Rotator Cuff Injury Attorneys
In most cases, car accident victims will complain of neck and shoulder pain. This pain can be a warning sign of a rotator cuff injury that could require surgery. These rotator cuff surgeries can cost upwards of $80,000.00 and there is no guarantee that additional surgeries wont be needed.
The rotator cuff is composed of the muscles and tendons of the shoulder. These muscles and tendons connect the shoulder blade to the upper arm and hold the ball of the upper arm in the shoulder socket. Injuring your rotator cuff can be debilitating and painful.
Even small, day-to-day tasks, such as reaching for something on a shelf, can become extremely challenging. Fortunately, many rotator cuff injuries can heal on their own with rest and self-care. Some injuries, however, are much more serious and require immediate medical attention.
If you have suffered serious injury from a negligent party that resulted in a rotator cuff injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. The only way to know for sure is to schedule your free consultation with the expert Bisnar Chase catastrophic injury attorneys now by calling 800-561-4887.
Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator cuff injuries can result from sudden falls or from long repetitive arm motions. Therefore, the symptoms of rotator cuff injuries can occur immediately or they may slowly develop over days, weeks or months of manual labor.
Common symptoms of rotator cuff injuries include pain, tenderness of the shoulder, a loss of range of motion in the shoulder, or weakness. The pain of rotator cuff injuries is particularly prominent when attempting to reach, lift or pull.
Minor rotator cuff injuries can get better with ice and rest. Those who are healing may find heat, stretches and massages helpful.
Unfortunately, these types of home remedies are not sufficient for all shoulder injuries. You should seek out medical attention if you are experiencing severe shoulder pain, if you are unable to use your arm, if your arm feels weak or if your shoulder has hurt for over a week. In addition, you should save all medical invoices and receipts pertaining to your recovery as they may help you in the long run aquire compensation for your injuries.
What Causes Rotator Cuff Injuries?
There are many ways in which you can hurt the muscles and tendons of your upper arm:
- Tendinitis is when the rotator cuff becomes inflamed because of overuse or overload. This is common for individuals who do a lot of overhead activities.
- Tears and strains can also occur. It is possible to weaken tendons through tendinitis resulting in chronic tendon degeneration. Weakened tendons are prone to tears.
- Bursitis is when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac in the shoulder joint, becomes inflamed and irritated.
In many cases, rotator cuff injuries result from normal wear and tear. Middle-aged individuals commonly experience a breakdown of the protein in the tendons and muscles surrounding the rotator cuff. As we age, we become more prone to injury and degeneration.
In some cases, you can develop calcium deposits within the shoulder area that pinches the rotator cuff area as well. You can even cause a rotator cuff injury by slouching too much.
Physical activities and falls are common contributing factors in rotator cuff injuries as well. For example, falls commonly result in shoulder injuries. If you use your arm to brace yourself while falling, you can bruise or tear a muscle or tendon.
You can also strain yourself by lifting a heavy object or by reaching for something that is over your head. The object does not even have to be heavy to cause an injury as repetitive stress through consistent movement can cause inflammation and tearing. This is common for athletes as well as for painters, carpenters and individuals who work in construction and manufacturing.
Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries
Since rotator cuff injuries typically develop over time, you may not need to rush to the emergency room.
Once you make your doctor's appointment, there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms. Make sure you rest your shoulder and avoid painful movements. You should also apply cold packs to your shoulder to reduce inflammation. If needed, you can also take over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
When meeting with your doctor, make sure you accurately describe where the pain is located. You also need to discuss what types of activities aggravated your pain, what movements make it worse and if you have any weakness or numbness in your arm.
The doctor would likely order an x-ray to examine the bones as well as an MRI scan or ultrasound scan to determine the cause of your pain and the severity of the damage. From there, you may need steroid injections, surgery or arthroplasty.
Your doctor's visit as well as all the various treatments will add up quickly to a very hefty bill. This is why that it is urgent that if you have suffered injury due to the neglience of another party that you should seek legal concil immediately. If you choose the expert California rotator cuff injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase, we will discuss your legal rights and options during your free consultation and we will help you take legal action as well against the at-fault party.
Getting the Legal Help You Need
Seeking help should not end with seeing a doctor. If you were injured at work, you may want to discuss your legal options with the attorneys at Bisnar Chase. We can discuss how you can get worker's compensation to help pay bills as you recover as well as how we can et you the settlement you deserve to make things right. If you were injured because of someone else's negligence, call us now at 800-561-4683 to set up your free consultation.