A slip and fall accident can lead to numerous injuries depending on how you fall or how you land when you fall. One of the most common types of injury that may occur after a fall is a dislocated shoulder. As the person attempts to stop the fall, the force of impact can easily dislocate the shoulder. A shoulder dislocation can be very painful, and if it is not quickly treated, it can lead to long-term complications.
Symptoms of a Dislocated Shoulder
After a fall, it is important to seek medical treatment for any injuries you suffered—no matter how minor they may seem. If you dislocated your shoulder after a slip and fall accident, you may experience sudden symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, a dislocated shoulder may have symptoms such as:
- Visible deformity. After a slip and fall accident, a deformity may be noticed along with pain. When the pain is in the shoulder, the victim will notice a visible deformity if it is dislocated, and the shoulder will appear to be noticeably out of place.
- Swelling. As with many other types of injuries, the dislocated shoulder will begin to swell after it is injured. This may also be accompanied by discoloration due to bruising.
- Pain. A dislocated shoulder is a very painful injury. A slip and fall victim with a dislocated shoulder will notice extreme pain in the shoulder area that is often compared to that of a broken bone.
- Immobility. A dislocated shoulder is extremely difficult to move due to damaged ligaments and the shoulder not being in the right location.
If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is important to get prompt medical attention to help alleviate these symptoms and start the healing process. Failing to properly treat a dislocated shoulder injury can cause long-term complications and make the shoulder more susceptible to nerve damage and re-injury.
Treating a dislocated shoulder can involve a closed reduction to maneuver the shoulder back into its proper position, pain medication, surgery to repair ligaments and surrounding tissue, immobilization using a splint or sling, and rehabilitation to regain range of motion and strength.
It Is Important to Get the Legal Help You Need
A dislocated shoulder can result in significant medical bills, an extended time out of work, and other damages. If the negligence of a property owner or property manager caused your fall and resulting injury, then you deserve compensation for all of your damages. Hiring a slip and fall accident attorney can help protect your rights and ensure you get a fair settlement.
An attorney can help with a slip and fall accident claim that resulted in a dislocated shoulder by doing the following:
- Gather the necessary evidence to prove your case and who is liable for your injuries.
- Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
- Determine the fair value of your case to get you the full amount of compensation possible.
- Represent you if the case goes to trial.
Contact a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
An attorney can help prove that a property owner was negligent and failed to maintain or fix a hazardous situation that caused your accident. Even if the intent was not intentional, the property owner may still be held liable. If there is insurance on the property where the accident happened, the insurance company may be held responsible for compensating you for your injury. Since a dislocated shoulder can affect your ability to work and enjoy activities with your family, you deserve to be compensated for your loss. Possible damages that you may be entitled to after a slip and fall accident include:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
If you have dislocated your shoulder in a slip and fall accident, contact Hupy & Abraham for a consultation. We can discuss your legal options and determine if you have a claim. We are available 24/7/365, and if you can’t come to our office, we can come to you. To set up a confidential appointment in any of our 11 Midwest law offices located throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, you can fill out our convenient contact form online or call us at 1-800-800-5678.