Why Do You Get Elbow Pain After a Car Accident?

Car accidents can result in some truly damaging injuries. The force that comes from vehicles colliding with one another can leave those inside the vehicle subject to tremendous impacts, even when they are properly restrained. In some cases, victims of car accidents complain about elbow pain after the auto accident. This pain is usually called by an elbow injury which can arise as a result of the force these accidents can inflict on a person. This elbow pain can range from a mild ache to truly chronic conditions that directly impact the ability and everyday mobility of an individual. In this article, we will cover the causes of elbow injuries after a car accident, common elbow injuries that occur after an auto accident, how to treat these injuries, and what you can do to reach a full recovery of your damages. Consult with a qualified attorney with expertise in car accident injury lawsuits at the top-rated Normandie Law Firm for more information.

Causes of Elbow Injuries After A Car Accident
Whether you were involved in a motorcycle accident or a truck accident, an incredible amount of force is often applied to the bodies of those involved. This is because of the speed at which a majority of these vehicles travel. While there are some safety mechanisms involved in automobiles such as airbags, seat belts, and plastic chassis, the drivers and passengers are still subject to a tremendous amount of kinetic force. As a result of this high physical force, severe elbow injuries can occur. This fact is especially true of drivers whose hands are typically at the wheel at the time of the impact. The force of the collision could cause the driver to brace themselves with their elbows, or for their elbows to make contact with the steering wheel. Passengers are also susceptible to elbow injuries as at they can also make contact with the dashboard, the windshield, or other parts of the car’s interior. Listed below are some common elbow injuries:

  • Elbow Radial Heal Fracture: This form of elbow injury is caused by a break in the radius bone in the forearm just beneath the elbow joint, and can occur when a driver or passenger is bracing themselves with an outstretched hand.
  • Medical Elbow Ligament Sprain: Otherwise known as the MCL, the medial collateral ligament in the elbow is located in the inner elbow and provides stability to the area. This joint can be damaged as a result of a high force impact like that of a car accident.
  • Elbow Avulsion Fracture: An avulsion fracture occurs when the tendon comes away from the bone, and takes part of the bone with it. These injuries can be incredibly challenging to recover from and can require the assistance of a medical professional.
  • Broken Elbow: This form of elbow injury occurs where there is a break in one of the bones below the elbow joint. Three different bones could be broken: The Humerus (upper arm bone), Ulna and Radius (two forearm bones). This can occur as a result of intense pressure being applied to the area.
  • Dislocated Elbow: Like the shoulder joint, the elbow joint can be dislocated as a result of intense force. Although, unlike the shoulder, the elbow is an incredibly stable joint and requires a high amount of force to dislocate it.

These are just some of the elbow injuries that you could endure as a result of a car accident. In almost all cases, victims of elbow injuries caused by car accidents should seek the assistance of a medical professional immediately. While the pain may seem minor at first, there is a chance that the pain will grow and after continued use could result in a problem that can be difficult to recover from fully. With the help of an ultrasound and a thorough inspection from a doctor, nurse, or another form of physician you could regain full strength in this vital part of the body. If you need to be referred to an adequate medical facility, reach out to one of our accomplished attorneys with experience in car accident cases.

Treatment For Elbow Pain After A Car Accident
The treatment required for an elbow injury after a car accident varies depending on the injury itself. For instance, a sprained elbow could be easily treated through the use of a splint and plenty of rest. However, more severe conditions like elbow dislocation will almost require the assistance of a trained medical professional. In cases of elbow dislocation, one of the most severe kinds of elbow injuries, a medical professional may use the reduction maneuver, which is incredibly tricky and requires the assistance of another trained professional.

In the event of an elbow sprain, or any other kind of minor elbow injury, there are a few things you can do at home to help mitigate further damage from occurring. Some of these methods include:

  • Resting the elbow and avoid moving the arm where the injury occurred.
  • Ice the injured elbow for 15 to 20 minutes at a time around 3 to 4 times a day. It is recommended that you wrap the wounded area in an ice cloth, and do not place ice directly on the skin of the injured area.
  • Compress the injured area by wrapping it in an elastic bandage or compression wrap
  • Elevate the wounded elbow above your heart.

In cases of minor elbow injuries, a medical professional may recommend that you take over-the-counter medicines like Advil, Motrin, Aleve, or Tylenol to reduce pain and swelling. Unfortunately, severe elbow injuries can still occur after a car accident, and as a result, may require reparative elbow surgery. This procedure can be incredibly invasive and may require weeks of physical therapy. Even then, there is no guarantee that your elbow will be restored to its prior state of functionality. Fortunately, victims who suffered their injured elbow as a result of the negligence or misconduct of others behind the wheel have every right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.

With a successful lawsuit, an elbow injury victim can receive compensation for the damages that they have had to endure. This compensation can cover damages like medical expenses, loss of wages, and even punitive damages which are applied to a case to punish the at-fault party for their actions. However, when filing a lawsuit, it is always in your best interest that you seek representation from an attorney experienced in fighting for the rights of car accident victims. A skilled attorney who has experience in car accident cases can help you build your case, file your claim, and represent you and your case in court.

How Normandie Law Firm Can Help
Fractured elbows, elbow dislocation, and other kinds of elbow injuries caused by auto accidents can be incredibly traumatic for anyone who has to experience it. These injuries can directly impact the mobility and functionality of a victim can make everyday life a struggle. Fortunately, if you or a loved one have experienced an elbow injury as a result of a car accident, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for your damages. At Normandie Law Firm, our top team can place you with an expert lawyer experienced in car accident cases. Clients who file a claim with our Los Angeles law firm could find some if not all of the following damages compensable to them:

  • Past and Future Medical Expenses
  • Loss of Wages
  • Potential Loss of Future Wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc…)
  • Punitive Damages (which only a lawyer with experience handling car accident claims will be able to win)

Victims of elbow injuries from car accidents or any other motor accident can contact our law offices to receive more information on how to receive adequate compensation for their damages. While our law firm is based in Los Angeles, our experienced laywers also practice in San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, and throughout the state of California.

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