Dislocations Information | Shoulder Dislocations
A dislocation occurs when a sudden impact injures a joint, or point at which two bones are connected. The force of the impact separates, or dislocates the bones from their original setting, forcing them out of position. In some cases, there can be extensive ligament and nerve damage as a result of the dislocation. On average, dislocation injuries take anywhere from three-to-six weeks to heal.
The most common causes of dislocations are slips, falls, or sudden blows to the immediate area of the joint. Those who sustain dislocations in maritime-related circumstances or events often do so as a result of slipping or falling on slippery deck surfaces. Failure to maintain safe and secure working and walking environments onboard a waterborne vessel can lead to situations that facilitate a dislocation injury.
If you or someone you know has been injured while working or recreating aboard a ship, boat, refinery, or any other vessel, there is a possibility that you may be able to seek compensation for the costs associated with the injury. Understanding and experienced attorneys can help you navigate through the difficulties of maritime law and determine who or what entities are responsible for your injury.
A shoulder dislocation is an injury that occurs when the top of the arm bone (humerus) loses contact with the shoulder blade (scapula). The muscles that move the shoulder tighten up and go into spasm after the shoulder has been dislocated. These muscle spasms prevent the shoulder from going back into joint easily, and a doctor or a trained medical worker usually has to move the shoulder in order to get it to go back into the joint. When the dislocation is diagnosed, the shoulder must be “reduced,” or put back in place. It is possible to treat a shoulder dislocation at the scene of the injury, but if transportation to a hospital is available, then this is a much safer option. There are potential complications of dislocated shoulder, and there are complications of reducing a dislocated shoulder. This is best done in trained hands at a hospital. Unfortunately for those who work and play on the waterways of the world, the nearest hospital may be hundreds of miles away. As a result, unskilled or poorly trained individuals may attempt to treat the dislocation, a situation that can greatly increase the likelihood of complications in association with the injury. Sustaining an injury as painful as a shoulder dislocation is an area that lacks proper medical equipment, facilities or personnel can be an incredibly difficult experience for the victim. Those who have sustained such an injury while on the water may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, wages lost and all other costs associated with the treatment of, and rehabilitation from the injury. Consulting with an understanding and diligent admiralty law attorney can help shed light on the extent of your legal rights, as well as the course of action you choose to take.