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Ligament, Tendon, And Muscle Injuries

You will need an experienced Massachusetts accident lawyer to get you the compensation you deserve -- one who will work hard to obtain you a fair settlement but is willing and able to go to trial on your behalf as well. At the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan, we care about getting our clients the compensation they need to get the medical treatment they deserve both now and in the future. Our personal injury attorneys will aggressively pursue your claim compiling a case that clearly establishes the liability of any party at fault. Continue reading

Arm and Elbow Injuries

The arm is a very complicated structure and is capable of lifting and carrying great amounts of weight and bending in all types of directions. We rely heavily on our arms. Our arms play a major role in helping us perform some of our basic daily functions. They also allows us to swing a golf club, shoot a basketball and perform some of the many other activities that rely on the arms. The arm consists of three bones, two joints and several muscles, tendons and nerves. All these parts play an important role in helping the arm function. Without the proper care or treatment an injury to one area can result in complications that will affect to entire arm. Continue reading

Dislocated Elbow

There are two types of dislocated elbows: a partial dislocation (subluxation) and a complete dislocation. A partial dislocation occurs when the ulna bone and or radius bone partially separates from the humerus and elbow joint. A complete dislocation occurs when the ulna bone and or radius bone completely separates from the humerus or elbow joint. Continue reading

Forearm Fracture (Ulna and Radius Bone)

It might feel like there is only one bone in the forearm but there is two. The ulna and radius bones make up the forearm. The ulna and radius bones start at the wrist and run all the way up to the elbow. Both bones combine at the wrist to make the wrist joint and both extend to the elbow to form the elbow joint. Continue reading

Biceps Tendon Tear at Elbow

A biceps muscle will not grow back after it tears away from the forearm bone. Someone with a torn lower bicep will have to rely on other muscles to help stabilize the elbow, bend the arm and rotate the forearm. A torn lower biceps can result in a 30% reduction in elbow bending strength and a 40% reduction in forearm rotation strength. We rely heavily on our biceps and a lower biceps tear can have a serious impact on our day-to-day lives. Continue reading

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Injury

Ulnar nerve injuries are caused by trauma, the aging process and pressure. The most common cause of ulnar nerve injury is ulnar nerve entrapment. The ulnar nerve can get entrapped or compressed (impinged) on its way from the shoulder to the hand. Ulnar nerve entrapment or compression occurs most frequently at the elbow. Continue reading

Radial Head Fracture At The Elbow

Radial head fractures are a common fracture and they account for approximately 20% of all elbow fracture injuries. People between ages of twenty and forty are most prone to this type of elbow fracture. Women are more likely to sustain a broken radial head. This injury is so common because it is often associated with slip and fall accidents. Our instinct tells us to stick an arm or hand out in order to brace for a fall. Often times when we do this our elbow either sustains a direct impact or an indirect impact which occurs when the impact from a fall travels up the hand, to the forearm and into the elbow joint. Continue reading

Distal Humerus Fracture at the Elbow

A broken distal humerus occurs when there is a fracture in the bottom end (distal region) of the humerus bone. This region is also known as the humeral head. A fractured distal humerus is a kind of elbow fracture. A fracture in one of the three bones that make-up the elbow joint will constitute an elbow fracture. Continue reading

Fractured Proximal Humerus (Broken Arm)

Five percent of all fractures involve the proximal humerus. People sixty-five years and older sustain more proximal humerus fractures than any other kind of fracture expect hip and wrist fractures. The top of the humerus is also known as the humeral head. The humeral head connects with the shoulder blade to form the shoulder joint. Continue reading

Broken Shoulder Blade (Scapula Fracture)

Scapula fractures represent less than one percent of all fracture injuries. That is because a great amount of force is usually required in order to cause cause a broken shoulder blade. Scapula fractures are usually the result of blunt trauma caused in heavy impact collisions like car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and slip and fall accidents. In fact the majority of scapula If there was enough trauma to cause a fractured collarbone then it is likely that other parts of the upper body sustained an injury. 80 percent of the time a broken scapula comes with a collarbone, sternum, rib, arm, head and lung injuries. Continue reading

