Orthopedic injuries are often something we hear about in contact sports but the trauma of a car accident can lead to multiple types of orthopedic injuries as well. Orthopedics focuses on injuries and deformities of the musculoskeletal system, including ligaments, bones, cartilage, the spine and muscles.
A 2009 survey from the Center for Disease Control noted that nearly 5 million emergency department visits were for sprains and strains, a common orthopedic injury, and approximately 3 million were due to motor vehicle crashes.
New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut, have the 2nd and 3rd highest car accident rates and in 2008 more than 26,000 injuries were reported after a car collision.
If you or anyone you know has suffered from orthopedic injuries at the hands of a carless driver, the injured maybe entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to getting victims the justice they deserve.
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Common Orthopedic Injuries
Due to the size of our musculoskeletal system the number of orthopedic injuries a person may suffer from after a car accident can be very high. Problems within the musculoskeletal system sometimes take days to notice and symptoms for each type of injury vary.
Some common orthopedic injuries include:
- Fractures – Often referred to as broken bones these often occur in the wrist, ankles, skull and more.
- Sprains and Strains – When ligaments or muscles are stretched beyond their capacity and most commonly people experience wrist or ankle sprains.
- Back Pain – The blunt force trauma of an accident can cause significant back pain even if it may not result in any fractures or herniation.
- Neck Injuries – Neck pain may be caused by torn ligaments, nerve damage or muscle strain. This pain may also be caused by head, shoulder and jaw injuries.
- Wrist Injuries – Wrist fractures are common as a driver’s hands were most likely at the wheel during an accident.
- Shoulder Injuries – This may include rotator cuff injuries, tendinitis, dislocations and more.
- Knee Injuries – If a driver or passenger is seated too close their knee may hit the dashboard or even cargo situated in front of them causing bruising, strains, bursitis and more.
- Herniated Discs – Also known as a slipped disc, this injury is similar to back pain but can be much more debilitating. The discs between your vertebrae may slip or become injured during an accident causing immense back and neck pain, muscle spasms, and more.
- Bursitis – Acting as a cushion between a bone and muscles, tendons or skin, a burst may become inflamed due to trauma and cause pain and swelling. Most often bursitis occurs in the knee or elbow.
Each year millions of people visit emergency rooms due to orthopedic injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents. Oftentimes these injuries take months to heal, sometimes require surgery, and in some cases become a lifelong battle with pain.
Anyone who has been injured in a car accident should seek immediate medical assistance as injuries could worsen over time or cause further damage to the musculoskeletal system.
Contact our Hartford Orthopedic Injury Attorney Today
Our attorneys know that dealing with any type of car collision can be physically and mentally draining and we believe that you should be able to receive legal counsel without adding to the stress of an already difficult situation. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is ready to fight for the rights of those who have suffered orthopedic injuries at the hands of negligent drivers.
With more than 140 years of combined experience we provide comprehensive legal assistance to all types of personal injury victims. We are dedicated to helping clients throughout Connecticut and have offices in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford.
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