Broken bones are one of the most common types of general injuries. One of the set of bones that are commonly broken as a result of an personal injury accident is an arm. An arm is composed of three separate bones which allow us to move our arm in different directions. These bones consist of the humerus, radius and ulna. If one of these three bones are to become broken, it can greatly hinder our normal daily activities.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident which resulted in a broken arm, you may be entitled an opportunity to receive compensation for your losses and damages including, lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and property damage.
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Bone Anatomy of the Arm
Understanding the anatomy of the arm helps us to greater understand what actually happens when the arm becomes broken. As mentioned earlier, there are three bones that make up the arm, so when one of these bones is broken; it can greatly affect the way we operate during our daily lives.
The bones of the leg include:
- Humerus – The humerus is a long bone and makes up the upper arm, which provides a link between the shoulder and elbow. This bone consists of three sections the rounded head, neck, and two short processes. There is an area near the greater and lesser tubercles that is referred to as the surgical neck due to its ability to become fractured easily, such as in an automobile accident.
- Radius – The radius is one of the two bones that makeup the forearm, which helps link the elbow to the wrist. It runs parallel to its larger counterpart, the ulna. The radius is categorized as a long bone, and obtained is name due to its ability to rotate diagonally around an axis.
- Ulna – The ulna, also known as the elbow bone, is another long bone that makes up the forearm. It is the longer of the two bones, and is located on the medial side of the arm when the palms are facing outwards in our anatomical position.
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Types of Arm Fractures
Typically, when a broken bone occurs to the arm, it is referred to in medical terms as a fracture. When a fracture occurs, or is thought to have occurred, it is imperative to seek medical attention immediately to avoid further complications and reduce the pain. There are several different forms of fractures which can occur to our bones.
A few types of fractures include:
- Closed Fracture – A bone is fractured, but does not penetrate the skin
- Open Fracture – A bone is fractures and penetrates through the skin, causing a high risk for infection
- Complete Fracture – The fragments of the bone are completely separated
- Incomplete Fracture – The bone fragments are partially together
- Linear Fracture – The bone is broken parallel to the length of the bone
- Oblique Fracture – The bone is broken at a diagonal to the long axis of the bone
- Comminuted Fracture – The bone has been broken at multiple points
- Avulsion Fracture – Fragments of the bone have been separated from the rest
- Transverse Fracture – The bone is broken at a right angle to the long axis of the bone
- Impacted Fracture – The bone has been crushed by driving into each other
- Spiral Fracture – The bone has been twisted until it was broken
If you or someone you know is suffering from a fractured bone, medical attention should be sought out immediately. We also advise that you speak with one of our experienced attorneys before speaking with your insurance agency about your accident, thus, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages which were incurred by the accident.
Causes of a Broken Arm Injury
Many times, people will attempt to break their fall or brace themselves using their arms during an auto accident; this typically results in a broken arm injury. It is a natural reaction to protect your head and body in any sort of accident, however, the force accompanied with a car crash is easily enough to cause broken bones.
A few common causes of broken arm injuries include:
- Auto Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- ATV Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Work Accidents
- Sports Injuries
- Slip and Fall Accidents
Of course, there are many instances where broken bones may occur, however, all of these instances take a certain amount of force to break strong and healthy bones. For this reason, automobile accidents remain one of the top reasons for broken bone injuries in the United States.
Broken Arm Treatment
Whenever an individual suspects a broken bone injury has occurred, they should seek immediate medical attention, in some cases broken bones can be life threatening. It is not uncommon for badly broken bones to require surgery to completely immobilize a bone, of course, a cast or splint are more commonly seen.
- Some treatment methods for broken bones include:
- Casting or splinting to immobilize arm
- Realign bones
- Prescribed medication (anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, and muscle relaxants)
- Rehab (occupational and physical therapy)
The severity of the break will determine the time it will take for the bone to heal completely. It will also determine the time it takes to regain full range of motion once again. In most cases, an individual will regain the full range of motion as they possessed prior to the occurrence of the accident.
Contact an Experienced Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has sustained a broken arm during an accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses and damages. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you to discover if you are eligible to receive compensation for injuries sustained during your accident.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of Connecticut citizens, and have a proven track record for helping individuals like you obtain the MAXIMUM compensation they are entitled to receive.
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- East Haven
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