Broken Collarbone (Clavicle Fracture)

A broken clavicle causes significant pain to the affected area and makes it difficult to move the arm and shoulder. Often times the skin around the collarbone will be swollen, tender and bruised. A popping or crackling noise can result when attempting to raise your hand. A bulge, bump or some other deformity will exist above the clavicle. This is the displaced bone. A compound fracture could cause the bone to pierce the skin. A clavicle fracture will also cause the shoulder to sag. Continue reading

Separated/Dislocated Shoulder

There is a difference between a separated shoulder and a dislocated shoulder. It's important to distinguish a separation from a dislocation because each injury has its own treatment. The mobility and flexibility that gives the shoulder the ability to twists, turn and reach in multiple directions also makes it susceptible to injuries. The location and symptoms of the injury will determine whether it is a dislocation or separation. Continue reading

Biceps Tendon Tear At The Shoulder

The biceps muscle and tendon are located at the front upper arm. The biceps helps stabilize the shoulder and allows the arm to bend at the elbow. The long and short head bicep tendons can sustain partial tears or complete tears. Partial tears are also know as partial thickness tears or frays. These tears do not completely tear the tendon in two. Complete tears are also known as full thickness tears. Full thickness tears rip the tendon into two pieces disconnecting the biceps from the shoulder. Continue reading

Labral SLAP Tear (Shoulder Socket Injuries)

The shoulder joint socket is very shallow and therefore unstable. The glenoid is the part of the shoulder blade (scapula) that makes up the socket. The labrum (glenoid labrum) is a layer of tissue/cartilage that lines the shoulder socket. The labrum in effect turns the shallow socket into a deeper socket. This gives the ball, or the head of the humerus bones (humeral head), more room to fit into the socket. The labrum stabilizes the ball-and-socket shoulder joint by keeping the ball (humeral head) in the socket (scapula). Continue reading

Torn Labrum (Shoulder Socket Injuries)

The shoulder joint socket is very shallow and therefore unstable. The glenoid is the part of the shoulder blade (scapula) that makes up the socket. The labrum (glenoid labrum) is a layer of tissue/cartilage that lines the shoulder socket. The labrum in effect turns the shallow socket into a deeper socket. This gives the ball, or the head of the humerus bones (humeral head), more room to fit into the socket. The labrum stabilizes the ball-and-socket shoulder joint by keeping the ball (humeral head) in the socket (scapula). Continue reading

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a shoulder condition that causes pain in the shoulder joint and immobilizes the shoulder by significantly reducing its range of motion. Often times the shoulder has to be completely immobilized when someone suffers a rotator cuff injury or shoulder fracture. For instance a sling is used to immobilize an injured shoulder. Immobilization allows the injury to set because constant motion aggravates the underlying injury. It can take two –four months for a shoulder fracture injury to heal. Continue reading

Bursitis/Subacromial Bursitis

The shoulder is comprised of three main bones. The humerus (upper arm bone), Scapula (shoulder blade) and Clavicle (collar bone) all merge to form a ball-and-socket joint. The end of the humerus (also known as the humeral head) meets with the scapula. The scapula in turn joins with the clavicle. These three bones are connected by ligaments. Continue reading

Rotator Cuff/Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Impingement syndrome occurs when the surrounding bones are knocked out of alignment or compress or pinch the muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff. Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents and other trauma related accidents can cause this compression. Consistent compression and pinching can irritate and inflame the rotator cuff muscles. Consistent compression reduces the blood flow in the muscles. Reduced blood flow hardens the muscle which reduces elasticity and causes the muscle tissue fray.Lifting your hands above your head, moving your hands behind the back of your head and other shoulder movements can perpetuate this cycle of compression/pinching and painful inflammation and irritation. Continue reading

Rotator Cuff Tear

The Rotator Cuff mainly consists of a group of tendons and four muscles that connect the upper arm bone (humerus) to the shoulder blade (scapula). Additionally, the tendons of the rotator cuff help stabilize the shoulder while the muscles facilitate rotation and movement of the shoulder. Rotator cuff tears are the most common shoulder injury. The rotator cuff consists of the following muscles: teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus and subscapularis. Continue reading

Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff can be injured in a slip and fall accident especially if someone sticks a hand out to brace for a fall and lands hard on the hand and arm. Rotator cuff injuries are common in car accidents and truck accidents. In the case of front-end collisions and side-impact accidents the driver will see the accident coming and will usually grip the steering wheel tight in order to brace for impact. This is can also be the case in rear-end accidents if the driver happens to see the accident coming in his or her rear view mirror. Most of the force generated by the impact in these collisions gets absorbed by the shoulders and rotator cuffs. Continue reading

Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is one of the most movable and mobile joints in the body. Whether it's swinging a golf club, shooting a basketball, combing your hair, brushing your teeth, or pouring a glass of milk we rely heavily on our shoulders in everyday life. However, the flexibility, versatility and mobility of the shoulder is source of instability. The things that make the shoulder so useful and important also make it vulnerable to injury. The shoulder is susceptible to the following injuries and conditions: fractures, tears, separations, dislocations, sprains, strains, arthritis and tendinitis. Continue reading

Knee Injuries – MCL Tear and LCL Tear Injury

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral crucial ligament (LCL) are two of the four ligaments that stabilize the knee joint. Both are located on the sides of the knee. The MCL is located on the inside of the knee while the LCL is located on the outside of the knee. The MCL and LCL, also known as the collateral ligaments, control the sideways movement and stability of the knee. Continue reading

Knee Injuries – PCL Tear Injury

The posterior cruciate ligament (MCL) is located in the back of the knee. It is one of four ligaments that form the knee joint by connecting the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). The posterior cruciate ligament helps stabilize the knee by preventing the tibia from moving backwards too far. Continue reading

Knee Injuries – ACL Tear Injury

ACL tears are one of the most common knee injuries. ACLs are susceptible to tears when they are subjected to quick or intense twisting. These types of movements subject the ACL to tremendous stress which causes tears or strains. An ACL can either tear, rupture or sprain. Continue reading

Knee Injuries – Meniscus/Meniscal Tear Injury

Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage located between the tibia and femur. This cartilage acts as a cushion or shock absorber which protects and stabilizes the knee joint during walking, running and bending. Continue reading

About Knee Injuries

The knees are among the largest joints in the human body. They provide flexibility and stability to the legs and lower body. The muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones of the knee all play a major role in the functioning of the knee. The complexity of the knee, with all these different parts, makes it susceptible to several types of injuries. Knee injuries usually occur when force is exerted on the leg or knee causing the knee to twist, bend the wrong way, or hyper-extend. That is why knee injuries often occur in slip and fall accidents and car and truck accidents. Continue reading

About Fractured/Broken Rib Injuries

One of the major downsides of a fractured or cracked rib injury is the inability to treat the injury with a cast. The ribs cannot be constricted and a cast of some type would restrict or prevent breathing. The breathing process slows the recovery period because the ribs expand and contract with every breath. Fracture ribs take longer to heal than most other bone fractures because the ribs are continually forced to move with every breath. Recovery time can be anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks depending on the location and severity of the fracture. Continue reading

About Airbag Injuries

Approximately 2.5 percent of drivers involved in serious crashes are likely to suffer serious injury due airbag deployment. However, most airbag injuries occur in low-speed collisions. Shorter people are located closer to airbags and therefore are at an increased risk of injury. Children and elderly are also more susceptible to airbag injuries. Continue reading

Delivery Truck Accident Attorneys

Shipping companies like UPS and Fed Ex have a responsibility to properly train their drivers, to keep their trucks in good working condition, and to give their employees realistic daily quotas so as not to encourage the dangerous driving behaviors detailed above. Continue reading

Car Accident FAQs: Can I get a rental car?

Massachusetts civil law requires the party responsible for an accident pay for substitute transportation. However, you will likely be required to pay for the rental car yourself when you turn it in to the rental company. Legally the person responsible for your accident must pay for any substitute transportation but it may take months for them to reimburse you. Continue reading