Joint Injuries in a Car Crash

December 08, 2020

By Keffer Hirschauer LLP

Joint Injuries in a Car Crash

Any joint injury has the potential to severely hamper a person’s ability to go about their daily life. A person can find themselves in considerable pain whenever they move and might be unable to return to work.

At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, we help clients who have suffered many different types of injuries in car accidents, including damage to their joints. Please contact one of our Indianapolis car accident lawyers to learn more.

Joints Around the Body

Joints can be found wherever two bones meet in the body. Joints are very complex, because fibrous tissue must connect the bones to keep them together. There is also typically cartilage to ease the movement of bones past each other. Many types of soft tissue can also meet at the joint, including muscle and nerves.

Joints are necessary for a person to be able to move freely. Some of the more important include:

  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Shoulders
  • Knuckles in the fingers

Types of Joint Injuries

Any trauma to the body can damage some of the material in the joint, including the bones, cartilage, tendons, or muscles. Some of these injuries can heal on their own if given enough time, but others might require surgery or complete immobilization.

Injuries happen in many ways. For example, a blunt impact could damage bone or other tissue. A violent accident can also cause a person to hyperextend a limb or wrench their body, leading to stress on the joint. In other accidents, a heavy object rests on the joint, causing damage.

We have seen the following injuries:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Muscle tears
  • Dislocation
  • Bursitis

There is often a risk with joint injuries of chronic damage, meaning that the victim will live with pain for the rest of their lives. Damaged cartilage, for example, can steadily degenerate and lead to osteoarthritis, even in very young people. Bursitis is also a condition that can lead to continued pain, when the fluid-filled bursa sacs become inflamed.

Compensation for Joint Injuries

Our attorneys seek compensation in the form of money damages whenever a client has suffered a joint injury. Damages are available for medical care, including ongoing care for permanent disabilities. For example, you might need continuing rehabilitation for an affected joint, and you should not have to pay that out of pocket.

Serious joint injuries can also keep a person from going to work, resulting in lost wages. Unless you contributed to your accident, you should seek 100% of all lost income.

Pain and suffering are also considerable with joint injuries. For one, there is the pain involved with trying to use a joint that has been injured. You might wince every single time you extend your elbow or bend your knee. There is also the inconvenience and suffering when joint injuries prevent you from resuming normal activities. Someone with a shoulder injury, for example, might have to give up tennis or golf. Someone with an elbow injury might never be able to lift their child or grandchild.

Have You Suffered a Joint Injury? Contact Us Today

Keffer Hirschauer LLP represents accident victims in lawsuits and negotiations with insurers. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.