“Orthopedic” relates to a person’s musculoskeletal system: bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. Our musculoskeletal system is hugely important, as it provides form, stability, support and movement to our bodies.
What is an Orthopedic Injury?
Any damage to your musculoskeletal system it is considered an orthopedic injury. A minor orthopedic injury could be a sprained ankle, while a more severe injury could be a broken bone.
Orthopedic injuries can include:
- Hip, pelvis, arm or leg bone fractures or breaks
- neck or shoulder injuries
- spinal fractures or injuries (without spinal cord injury)
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- knee or ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries
- shoulder dislocation or frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- tibia / fibia fracture (usually requiring open reduction internal fixation – ORIF)
Orthopedic injuries are most commonly caused auto accidents or motor vehicle collisions but can also occur in:
- Slip and falls
- Motorcycle or trucking accidents
- Pedestrian or cyclist accidents
- sporting or sport injuries
Recovery times differ greatly depending on the type and severity of the injury, whether surgery is required, and whether the damage caused is temporary or permanent. More serious orthopedic injuries (especially in weight-bearing joints such as hips and knees) may affect mobility and strength, and cause long term chronic pain or disease.
Orthopedic Injury following trauma
After a car accident or other trauma injured individuals often need immediate assistance from an orthopedic surgeon. Orthopedic surgeons treat a wide range of personal injuries and conditions including: musculoskeletal trauma, spinal diseases, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, athletic injuries and congenital disorders. Treatment could be as simple as diagnosing a bone fracture, to performing complex knee reconstruction or hip replacement surgery.
Orthopedic surgery after major trauma relies heavily on the surgeon often dealing with multiple emergent situations to do the best in the circumstances. Often, the best the surgeon can do is make initial surgical repairs to help the person on the path to recovery.
According to medical literature many orthopedic conditions can lead to arthritis or greater risks of arthritis. As well, surgeries such as hip replacements often require repeat surgery 10, 15 or 20 years later.
Unfortunately, sometimes orthopedic injuries result in permanent impairments that can not be remedied.
How an Orthopedic Injury Lawyer Can Help
If your orthopedic injury was the fault of another person. The cost of missed work and bills for therapy associated with an orthopedic injury can really add up, and receiving compensation can ease financial and emotional stress.
Insurance companies will battle hard to discredit an orthopedic injury claim by pointing to small or apparent inconsistencies. They may fail to fund and try to push clients to settle early for an insufficient amount, ignoring the likely long term ramifications. This can be hugely disappointing for an individual whose future depends on receiving fair compensation for their pain, suffering and stress.
With the utmost care and compassion, Brain & Injury Law’s (Webster & Associates) orthopedic injury lawyers have represented hundreds of injured clients across British Columbia and Canada. It is through decades of trial experience and successes that our personal injury lawyers are able to obtain significant settlements for clients. We consider the lifetime and long term impact when it comes to considering the compensation.