There are a variety of causes of a broken arm that might make you eligible for a settlement or award for your damages. If you believe that somebody else anywhere in California caused your arm to be fractured, you should speak with a knowledgeable and skilled California personal injury lawyer.
Contact Maison Law at your earliest opportunity.
Common Causes of a Broken Arm
The arm consists of three of the larger bones in your body. Those are the humerus or upper arm from the shoulder to the elbow, the radius and the ulna that extend from below the elbow to the top of the wrist. A broken arm occurs when there is extreme and sudden force against an arm. Here are some examples of some common causes of arm fractures:
- Slip-and-falls or trip-and-falls or falls from heights.
- Construction site or industrial accidents.
- Car accidents.
- Motorcycle and bicycle accidents.
- Sports injuries.
Types of Arm Fractures
The severity of most arm fractures depends on the how strong the trauma to an arm was. There are closed fractures, when the broken bone doesn’t penetrate the skin, and there are open fractures when the broken bone protrudes through the skin. Although a fracture occurs when a bone is broken, a bone might sometimes only be bent. This is known as a greenstick fracture which is most commonly seen with children. Some other types of arm fractures starting from top to bottom include the following:
- Distal Humerus Fracture: Although somewhat unusual, these fractures ordinarily occur in a fall when the victim falls on an elbow and fractures the distal humerus above the elbow joint. These fractures are accompanied by severe pain, loss of range of motion and a feeling as if the elbow has been dislocated.
- Elbow Fracture: As the elbow consists of all three bones of the arm, any of those bones can be fractured at that location. Such fractures are usually caused by direct trauma. Even the tip of the elbow might break. This can result in the victim being unable to straighten their arm. The injury might be felt all the way down to the fingers.
- Forearm Fracture: The forearm consists of both the radius and the ulna that control our ability to rotate the arm. The hand and fingers might also be affected. A mid-forearm fracture of both the radius and ulna is caused by considerable force. As per the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, such a fracture usually requires surgery.
- Distal Radius Fracture: When the distal end of the radius breaks, the wrist might look deforced and the victim might have difficulty grasping objects. This is another injury that might affect the hand and fingers.
Permanency of the Injury
Continued permanent joint pain and discomfort should be expected after any arm fracture, especially if surgery was required. Given the distribution of the nerve system down the arm and into the hand, victims might also experience difficulty with their fingers. Such permanency needs to be considered in any settlement of a claim or lawsuit involving a broken arm.
Broken Arm? Contact a California Personal Injury Lawyer Today.
If you believe that negligence in a California accident was the cause of your broken arm, contact us at Maison Law to arrange for a free consultation and case review. We’ll be pleased to hear about what happened and how you have been affected by your injuries. After that, you’ll be advised of all of your legal rights. Contact us for that free consultation and case review right away after an arm fracture.