Although the extremities don't contain any vital organs, they are still an essential part of the body. When the legs, feet or arms are compromised, you may be unable to walk, write or even dress yourself without assistance. This can dramatically diminish your quality of life, making it impossible for you to enjoy your former activities or hold a job.
Some injuries to the extremities occur accidentally. However, in other cases, these injuries occur because another person or an entity behaved negligently. When negligence is involved, the victim may be entitled to damages.
About Arm, Leg and Foot Injuries
Injuries to the extremities can take many forms. Individuals with these injuries may have damage in the muscles, bones, nerves, joints and/or tendons. These injuries may occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from car accidents to falls.
Some of the most common injuries to the extremities include fractured bones, torn ligaments, flesh wounds, contusions and dislocated joints.
Can These Injuries be Treated
Many patients will be able to regain most or all of their normal function through treatment. Unfortunately, for other patients, the prognosis is much more grim. In the most severe cases, a patient may even lose a limb because of this type of injury.
Some of the most common treatments used to improve the condition of patients with arm, leg and foot injuries include:
- Setting of bones
- Splints and casts
- Crutches or wheelchairs
- Cleaning and dressing of open wounds
- Medication to alleviate pain and swelling
- Physical therapy to improve mobility
- Steroid shots or other procedures to treat nerve pain
- Antibiotics to prevent infection
The exact treatment protocol recommended will depend on the type of injury and its severity.
Steps to Take After an Injury
If you sustain an injury to your arm, leg, hand or foot, the first thing you need to do is seek immediate medical treatment. Your doctor will work to stabilize the area and prevent further damage from occurring. He or she will also develop a treatment plan designed to help you deal with the injury and recover as much of your normal function as possible. During this time, you should follow your doctor's instructions carefully, and you should keep detailed records of all of your medical visits, tests and other relevant information.
If you sustained a burn injury as a result of the negligence of another person, organization or government agency, you may be able to recover damages by filing a lawsuit. However, as with most personal injury cases, burn injury claims must be filed within a specific amount of time. Otherwise you will forfeit your right to compensation. To learn more about filing a lawsuit and recovering damages, please contact The Champion Firm, P.C..