St. Louis Scapular Dislocation Attorney
The scapula, or shoulder blade, is not commonly injured in most automobile accidents; however, when there is an injury, it is frequently a very devastating injury with loss of function of that arm. The most common causes of scapular injury are a life-threatening fall, high-speed motor vehicle accident, and industrial or farming accidents. Traumatic scapular dislocation occurs when there is a sudden and severe lateral traction force applied to the shoulder. Many nerves course along the back of the scapula, in-between the scapula and the rib cage. When dislocation occurs, there is a high rate of nerve injury associated.
The symptoms of a scapular dislocation include pain, swelling of the upper arm, and bruising around the shoulder. The wrist and elbow pulses may be weak or absent. However, the most devastating injury is a nerve injury, rendering the arm non-functional, without sensation, or both. In this situation, the individual will be seen with a “wing scapula,” where the scapula is sticking out away from the body and a limp arm.
Due to the high occurrence of complete nerve injury resulting in a non-functional arm, an above elbow amputation is sometimes recommended. If the nerve injury was only partial, some sensation and/or function may return with physical therapy and rehabilitation; thus, observation may be appropriate.
Individuals with a scapular dislocation typically have a poor prognosis because almost 95% of injuries result in a complete nerve injury that leaves the arm non-functional.
Protecting Your Rights for Injury Compensation
Serious shoulder dislocation needs proper medical treatment. These types of injuries can also lead to health complications and even impairment of mobility. Our St. Louis shoulder injury attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you need in order to fully recover from your injuries. Call (314) 322-8515 today for a free consultation.