Shoulder Injuries and Shoulder Surgery After Albuquerque Auto Accident

- Mark Caruso

Rights of a Victim of an Albuquerque Auto Accident Who Suffered Shoulder Injuries or Required Shoulder Surgery

Even though your shoulder is not weight bearing, it is considered by most medical providers to be the most complex joint and most important joint.  This is because your shoulder is wrapped in many small ligaments, tendons, and muscles, as well as funneling a large amount of nerves and blood vessels through the same, small space in your shoulder girdle.  Thus, when an Albuquerque auto accident causes serious shoulder injuries or requires a victim to receive shoulder surgery, there could be a long path to recover due to the disability.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know that shoulder injuries can be very painful and debilitating.  This is magnified when a patient undergoes shoulder surgery, which could takes months of healing and physical therapy before a patient is able to return to work.  It could take years for a patient’s strength to return, and it may not completely return.  This is why our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer can work with you and your family to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, medical bills, medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, future surgeries, and lost earnings from having to take a different job due to the inability to return to the same job because of your shoulder injury.  Call us to schedule a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can start protecting your rights today.

Types of Shoulder Injuries From an Albuquerque Auto Accident

Shoulder injuries frequently result in shoulder surgery, which is a very serious procedure because a patient is likely to be in extreme pain for several days following such procedure as the shoulder heals.  Shoulder surgeries could be caused by a wide array of motor vehicle accidents, including collisions head on, rear end, T-bone, side-swipe, or any other combination or angle of contact.

Some of the most common types of shoulder injuries due to Albuquerque auto accidents which may allow a victim to recover compensation include the following:

  • Torn rotator cuff – you have four rotator cuffs which help move, twist, and otherwise rotate your shoulder.  While no one rotator cuff is particularly strong, together they are very strong and able to move your shoulder and support weight through employing and relying on your debt muscles.  If you have even one rotator cuff torn, not only will you have extreme pain but also the inability to lift even insignificant weight.  Rotator cuff tears almost always need surgical intervention, particularly if they are completely torn.
  • SLAP tears – a “Superior Labral tear from the Anterior to Posterior,” or a “SLAP” tear, is when there is damage to the “socket” part of your ball-and-socket shoulder joint at the uppermost area fo the joint.  This requires surgery to repair and can result in years of pain and debilitation.
  • Brachial plexus injuries – this is nerve damage to the large bundle of nerves which extend through your shoulder girdle and down your arm, all the way to your fingertips.  The brachial plexus originates from nerves branching off your cervical (neck) vertebrae and bundling together at the base of your neck before extending through your shoulder.  Injuries here can result in permanent loss of sensation or function of any part of the arm, forearm, hands, or fingers, including a total loss of sensation.  Surgery can be used to help repair damage or connect a recently ruptured nerve, but it is a risky procedure, extremely painful, and not always likely to be successful. 

Shoulder Injuries Caused by an Albuquerque Auto Accident and Resulting in a Shoulder Surgery

If you or a loved one underwent a shoulder surgery due to your shoulder injuries after an Albuquerque auto accident, you have rights to protect under New Mexico Law.  Please call our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer to learn how we can help.  We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help.  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.