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The dangers of shoulder fractures in car accidents

Shoulder fractures may be one type of injury sustained by Ohio residents who are in car accidents. There are three bones in the shoulder, often referred to as the shoulder blade, the collarbone and the upper arm. Fractures to the shoulder blade, or scapula, are somewhat less common than fractures to the collarbone or upper arm because the scapula is protected by the chest and by other muscles. However, an automobile accident at high speed may lead to a fractured scapula, and this type of injury may be accompanied by a chest injury.

A fractured clavicle, or collarbone, may be indicated by swelling or a bump at the site of the fracture. A fracture to the upper arm, also known as the humerus, may only allow limited motion. All three types of fractures may cause severe pain, swelling and bruising.

Most shoulder fractures can be treated by immobilization, but in some cases surgery may be required. It may be necessary in the case of a compound fracture or fractures in which the bone is out of place. This surgery may involve plates, screws, rods or pins.

An injury like a shoulder fracture from an automobile accident may take weeks or months to heal, and in that time, a victim may face significant medical expenses as well as missing time from work. If the victim has a particularly physical job, it may be even longer before they can return to full duties. An attorney can help determine if another person may have been responsible for the accident and if so, whether a personal injury action can be maintained in order to recover appropriate compensation.

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)", accessed on Feb. 7, 2015

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