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Understanding Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Injuries Following Sarasota Motorcycle Crashes

While we don’t like to think about motorcyclists getting into Florida traffic accidents, they do occur from time to time. In fact, collisions between cars and motorcycles occur more frequently than most people would assume. When motorcyclists are involved in crashes, their bodies can hit their motorcycles, other cars involved, and the ground forcefully. When this happens, they may land on their shoulder and suffer serious shoulder injuries.

Shoulder injuries can include:

  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Shoulder fracture
  • Joint dislocation
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Ball-and-socket fracture
  • Ligament and tendon injury
  • Muscle injury

Shoulder injuries can cause:

  • Loss of range of motion
  • Bone loss
  • Pain
  • Long-term nerve damage

Shoulder injuries are painful injuries that motorcyclists suffer. One of the most painful shoulder injuries is an injury to the rotator cuff. Since the rotator cuff elevates the arm and supports the upper arm, a motorcyclist should be able to tell if his or her rotator cuff is injured because of the inability to use, lift, and rotate the arm.

The most frequent shoulder muscle that is torn in motorcycle accidents is the supraspinatus muscle, which is one of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff tendon. The other three muscles include teres minor, infraspinatus, and subcapularis. When enough force is applied to these muscles, it can cause a tear in the rotator cuff tendon, disconnecting the humerus from the shoulder blade.

Rotator cuff injuries following Sarasota motorcycle accidents may require surgery to repair the shoulder, or complete shoulder replacement, followed by physical therapy. While insurance companies would like to make you believe shoulder injuries are minor, victims should be compensated accordingly for their medical bills, time off of work and lost income, loss of range of motion, and pain and suffering.

The Mallard Law Firm has helped motorcycle victims make financial recoveries for their injuries, lost earnings, and more. If you have suffered a shoulder injury in a Florida motorcycle accident, call a Sarasota motorcycle accident attorney today at 888-409-3805 for a free consultation and a free copy of our book What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney