Leg or Arm Amputation: Car Crashes and Workplace Accidents Account for 45% of all Amputations

Leg or Arm Amputation: Car Crashes and Workplace Accidents Account for 45% of all Amputations

There are close to 2 million people in the United States living with a loss of a limb or extremity. Trauma from a car crash or workplace accident represent 45% of all amputations. (Source: Amputee Coalition). Motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents or a pedestrian being struck by a car, motorcycle or bike as well as workplace injuries and falls all may lead to an amputation. Below knee amputations are the most common amputation.

Child Growth Plate Fracture

Child Growth Plate Fracture

The majority of growth plate fractures heal properly. However, a small percentage can result in stunting the growth of the bone or causing the bone to curve or grow in an irregular shape. This can occur if the fracture is to the cartilage portion located at the end of the bone. A fracture can disrupt the circulation of the blood supply to the cartilage. Without proper circulation the cartilage may never form into bone.

Flail Chest—Broken Rib Cage: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pursuing an Accident Claim

Flail Chest—Broken Rib Cage: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pursuing an Accident Claim

If you are experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have broken your rib cage, or have flail chest. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

Skull Fractures — Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pursuing a Legal Claim

Skull Fractures — Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pursuing a Legal Claim

The most visible symptom of a skull fracture is a bump or bruise on the head. Keep in mind however, that it may take up to 24 hours for the bump or bruise to develop. Sometimes bleeding from the wound, ears, nose and around the eyes occurs or bruising behind the ears or under the eyes. Victims suffer from confusion, convulsions, difficulties with balance, drowsiness, headache, loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, restlessness, irritability, slurred speech, stiff neck, swelling, and visual disturbances.

Pelvic Fracture—Broken Pelvis

Pelvic Fracture—Broken Pelvis

Blunt trauma are injuries that occur to the pelvic region because of a fall, motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident or a pedestrian being struck by a car, motorcycle or bike. Because the pelvis has many parts, injury in one location often means a second location also contains a break.

Dislocated Hip

Dislocated Hip

If you have experienced a hip dislocation after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have injured your hip. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

About Hip Fractures (Broken Hip) Caused by Accidents

About Hip Fractures (Broken Hip) Caused by Accidents

If you have experienced a pelvic fracture after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have injured your hip. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

About Child Femur Fractures (Thigh Bone) Caused by Accidents

About Child Femur Fractures (Thigh Bone) Caused by Accidents

The femur, or thighbone, is the biggest bone in the human body. Because it is the biggest it is also the strongest. A tremendous amount of force is requirement for the femur bone to fracture. That is why these bones rarely break. High impact car accidents or falls on a hard surface from high above the ground are capable of generating enough force to break the human body’s strongest bone. 3 out of every 10,000 people under the age of 25 will experience a femur fracture every year.

About Child Clavicle Fractures (Broken Collar Bone) Resulting From Accidents

About Child Clavicle Fractures (Broken Collar Bone) Resulting From Accidents

A broken clavicle causes significant pain to the affected area and makes it difficult to move the arm and shoulder. Often times the skin around the collarbone will be swollen, tender and bruised. A popping or crackling noise can result when attempting to raise your hand. A bulge, bump or some other deformity will exist above the clavicle. This is the displaced bone. A compound fracture could cause the bone to pierce the skin. A clavicle fracture will also cause the shoulder to sag.

Arm and Elbow Injuries

Arm and Elbow Injuries

The arm is a very complicated structure and is capable of lifting and carrying great amounts of weight and bending in all types of directions. We rely heavily on our arms. Our arms play a major role in helping us perform some of our basic daily functions. They also allows us to swing a golf club, shoot a basketball and perform some of the many other activities that rely on the arms. The arm consists of three bones, two joints and several muscles, tendons and nerves. All these parts play an important role in helping the arm function. Without the proper care or treatment an injury to one area can result in complications that will affect to entire arm.

Radial Head Fracture At The Elbow

Radial Head Fracture At The Elbow

Radial head fractures are a common fracture and they account for approximately 20% of all elbow fracture injuries. People between ages of twenty and forty are most prone to this type of elbow fracture. Women are more likely to sustain a broken radial head.

This injury is so common because it is often associated with slip and fall accidents. Our instinct tells us to stick an arm or hand out in order to brace for a fall. Often times when we do this our elbow either sustains a direct impact or an indirect impact which occurs when the impact from a fall travels up the hand, to the forearm and into the elbow joint.

Fractured Proximal Humerus (Broken Arm)

Fractured Proximal Humerus (Broken Arm)

Five percent of all fractures involve the proximal humerus. People sixty-five years and older sustain more proximal humerus fractures than any other kind of fracture expect hip and wrist fractures. The top of the humerus is also known as the humeral head. The humeral head connects with the shoulder blade to form the shoulder joint.

Broken Shoulder Blade (Scapula Fracture)

Broken Shoulder Blade (Scapula Fracture)

Scapula fractures represent less than one percent of all fracture injuries. That is because a great amount of force is usually required in order to cause cause a broken shoulder blade. Scapula fractures are usually the result of blunt trauma caused in heavy impact collisions like car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and slip and fall accidents. In fact the majority of scapula If there was enough trauma to cause a fractured collarbone then it is likely that other parts of the upper body sustained an injury. 80 percent of the time a broken scapula comes with a collarbone, sternum, rib, arm, head and lung injuries.

Broken Collarbone (Clavicle Fracture)

Broken Collarbone (Clavicle Fracture)

A broken clavicle causes significant pain to the affected area and makes it difficult to move the arm and shoulder. Often times the skin around the collarbone will be swollen, tender and bruised. A popping or crackling noise can result when attempting to raise your hand. A bulge, bump or some other deformity will exist above the clavicle. This is the displaced bone. A compound fracture could cause the bone to pierce the skin. A clavicle fracture will also cause the shoulder to sag.

