Although some people may think there is a difference between a fractured and broken arm, they are actually both broken bones. The arm is technically composed of three bones: the humerus, radius and ulna. Depending on the location of the injury and the severity is the fracture there is likely a need for medical treatment and including surgery. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers regularly represents people who have suffered fractured arms in various types of motor vehicle and work-related cases including: car crashes, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, pedestrian accidents, construction site mishaps and factory accidents.
What Is A Fractured Arm?
There are several areas of an arm that can be fractured (humerus, radius, ulna). There is the upper arm, the forearm and the connective areas of the wrist, elbow and shoulder. A fracture can be “open”, where the bone protrudes from the skin, or “closed” where the bone is still contained. There are also several types of these fractures that can occur.
- Greenstick fracture. An incomplete fracture where the bone is bent, often seen in children.
- Impacted (buckle) fracture. This is where the ends of the upper and forearm bones are driven into one another.
- Communited fracture. This severe fracture is when the bone fragments into several pieces.
- Spiral (torsion) fracture. This type of fracture happens when the bone is twisted. The fracture circles the bone in a spiral manner.
Common Causes of Broken Arms in Chicago Personal Injury Cases
Fractures happen to bones when there is extreme or suddenly force against them. Although bones will bend to a certain extent, once they reach their limit, they will break just like any rigid object. Common causes for arm fractures in trauma:
- Car accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Work accidents
Medical Treatment for Arm Fractures
Depending on the severity of the fracture or break, there are several treatment options for a fractured arm. The physician will need to take X-rays to determine the type of break and then will have options available for the patient.
- Cast. This is the most common treatment to hold the bone in place while it heals and can involve an immobile or a functional cast. Immobile is generally a fiberglass or plaster cast. A functional cast or brace allows some movement of nearby joints.
- Traction. This is the process of realigning the bones with steady pressure, usually done before a cast or brace is applied.
- Surgery. In the case of surgical treatment, the bones are realigned by an orthopedic surgeon, or reduced. Then screws, plates or rods are added to hold the bone in place internally (open reduction, internal fixation), or screws are attached to an external frame, referred to as an external fixation.
Prognosis for People With Broken Arms
Recovery from an arm fracture can be anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the type, severity and whether surgery is required. Most people are able to get functionality back after a fractured arm, although some limited mobility can happen.
Orthopedic Injury Attorneys For People With Fractures to Their Arms
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers regularly represents people who have suffered various types of arm injuries in accidents. Our orthopedic accident attorneys are familiar with the medicine and involved in these injuries are are always mindful of the long-term impact of these injuries. We have successfully recovered damages for clients for arm injuries including:
- Hospital bills
- Physical therapy expenses
- Surgical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and disability
If you have sustain an arm injury or fracture in an accident give our attorneys a call to discuss your legal options. We always handle the cases on a contingency fee basis– never charging a fee without a recovery for the client.
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