The musculoskeletal system is made up of tendons, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, joints, bones and other connective tissue that provide our bodies with the support and stability we need to get around. When the body experiences a traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle accident or fall, the musculoskeletal system can be injured in a number of ways including fractures, sprains, dislocations, and strains.
Soft tissue injuries and broken bones can be incredibly painful, slow to heal, and limit your ability to perform everyday activities. These type of injuries are commonly caused by high-force traumas such as:
When you suffer a soft tissue injury or broken bone in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our experienced personal injury lawyers understand the financial and physical hardship these type of injuries can impose on you and your family.
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Broken bones, also known as fractures, occur when there is an excessive external force or direct impact on the bone, typically resulting from traumatic incidents. There are many types of fractures, which can vary greatly in severity. The most common types of fractures include:
Open or Compound – The broken bone pierces through the skin. This is the most serious type of fracture and can result in soft tissue damage to structures surrounding the broken bone.
Simple or Closed –The broken bone remains in the body and does not penetrate the skin.
Transverse – The break occurs in a straight line across the bone.
Oblique – The break runs diagonally to the axis of the bone.
Comminuted – The bone shatters into more than two pieces. These kinds of fractures may require surgery and are usually slower to heal.
Greenstick – This is a partial or incomplete fracture. The bone bows and cracks, but does not break completely through. This type of fracture is most common in children younger than 10 years of age because their bones are softer and more flexible than adults.
Compression – This break occurs when two bones are forced against one another.
Avulsion – This occurs when a small piece of bone attached to a tendon or ligament is separated from the main part of the bone.
During a high-velocity accident, such as a motor vehicle crash, fractures can occur in any part of the body. These may include:
Arm and Wrist Fractures
Hip and Pelvis Fractures
Leg and Ankle Fractures
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries occur when there is damage to muscles, tendons, or ligaments as a result of overuse or acute trauma. The most common types of soft tissue injuries are:
Sprains – This involves stretching or tearing of ligaments. Sprains are classified by severity: grade 1 (mild), grade 2 (moderate), grade 3 (severe). Ankles, knees, and wrists are most susceptible to sprains.
Strains – This involves an injury to a muscle or tendon, which can include partial or complete tears. Strains are most common in the hamstring and back.
Contusions – This is bruising beneath the skin caused by a blunt force trauma to the underlying soft tissue.
Symptoms of soft tissue injuries include:
A joint is where two or more bones are connected. A dislocation occurs when the bones in a joint are partially or completely forced out of their normal positions. Dislocations are typically caused by a sudden and direct impact to the joint, such as in a car crash or landing directly onto an arm during a fall. It is possible to dislocate any joint in your body, but the most common sites are shoulder, knees, hips, fingers, and elbows.
A dislocation can also result in injury to the connective tissue surrounding the joint including nerve and/or blood vessel damage along with the tearing of muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Joint dislocations are immensely painful and should be treated immediately by a medical professional. If treatment is delayed, complications can arise and lead to a permanent injury.
Experienced Representation for Your Personal Injury Claim
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C. our skilled personal injury lawyers have extensive experience helping accident victims suffering from serious injuries recover the compensation for past and future:
Loss of earning capacity
Our compassionate team of attorneys will take the time to explain your legal options and be by your side every step of the way. We work tirelessly to secure the maximum possible compensation in every personal injury case and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional client service.
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