About Fractured/Broken Rib Injuries

About Fractured/Broken Rib Injuries

One of the major downsides of a fractured or cracked rib injury is the inability to treat the injury with a cast. The ribs cannot be constricted and a cast of some type would restrict or prevent breathing. The breathing process slows the recovery period because the ribs expand and contract with every breath. Fracture ribs take longer to heal than most other bone fractures because the ribs are continually forced to move with every breath. Recovery time can be anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks depending on the location and severity of the fracture.

About Broken/Fractured Arm Injuries

About Broken/Fractured Arm Injuries

Broken arms are one the most common injuries. Children, adolescents and adults can all suffer arm fracture injuries. Arm fractures account for approximately 50 percent of all the bone fractures that occur on a yearly basis. Often times these injuries are caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness. Great amounts of force are required in order for any of the arm bones to fracture.

About Broken Bones and Fractures

About Broken Bones and Fractures

Bone fractures are a common occurrence. Most people will experience at least two fractures over the course of their lifetime. Generally speaking, the older we get the weaker our bones grow. As we age our bones lose density becoming thinner and more brittle over time. Broken bones and fractures occur when the amount of force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone. Car, truck and motorcycle accidents and other accidents producing high impact collisions are quite capable of generating enough force to break bones. Degenerative bone conditions like osteoporosis also make bones more susceptible to the stress generated in high impact collisions.

About Broken/Fractured Humerus Injuries

About Broken/Fractured Humerus Injuries

The humerus bone is located in the upper arm and it is the largest bone in the arm. The shoulder joint connects to the top of the humerus while the elbow joint connects to the bottom of the humerus. The bottom of the humerus connects to two other bones at the elbow to create the forearm. The radius bone meets with the humerus bone at the elbow joint and runs down the outside of the arm where the thumb is located. The ulna bone also meets with the humerus bone at the elbow joint but it runs down the inside of the arm down to the pinky finger.

About Broken/Fractured Ankle Injuries

The bottom of the tibia and fibula come together to form the ankle which connects to the ligaments, tendons and bones in the foot. The tibia and fibula can break if the ankle is severely twisted. The ankle is comprised of three bones. The type of ankle fracture depends on which of the ankle’s many bones have been broken. Several bones can be injured in the same accident. Ankle fractures can involve all three ankle bones and the several ankle joints. Damage to the connecting tissues, ligaments and muscles occurs in conjunction with ankle fracture injuries.

About Broken or Fractured Leg Injuries

About Broken or Fractured Leg Injuries

We rely heavily on our legs. Getting out of bed in the morning, walking down the stairs or walking outside to get the mail are some of things we do on a daily basis. These things are so routine that we do them with little conscious thought. When we break a leg we realize how much we take our legs for granted on a daily basis. What took five seconds to walk down the stairs now takes one minute on crutches with a broken leg. These injuries need to be taken seriously because our legs play such an important role in our everyday lives.

About Broken/Fractured Elbow Injuries

About Broken/Fractured Elbow Injuries

The elbow joint is especially susceptible to injury. The bones of the upper arm come together with the bones of the forearm to form the elbow joint. Tremendous amounts of force are generated in car accidents. This force places an extreme amount of tension on the arms especially when the arms are holding the steering wheel tight in an attempt to brace for impact moments before the crash. This force is often too much for the elbow to withstand. The elbow usually gives way under this pressure and fractures. Also, side impact collisions can crush vehicle doors inward so that they come in contact with the side of driver or passenger’s body. The impact between the displaced door and the arm and elbow can generate enough force to fracture the elbow.

About Broken/Fractured Femur Injuries

The femur, or thighbone, is the biggest bone in the human body. Because it is the biggest it is also the strongest. A tremendous amount of force is requirement for the femur bone to fracture. That is why these bones rarely break. High impact car accidents or falls on a hard surface from high above the ground are capable of generating enough force to break the human body’s strongest bone. People that have diseased bones or fragile bones caused by osteoporosis are more prone to experiencing femur fractures. 3 out of every 10,000 people under the age of 25 will experience a femur fracture every year while 3 out of every 10,000 people over the age of 65 will experience a fracture every year.

About Broken Fractured Kneecap/Patella Injuries

About Broken Fractured Kneecap/Patella Injuries

The patella or kneecap is one of three bones that form the knee joint. The kneecap is located over the knee joint where the femur and tibia meet. The patella protects the knee joint and also connects the thighbone muscles to the shinbone muscles which allow the leg to straighten at the knee joint.1% of all fractures are patella fractures. Patella fractures are most common in people ages 20 to 30. Men suffer twice as many patella fractures than women.

About Broken/Fractured Wrist Injuries

About Broken/Fractured Wrist Injuries

Vehicle operators are especially prone to wrist fractures. A driver that sees an impending accident in the rear-view mirror will instinctively grip the steering as tight as possible in an attempt to brace for the impact. The force of the accident puts the wrists under a tremendous amount of pressure. In this situation something has to give. Most of the time the wrists that aren’t able to hold-up under the pressure and break.

About Broken/Fractured Tibia/Fibula Injuries

Lower leg fractures occur when the tibia or fibula bone is broken. The tibia, or shinbone, is a weight bearing-bone that helps supports our body weight. It is the second longest bone in the body and it is located on the inside half of the leg and runs from the knee to the ankle. No other bone in the human body is broken more often than the tibia bone. The fibula runs alongside the tibia. It is thinner than the tibia. Most tibia fractures cause the fibula to fracture.