I Didn’t Hit My Shoulder In My Car Accident, But It Hurt After The Collision. Is It Related To The Accident?

by Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC on June 25, 2012

in Buffalo Car Accidents

Whether a specific injury or medical condition has been caused by the accident that is the subject of a Buffalo personal injury lawsuit is best left to your medical providers to determine.  If your shoulder hurts following an automobile accident – or you have pain anywhere else, for that matter – you should inform your doctor so that the cause of your pain can be properly determined.

Regarding the shoulder, however, you should be aware that shoulder injuries are not uncommon in automobile accidents, even though you didn’t hit your shoulder.  These injuries are usually caused by the shoulder harness portion of the seatbelt.  There is no question that seatbelts save lives and injuries from motor vehicle accidents would normally be much worse if not for seatbelts, but they are not a perfect system.  When a person’s body is thrown forward in a collision and the shoulder harness locks down to keep that person in place, the pressure on the shoulder may lead to injury.

In some cases, this shoulder injury amounts to some bruising and aches and pains that resolve relatively quickly.  In serious cases, however, the impact can lead to more serious internal injury to the shoulder.  If you have shoulder pain following a motor vehicle accident, you should definitely have it properly diagnosed and treated by your physician.

If you have suffered injury in an automobile accident, please feel free to call us with your questions.  Our number is 716-542-5444.

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