If you were involved in an accident that left you with an orthopedic injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as debt-free medical care. Orthopedic injuries can be complex, as they refer to a broad range of problems associated with one’s bones, ligaments, nerves, muscles, joints and tendons–the accoutrements of the musculoskeletal system. It is paramount to call an orthopedic injury lawyer (after you have sought emergency medical services) to ensure your rights are protected, and to ensure the next critical steps are taken that will enable you to receive the highest possible compensation for your pain, suffering and losses.
How Serious are Orthopedic Injuries
Orthopedic injuries tend to be very serious, as often traumatic damage is done to the joints, nerves, bones, and other components of the musculoskeletal system. Usually, orthopedic injury lawyers have clients who require surgery. Joint replacement, arthroscopy, excision and decompression, and spinal fusion are just some of the procedures that someone with damages from this classification may have to endure. In some cases victims will need years to recover with extensive physical therapy, and in other instances people will never fully recover while for others it is a life-long process. An orthopedic injury lawyer will be able to research your accident, gather all the right evidence, statements, and expert witnesses, and build a case aimed at leaving you with the best medical care, free from bills, and with the highest possible compensation for your lost wages, pain, psychological trauma, and any other damages that may range from implications in your personal life, to damaged property.
Examples of Injuries a Jacoby and Meyers Orthopedic Injury Lawyer Works With
When you partner with any one of our orthopedic injury lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers, you will have a veteran personal injury attorney who has helped victims receive justice, medical care and financial compensation for these injuries, and more:
- Joint fractures
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Spinal injuries, including those that require fusions
- Hip replacement
- Slipped discs
- Herniated discs
- Overuse injuries
- Shoulder dislocation (with or without nerve damage)
- Sports hernias
- Rotator cuff tear
- Meniscus tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
These are only a few of the issues our orthopedic injury lawyers come across, but there are many more. Unfortunately, a significant number of people don’t even know their rights and because they don’t think to research various orthopedic injury lawyers, they are left with devastating medical bills and no compensation.
Here are two common orthopedic injury examples that would likely entitle the injured person to compensation:
Student Athlete Injuries – A 17 year-old boy pitches for his high school baseball team. He can register 101 MPH with his fastball, throws a mean curve ball, and is extremely accurate. But ignoring advice from the team doctor, the coach overuses the athlete and as a result he tears his rotator cuff. Not only is he in pain and will require surgery, but MLB scouts quickly lose interest. An orthopedic injury lawyer could collect the medical reports, analyze the prognosis, interview the scouts, and build a case that would not only give the boy and his family compensation for medical bills and suffering, but also for the negligence that destroyed a promising career in professional sports.
Workplace Injury – A worker who spends all day standing on a concrete floor has, for years, requested that her employer provide her with an orthopedic padded mat. One day she goes to a doctor due to agonizing pain in her feet, and is diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. Unable to work for the next six months, she faces lost wages and medical bills. She also suffers from severe depression due to her inability to hike with the family every weekend. Under the right circumstances, an orthopedic attorney can ensure she gets the highest compensation possible, and help her get her life back on track.
What are Some Common Causes of Orthopedic Injuries?
A wide variety of accidents and negligent practices can cause orthopedic injuries. These include:
- Sports injuries
- Slip and falls
- Premises liability injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Medical errors during a procedure or diagnosis
- Auto accident
- Scooter accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Bike accident
- Industrial accident
- Assault / gunshot or stabbing
- Product imperfections
- Landlord negligence (broken step on the stairs, etc)
Really, any type of an accident that occurs due to negligence, and that has enough force to cause an orthopedic injury, can likely entitle a victim to some form of compensation.
Call Our Orthopedic Injury Lawyers at Jacoby and Meyers
Our number one priority is to help you regain as much of your health back as possible, ensure your wellness, and build a case that results in the highest compensation possible. Call Jacoby and Meyers today for a free consultation with our expert team of orthopedic injury lawyers, and get an educated understanding of your legal rights, and the kind of settlement you are entitled to.