Some of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents are injuries to the arm and elbow, injuries that can be permanent.
Car accidents and the resulting injuries vary greatly in severity. Whether it is a minor fender bender or a severe rollover crash, victims can suffer personal injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to serious, catastrophic injuries, leaving the victim permanently disabled. When it comes to car accident injuries, we immediately think of neck, back, and head injuries. However, some of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents are injuries to the arm and elbow, and unfortunately, these injuries can just as debilitating and permanent.
Vulnerability of the Arms
Despite all of the safety features available in cars, including shoulder belts and seat belts, severe and even permanent arm injuries can occur in a crash. Arms and elbows are always exposed while driving, so the chances of sustaining an injury to these areas is high. Any frontal or side crash that forces the driver to brace for the impact or causes any debris to hit the arms can lead to arm injuries. Bone fractures are the most common arm injuries suffered in a car accident. A broken or fractured arm means that one or more of the bones have been cracked. Some car accidents, particularly side impact collisions, can cause multiple fractures in the arm and elbow.
Arm Injuries Caused by Car Accidents:
- Humerus fracture – A crack or break in the upper arm often occurs when extended arms brace for the crash and take the force of impact, for example, when holding the steering wheel.
- Radius or ulna fracture – A crack or break in one or both of the bones of the forearm. Forearm fractures usually occur when outstretched arms are exposed in a car accident.
- Distal humerus fracture – A fracture that occurs at the end of the humerus near the elbow joint can cause damage to both the joint and cartilage and lead to elbow stiffness and arthritis. These type of fractures occur in severe car accidents.
- Supracondylar fracture – When the upper arm bone cracks or breaks slightly above the elbow.
- Olecranon fracture – Olecranon is the bony structure at the tip of the elbow. This bone can get cracked or broken in the event of a crash.
- Condylar fracture – A fracture of the elbow knob, which, if not treated properly, can lead to nerve damage.
St. Louis Car Wreck Attorneys
If you or someone close to you has sustained an arm injury in a car accident, chances are that you will be faced with huge medical expenses. If the injury was a result of another driver’s negligence, you may be able to recover all expenses from the at-fault driver. Talk to a St. Louis car wreck attorney to protect your legal rights. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242.