San Diego Orthopedic Injury Attorneys
Following a serious vehicle collision or fall, you expect to walk away with muscle pain, aching joints, and possibly a broken bone. All of these types of injuries are categorized as orthopedic injuries, or any injuries done to the body’s muscular-skeletal systems. Because our muscles and bones provide the most extensive support and protection throughout our bodies, they often face the brunt of the damage in an accident.
While common, these injuries are extremely costly for victims, leading to a great deal of pain and suffering, time off work, and long recovery periods. If you suffered an orthopedic injury due to the actions of a negligent individual, then you may be eligible for compensation and should not hesitate to contact jD LAW. Our San Diego orthopedic injury attorney has more than three decades of experience with the intricacies of California’s laws and is not afraid to go to trial on your behalf. Call us at (760) 630-2000 to learn what options are available.
Orthopedic injuries cover a wide-range of injuries that affect your bones, muscles, cartilage, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Essentially, any part of the body that is related to your skeleton can suffer an orthopedic injury. While some injuries occur over long periods of time, such as arthritis or carpel tunnel, others are the result of traumatic events.
Following an accident, you may be suffering from an orthopedic injury like:
- Fractured or broken bones, including those in the face
- Dislocated bones, such as in your shoulders or hip
- Herniated disks along the spine
- Torn tendons or ligaments, such as the Achilles tendon
- Plantar fasciitis, or a tear in the fascia along your heel
- Damage to the rotator cuff in your shoulders
- Tears in the meniscus, or the cartilage in your knee
Depending on the severity of the injury, you may be looking at week to month long recovery periods, often involving casts, slings, splints, mobility equipment, and physical therapy. As mentioned earlier, some of the injuries are due to extensive stress or even from high-contact sports, but many occur due to catastrophic accidents.
To dislocate a limb, fracture a bone, or tear a ligament, the body must come under a high amount of stress and force. Vehicle collisions are the most common causes of orthopedic injuries, but any accident that compresses or pulls on the body can result in damage to the body’s skeletal structure.
Orthopedic injuries can occur due to trauma sustained in:
- Car accidents, especially involving large trucks
- Motorcycle and bicycle accidents where the rider is crushed under the car or their bike
- Violent dog attacks
- Slip and fall accidents on hard surfaces like concrete
- Pedestrian accidents with passenger vehicles
- Boat collisions
The circumstances around your accident may lead to several types of claims, including personal injury claims, auto accident claims, or premises liability claims. While the end goal of each claim is to recover damages for your injuries, the liability laws, insurance policies, and evidence may differ drastically. You may be filing against a driver’s personal auto insurance, a commercial policy covering a large vehicle, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, or a government entity, if your injury occurred on public property. To determine which claim you can file, you should immediately contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney for legal advice.
Following an accident, medical professionals will attempt to deal with the immediate harm you have suffered. This could be severe lacerations, head injuries, and orthopedic injuries like broken bones. The end goal is to minimize the long-term damage you have sustained and prevent further injuries.
In accidents involving orthopedic injuries, doctors may bind the affected limb or part of the body with bandages, splints, slings, or casts to allow the body to heal naturally. Only a handful of orthopedic injuries require surgery, such as torn ligaments and tendons, but they still occur and can be quite costly. We all dread heading to an emergency room because of the massive medical costs, but these costs are necessary to avoid even more debilitating injuries.
In addition to medical costs, you will have to take time off work to fully recover, which will only exasperate the size of your medical bills. Even after your bindings have come off, you may require physical therapy to strengthen your muscles and connective tissue. For severe cases, the damage may leave you with long-lasting mobility issues.
No injury should be discounted after an accident, especially when it impacts your livelihood and quality of life. Sadly, insurance companies will often downplay orthopedic injuries and lowball your settlement offer. Or, if you are an active individual, they may claim that your injuries were stress-induced and deny all fault. Ensuring you receive a fair shot at compensation is necessary after an accident, and to do that you will need the legal aid of an experienced attorney.
At jD LAW, our San Diego personal injury attorneys is a fierce advocate for victims of orthopedic injuries. Whether your accident was the result of a slip and fall, assault, or car accident, our legal team can review your case and advocate for compensation on your behalf. Contact us at (760) 630-2000 to secure sound legal advice after an orthopedic injury.
- Fractures (Broken Bones) - OrthoInfo - AAOS
- Dislocations - MedlinePlus
- Ligament Injuries to the Knee - Johns Hopkins Medicine
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