Shoulder Injury After A Car Accident? Causes & Next Steps

Shoulder Injury After A Car Accident? Causes & Next Steps

Many times after a car accident, it is not uncommon for a shoulder injury to occur. While neck and back injuries are typically more common, the shoulder is a sensitive area due to its design. Shoulder injuries can take time to appear and may not be diagnosed right away. A shoulder injury can become more severe over time. Therefore, it is important to get checked out by a qualified medical professional as soon as possible. Aside from pain and suffering, a shoulder injury can also lead to lost wages and future medical expenses. Hiring an experienced car accident attorney is important in order to get you the compensation that you deserve.

How Does A Shoulder Injury Result From A Car Accident

A shoulder injury can result for a variety of reasons from hitting something in the vehicle to being restrained while being hit by a strong force. The force can also stretch or tear soft tissues and sometimes dislocate, fracture, or break bones. The common factor between these reasons is the force of the accident. Shoulder injuries can radiate down the arm, as can neck injuries. Therefore, it is important to be seen in order to rule out the different injuries and decipher the true pain cause.

Shoulder Injury Symptoms After A Car Accident

There are a variety of symptoms that can arise after a shoulder injury due to a car accident. If any of these symptoms occur or any combination of these symptoms, it is important to get checked out as soon as possible. These shoulder injury symptoms can include but are not limited to:

– Swelling

– Shooting pain

– Break or Fracture

– Loss of motion

– Cramps or Spasms

– Weakness

– Tingling

– Numbness

– Burning Sensation

Diagnosing A Shoulder Injury Resulting From A Car Accident

As always, I want to preface this by saying that I am not a physician. This process that I am discussing comes from speaking with numerous clients that have suffered a shoulder injury and speaking with physicians who specialize in extremities, including the shoulder. Typically, there is a physical examination where the physician will note the subjective symptoms. Then, based on the physical exam, the physician will likely order imaging also known as diagnostic testing of the shoulder. Imaging can include X-Ray, CT scan, Ultrasound, or MRI. Based on the subjective findings and the imaging, the physician will make a diagnoses and will design a treatment plan. Each treatment plan is designed on a case by case basis as different types of shoulder injuries require different types of treatment.


I understand that the process after getting into a car accident can be difficult and stressful. This is especially true if the accident results in injuries like referenced above. You likely have questions and few answers. Allow me to be there for you from the beginning. I offer a FREE no-obligation consultation where we can discuss your claim. I will review your accident claim with you personally at one of the office locations in TampaZephyrhillsSaint PetersburgBrandonClearwater, Plant City or Sun City Center. Cannot make it to me? I will come to wherever is convenient to you at NO charge. You deserve to be compensated and I want to get justice for you!

Contact Car Accident Attorney Kevin L. Sullivan II TODAY at (813) 598-4868 for a FREE no-obligation consultation. I look forward to assisting you with your claim!

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