Contrary to common belief, joint dislocations can be serious injuries that have long lasting implications for victims whose joints are dislocated during car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Treating a dislocation is not always as simple and popping the bone back into place and repairing damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the joint can be a painful and expensive process. The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have the resources and experience needed to connect you with medical professionals that are able to assist you in your physical recovery while securing the financial compensation you are duly entitled to so that you can meet your financial obligations without worry.Types of Joint Dislocations Suffered in Auto Accidents
When incredible forces act upon our joints and bones, it is not uncommon for us to experience fractures or dislocations. The dislocation of a joint occurs when bones remain intact, but are popped out of the socket that allows them to move freely. Shoulder and finger dislocations are most common, but other joints can be dislocated during car, truck and motorcycle accidents as well. The elbows, knees and hips are at the greatest risk and the following complications may accompany these injuries.
- Immediate loss of mobility to the affected limb. Until the bone is placed back into position, the injury will cause intense pain and the victim will be unable to move it.
- Damage to blood vessels and nerves. When the joint is dislocated, it can cause damage to vital blood vessels or nerves. If the nerves are severed or blood flow is cut off to the surrounding muscles, it can cause permanent loss of mobility.
- Torn muscles, ligaments and tendons. When the bone is dislocated from its joint, it can result in the hyperextension of important muscles and tendons. When these tissues are stretched too far, they can tear. Placing the bone back into place is a simple process while repairing the damaged ligaments and tendons is not. Surgical intervention may be required to ensure that these muscles heal properly and the victim may experience pain and limited mobility for a long time following the injury.
- Increased risk of future injuries to the joint. Once a joint is dislocated, it is more susceptible to injury in the future. Minor injuries can pop the joint back out of place or increase the risk that the muscles supporting the joint experience strain.
- The onset of early arthritis in the affected joint. Many people who have experienced dislocations report the development of arthritis at an early age in the affected joint. This can cause additional damage to the joint and severe pain and discomfort as the arthritis worsens.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers will help you overcome the challenges you face during your recovery by helping you receive care from specialists who offer long term treatment strategies. Many of the complications associated with dislocation are due to secondary injuries rather than the dislocations themselves. Proving that these secondary injuries are linked to your accident will help ensure that you recover the maximum amount of compensation available under law.Treatment for Dislocated Joints
Most dislocations can be treated by placing the bones back into place and helping the victim manage his or her pain. It usually takes several weeks for the injury to heal and your joint may be immobilized during this period to prevent any further injuries from occurring. Immobilizing the joint can also keep it from popping back out of place. Rehabilitative therapy is usually prescribed to ease the joint back into normal use and to restore it to its normal strength. If there is damage to nerves, blood vessels and muscle tissue, an alternative treatment plan will be in order.
Surgery may be required if the joint cannot be put back into place by conventional means and if the tendons and ligaments are damaged. Damage to blood vessels and nerves may warrant surgical intervention as well in order to restore blood flow to the surrounding tissue and help restore mobility. These procedures are often very expensive and insurance companies may attempt to decline paying for them.Pain Management Related to Joint Injury
Joint dislocations are extremely painful and victims must manage their pain, even if the injury can be treated through conventional means. This pain can keep victims from returning to work and from participating in the activities they enjoy during their physical recoveries. You deserve to be compensated for the value of your lost wages and the pain and suffering you have endured while healing. Our Chicago auto injury lawyers consider these factors whenever seeking compensation on our clients’ behalves.
If you have been in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can represent your legal and financial interests while you focus on your physical recovery. Our attorneys have provided award-winning legal services to thousands of clients across Illinois who have been injured in accidents just like yours and have the legal knowledge and experience you need to protect your interests.
Contact us today to arrange a risk-free consultation with a Chicago auto accident attorney where you can learn more about your legal options, how the legal process works and what we will be able to do to ensure you have the greatest chance possible of recovering the compensation you deserve. If we are unable to secure damages on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.