Statistics show that over six million automobile accidents occur every year in the United States, which leads to over three million injuries. Many of these also resulted in dislocated joint injuries. Dislocated joints happen when the bones are forced out of their positions. These injuries can also cause excruciating pain, thus resulting in further complications.
We are beginning to see an increase in the number of auto accidents in Phoenix each year, therefore we must begin to be more defensive drivers in order to protect ourselves and prevent accidents. With more than 30 individuals being injured every day in Phoenix alone, it is time for a change.
There are several different types of dislocated joints that can occur during a car crash. Some of the most common forms of dislocated joints include injuries to the shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, fingers, and ankles. It is common for older individuals to suffer from dislocated joints; rather younger individuals may suffer more from dislocated elbows.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Phoenix auto accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses and damages. Our attorneys believe it is that negligent individuals responsibility to be held accountable for their actions and pay for your damages.
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Symptoms of Dislocated Joint Injuries
Dislocated joints are typically serious and at times, life threatening. Typically when a bone is forced out of its position resulting in dislocation, it is accompanied by an immense amount of pain, loss of function, and stretched or torn ligaments. However, it is common for these individuals to feel no pain during an accident because of the large adrenaline rush associated with car accidents.
When adrenaline flows through the body it blocks many of your receptors and also clouds the mind, which is the reason many accident victims seem flustered. It is highly recommended that all individuals who have been involved in an automobile accident seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications.
Many common dislocated joint injury symptoms include:
- Intense pain; especially during movement
- Limited mobility
- Visibly discolored, misshapen, or out of place
- Tingling or numbness
Until these dislocated bens are put back into place, these symptoms will continue to linger and cause problems. If you have suffered from a dislocated joint as a result from an action of a negligent individual, you may be entitled compensation for your damages.
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Dislocated Joint First Aid
Many times, individuals suffering from dislocated joints may need immediate medical attention; therefor it is great to know some basic first aid techniques. Performing basic first aid will help relieve pain and could help to save that persons life. A few actions we can take to perform first aid include:
- Call 911
- Check airways, breathing and circulation
- Perform CPR, if necessary
- DO NOT move the victim if they have suspected head, back, or leg injuries
- If skin is broken, elevate body part and remove debris. DO NOT scrub or probe. Cover the area.
- Apply ice to the joint to reduce swelling
- Keep individual calm until medical help arrives
It is common for individuals suffering from an accident to become flustered easily due to the severity of these injuries, therefore it is critical to call 911 as soon as possible. Phillips Law Firm has many years of experience helping auto accident victims receive the compensation they deserve from an auto accident.
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Dislocated Joint Treatment
Dislocated joints can be treated in various ways depending on the joint and the severity of the injury. Treatments can range anywhere from applying ice to immobilizing the body part. After treatment, most individuals will regain their full range of motion, function, and will be able to resume normal activities of daily living.
Common forms of dislocated joint injury treatment include:
Reduction is the re-aligning of the body part to put it back in its correct position. In most cases this will require a local anesthetic, especially if there is severe pain and swelling involved.
It is common to place the injured body part in a splint or a cast, depending on the severity. This is a precaution taken to immobilize the joint in order to prevent further injury and heal correctly. The severity of the injury is directly related to how long the splint or cast will be worn.
In most cases, pain will reduce preceding the reduction process, however, if a person continues to experience pain, muscle relaxers and pain relievers may be prescribed.
As a result of the accident, there may be damaged blood vessels and nerves, thus surgery may be required. Surgery could also be required if the dislocation cannot be fixed during the reduction process of dislocation treatment.
After the splint has been removed and surgery has been performed, the rehabilitation process will begin. Rehabilitation is commonly performed by physical therapist and occupational therapists in order to correctly restore the joint to normal range of motion and strength.
Contact An Experienced Arizona Car Crash Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, it is crucial to seek the legal guidance of an experienced car crash attorney. By using the services provided by a knowledgeable car accident attorney, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for damages and losses received during the accident.
At Phillips Law Group, we are dedicated to assisting the injured in receiving the justice they deserve in the court of law. With our firm located in Phoenix, we are licensed to serve the state of Arizona.
A few locations we serve include:
- Sun City
For additional information about how our automobile accident attorneys can help you in your situation, or to schedule a free no-obligation consultation, contact us today at (602) 258-8888 and a member of our intake staff will take the details of your case and refer you to one of our experienced auto accident attorneys best suited for your case.
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