Scapula is the proper name for your shoulder blade. This is the part of your shoulder you can feel and usually see on your back, with the aid of a mirror. It joins your humerus, which is the bone in your upper arm, with your clavicle, or collar bone. This is the bone at the front of your shoulder.
It is actually relatively rare to break your scapula. It is far more common to break the collar bone, since it is much more slender and therefore more prone to being broken. While the scapula can be broken while playing sports, it can happen in other situations as well. For example, the impact of a car accident can lead to something like this happening.
A serious impact
Generally speaking, a severe impact is required in order to break your shoulder blade. This is why it can potentially occur in a car smash that happens at high speed. It may also happen if you are a pedestrian and you are struck by a vehicle.
Other situations that might involve such an injury occurring include a severe fall. It is possible to break more than one part of the shoulder blade as well, although the most common part to be broken is the body of the scapula. A fall from a height could potentially occur in a variety of situations. Indeed, there have been rare instances where someone has fallen in such a way at work.
Less than 1% of broken bones
This injury accounts for less than 1% of all the occasions where people suffer a broken bone. It can usually be resolved and healed without surgery being required, but of course each situation is different. Either way, you can expect several weeks’ worth of recovery to go through, and perhaps even more than that.
Accident Advice Helpline is on hand to advise you if you believe someone else may have been responsible for your broken scapula. If you think broken scapula compensation could be payable in your case, call us on 0800 689 0500 now. Make sure you are in position to claim broken scapula compensation via a no win, no fee* claim with one of our lawyers. If we think you will succeed, we’ll support you throughout the entire process. You may get more than you might think, and you are entitled to claim if negligence can be proven.
Date Published: November 7, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead