There are many types of orthopaedic injuries that take place in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles County. This page written by the experienced broken bone attorneys at the Ehline Law Firm PC is your number one resource for valuable information on bone crushing and mutilation claims. And you know it is good stuff. After all, Ehline Law is recognized by L.A. courts and the insurance defense bar as highly aggressive, yet civil legal warriors. We hope you are educated and assisted by these free resources at your fingertips from a real attorney who has been awarded millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of catastrophic injury victims. And you had better learn the consequences of pulverized and fragmented bones before you settle your case. Read more to learn why.
Many Bad Consequences Later in Life Like Arthritis
If you or a loved one have suffered a broken bone, fracture, broken jaw, or any other type of orthopedic injury, in a mishap, like a car, bus, motorcycle, or truck collision, there are many other things you need to know about the chances of these injuries becoming permanent later on in your life. You may not be aware a healed broken bone may become arthritic, or that a separated joint, or slipped disc may eventually put you in a wheel-chair.
It is not only important to retain expert medical care providers. It is also very important to retain highly educated counsel like us, who will fight to recover future medical for the lifetime effects of a fracture, like a compound fracture, for example. Read below and learn about your body, bones and joints, and what to expect as a result of serious bone ruptures as you age.
- Osgood Schlatter
- Joint Dislocation
- Sprains and Strains
- Athletic injuries
- Wrists and Hands
- Shoulders and Elbows
- Skull Fractures
- Carpal Tunnel
- Tumor Oncology
- Ankle Surgery
- Spine Surgery
- Joint Replacement
- Arthroscopic Surgery
- Pain Management
- Other Types of Fractures
The Many Types of Orthopaedic Injuries
The Bone Fracture
Bone fractures are among the most common injuries in vehicular traffic type accidents and also in premises liability cases. These types of injury are more commonly known as a “broken bone” incident. This is by far the most common orthopedic problem that a personal injury attorney will litigate in the Greater Los Angeles area.
The usual treatment for a bone fracture is a plaster cast or sling. A bone fracture can also be a hairline fracture which may be invisible to some x-rays. A good consumer attorney will typically recommend a surviving victim have an MRI or CT scan to check for this hidden type hairline fracture. However, treatment may require the bone to be re-broken and re-set, or even expensive surgery. Some cases, such as those caused by a high impact freeway accident, can mangle, or pinch off vital arteries and nerves, causing a fatality. Some doctors believe the failure of some bones to heal properly will result in a condition called Osgood-Schlatter Disease.
Osgood Schlatter Disease
Some studies indicate the etiology of Osgood-Schlatter lesions happen primarily to the lower end of the patellar tendon which results in new-bone formation. This condition is normally present in children and adolescents and may be caused by impact in a vehicular crash, or slip trip and fall in a premises liability case.
The Dislocated Joint Problem
Joint dislocation is a type of bone injury that happens when an injury victim’s normal alignment of his or her joints are dislocated, or separated by a tear or impact, such as those above metioned. Typical dislocations are spinal cord, knee joint, toe joint, finger and shoulder dislocations. These types of conditions often never heal right and result in a need for long term care for the damages. Finding a qualified personal injury lawyer is the first step in seeking future medical care damages in anticipation of the future treatment and pain medication a victim is highly likely to need.
Sprain Injury & Strain Accident
Sprain and strain injuries are very common orthopaedic injuries in vehicle and freeway accidents. Sprains are damages to the ligaments, whereas strains are accidents that damage the muscle tissues. Examples include ankle strain and ankle sprains, as well as wrist strain, groin strains and groin pull, as well as the well known low back strain.
Other less well known examples include: Hamstring Strain, High Ankle Sprain, Finger Sprain, Knee Sprain, Neck Strain, and Costochondritis, chest wall pain from inflamed cartilage and bones in the chest cavity wall area. Ice packs and heating pads are the most common treatments for strain and sprain injury accidents.
Sporting Accident Injuries
Why would Ehline care about sporting accidents? Don’t you assume the risk of these injuries? The answer is, not always. If a sporting participant engages in an act that exceeds the scope of the activity, like punching someone during a game of golf, there is tort liability. Assumption of the risk is not always available as a defense. Sport accident injuries are common problem for all athletes.
Sports medicine doctors are the best physicians for the treatment of these types of personal injury. A sports injury, whether minor, like a pulled groin from a poolside slip and fall accident, or major, like a broken ankle, is a major setback for any serious athlete. But more often than not, with treatment like physical therapy, you will be back at your sporting activities in a reasonable time.
Arthritis Can Be Even Caused By Orthopedic Injury
Yes, arthritis has much of its foundation in prior broken bone injury or strains. In time it can lead to joint damage. When arthritis is severe enough, joint movement will be very painful. Treatment can include physical therapy, surgery and homeopathics. This is a major concern for consumer attorneys, as it will often come later in life after a verdict has already been awarded for a tort caused by a wrong-doer. This is why it is so important to hire the right attorney who will in turn hire the right medical experts and get the right expert opinions concerning future medical care. A legal advocate who understands human anatomy -like Michael P. Ehline – the basic framework of the human musculoskeletal system, is extremely important in an injury case, and the foundation of orthopedic web law.
Wrist and Hand Surgery Problems
Are you a secretary, a machine operator? Many problems occur in the wrists, fingers and hands because workers and injury victims use these joints over and over again. You may be entitled to compensation for these types o injuries as well and they are often deemed orthopaedic related. These injuries may often be caused by a dog bite or animal attack. Contacting your experienced counsel can often help find a good doctor to resolve these types of long term damages.
Elbow and Shoulder Problems
Some elbow conditions are like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, olecranon bursitis, or cubital tunnel syndrome to name just a few. These serious health conditions may cause serious pain and suffering and can be exacerbated by a negligent incident, entitling you to recovery for past, present and future physical and mental pain and suffering. Shoulder and Elbow Surgery is often required from these conditions, which include shoulder separation, frozen shoulder, or even arthritis.
Fractured skull injury is one of the worst types of othopaedic injuries and often results in a closed head injury resulting in concussion, or even worst, a serious brain injury.
Common causes of hip pain are slip trip and fall accidents. There are many treatments for hip pain, including surgery.
Knee pain is among the most common orthopaedic complaint among car accident and limousine accident victims.
A lesser known orthopedic condition is known as Gout, whcih becomes very painful, as the result of uric acid accumulation in joint fluid. Gout may also cause arthritis and severe joint pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This condition is very common amongst lawyers and secretaries who type a lot and is a syndrome of nerve compression in your wrist that causes pain as well as weakness of your wrist and your fingers. Increased pressure in the carpal canal actually pinches off the median nerve in your affected hand.
Osteoporosis is an orthopaedic condition more common among women than men, and is caused in large part by lack of calcium in the bones. Smoking is known to contribute to calcium loss. People who are less active and lazy are more likely to suffer from this condition. Working out instead of being a lazy puke is a great way to avoid this horrible health condition. Our law firm specifically takes on challenging cases where the victim was already in a weakened state such as this, and we stand at the ready to help you in an “eggshell-skull” type case.
Bone Tumors and Oncology
Little is known in this field. But there is new research providing much needed hope for this type of disease that was once presumed an incurable medical condition.
Common Treatments for Bone Injury
Ankle Damage Surgery
Common treatments for ankle conditions like ankle sprains, fractures, achilles tendon injuries include ankle fusion surgery and titanium pins to name a few.
Spine problems often cause and create back and leg pains. Many of these spine related conditions will require surgery for treatment, like spinal fusion surgery, while other treatment may be as simple as bed rest and physical therapy.
Sometimes surgery like a total knee replacement, or hip replacement surgery is an option for victim and patients suffering from severe degenerative and arthritic problems. These can be from changes within a joint from earlier car accidents or athletic injury. Total joint replacement surgery often will utilize artificial implants as a substitution for the worn out joint. Often, a person can die from this or suffer sever infections, from the body rejecting these foreign objects. Almost always, these surgeries will require anti rejection medicine and powerful pain killers like Vicodin, Percodan and opium derivatives which are extremely addictive.
Arthroscopy surgery is one of the least invasive types of surgeries. Your surgeon can look inside your joint with a small camera and snip and sew the affected area. The most common type is arthroscopic knee surgery, but other commonly ‘scoped’ joint surgery includes shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, and hip arthroscopy.
Pain is always a factor to consider after a serious, or even a minor injury, especially after surgery. Pain can even be chronic. Medications, discussed above and other alternative therapies like acupressure, massage and acupuncture are often applied for pain relief.
Treatment most any orthopaedic conditions usually requires physical therapy. Some rehab can be done unilaterally, such as at a health club, or swimming pool. Alternative medicine like nutrition and supplements, such as nutrients, and herbs is often a good choice for many who wish to avoid powerful psychotropic drugs for conditions like arthritis and fatigue.
Other Types of Broken Bone Injuries
Clean break fracture
There are different types of bone conditions our LA lawyers have helped folks with. These cases can happen in a split second in a large, dense area like L.A. This is one of the most common types of injuries a tort advocate will see in high impact cases. But when speaking of bone breaks, many people think there is only one type, however, there are several types, such as the traumatic bone fracture that a catastrophic harm lawyer will litigate.
Traumatic Bone Fracture: A traumatic bone fracture can be sustained in a wreck, or any high impact collision in California, in which the broken bone could be a pathological fracture due to a medical condition such as osteoporosis.
Open Bone Fracture: This is the type of broken bone that when involved in an incident break a bone, the bone breaks through the skin. Broken bones, like the broken arm or leg can occur easily in a vehicle collision and when the bone is visible this is an open fracture and immediate medical attention is needed.
Closed Fracture: The closed fracture occurs when a bone like the arm or leg is broken in a car or motorcycle accident, and does not break through the skin. In a car accident it is possible to sustain several closed fracture bone injuries, or both open and closed fracture bone injuries such as in a bike crash, or crush injury form a dog bite such as from a Rottweiler, which can exert up to 1800 pounds of bite per square inch. Medical attention is needed immediately for the closed or open fracture, which can include loss of blood, nerve damage and pain.
Other Bones in the Human Body That Can Break
Infants have between 300 and 350 bones, and by the time a person reaches adulthood they have 206 bones, this is because during growth some bones fuse together. The bones that fuse together are the skull cap surrounding the brain and the sacrum, which holds the hip bones. The feet and hands are comprises of half of these bones, with 106 bones.
How Many Bones are Located Where in an Adult?
- The adult skull has 28 bones; with 14 that are facial bones link the cheek bones and 8 cranium bones protecting the brain.
- There are 6 bones that comprise the human ear
- The thyroid bone in the neck
- There are 26 vertebrates; with 7 in the neck known as cervical bones, 12 thoracic and 5 lumbar bones
- The Scrum; with 5 fused vertebrae
- The Coccyx with 4 fused vertebrate
- There is shoulder with 2 clavicles
- The arm with 30 bones
- The sternum and 24 rib bones
- The pelvis with 2 fused bones
- Joint Bones which are 8-18
- The legs with 30 bones
The most frequently fragmented bone is the clavicle, however when involved in an incident with injuries, most often arms, hands and legs, as well as ankles are mangled. Typically there are also disc bulges on the spine. In some cases, a bone in the hand, with its 37 bones, or the foot, with its 26 bones, a person can have a bone shattered or smashed, and not even really know it.
Often, he or she typically does not seek medical attention. This is a mistake, as it can lead to lifelong pain and immobility by not having the proper medical care for the broken bone to heal. This also gives the jury and insurance adjustor an opportunity to argue the catastrophe was caused by something other than the bicycle or motorcycle accident being blamed by the victim.
Automobile Accidents Can Cause Severe Broken Bones
Having 206 bones in the body during an accident there can be broken bones sustained and these can be:
- An incomplete fracture, such as a fissured fracture or greenstick fracture
- There are hairline bone fractures
- Stress fractures
- Shattered or twisted bones
There are some symptoms when a bone is pulverized or fractured in an accident, which the accident victim can have one or several symptoms that include: bruising, an exposed bone, pain, inability to move the arm or leg, locked joints, swelling and tenderness.
When to Contact a Bone Injury Lawyer
It is important to contact a bone injury lawyer when you or a loved one has sustained a fracture due to the negligence of another party. Broken bones or fractures that were caused because of negligence, can be awarded compensation, and the more serious the injury is, the higher the amount of compensation can be recovered.
The broken bone injury victim that was injured because of another party’s negligent act it might be possible to recover compensation that will cover the bone injuries and related medical expenses. When you contact us, we will investigate the allegations and incident, in order to assist you with receiving the proper medical attention. We are experienced in these cases, and will fight for your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation for your fractured or broken bone injuries. Ehline Law can be reached at 888-400-9721.