulder Treatment
No matter what type of shoulder injury you are dealing with or who or what caused it, speaking with a Pittsburgh shoulder injury attorney makes sense. After thoroughly analyzing your case they will determine what benefits and compensation you are entitled to. The consult is free and no fees are charged unless they recover money for you.
Auto Accidents & Shoulder Damage
Car accidents of all types including car, truck and motorcycle crashes, can lead to a variety of pain or injury, including severe and chronic shoulder pain. Debilitating shoulder pain is not only extremely uncomfortable but it is a sign of serious physical and anatomical injury that will impact the quality of your life. When any body part is injured we begin to favor it and go to great lengths to minimize any movement of the injured area. In addition to trying to obtain relief from pain the injury itself may mandate that range of motion is hindered. This is a hallmark of a broken or fractured bone. Decreased range of motion in the shoulder can make it difficult to function, even to perform simple daily tasks. Waiting for shoulder pain to simply go away may not be to your advantage and is not a great treatment plan. Shoulder pain stemming from auto accidents that isn’t properly treated can lead to chronic issues that follow you around for the rest of your life. A prime example is arthritis setting in a few years after the injury. If you have been in a car accident and are enduring a shoulder girdle injury you should see a shoulder injury doctor as they can provide treatment and rehabilitation necessary to address and alleviate pain. In addition it is very wise for you to seek legal counsel by connecting with our Erie, Pennsylvania deltoid injury attorneys.
Shoulder Injuries & Medical Malpractice
Dealing with a shoulder injury, no matter the cause, is difficult enough due to pain, minimizing activity, wearing a sling, etc. What makes the situation worse is having your shoulder, shoulder girdle, 3 deltoid muscles, labrum, rotator cuff and connective tissues further injured by an incident of medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice, also referred to as medical negligence, can occur in various ways involving the shoulder. The most common way, and riskiest, is a surgical error. Doctors who operate on the shoulder region are typically orthopedic surgeons. No matter how much experience they have they can still make a mistake that can cost you dearly. Surgical procedures that can be botched are:
Rotator cuff surgery
Labrum tear surgery
Arthroscopic Bankart Procedure aka surgery
There are other types of operations that are designed to repair the different parts of the shoulder, clavicle and scapula. No matter the type of shoulder surgery you had further injury can occur if the surgeon makes a mistake such as damaging a nerve or not properly repairing the damaged tendon, ligament, cartilage, muscle, etc.
Also, shoulder surgery can go perfectly fine but a mixup, or lack of communication between doctors, nurses, pharmacy, etc. can result in a post-op infection of some sort. Hospital acquired infections (HAI) of any type can result in serious injury, illness, recovery time and wrongful death. HAI’s are also referred to as nosocomial infections. A medication error can also happen and can also end up with the patient developing an allergic reaction, illness and dying in some cases. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice by a hospital, surgery center, doctor, surgeon, nurse, physical therapist, pharmacist or any healthcare provider please contact our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania medical negligence attorneys right away. They have successfully handled surgical malpractice lawsuits against hospitals such as UPMC Altoona, UPMC Presbyterian, Clarion Hospital, all Allegheny County hospitals, Penn State Hospitals and U. Penn Medical Centers.
Shoulder Injury Claims & PA Workers’ Comp Benefits
Due to the many movements of the shoulder region it is very prone to injuries of all types including on the job injuries. Anyone can fall while in the workplace and injure, tear or even break the shoulder joint. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint and these types of joints are very fragile compared to other joint types. Also, the older someone is the more likely they are to suffer a shoulder injury due to loss of muscle mass and bone density. According to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act if you injured your shoulder while at work, or doing anything work related, you may be entitled to benefits, medical care, lost wage and disability compensation.
Occupations that see a high rate of shoulder injuries are laborers, construction workers, welders, jackhammer operators, masons, drywall workers, plumbers, electricians, mechanics and farmers. A workplace slip and fall is also a very common way of hurting your shoulder while at work. Please do not hesitate to contact our Pittsburgh workers’ comp attorneys for a free case review.
Contact Our Erie, Pennsylvania Shoulder Injury Attorneys
No matter how your deltoid injury occurred you have rights if it was caused by the negligence of another. Please click here to contact our team of Allegheny County shoulder injury lawyers. They provide complimentary consults to accident victims and their families. And all injury and medical malpractice cases are handled on a contingency fee basis meaning there is no charge at all unless they recover compensation for you.
Our State College shoulder injury attorneys have an office in Pittsburgh and serve all of Pennsylvania including Altoona, Erie, Pittsburgh, Washington, Bethel Park, Bellefonte, Beaver, Butler, Monroeville & McKeesport, PA.