If you suffered a broken clavicle bone in an accident that was caused by somebody else’s negligent or reckless actions, you may be able to recover monetary compensation from the party responsible for your injuries. The California personal injury attorneys at Estey & Bomberger have handled dozens of cases involving clavicle fractures and broken collarbones and can help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. With more than 70 years of collective experience in California, our attorneys can help you recover the maximum money for your medical expenses, lost earnings related to your accident, and physical pain and emotional suffering.
What is the Clavicle?
The clavicle, the “S” shaped bone that connects the shoulder to the sternum, is the most commonly broken bone in the human body. This bone, more commonly known as the collarbone, connects the arms to the rest of the body. Most collarbone breaks heal in about 2 months without surgical intervention. Severely displaced fractures, or open fractures which cause the bone to come through the skin, may require surgery involving pins, plates, or screws. If you suspect you have a broken collarbone, seek medical attention immediately.
Common Causes of Clavicle Fractures
The collarbone can be broken a variety of ways, either from a fall or a direct blow to the bone itself. The following are some of the most common causes of collarbone fractures and breaks:
- Childbirth injury
- Cycling accidents
- Negligent supervision of a child
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Staircase falls
- Sporting Accidents
- Broken Collarbone Symptoms and Treatment
The following are symptoms of a possible broken collarbone:
- Pain at the suspected fracture location (moderate to severe)
- Bump or bony deformity on collarbone
- Inability to lift the arm
- Sagging shoulder
- Swelling around the shoulder or collarbone
A doctor will examine the injury, and based on x-rays, determine whether or not surgery is necessary. In rare cases, a CT scan may be necessary. The doctor may order a nerve conduction test or NCV to measure nerve damage resulting from the injury. A figure-eight bandage or other slings may be used to immobilize the bone while it is healing. Depending on the severity, the doctor may recommend an over-the-counter pain medication or prescribe a prescription pain reliever. Physical therapy or at-home exercises may be prescribed to strengthen the muscles around the bone.
Maximum Compensation For Your Broken Collarbone
If the accident that resulted in your broken collarbone was somebody else’s fault, you are entitled to be compensated. Contact the California broken collarbone lawyers at Estey & Bomberger for a free consultation. Our staff is available to answer your questions and discuss your potential case 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For a free and immediate telephone consultation, call (800) 925-0723. If we represent you in your case, we will not charge any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement, verdict, or other monetary awards.