The arm is one of the most commonly injured body parts in a negligence case. An arm injury can come as a consequence of an array of accidents, including a fall from a bicycle, a slip and fall, a sports-related accident, a car crash or motorcycle crash, truck accident, or even a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle in a crosswalk.
Minor arm injuries can be caused simply by overuse. Acute arm injuries, on the other hand, often occur suddenly and are caused by falls or direct blows (such as can occur during an automobile accident). Examples of acute arm injuries are contusions, muscle ruptures and fractures. Most acute arm injuries are accompanied by severe pain, bruising and swelling. These injuries often require immediate medical attention, or else the victim risks suffering serious complications and long-term damage.
Doctors will often order x-rays to be taken of an arm injury. If the bone has been fractured, the doctor will set the break using a brace, splint, or cast, depending on the type, location, and severity of the break. If a fracture is severe, surgery may be necessary, after which will be regular sessions of physical therapy. Often times, doctors will prescribe narcotic pain medication and/or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen to ease the pain. Recovery from an arm injury can take up to 8 weeks, depending on the seriousness of the injury.
The main causes and average severity of an arm injury varies according to the age of the victim. Adults are susceptible to serious breaks due to osteoporosis and gradual loss of muscle mass, and the elderly have the highest risk of breaks due to their fragile anatomy as well as issues of vision loss and poor balance.
If you have suffered an injury to your arm which has resulted in bruising, swelling, bleeding, or pain during movement, you should see a medical professional at once. Whether it’s an acute arm injury due to a sudden fall or accident or a chronic injury from being a “weekend warrior” on the tennis court -both can be resolved with proper medical care and a good physical therapy plan.
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.