Understanding Your Rights After a Rotator Cuff Injury From an Auto Accident in New Mexico
Your shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body. Some may even say it is the most complex joint because it has many more ligaments, nerves, vessels, muscles, and bones that go through it and support it which the hip or knee simply do not have. Of all of the supporting structures to your shoulder, the rotator cuffs are perhaps the most important when it comes to movement and strength. Even though they are very important and quite strong, they are not impenetrable and they can be seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. In fact, a rotator cuff injury from an auto accident in New Mexico can result in catastrophic and disabling injury to the shoulder.
We understand this at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. Our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyers handle all types of serious injury cases, including to the shoulder. We have a proven track record of success recovering compensation for victims and their families. This includes compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages due to personal injuries from a car crash in New Mexico.
What are the Rotator Cuffs?
The rotator cuffs are a group of four tendons that are responsible for moving your arm and adding some strength. This tendons which connect muscle to bone are anchored in front, around, on top, and under the shoulder joint. The four rotator cuffs are the following:
- Supraspinatus – this is generally considered to be the main rotator cuff and is commonly injured by baseball players or other throwers. It is the rotator cuff that holds the humerus (arm bone) in place and keeps your upper arm stable. This rotator cuff helps lift your arm and can be pinched or torn by a person swinging their arm or who have the front of their arm twisted, ripped, pulled, and impacted.
- Infraspinatus – this is the next most involved rotator cuff which allows a person to rotator and extend the shoulder. This tendon is also commonly injured by throwers, but also by victims of car crashes who have their arm pulled backwards or twisted.
- Teres minor – while the smallest rotator cuff, it is still strong and involved because it assisted with rotation of the arm away from the body. This can also be injured in a collision where an arm is caught, twisted, pulled, or yanked.
- Subscapularis – this tendon attaches the humerus (upper arm bone) to the shoulder blade. It also helps to rotate the arm and hold it straight out, hold tension, or lower it. This is an important rotator cuff, but not commonly injured because of its location. But it can easily be injured in a high-speed crash or trucking accident.
Future Damages Rotator Cuff Injury From an Auto Accident
A rotator cuff injury from an auto accident is a very serious type of personal injury because it can lead to permanent disability, range of motion restriction, or even other physical damage. These types of injuries are also devastating when a person needs his or her arm for their career. Victims who have a rotator cuff injury from an auto accident and can no longer perform the same line of work may be entitled to lost future earnings, or the difference in the previous salary and current salary that is lower.
Ask our Law Firm for Help
No one plans to be in a serious motor vehicle accident, but if you were you can plan to fight back with our experienced lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. Our experienced New Mexico auto accident lawyers and compassionate law firm will help victims who have been catastrophically harmed recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages due to a rotator cuff injury. Learn how we can help you during a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 for a FREE consultation.
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