One of the most common injuries from a New Mexico auto accident is a shoulder injury. This can also be one of the most debilitating types of injuries because a person’s shoulder controls so much in terms of daily activities. This includes obvious things like carrying groceries, getting dressed, or driving a vehicle, but it also includes activities that many people may overlook like standing up or laying down comfortable, caring for children, brushing teeth, eating, and other basic tasks. Learn about serious shoulder injuries from our Albuquerque, NM lawyers and what damages victims may be entitled to.
Damages from Shoulder Injuries
Victims of a New Mexico auto accident who offered a shoulder injury may be entitled to damages for their injury. Under New Mexico law, “damages” are typically compensatory in nature for personal injury cases. Damages typically include the following:
- Pain and suffering for shoulder injuries;
- Lost wages due to shoulder injuries not allowing a person to work or missed days of work for recovery or doctor appointments;
- Lost future earnings if a victim’s shoulder is so injured that he or she cannot return to the same line of work and must take a lower paying job;
- Medical bills for medical treatment and care, including emergency room appointments, x-rays, surgeries, orthopedists appointments, and physical therapy;
- Future medical expenses including surgeries or medication;
- Lost of consortium and services of dependents, which include time spent together, relations, and household help; and
- Many other damages.
Common Types of Shoulder Injuries Due to New Mexico Auto Accidents: Learn about the Rotator Cuffs
There are many common types of shoulder injuries which may be caused by New Mexico auto accidents. One of the most common types of injuries include rotator cuff injuries. There are four rotator cuffs which help to elevate the shoulder to the side (supraspinatus), externally rotate the shoulder joint (infraspinatus and teres minor), and to lift the humerus to move freely during elevation of the arm (subscapularis). When this are injured, a person’s ability to move the arm could be severely limited, restricted, or even unable to move.
While rotator cuff injuries are some of the most common shoulder injuries due to any car crash, there are many other shoulder injuries which could occur including the following:
- Shoulder dislocations;
- Broken arm (humerus):
- Shoulder fractures of bones around and comprising of the shoulder;
- Nerve injuries including brachial plexus injuries;
- Damage to the AC Joint (acromioclavicular joint);
- SLAP tears – known as a superior labral tear from anterior to posterior;
- Torn labrum; and
- Many other injuries.
Our Albuquerque, NM Lawyers Can Help You After a New Mexico Auto Accident Causes You Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder injuries are affect an entire family if the injured person is the breadwinner, the main caretaker, or an extremely responsible individual in the family. Even what seem as minor shoulder injuries could lead to expensive medical treatment and prolonged absence from work. If you or a loved one suffered a shoulder injury after a New Mexico auto accident, please schedule a FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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