Orthopedic Injury Lawyers in Grand Junction
"Orthopedic injuries" are just broken bones and muscle or joint trauma. But the truth is that these injuries are painful and rob you of your ability to function in life and at work, temporarily or not. Extensive medical care is often required to fix these injuries, including surgeries with a long convalescence.
If you or a loved one was harmed by the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The first step is to speak with one of our skilled Grand Junction personal injury attorneys from Peters & Nolan, LLC.
The insurance company you’re up against will attempt to reduce the value of your claim, to try to pay out as little as possible – which is where Peters & Nolan, LLC, comes in. For over 20 years, we have been helping clients throughout Grand Junction and the greater Western Slope recover the compensation they deserve. To speak with a member of our incredible team, call our firm at (970) 243-4357.
The adult human body is composed of roughly 206 bones and many joints, all of which can be subject to injury. This means that orthopedic injuries are incredibly common, and there is a high likelihood that you have suffered at least one in your lifetime. Orthopedic injuries aren’t just painful; they can also lead your body to weaken over time. Some common kinds of orthopedic injuries that you may be familiar with include:
- Fractures: These can range from a simple fracture (typically requiring only immobilization in a cast or other system) to a comminuted fracture where the bone is broken into three or more pieces, requiring intensive surgery to set. Broken bones can be extremely painful and always require immediate medical assistance. Delaying medical action can interfere with healing and long-term use of the limb.
- Dislocation: When a joint is forcibly moved out of position, the surrounding area often becomes swollen and painful, and the bone may be visibly out of place. This can limit movement of the affected joint and cause severe pain. Dislocations are common in the shoulders, hips, ankles, elbows, and jaw. Dislocated joints then tend to dislocate more easily in the future, and can create long-term impairment and the need for ongoing medical care.
- Sprain or strain: A sprain occurs when the ligaments surrounding a joint are torn or stretched; a strain is the same thing with the muscles or tendons. This may be accompanied by a “popping” sound and can emulate a fracture. This type of injury can immobilize joints and cause muscle spasms.
- Rotator cuff injury: The rotator cuff is the combined joints and tendons surrounding your shoulder. Damage to the rotator cuff can require extensive medical treatment, including injections, anti-inflammatory medication, and surgery.
- Knee injury: The knee is susceptible to any case of sudden twisting or impact. Knee injuries can be debilitating and reduce the victim’s quality of life, often requiring several surgeries to repair.
- Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI): Repetitive stress injuries are those caused by performing the same motion repeatedly, thereby straining and injuring a part of the body. A typical example of this is carpal tunnel syndrome, where the nerves in the wrist become compressed due to constant typing or other repetitive hand motions.
While bones and joints are designed to take a certain amount of force, it does not take an extreme accident to cause a ligament to tear, or a bone to fracture. That is why speaking to a medical professional following an accident, even one that may seem minor, is incredibly important. Your bones and joints can be wrenched out of place in countless different ways, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
If you have been involved in an accident and were left injured, even if that injury does not seem important, you should still seek medical assistance. While you may assume that your injuries are minor, the truth about orthopedic injuries is that they can eventually lead to long-term damage.
Untreated orthopedic injuries can easily lead to lasting consequences. For example, if you suffered a dislocation, you may have suffered tears to your ligaments that could become permanent if not treated. This would make the joint you dislocated weaker, and more prone to future injuries. It may even require extensive surgery to correct the long-term damage.
Orthopedic injuries can also cause more severe issues to develop. When a bone fractures, there is a chance it could sever the surrounding nerves. This would lead to permanent nerve damage, and could make that area numb, even paralyzed. The bone itself, left untreated, may heal incorrectly, leading to a misaligned bone. If the bone is in the legs, you may lose the ability to walk without extreme discomfort or pain.
While orthopedic injuries may not be as life-threatening as a brain injury or a traumatic amputation, they are still serious and should be treated as such. Even if you believe an accident only left you with a few scratches and bruises, you should confirm this with a doctor. If you allow an orthopedic injury to go untreated because you believed it to be minor, then you could be left suffering in the long run.
Orthopedic injuries, especially severe ones, do not just go away on their own. You will need medical assistance in order to heal properly. That assistance does not come free, however: you will have to pay for medications, hospital visits, and even surgery if your injury was serious enough to warrant one. That doesn’t even cover the lost wages for your time off to recover, and any potential property damage, such as a totaled car, you now have to pay for.
Thankfully, if the accident that led to your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you can file a claim to recover compensation from that person. In a claim, you would be able to receive compensation for damages such as:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of job opportunities
- Lowered quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Emotional trauma
Receiving the compensation you are asking for, however, requires that your claim be successful. Keep in mind, when you file a claim against the at-fault party, you are also filing a claim against his or her insurance provider. Insurance companies make their money through their clients and lose money when they have to pay out settlements. This means they will fight to make sure you get as little money as possible, or even deny your claim. The best way to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve is to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can fight for your rights.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we understand the challenges these injuries bring to a whole family - and the importance of recovering adequate compensation from the at-fault party. Victims often suffer mental and physical anguish, lost wages, or diminished earning capacity. We bring our expertise and experience to bear on insurance companies who want to pay you as little as possible.
We are a low-volume firm, and only take cases that we can devote our time and attention to. We take the process through to completion, whether the case is settled out of court or goes to trial. Our goal is to recover the maximum possible compensation for the people we represent, and we go the distance for them.
Call Peters & Nolan, LLC, at (970) 243-4357 to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. If we take on your case, you will pay nothing until we achieve a satisfactory settlement or a jury verdict for your injuries and other losses.
- Fracture | MedlinePlus
- Fractures (Broken Bones) - OrthoInfo - AAOS
- Overview of Fractures - Merck Manual
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.