Serious injuries can occur in a wide variety of situations, and they can cause a great deal of difficulty in a person’s life. When injuries affect a person’s muscles and joints, this can make it difficult or impossible to perform work, complete daily tasks, or even move around without assistance. When these injuries occur in motor vehicle collisions, pedestrian accidents, animal attacks, or other situations involving someone else’s negligence or intentional actions, victims will want to work with a personal injury attorney to determine their options for receiving financial compensation.
Effects of Muscle and Joint Injuries
Injuries to the muscles and joints can occur due to the impact of a collision. A person’s limbs may be stretched into unnatural positions, and the force placed on the body can cause damage to muscles, ligaments, and other tissue. These injuries may include:
- Sprains involve injuries to the ligaments which connect the bones in a joint together. Ligaments may become stretched or torn, resulting in pain, swelling, and difficulty moving joints.
- Strains involve injuries to the muscles or the tendons that connect muscles to bones. Muscles or tendons may become stretched, or they may tear, resulting in severe pain and loss of function.
- Dislocations involve movements of the bones in joints from their normal positions. These injuries can occur in locations such as the shoulders, fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, or ankles, and in addition to being very painful, they can cause permanent damage to the muscles, nerves, or blood vessels surrounding the joint.
These injuries can range from mild to severe. In some cases, they may cause pain and discomfort, but with rest and the use of ice and compression to treat swelling, a person may be able to recover within a few weeks. However, in more severe cases, a person may be completely unable to use the affected limbs, and surgery may be needed to repair the damage, or a person may require extensive physical therapy before they will be able to regain full function.
Muscle and joint injuries that affect the arms or legs may make it difficult or impossible for a person to return to work until they have recovered. For example, sprained shoulders or dislocated fingers may cause a person to be unable to lift and carry items, or injuries affecting the legs may affect someone’s ability to stay on their feet while working. In some cases, these injuries can result in permanent disabilities, such as when a dislocated wrist leads to nerve damage that affects a person’s ability to use their hand and fingers.
Contact Our Green Bay Muscle and Joint Injury Attorneys
If you have suffered a sprain, strain, or dislocation that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to receive compensation for all of the ways you have been affected. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we can help you take legal action to recover damages including the costs of your medical treatment, income you have lost, and pain and suffering you have experienced. To set up a free consultation and learn more about how we can help, contact our Appleton personal injury lawyers at 920-739-7366.