Broken Shoulder Blade (Scapula Fracture)
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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.
Initial treatment consists of icing, pain medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, and immobilization. Some sort of physical therapy or exercising usually starts within three weeks of the injury. 9 out of 10 scapula fractures are not displaced and as a result do not require surgery. Serious scapula fractures resulting in displacement could affected shoulder and ribcage movement. Therefore if the scapula fracture is displaced it is important to realign the bone before it sets. If the scapula sets out-of-alignment then it could permanently interfere with the shoulder and ribcage movement.
The following are some of the major causes of broken shoulder blades:
About Damages for Pain and Suffering
You may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering from the insurer or the person who caused your injuries (including the driver of the car you were a passenger in), if any of the following resulted from your injuries:
- Your medical bills total more than $2,000; or
- Fractured/broken bone (even tooth); or
- Death; or
- Serious and permanent disfigurement; or
- Partial or total loss of eyesight or hearing; or
- Loss of part of or all of a body member (i.e., limb amputation, or even the tip of a finger or toe.)
If you suffered a broken shoulder blade in an accident that was not your fault, here’s why you need to hire an attorney with experience in dealing with accident cases.
Getting compensation for a car accident may seem simple to the victim: someone else caused or contributed to the accident, you were injured, and so you should be compensated. But insurance policy terms and Massachusetts laws make things a little more complicated than that. There are many provisions and restrictions that can be confusing to lay people — especially when insurance companies contest liability or when they offer to settle claims for the least amount possible and not necessarily what the victim is entitled to.
For example, under Massachusetts law, you are probably entitled to certain benefits (generally, up to $8,000 per person) for medical treatment and/or lost wages. There are some scenarios where the insurance carrier will not assume medical expenses in excess of this $2,000.00 threshold. You are likely entitled to up to $8,000 in PIP medical coverage if you didn’t have private health insurance at the time of the accident.
By statute, the first $2,000.00 in medical bills will be covered by the Personal Injury Protection Insurance (PIP) carrier of car you were in at the time of the accident. However, Massachusetts law requires medical bills in excess of $2,000 be coordinated with, and paid by your private health insurance carrier.
Massachusetts Health, Medicare and any other government provided health insurance isn’t considered private health insurance for the purposes of PIP coordination. If the car accident caused you to miss work you may be entitled to 75% of your average weekly wage for every week of work missed up to the PIP maximum of $8,000. Note that the most any one person can receive from any one accident from the PIP insurance carrier is $8,000.
If the automobile that caused your injuries was not insured at the time of the accident, or you were a victim of a “hit and run” accident (which includes an unknown automobile which cut you off causing the accident), there is a strong possibility that you may be entitled to money damages for pain and suffer under uninsured motorist coverage.
If the automobile that caused you injuries did not carry enough insurance coverage to pay for your injuries, you may be entitled to collect additional monetary benefits from under-insured motorist coverage.
More Information: How does PIP, MedPay and Health Insurance work?
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