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Seatbelts Can Cause Shoulder Injuries
in A Car Wreck

April 8, 2013

Wearing a seat belt can help to save your life in a car accident, but a seat belt can also cause significant injuries. While seat belt injuries are certainly preferable to the injuries that may occur if you did not wear a seat belt, they can nonetheless be painful.

During a car or other motor vehicle accident, it is common for the driver to grip onto the steering wheel tightly in order to brace for the collision. The impact of the accident can cause many types of injuries to the shoulder area, including:

  • Rotator cuff tears

  • Dislocated shoulders

  • Muscle tears

  • Broken bones

  • SLAP injuries, which are tears to the part of the shoulder joint called the labrum

Shoulder injuries can limit your ability to perform many daily activities that require a full range of motion in the shoulder area. Many clients who suffer shoulder injuries have difficulty raising their arms above their shoulders. Changing a light bulb, brushing your teeth, combing or blow-drying your hair and other simple activities are sometimes impossible.

To make things worse, insurance companies will often deny claims involving shoulder injuries; this is especially true with rotator cuff tears. I have fought these types of battles for my clients for seventeen years and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. If you have suffered a shoulder injury as the result of a car accident, don’t wait to call an attorney. The sooner you call, the easier it will be for your attorney to document your injuries and start building your case.