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Clavicle Fractures from Accidents

I’m Ed Smith, an Injury Lawyer in Sacramento. Fractures to the clavicle are among some of the most common injuries to the upper body sustained in car accidents. These fractures can happen fairly easily yet can have serious consequences. With a traumatic injury such as a clavicle fracture, there are a few things to know so that you can get help quickly following an accident.

What are Clavicle Fractures?

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Floating Shoulder and Elbow Injuries

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer. Car accidents or other high impact collisions can cause what is called a  floating shoulder or elbow injury. This is a severe fracture that leaves the bone dislocated making the joint look like it is completely unattached and appears to be “floating.” If you’ve been in an accident and are experiencing pain, call your doctor and then call a personal injury lawyer.

Floating Shoulder

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Scapula Fractures Following Car Accidents

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Bone Fracture Lawyer. A common traumatic injury after a car accident or motorcycle accident is bone fractures. Fractures of the scapula, or more commonly known as the shoulder blade, are not very common since it takes a considerable amount of force or high-energy impact to break this bone. Following an automobile accident if you are seriously injured with a fracture of the scapula there is valuable information below for you to read about this traumatic injury.

About the Scapula

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Compartment Syndrome

I’m Ed Smith, a Personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. Compartment syndrome is a common complication from serious injuries and can have devastating consequences if diagnosis is delayed. Compartment syndrome is possible in most compartments of the body but most common in the extremities such as the arms, legs, forearms and hands. The forearms and hands have more compartments to be affected following trauma or injury such as bone fractures. If any acute swelling occurs in the area this is your first possible sign of having compartment syndrome.

What is Compartment Syndrome?

Auto Accidents Involving Impacted Fractures

Auto Accidents Involving Impacted Fractures
Auto Accidents Involving Impacted Fractures

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury attorney. When the impact from a fall, motor vehicle collision, or other accident is strong enough to introduce a crack into a bone, a bone fracture results. Bone fractures come in many varieties, depending on the location of the injury, as well as the specific cause of the fracture and its severity. Some types of fractures – such as avulsion fractures – can even occur because of quite minor impacts, but in the presence of other factors such as osteoporosis or especially strenuous athletic activity. These sorts of fractures generally do not require much, if any, medical attention and sometimes even remain undetected or undiagnosed indefinitely.

Auto Accidents Involving Pelvis Injuries

Accidents Involving Pelvis Injuries

Auto Accidents Involving Pelvis Injuries

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury attorney. Accidents resulting in a fractured pelvis can be extremely painful. The pelvis segment of the human skeleton consists of several attached bones in the area between the base of the spine and the beginning of the legs. The two skeletal structures commonly referred to as the “hip bones” actually consist of three distinct but fused bones on either side of the pubic area – the ilium, ischium, and pubis – and each are a part of the pelvis.

Worker Hit by Car Interstate 80 Sacramento

Worker Hit by Car Interstate 80 Sacramento

I’m Edward Smith, a car crash lawyer in Sacramento. A car crashed into a concrete barrier and hit a construction worker on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The crash happened along Interstate 80 in Sacramento. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) the crash occurred at around 4:30 a.m. in the Across the Top construction zone near El Camino Avenue. We have embedded a Youtube video of the accident below.

Across the Top Construction Zone near El Camino Avenue

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Pediatric Trauma

Ed Smith is one of the top rated personal injury lawyers in Sacramento. Pediatric trauma is the leading cause of death among children and the leading cause of disability.  The principles of trauma care are the same in children as with adults but there are very big differences in the physiology of children that mean they are treated somewhat differently than adults.  Children have different patterns and causes of injury depending on age.  For this reason, there is a need for pediatric trauma centers apart from trauma centers dealing with adults.

Children’s injuries usually come from rapid acceleration and deceleration injuries, such as is seen in motor vehicle accidents.  Accidents around the home, falls, and bicycle injuries are also major causes of pediatric trauma.

Initial Assessment and Resuscitation of the Injured Child

Simultaneous assessment and resuscitation happen in children who are injured in the same way as it is done in adults.  Multiple organ injuries are more common in kids so it is better to assume that every organ is injured until proven otherwise. Continue reading

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Tibial Plateau Fractures

Ed Smith is a Sacramento Bone Fracture Lawyer. The tibial plateau is the top flat surface of the tibia, which is one of the two long bones in the lower leg. Tibial plateau fractures are more common in the elderly, accounting for 8 percent of all fractures in the elderly population.  There can be fractures of the medial or lateral plateau of the tibia, with lateral tibial plateau fractures being more often isolated fracture when compared to medial plateau fractures.  About 1-3 percent of these fractures are considered open fractures.

The tibial plateau is a joint surface connecting the femur to the lower leg.  There are actually two articular surfaces on this bone with an intercondylar eminence that serves as the attachment of the cruciate ligaments.  The medial plateau is stronger than the lateral plateau, which is why there are more fractures of the lateral plateau.  Medial plateau fractures are more associated with high impact trauma such as with motor vehicle accidents.

Tibia and Fibula Shaft Fractures

Tibia and Fibula Shaft Fractures

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Auto Accident LawyerFractures of the tibia and fibula involve the two long bones of the lower leg.  These represent the most common long bone fractures.  There are about 26 tibia/fibular fractures per 100,000 people.  Most of these injuries occur in males aged 15-19 years.  There can also be fractures in 90-99 year old females at a rate of 49 out of 100,000 people in this age group.  The average age of a tibial fracture is 37 years of age.  There is a relatively high rate of nonunion in these types of fractures.

The tibia is the bone that carries the bulk of a person’s weight.  The fibula carries only about 6-17 percent of the total weight bearing capacity of the lower leg.  The fibula’s function is more for muscle insertion than it is for weight bearing.  The common peroneal nerve runs alongside the neck of the fibula and so it is commonly injured when the fibula is injured. Continue reading

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