Arm injuries are common in high impact crashes and collisions.
These injuries generally happen when the the driver grasps the wheel to brace for impact or victim’s hand is trapped between a certain part of the car. In such cases the impact can have a crushing force, often leaving the victim in an enormous amount of pain. Severe arm and shoulder injuries are also common in motorcycle crashes, pedestrian collisions, bicycle crashes, and truck crashes.
When an arm, elbow, or shoulder injury is caused by another person’s negligence and it affects the injured person’s quality of life and ability to earn income, the negligent party should be held accountable.
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. The cost of such versatility is an increased risk of injury. Clavicle (shoulder) fractures are among the most common acute shoulder injuries. Common acute soft tissue injuries include shoulder dislocations, rotator cuff tears, and acromioclavicular sprains. Acromioclavicular injuries are graded from types I to VI.
Injuries sustained in other parts of the body can cause symptoms in the arms. For instance, damage to the vertebrae or soft tissue of the neck may result in numbness, weakness, tingling, or other sensations down the arms and into the hands.
Bones can be broken as well. Falls and traumatic events are the most common causes of broken arms. Treatment and recovery can be extensive and agonizing. With three major bones and two useful joints, the arm presents many opportunities for breakage. There are many different types of arm fractures that can occur in crashes and collisions. Complications from broken arms can occur, particularly in breaks that are very severe, affect nerve areas, or are poorly treated.
We know how disruptive injuries in those areas can be. If your job requires you to lift, or if it necessitates fine motor skills and the use of your hands, injuries to those body parts can make it difficult or impossible to work. You may need medical treatment followed by physical or occupational therapies. Even at that, your ability to resume the job you held before your injury could be jeopardized.
While many treatments are available, they are unlikely to bring full pre-accident mobility. Additionally, many surgeries such as fusion therapy can forever alter the mobility of your hand. And victims are forced to make difficult choices between either electing to have the surgery or having long-term pain and suffering. Often, surgery is the only available remedy to minimize the pain and suffering. However, these surgeries can come at a serious price and are the only available option. Victims can also require secondary or post-op surgeries, which are minimally invasive, but can nevertheless be expensive and painful.
You should be compensated not only for the cost of these surgeries, but also for the pain and suffering. Other compensation should include the cost of potential medical treatment.
If you or a loved one have experienced an arm injury because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.