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 who are able to assist you in your physical recovery while securing the financial compensation you are duly entitled to receive so that you can meet your financial obligations without worry.
Types of Joint Dislocations Suffered in Auto Accidents
When incredible forces in an accident impact joints and bones, the results can include injuries involving fractures or dislocations. The joint dislocation occurs when bones remain intact but are popped out of the socket so they 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 of injury and complications that include:
- Immediate loss of mobility to the affected limb. Until the bone is placed back into position, the injury will cause intense pain and immobility of movement.
- Damage to blood vessels and nerves. Dislocated joints can cause damage to vital blood vessels or nerves. If the nerves are severed or blood flow is cut off to the surrounding muscles and tissue, the injury 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. Afterward, 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 and dislocation 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 involving the affected joint. This can cause additional damage to the joint and severe pain and discomfort as the arthritic condition worsens.
Our Chicago auto injury lawyers will help you overcome the challenges you face during your recovery by ensuring you receive care from specialists who offer long-term treatment strategies. Many complications associated with dislocation are due to secondary injuries rather than the dislocated joint. Proving that these secondary injuries are linked to your accident will help build a solid financial recovery case to obtain maximum compensation.
Treatment for Dislocated Joints
Most dislocations can be treated by placing the bones back into place and managing pain. Recovery usually takes several weeks for the injury to heal. During that time, the injured joint may be immobilized deliberately 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 normal strength. If there is damage to nerves, blood vessels, and muscle tissue, an alternative treatment plan will be developed to ensure full recovery when possible.
Surgery may be required if the joint cannot be put back into place by conventional means and if the tendons and ligaments are damaged. Injury to blood vessels and nerves may warrant surgical intervention to restore blood flow to the surrounding tissue and help improve mobility. These procedures are often very expensive and insurance companies may attempt to decline to pay for them.
Pain Management Related to Joint Injury
Joint dislocations are extremely painful and victims must manage their pain, even if the injury is treated effectively through conventional means. This pain can keep victims from returning to work or participating in the activities they once enjoyed while physically recovering. Our attorneys fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure you are adequately compensated for the value of your lost wages, and pain and suffering while you heal. Our Chicago auto injury lawyers consider these factors when building a financial compensation case on your behalf.
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 financial and health interests.
Contact us today to arrange a risk-free consultation with a Chicago auto accident attorney. Our law firm will provide legal options, explain how the legal process works and what we will be able to do to ensure you have the greatest possible chance of recovering the compensation you deserve. If we are unable to secure damages on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.