Minnesota Shoulder Separation Attorney

The clavicle, scapula and humerus bones form the shoulder joint and when the ligaments that hold the scapula and clavicle together tear, it is called a shoulder separation.

Shoulder separations occur most commonly in slip and fall accidents, but they can also occur in car accidents.

Depending on the distance between the scapula and clavicle, shoulder separations can be rated as:

  • Grade 1 – no separation in the shoulder but tenderness will be present. The acromioclavicular (AC) ligament will be sprained but no displacement to the clavicle.
  • Grade 2 – a slight separation of the clavicle from the scapula. The AC ligament will be torn and the coracoclavicular ligament may have a minor tear.
  • Grade 3 – the AC joint will be out of position and both the AC and CC ligaments will have complete tears.

Treating a shoulder separation first requires immobilization of the shoulder until the pain subsides.  If serious ligament damage is present, surgery may be required, however surgery is delayed to see if the injury will heal on its own and gain full movement.  Physical therapy will also be required for all shoulder separation injuries to restore movement and rebuild strength and flexibility in the shoulder.

At Tarshish Cody, our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience working on shoulder separation cases.  We have assisted our clients with claiming settlements to cover medical bills, physical therapy and lost wages.  We welcome your call today at 952-361-5556 (or fill out the free Case Evaluation Form) to learn more about your case and how we can help.


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