It is difficult to conceive how intricate your body is until you are hurt. When you suddenly suffer an injury that affects one or more of the basic structures of your body like a bone or muscle, the interconnectivity of each part of your body to another becomes clear. A singular injury can impact how the rest of your body functions. For instance, a moderate injury in your back can make it painful to walk, sit, or stand. A broken foot might make it impossible get around efficiently or work. If you are currently suffering an injury to a bone, muscle, ligament, or tendon because of an accident, contact our Wisconsin orthopedic injury lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC.
We are here to help you gain the compensation you need to recover and move forward with life. Call us at (715) 343-2850 to schedule a free consultation.
What is an Orthopedic Injury?
The medical term “orthopedic” encompasses the medical treatment of injuries and conditions related to bones and muscles, also called the musculoskeletal system. If you have been diagnosed with an orthopedic injury, then your condition affects your bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and/or nerves.
Some of the most common orthopedic injuries sustained in traumatic accidents include:
- Dislocation, often in the ankles, hips, elbows, and jaw
- Bone fractures
- Knee injuries, particularly to the muscles and tendons
- Rotator cuff and other shoulder injuries
- Overstretched or torn ligaments, also known as sprains
- Overstretched or torn muscles or tendons, also known as a strain
- Back injuries, such as dislocated and ruptured discs
Seeking Treatment for Orthopedic Injuries
If you suffered an orthopedic injury in a traumatic event like a car accident or a fall, then you will likely see an orthopedic surgeon. If you have a relatively minor injury, you may not require surgery. Your physicians could recommend a combination of anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, rest, and pain management. However, many injuries to the musculoskeletal system require surgical intervention to correct and ensure they heal properly.
Many orthopedic surgeons have a specialization, which may concentrate on a specific field like pediatrics or sports, or on an area of the body like foot and ankle injuries or shoulder injuries. If possible, it is best for you to see an orthopedic specialist who regularly treats your condition. This may require you to travel or visit a location or doctor outside of your insurance network.
It can be scary to seek expensive medical treatment after an accident. However, your focus should be on receiving the best medical care possible to help you fully recover, regain function, and get back to work. If the injury was the result of an accident caused by another person’s negligence, then discuss how you will be reimbursed for your medical expenses with our experienced serious injury lawyers today. During a personal injury claim, you have every right to seek compensation for all of your medical expenses, whether or not they were originally covered by your health insurer.
Recovering From an Orthopedic Injury
Seeking treatment for and recovering from an orthopedic injury can be a frustrating and painful situation. In the immediate aftermath of the accident that caused your injury, you can expect to be uncomfortable and in pain. If your injury is minor to moderate, you may mostly require rest. More serious injuries, on the other hand, could demand surgery and a brace or cast. Depending on the location of your injury, you can expect to be less mobile for a period of time.
While your injury heals, your physicians will want you to retain whatever strength you have. For instance, if you hurt one of your legs, you do not want to lose muscle strength and flexibility in the other, uninjured leg. This may require working with a physical therapist, particularly if your injured leg requires weeks or months to heal.
Once your injury has healed a bit, you will need to begin with appropriate, gentle exercises. This is usually done under the guidance of a physical therapist who can monitor your progress and increase your exercises when you are ready. Overtime you will move from more gentle movements to those that help you return to your normal level of function.
How Long Does it Take to Recover From an Orthopedic Injury?
Recovery is different for everyone and heavily depends on the type and extent of your injury and your physical and emotional condition prior to and after the traumatic accident. There is no way to predict exactly what you will go through and how long it will take to get better after an orthopedic injury.
In generally, it takes bones six to eight weeks to heal. It usually takes soft tissue eight to 12 weeks to heal. It can take at least another four weeks after the bone or soft tissue repairs for you to return to your normal level of functioning. Depending on your injury, the necessary treatments, and your body’s response, you could expect several months of additional recovery time. Overall, suffering an orthopedic injury could lead to as few as four months of recovery time to more than a year before you regain as much function as is possible.
Seeking Compensation After an Orthopedic Injury
If you suffered an orthopedic injury in an accident that you believe was another person’s fault, contact our Wisconsin orthopedic injury lawyers today. At Studinski Law, LLC, we understand the nuances and difficulties of orthopedic injuries, including the difficulty of treatments, lengthy recovery times, and potential for disfigurement and disability.
We will help you determine who caused the accident and who is liable. Once we are ready to make a personal injury insurance claim or file suit, we will pursue compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of society and companionship
Let Our Wisconsin Orthopedic Injury Lawyers Help You
The significant impact an orthopedic injury caused by a traumatic accident can have on your life is why it is essential to work with personal injury attorneys familiar with these types of injuries. By working with the Wisconsin orthopedic injury lawyers of Studinski Law, LLC, you have a legal team who understands the medical complexities of musculoskeletal injuries, including the pain and difficulties of recovery. We are here to help you hold the person who caused the accident responsible and obtain the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Call us today at (715) 343-2850 for a free, no-risk consult.