Very commonly, car accidents cause bodily trauma to the joints and bones. Trauma causing damage during minor and major impact collisions. Some common orthopedic injuries include broken bones, fractures, dislocations, and similar orthopedic injuries. An orthopedic injury is a medical disorder that affects a person's joints, bones, and/or the ligaments that connect them. In many cases, these disorder cause life long complications and harm. When they are severe, such as a slipped disc or separated joint, permanent paralysis is the result. Bodily damage should not be taken lightly. It is important that any person who has experienced bodily trauma in an automobile accident to seek out medical help immediately. Call us at 909-325-6032 for more guidance directly from a negligent vehicle lawyer.
If you feel any type of pain following a car accident, you need to get it checked immediately. Documenting the symptoms and obtaining diagnostics is very important to proving an auto accident lawsuit. Early diagnosis and treatment in the form of therapy can reduce the need for more invasive medical care such as surgery.
Common Types of Orthopedic Injuries
Bone Fractures - are very commonly experienced when dealing with car accidents and slip and falls. The general treatment for fractures requires the victim to wear a plaster cast or sling. This keeps the bones in place so they may heal properly. In more severe cases, the bones may never properly heal causing Osgood-Schlatter disease.
Osgood-Schlatter disease - a disorder that results from a fractured bone being unable to heal properly. It is more common in children and adolescents. Osgood-Schlatter often results from a vehicular crash.
Joint dislocation or separation - is caused when a persons normal alignment of the joints are out of place, dislocated, or separated from their rightful place. This can affect the spine, knees, shoulders, fingers, or toes. When dislocated or separated, it may never heal correctly and can cause permanent complications.
Sprain or strain injury - affects the ligaments and muscles surrounding the bones and ligaments. Usually mild to moderate, these are common problems linked with collisions as well as slip and falls.
Arthritis - is a condition that causes pain and discomfort in the affected areas. Most commonly people suffer from arthritis in their fingers, wrists, shoulders, and knees from use as well as hereditary factors. Arthritis often arises following a broken bone or dislocation. Arthritis makes movement very painful and may require routine physical therapy and multiple surgeries.
Carpal tunnel syndrome - is common among people who regularly type on a keyboard and use a computer. This condition compresses the nerves in the wrist and causes weakness and numbness in the wrist and fingers. This syndrome most often affects those who work with computers. A sudden impact to the wrists during a collision can bring on the onset of this syndrome.
Herniated or disc protrusions disease - happens when the spine is stressed in a way to cause the discs that separate the vertebrae to rupture or bulge. In many situations surgery is necessary to relieve nerve problems due to the protruding disc. Sometimes people mistake nerve issues in the extremities for carpal tunnel syndrome when it is in fact a disc problem.
Typical Treatment for Bone and Joint Injuries
Ankle damage relief - if an ankle is sprained or strained it can result in pain and difficultly walking or standing, these injuries can usually be alleviated by physical therapy or simply keeping weight off the affected ankle. More severe instances, like a shattered ankle, may require ankle fusion surgery.
Spine surgery - spinal injuries can be very dangerous and life threatening, common treatment involves spinal fusion surgery, bed rest, and physical therapy.
Joint replacement - in some cases, victims of arthritis or degenerated joints may require a full joint replacement procedure. Problems that lead to full replacement are usually due to long term complications, severe arthritis and care accidents. These procedures utilize artificial implants that are substituted for the damaged tissue. In some cases, surgeries like this can cause complication or infection from the body rejecting the artificial implant.
Pain treatment - pain is side effect of all orthopedic disorders, especially after undergoing surgery. When dealing with orthopedic pain is often chronic, which means it isn't temporary and causes discomfort continuously over time. In such instances routine physical therapy can be necessary.
Lawyer Up For Bone and Joint Damage
Do not Delay - Not taking action can only hurt your case and your health, so do not delay. Anyone injured in an automobile accident has legal rights against the negligent driver who caused it. Money compensation may be available to pay for doctor visits, ambulance fees, emergency room costs, future care and suffering. Get in touch with The Napolin Law Firm to learn your rights and how to prove your case. Call 909/325/6032 for a free case consultation one on one with a car accident lawyer.