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What You Should Know About Clavicle Injuries

What You Should Know About Clavicle Injuries

The collarbone is one of the most frequently broken bones in the human body. Motor vehicle accidents, work-related accidents, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, and many other events can cause a clavicle injury. Most clavicle injuries are considered minor, meaning that they are rarely life-threatening and most will heal with time. However, even minor injuries can cause major disruptions and inconvenience.

Recognizing Signs of a Clavicle Injury

It is not uncommon for clavicle injuries to go unnoticed and dismissed at first even though clavicle fracutres represent up to 5% of all broken bone injuries and 44% of all shoulder involved injuries in the United States. It is estimated that roughly 1 in every 1,000 people will suffer a clavicle injury in any given year. Demographically, individuals under the age of 25, and those over the age of 55, are at greatest risk.

That is why it is important to pursue a thorough examination as soon as the injury is suspected. This should include both physical examination and x-rays to confirm or dispel the presence of the injury.

Common signs workers and motor vehicle accident survivors should stay alert for include:

  • Sharp pain, swelling, or stiffness in the area of the collarbone
  • Grinding or cracking sounds
  • The collarbone feels loose and as if it is moving around
  • There is a visible bump or bruising around the collarbone area

Treatment for a Clavicle Injury

Most clavile injuries take between four to six weeks to heal, during which time the individual will need to immobilize the arm so that the bone can heal. In some cases, surgical intervention may be required to restore strength and function. Complications are rare and patients who receive prompt and effective treatment generally regain full restoration of their pre-accident function and range of motion.

Compensation for Musculoskeletal Injuries

Individuals who suffer a clavicle injury in a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident, etc. may be entitled to recover compensation for their injuries. It is important to maintain accurate records that include receipts for medical care and medication, pay stubs, etc. At the low end, treatment for a clavicle injury can run around $500, while at the higher end it can run into many tens of thousands of dollars. The more thorough the records, the greater the likelihood of recovering fair compensation for the total expenses incured by the plaintiff.

This can include compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses including the costs of x-rays, immobilization, blood tests, anesthesia, surgical intervention, and physical therapy.
  • Lost wages including wages lost while recovering from the injury or time away from work required to undergo medical treatment or corrective surgical procedures.
  • Loss of quality of life including loss of range of motion and the ensuing inability to engage in gainful employment or previously enjoyed activities such as swimming, golfing, etc.
  • Pain and suffering, including compensation for any physical or mental discomfort or pain caused by a clavicle injury.

We are Brad Pistotnik Law. Call us at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. We represent clients pursuing compensation for a clavicle injury caused by a work-related accident, motorcycle accident, or motor vehicle accident. Our firm represents clients in Kansas, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can call Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.