Orthopedic Injury Compensation Claims
Statistics provided by a 2009 study done by the Center for Disease Control shows that almost five million emergency room visits were regarding sprains and strains, a common type of orthopedic injury, while roughly three million of these were caused by automobile accidents.
Orthopedic injuries are typically categorized into sprains and strains, fractures, tendonitis, osteochondral injuries, compressive injuries, and degenerative joint diseases. These injuries typically cause damage to the musculoskeletal system including; bones, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles. Thus, these types of injuries occur at an alarming rate throughout the country each year.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our attorneys believe that if you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another individual, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for any losses and damages incurred during the accident including; losses and damages, medical expenses, lost wages, and property damages.
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Accident Causing of Orthopedic Injuries
Many different types of automobile accidents may cause orthopedic injuries as they are typically a result of a strong force. Typically, the severity of the accident is directly correlated with the severity of the resulting orthopedic injury.
Common accidents which cause orthopedic injuries include:
- Rear end collisions
- Side impact collisions
- Pedestrian accidents
- Roll-over accidents
- Occupant ejection
- Motorcycle accidents
- High speed accidents
- Red light accidents
Although there are several other causes of orthopedic injuries, these are some of the most common causes associated with automobile accidents.
Types of Orthopedic Injuries
As the musculoskeletal system is an extremely complex structure which gives humans the ability to perform activities of daily living, it is also susceptible to injuries during automobile accidents. These injuries can occur to any areas including; the spinal cord, shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, neck, legs, knees, and ankles.
Some common orthopedic injuries include:
Back pain can be caused by a blunt force caused during an accident, which causes a significant amount of back pain even if it does not result in any broken bones or herniated discs.
Bursitis occurs when the bursa, a cushion between the bones, muscles, tendons, and skin becomes inflamed due to a trauma and causes immense pain and swelling. This has been found to occur mostly in the elbows and knees.
A fracture is simply another name for a broken bone. The most commonly broken bone in the human body is the clavicle, also known as the collar bone, while wrist fractures are a close second.
Herniated discs are also referred to as a slipped disc. These discs are located between the vertebrae and may become herniated during a car accident and cause great back or neck pain, along with muscle spasms.
Knee injuries are common in auto accidents for individuals that are seated near the dashboard. These injuries typically cause bruising, sprains, strains, and bursitis.
Neck injuries are a common result of whiplash which occurs during many auto accidents. These injuries may cause torn ligaments, muscle strain, and nerve damages.
Shoulder injuries may occur when a force strikes the arm causing it to become dislocated. These injuries can result in tendonitis, and further rotator cuff injuries.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are common when muscles and ligaments are stretched beyond their normal capacity which is a common cause for sprained ankles and wrists.
If you believe you are suffering from an orthopedic injury resulting from an auto accident or any negligent act of another individual, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately. These medical documents can also be used by our attorneys to formulate a strong case against these negligent individuals in the court of law.
Orthopedic Injury Treatment
When determining the types of treatment necessary for orthopedic injuries, medical professionals typically divide them into different categories including; compressive injuries, tendonitis, sprains and strains, fractures, degenerative joint disease, and osteochondral injuries. In many cases, orthopedic injuries do not require surgery; however in more serious cases it may be required.
Orthopedic injury categories consist of the following:
- Acute four to fourteen days
- Sub-acute Fourteen to sixty days
- Chronic More than sixty days
In most cases physical therapy will be necessary to regain full range of motion, strength, and muscle to the body parts affected.
Contact an Experienced Tulsa Attorney
At The Edwards Law Firm, our attorneys are proud to represent injured victims in the court of law. Our attorneys will seek the maximum compensation available for your injuries while holding the negligent party accountable for all damages and losses which occurred as a result of an accident.
With our main office located in Tulsa, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Oklahoma.
For additional information on how our personal injury attorneys can help you in your time of need, or to schedule a free no-obligation consultation, we invite you to contact our firm at 1-800-304-9246 where a member of our intake team will take your information and connect you with one of our helpful attorneys ready to take your specific case.