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What are the long-term effects of a broken collarbone following a car crash?

 

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Collarbones frequently are broken in Florida car crashes and motorcycle accidents. The majority of collarbone fractures (also known as clavicle fractures) heal on their own. They are usually treated with a sling, rest and physical therapy. However, other clavicle fractures are more serious and require surgery.

When complications arise from broken collarbones, people often require an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon to find out if they need surgical treatment. Surgery is typically only beneficial in the repair of a fractured clavicle in certain instances. Surgery is necessary if the collarbone has multiple fractures, if the clavicle breaks through the skin, if the bone is shattered, if the fracture involves nerves, or if the break interferes with the shoulder joint. If surgery is needed, plate and screws are generally inserted to straighten the bone.

When the bone fragments do not heal together, complications such as infection can arise. Occasionally, long-term damage can result, including:

  • Pain
  • Joint problems
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Visible lump
  • One arm shorter than the other
  • Limited flexibility and range of motion
  • Nerve damage

If you suffered a clavicle fracture in a Sarasota car accident or motorcycle crash, you deserve compensation. If you cannot make a clinched fist and have suffered nerve damage and loss of range of motion, you need to contact the Mallard Law Firm today at 888-409-3805. A skilled Sarasota injury lawyer can review your medical prognosis and establish a case value to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.