Orthopedic injuries are all too common following an accident. Fractures or broken bones can considerably impact your life, especially if you are in constant pain or unable to perform common daily activities. There are many forms of orthopedic injuries; the most common include fractures, sprains and strains.
A fracture is when a bone cracks or breaks. This can happen anywhere in the body; however, a spinal fracture is extremely serious. The most common spinal injury fractures happen in the mid-back, and lower back areas. Bones can be completely or partially fractured and the break could occur in a variety of ways. If the fracture occurs in a hip, knee, or ankle, the injury is deemed more serious as these can lead to lifelong complications including chronic pain or disease.
Sprains and Strains
A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. A ligament supports the body’s joints, permitting movement, such as walking, running, throwing, etc.
A strain is an injury sustained to muscles or tendons. Tendons are the tissues that attach muscles to bone.
Orthopedic injuries often result from a variety of accidents including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dangerous premises/slip-and-falls
While many orthopedic injuries caused from motor vehicle accidents are originally thought to be minor, often the severity of the injury may not be ascertained for some time. A broken bone or fracture can take at least 3-6 months to heal. As we age, our bones take longer to heal from a fracture. In severe cases, the broken bones never heal completely, leaving the patient with a lifetime of chronic pain and instability.
At Martin G. Schulz & Associates our personal injury lawyers will work diligently to ensure that you get the compensation you need to get the medical care necessary. Our goal is to assist you in getting the best possible medical care and appropriate treatment; and to maximize the compensation available to you. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that has resulted in an orthopedic injury, our legal team wants to help you.