One of the most painful accidents that can result from a car accident is a fractured forearm. As a Seattle car accident lawyer working in a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, I have seen many victims of negligent car driving accidents suffer this horrible injury. While the forearm is made up of two strong bones, the combination of high speeds and powerful vehicles creates enough force to do some serious damage to them. Auto accidents can cause some serious damage, and every driver out there needs to be aware of what could potentially happen if they drive in a reckless or negligent manner.
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Having dealt with a countless number of Washington auto accidents, I can attest to the fact that the areas of the body that are most susceptible to fractures are the wrist and forearm. Because the driver always has their forearm outstretched and on the steering wheel, it is very vulnerable to injury. The two major bones that make up the forearm are the radius and the ulna. These bones attach to the upper extremities of the body and allow the mobility of the elbow and wrist joints. The only way that these bones can fracture in a healthy body is with a strong force that has a direct impact on them. While the most common cause of a forearm fracture is in-line skating and skateboarding accidents, there have been many cases of forearm fractures involving high speed car accidents.
Victims of radial or ulnar fractures experience symptoms such as pain, swelling and deformity in the forearm such as the bone bulging in extreme cases. To find out the extent of the injury, doctors will often give the patient a thorough physical examination, and administer an x-ray. Especially for younger people that are still growing, a fracture has the potential to stunt the growth and mobility of the limb, so immediate and proper treatment is of the utmost importance. A forearm fracture may require surgery that would have a recovery period lasting around 10 weeks. If surgery is not deemed necessary, then the doctor can set the bone back in place by having the injured patient wear a cast.