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Humerus Fractures And Car Collisions


Your upper arm has a long bone that is called the humerus. One of the bones that creates your shoulder, it is the connecting bone between your shoulder and elbow. It is common for bone fractures to happen due to a car accident. One of the bones that can be broken is the humerus and surgery may be needed. In severe cases, a treatment plan could include a shoulder replacement.

If you are in the process of having a humerus fracture repaired with screws, pins, or plates, you may be unsure of how your life is going to move forward in the wake of injury and hospital expenses, connect with a Bucks County car accident lawyer.

Compensation and Severity of Injury

There are many factors that go into determining the worth of a personal injury claim settlement. For example, if there is a surgery that requires a long, inpatient stay in a hospital environment and the car accident victim does not have health insurance, a settlement could be incredibly high.

Different types of humerus fractures:

  • Distal fracture. A humerus break near the elbow, this is more common in younger people than adults.
  • Mid-shaft fracture. When a fracture occurs in the middle area of the bone, in the space separating an elbow and a shoulder, it can often heal without surgery but some who experience this type of break will experience numbness in their arm.
  • Proximal fracture. Breaks near the shoulder can create motion issues and can damage the shoulder itself, which is made up of several bones.

There are a variety of symptoms individuals with humerus fractures experience. They may include bruising, swelling, pain, or loss of movement. Some are not able to move their arms at all.

Depending on the type of break, a treatment plan will be put in place. Some treatments call for an upper broken arm to be immobilized in order for the body to heal, it is common for a cast to not be an appropriate choice. Then, the individual may need a month for more to heal. This can impact a person’s ability to work, depending on how they earn a living. When a person can’t work because of injuries, lost wage compensation could be part of a claim.

Arm Injuries are Common Accident Injuries

While many think of car accident injuries being whiplash injuries connected to the back or neck, it is common for arms and elbows to be injured in a car crash. And it makes sense if you think about it as arms are not protected by airbags and other safety features.

Did you break an arm bone in a car collision? You may have a right to financial compensation if the accident was caused by another’s negligence. Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.

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