Leg injuries from car accidents
Our personal injury attorneys answer common questions about breaks, ACL injury, torn meniscus and knee bursitis
Below are FAQs about car accident leg injuries and how they may affect you. If you have a leg injury resulting from another person’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your suffering.
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- What are the types of leg injuries that an auto accident victim might suffer?
- What type of breaks can occur in a Michigan auto accident victim’s legs?
- What are the symptoms of a broken leg, ankle or foot?
- Is surgery ever a treatment option?
- What is an ACL injury?
- What are the symptoms of an ACL injury?
- What is the treatment for an ACL injury?
- What is a torn meniscus?
- What are the symptoms of a torn meniscus?
- How is a torn meniscus treated?
- What is knee bursitis?
- What are the symptoms of a knee bursitis?
- What is the treatment for knee bursitis?
Michigan auto accident victims could suffer any or all of the following leg injuries:
- Broken leg,
- Broken ankle,
- Broken foot,
- ACL injury (knee),
- Torn meniscus (knee),
- Knee bursitis.
A Michigan auto accident victim can suffer a break in several areas of the leg. As a result of a car accident, a victim could suffer a broken leg, a broken ankle and/or a broken foot.
A broken leg involves the fracture of any of the three bones in a person’s leg: femur (thighbone); tibia (shinbone); fibula (runs parallel to the tibia).
When an auto accident victim suffers a broken ankle, the broken bones are typically those in the victim’s ankle joint: tibia (shinbone); fibula (runs parallel to the shinbone); talus (beneath the tibia and fibula).
A broken foot typically occurs in an accident victim’s toes or in the long bones connecting the toes to the rest of the victim’s foot. Those bones are called “metatarsals.”
Auto accident victims who suffer a broken leg, ankle or feet may experience the following symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Immediate, throbbing pain,
- Pain that increases with activity and decreases with rest,
- Swelling, bruising, tenderness,
- Inability to walk or bear weight,
- Cuts, puncture wounds or protrusion of bone fragments.
Is surgery ever a treatment option for auto accident victims suffering from a broken leg, broken ankle and/or broken foot?
Yes. A broken leg, broken ankle and/or broken foot may require surgery to implant fixation devices, such as wires, plates, nails, rods or screws into the broken bone. This can help maintain proper alignment during healing.
However, less invasive forms of treatment may be pursued depending on the circumstances. The Mayo Clinic notes that some breaks can be treated through a process called “reduction,” where a doctor manipulates the broken pieces of bone back into their proper position. In other cases, a break may be immobilized with a cast and brace until the broken bone properly heals.
An ACL injury involves the tearing of an auto accident victim’s ACL or “anterior cruciate ligament.” The ACL connects a victim’s thighbone (femur) to her shinbone (tibia), and, in doing so, establishes itself as one of the key ligaments that helps stabilize the victim’s knee joint.
Accident victims who suffer an ACL injury may experience the following symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- A loud “pop” sound,
- Severe pain,
- Knee swelling that worsens for hours after injury occurs,
- A feeling of instability or “giving way” with weight bearing.
With an ACL injury, rehabilitation therapy will be necessary. Whether surgery to reconstruct to reconstruct a torn ACL (replacing the torn ACL with a piece of tendon from another part of the leg) will also be necessary depends on the nature of each, individual victim’s ACL injury and the assessment of the victim’s physician.
A meniscus is one of the two pieces of cartilage in a person’s knee which serves as a cushion and stabilizing factor between the victim’s thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia). A meniscus can be torn, resulting in a “torn meniscus,” whenever a Michigan auto accident victim forcefully twists or rotates the knee.
The force of an auto accident may cause a victim’s knee to twist or rotate to the point that the victim’s meniscus is torn.
People who suffer a torn meniscus may experience the following symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- A popping sensation,
- Swelling or stiffness,
- Pain, especially when twisting or rotating the knee,
- Difficulty straightening the knee.
Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around a the knee. In some circumstances, a victim’s physician may determine that surgery is necessary to repair or trim the victim’s torn meniscus.
Knee bursitis is inflammation of one bursa or several bursae located in or around a Michigan auto accident victim’s knee. A bursa is a small fluid-filled, pad-like sac that reduces friction and cushions pressure points between bones and the tendons and muscles the knee.
Michigan auto accident victims who suffer knee bursitis may experience the following symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Limited mobility,
Treatment can range from corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation, to aspiration of excess fluid, to physical therapy, to surgical removal of the inflamed bursae.
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