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Clavicle Fractures

Car accidents, motorcycle collisions, pedestrian accidents, and slip and falls result in a wide range of injuries. These injuries generally range in nature and severity. One of the most common injuries from these incidents is a fractured clavicle or collar bone. The collar bone is located between the sternum and shoulder blade, and connects the arm to the rest of the body. These fractures are therefore rather painful and can significantly limit your arm’s range of motion. As a result, these fractures often substantially change your quality of life, and typically result in substantial medical bills, lost income, potential disability, and pain and suffering. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Clavicle fractures are caused by many factors. Generally, the clavicle is fractured due to direct trauma to the collarbone or shoulder. For slip and falls, these injuries occur when you fall on your shoulder or try to brace your fall by stretching out your arm. In automobile accidents, these fractures happen when an airbag or another part of the vehicle strikes the collarbone. Bicyclists and motorcyclists suffer these injuries when they are thrown over their handlebars. Regardless of the cause of the fractures, these injuries can result in excruciating pain. General symptoms include swelling, bruising, tenderness, sagging in your shoulder, a bulge or bump on or near your shoulder, shoulder stiffness or difficulty moving your shoulder, or a crackling sound when moving your shoulder. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical treatment.

The type of medical treatment depends on the severity of your fracture. Most fractures do not require surgery. Instead, these fractures are treated by immobilizing the arm with an arm sling; pain medication to reduce pain and inflammation; and physical therapy to restore range of motion, increase strength, and prevent arm stiffness. However, if the fracture is severe, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery generally involves placing fixation devices, such as plates, rods, and screws, to maintain proper bone position during healing. The recovery time for these fractures depends on your age and the severity of the fracture. Recovery time for young children is 4 to 8 weeks, while adults and teenagers fully heal in 10-12 weeks.

Clavicle fractures can substantially change the quality of your life, limiting many activities of daily living and forcing you to miss work for an extended period of time. Injured victims therefore are concerned about which items a settlement or judgment would cover. In California, if your injuries were caused by another person or business’ negligence, then you are entitled to recover compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering relating to your injury. In order to recover this compensation, the law requires you to file your lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident or fall. If you fail to do so, the Court will prohibit any compensation for your injuries. Therefore, it is vitally important that you immediately retain an experienced personal injury attorney, who will aggressively negotiate with insurance companies and obtain all evidence showing the fault of the other person or business.

Contact Us Today

Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one suffered a clavicle fracture. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to car accidents and slip and falls throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online

Disclaimer: Slatter Law Firm are lawyers, not physicians. All content is based on our experience and not on medical education. If you are experiencing any physical injury, please consult with a doctor.