Because the shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the human body, it is not uncommon to sustain a shoulder injury after a traumatic incident such as a car, motorcycle or bike accident, or a slip and fall. Many people walk away from an accident thinking they feel okay, but hours, or even weeks later, an injury may manifest itself.
How do you recognize a shoulder injury after an accident? Some warning signs or symptoms may include:
- Painfully tender or stiff shoulder;
- Tingling, numbness, weakness or swelling in the shoulder;
- Shoulder pain in a specific area that may get worse with exertion;
- Difficulty in moving your arm without pain;
- Sudden, intense pain in the shoulder area; or
- Discolored shoulder area.
Don’t ignore these signs. It is important that you listen to your body and seek medical treatment immediately.
What should you do for shoulder pain after an accident?
Get examined as soon as possible. The sooner you get the proper medical treatment, the sooner you will begin the path to a full recovery.
Also, early medical documentation, whether a visit to the emergency room, urgent care, or your treating physician, will show an insurance company that the accident caused the injury. This will help avoid any future disputes or denial of medical claims down the road as to whether the accident caused the injury for which you are treating.
Bottom line: experiencing any kind of shoulder pain after an accident is a warning sign that should not be ignored. If you were injured in an accident due to another person’s negligence, please contact Injured 914. Our legal firm has recovered millions on behalf of injured persons throughout Westchester County.