How likely are you to suffer a clavicle injury in an automobile crash? What signs and symptoms should you look for following a motor vehicle accident in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, or Nebraska? The fact is that clavicle injuries are some of the most common injuries you can suffer in a collision. When an accident occurs, recognizing the bruises and sensations that signify an injury can help you pursue treatment that will help you recover.
Prevalence of Clavicle Fractures in the United States
In the US, clavicle fractures account for 2.6-5% of all fractures. Of these, 69-82% occur to the middle third section of the clavicle, while 12% occur on the distal third, and 6% occur to the medial third. Car accidents are a common cause of clavicle injury in the United States. They can occur when individuals strike the dash or steering wheel. They can occur when an individual is thrown from the vehicle. But, most commonly, they occur when the seat belt restrains the individual's body during the collision. The position of the belt, coupled with the force of the crash, is usually enough to cause a fracture to this light bone designed to break and serve as a shock absorber.
The Signs and Symptoms of a Clavicle Fracture
There are many potential signs of a clavicle injury. These include a drooping shoulder, swelling, and tenderness. Individuals may also experience difficulty breathing. It is also common for individuals to have tenting or blanching of the skin above the site of the fracture. When a motor vehicle accident is the cause of the injury, it is common for the individual to have abrasions at points where the clavicle made contact with the seat belt, seat, or steering wheel. In many cases, the more symptoms that are present, the greater the extent of the individual's injury.
Evaluating the Extent of the Injury
While a clavicle injury may not seem serious, it can have serious complications. For this reason, it is imperative for individuals to undergo thorough examination following a motor vehicle accident. This can include a chest radiogram, ultrasound, or computer tomography scan. If there is damage suspected to the vascular structures surrounding the clavicle, arteriography is recommended. For most patients, recovery requires little more than non-operative pain management and immobilization with a shoulder sling.
However, that's not always the case. When there is significant fracture displacement or shortening of the bone, refracture of the clavicle, the patient is of advanced age, or has health issues, then recovery can be delayed for six months or longer.
Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Our firm represents clients who suffer a clavicle injury in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. We will provide the legal guidance and representation you need to recover from your injuries. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.