Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Accidents Cause Injuries: Torn Ligaments of the Shoulder

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jul 25, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Not only is your shoulder one of the most essential joints of the body, allowing you to engage in many important everyday tasks, it's also the most flexible joint. The ball-and-socket configuration of the shoulder allows it a very wide range of motion, enabling you to move your arm back and forth, up and down, and in a circular motion. However, the extreme flexibility of the shoulder joint comes at a cost: your shoulder is more vulnerable to injury than other, more limited joints. Injuries to the shoulder are common in accidents of any sort, from slip and fall accidents to car crashes, because of the natural reflex to put your hands out in front of you to brace against an impact and protect the rest of your body. A sudden impact or twisting force can damage the ligaments of your shoulder, resulting in a painful sprain and putting you at risk of further injury.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Shoulder Injuries, Slip and Fall

Accidents Cause Injuries: Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 07, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

The shoulder joint plays a central role in allowing you to move your arm, and when that joint is damaged, basic tasks become painful, difficult, or altogether impossible. Even staying perfectly still is painful. Sleep is disrupted. In the most severe cases of damage to the bones, cartilage, and other tissues that make up your shoulder joint, doctors may recommend shoulder replacement surgery. This type of surgical procedure is most commonly used when loss of cartilage or other damage has caused serious pain on movement or use of the shoulder joint. But traumatic injuries in which the bones and tissues of the shoulder are broken and damaged extensively can also require drastic surgical intervention in order for the accident victim to regain something close to normal use of the arm.

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Topics: Shoulder Injuries

Dislocated Shoulder Injuries from Traumatic Car Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jul 04, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Dislocated shoulder injuries sometimes appear in fictional media like television and movies, and the injured action-hero usually resolves the injury by popping the bones back into place themselves. This serves to underscore how tough the character is – but in a real-life situation in which you have sustained a dislocated shoulder injury as a result of a car crash or other accident, you should seek immediate medical treatment, as dislocations can result in damage to the nerves and blood vessels surrounding the joint. Some types of soft tissue injuries associated with shoulder dislocation may require surgery to resolve, and improper or incomplete treatment of the injury may result in a condition known as adhesive capsulitis, or "frozen shoulder."

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Topics: Shoulder Injuries

Slip and Falls That Result in Dislocated Shoulder Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 30, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Slip and fall or trip and fall injuries are distressingly common at any time of year. In winter, these accidents are frequently the result of an inadequately shoveled or salted walkway; as the weather gets warmer, the cause of slip or trip injuries is more likely to be sidewalks that have heaved and become uneven, negligently placed landscaping or construction tools, children's toys, or other obstructions to normal pedestrian traffic. Of course, indoor slip and fall accidents can happen at any time of the year, when spills in a grocery store or uneven carpeting at the entrance of a business creates an unanticipated hazard. Accidents like these can cause serious injuries that have lasting repercussions for the victim's health.

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Topics: Shoulder Injuries, Slip and Fall

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