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Shoulder Injuries


Injuries to shoulders commonly result from automobile or truck accidents. The occupants of cars and trucks involved in a collision can strike their shoulders on the vehicle interior, causing injury. Sometimes, the sheer force of deceleration in a car or truck accident will result in injury to the shoulder. Shoulder injuries can include sprains, impingements, rotator cuff injuries, and fractures. At times, shoulder injuries from an automobile accident can be serious enough to require surgery. Shoulder injuries can be both painful and disabling. St. Louis personal injury attorney John M. Cichelero represents the victims of Missouri automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents with shoulder injuries. For a free consultation on any shoulder injury case resulting from a car accident in Missouri, contact St. Louis injury lawyer John M. Cichelero at 314-205-2886 or by e-mail.


When someone sustains a shoulder injury from an accident, his or her physician may attempt to form a diagnosis regarding the shoulder condition. At times, the physician may order diagnostic tests like x-rays or MRIs to try to pinpoint the problem. A physician may order diagnostic tests of the cervical spine to rule out damage or injury to the neck as a cause of pain in the shoulder area. St. Louis injury lawyers also know that more challenging cases can require arthroscopic procedures to allow the surgeon to explore the shoulder joint and determine the cause of pain or injury. For more information on shoulder injuries, click here. Depending upon the diagnosis, treatment for an accident-related shoulder injury may include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, strengthening exercises, or even surgery. Shoulder surgeries may include: arthroscopy (which can be used both for exploratory purposes and sometimes to treat the injury as well); rotator cuff repairs to repair tears; procedures to tighten shoulder ligaments and repair detachments (Bankart procedures); and even prosthetic shoulder replacement at times.


Many jobs require people to use their arms for vigorous activity all day. Construction workers, factory workers, tractor-trailer and truck drivers, and countless other jobs require constant use of the arms for pulling, pushing, lifting, and other activities. Some jobs require people to undertake these activities from awkward positions leading to traumatic pull or twist injuries to the shoulder area. Sometimes a fall while on the job will lead to a shoulder injury. When a workplace accident leads to shoulder injuries in Missouri, the injured worker may have a claim for benefits under the Missouri Workers’ Compensation laws. Basic Missouri workers’ compensation benefits include payment for medical treatment arising out of the work accident. However, as St. Louis workers’ compensation attorneys know, under Missouri’s workers’ compensation system, the employer’s insurance carrier usually will have the right to authorize or select the physicians who will treat the injury. For more information on Missouri workers’ compensation laws, click here.


If you have sustained a shoulder injury in a Missouri automobile accident or through a fall or other accident in Missouri, contact St. Louis Attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. He handles cases on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your case with Attorney Cichelero, please e-mail or call 314-205-2886. If your shoulder injury resulted from a work accident, contact Attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation regarding your rights under Missouri’s Workers’ Compensation Law.

Attorney Cichelero serves clients from the areas of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles, O’Fallon, St. Peters, Warren County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, St. Francois County, Washington County, Lincoln County, Madison County and many other cities and counties within Missouri. He also handles cases in some parts of Illinois, such as Granite City, Collinsville, Alton, Wood River, Fairmont City, Edwardsville, Belleville, Fairview Heights, Shiloh, and O’Fallon.

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