Children, newborn babies, and athletes most commonly suffer from broken collarbone damage. Medically referred to as the clavicle, the collarbone is considered to be a part of the shoulders that serve to connect the body’s arms to the rest of the body. The collarbone plays an important role in the body’s overall function, as it protects important blood vessels and nerves. The clavicle is specifically located between the shoulder blade and breastbone over the top of the chest.
A broken collarbone injury can happen in a number of different ways. While the severity of a broken collarbone injury will range significantly, it is absolutely essential that anyone who has injured this region of the body to seek immediate medical attention. There are quite a few potential injuries that can arise from a broken collarbone injury and the physician must determine if any further damage has been endured. All accident victims must err on the side of caution when it comes to damage to the clavicle.
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Symptoms of a Broken Collarbone Injury
When any broken bone heals improperly there is a great potential for further, even life-long, damage. The clavicle plays an important role in the body’s overall function. In fact, many people do not realize how involved their collarbone is in everyday activities until they are no longer able to use their shoulder in normal motions. As such, those who are feeling pain in their shoulder must see a doctor right away.
The following are the most common symptoms linked to broken collarbones:
- Pain that worsens with any movement in the shoulder
- Cracking or grinding during shoulder movement
- Bulge located near the shoulder
Being aware of these signs and symptoms will help accident victims to seek the medical treatment that they require. Again, it is imperative for those who are feeling a pain in the shoulder to seek medical care as soon as possible. A physician will likely take x-rays of the region to determine the severity of the damage. Once it is determined that the bone is broken, they will be able to give the patient a treatment plan to recover.
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Broken Collarbone Injury Causes
As stated earlier, children, newborn babies, and athletes are the most common victims of collarbone injuries. However, there are a number of additional factors that may lead to a broken collarbone injury. On a positive note, since the collarbone serves to protect important nerves and blood vessels, these are often unharmed in the event of clavicle damage. Unfortunately, however, because the collarbone is only protected by skin it is often vulnerable to breaks.
The following are the most common causes of broken collarbones:
- Birth injury
- Childhood injury
- Slip and fall
- Athletic/sports injury
- Motor vehicle accident
Child birth injuries and childhood injuries are the most commonly seen collarbone accident victims. The collarbone does not harden until the body reaches the age of 20. Therefore, until bone strength reaches optimal levels at age 20, teenagers and children are at risk of a break. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident resulting in a broken collarbone injury, Lewis & Keller is prepared to take on your case today.
An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer is Here for You
With our main offices located in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, Lewis & Keller has proudly served the North Carolina community for many, many years. During this time, our legal staff has developed a close relationship with members of the community. Our personal injury lawyers feel strongly that when the negligence of another causes injury or harm, this at-fault person must be held liable for their careless actions.
Those who have suffered a broken collarbone due to the careless behavior of another person may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other costs associated to the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, Lewis & Keller is ready to protect your rights and fight for your fair compensation.
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