Omaha Orthopedic Injury Attorney
Orthopedic injuries occur in any environment. These injuries can lead to either short-term or long-term debilitating pain or permanent impairment. Accidents at work, at home, traveling, or in virtually any situation can cause orthopedic injuries – and can occur as a result of a negligent act by another party. A slippery floor at work can cause you to fall, car accidents can cause severe trauma to your neck, back, limbs, hands, or feet, and repetitive motions cause severe injuries to your muscles and tendons.
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Whatever the cause, orthopedic injuries often require surgery and result in pain, suffering, extended convalescence, inability to work, and more. If you or a loved one have suffered an orthopedic injury due to the negligence or reckless act of another party, you may be entitled to compensation.
Orthopedic injuries are injuries to your bones or the surrounding tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Because the injury may be hidden beneath the skin and tissue, such an injury is often misdiagnosed. Orthopedic injuries can become progressively worse over time if untreated, and medical care is vital. Some of the common types of orthopedic injuries include:
- Broken bones: Broken bones are severe orthopedic injuries and range from minor fractures to compound and multiple breaks. Broken bones require immediate medical treatment and often result in months of convalescence and physical therapy.
- Strain: Strains are the overstretching or tearing of the muscles or tendons, and often result in muscle spasms, pain, swelling, limited flexibility, and difficulty using the affected joint or muscle. Severe strains may require surgery to repair the damaged tissue and can take you off your feet, making you unable to work for weeks or months.
- Sprains: Similar to strains, sprains are the stretching or tearing of ligaments (the tissue that connects two bones in a joint). A sprain can cause bruising around the affected joint, pain, swelling, limited flexibility, and limited range of motion to the affected joint. Mild sprains can heal on their own, but a severe sprain often requires surgery to repair damaged ligaments.
- Neck and spine injuries: Neck and spine injuries can vary in severity but often cause severe headaches, limited motion, pinched nerves, back pain, and paralysis (either partial or full). Neck and back injuries often require surgery and extensive physical therapy and convalescence.
- Knee injuries: Your knees are often subject to a heavy impact in a fall or other accident, and the fragile cartilage and tendons can be injured. Knee injuries can require surgical intervention and take you off your feet for an extended period. Long-term damage is very likely with a knee injury.
- Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs): RSIs are caused by continued, excessive repetitive motion. A common example is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a wrist injury caused by excessive typing on a keyboard, or back injuries sustained by workers who are engaged in lifting heavy objects. RSIs can occur in any joint throughout your body, and often require extensive medical treatment to resolve.
Orthopedic injuries can be sustained in countless ways, but some of the more common causes of orthopedic injuries include:
- Slip and fall
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Construction accidents
- Sports injuries
Because each case is unique, our attorneys at Bottlinger Law, L.L.C. will perform a thorough case analysis and work closely with your medical providers and other specialists to determine the level of compensation you are entitled to. The damages sought in such an injury may include:
- Immediate medical expenses
- Long-term medical expenses (surgeries, physical therapy, prosthetics, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
To recover a fair level of compensation, it is imperative that you have legal representation. Insurance companies are interested in paying out as little as possible. When working with an injured person directly, it is a common practice to offer a low settlement. Without the support of an attorney, you may accept an offer that is far lower than you deserve.
With an experienced Omaha personal injury lawyer negotiating the terms of a settlement, insurance companies know better. We will calculate the maximum compensation possible, and then fight them on our terms – taking your case to court if necessary.
Bottlinger Law L.L.C. is an Omaha-based boutique law firm that specializes in defending the rights of real people. Our founder, Jason P. Bottlinger, started his legal career defending insurance companies but rapidly found that his true calling was to protect the rights of the injured. With intimate knowledge of both sides of the insurance and personal injury litigation process, we can settle most cases out of court – but we can take your case to trial if needed. Call us today at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation.
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