Some of the most common injuries from an accident are fractures of the wrist, ankle, clavicle, and face; meniscus tears; spinal cord injuries; and a separated shoulder. These injuries are typically treated by orthopedists or orthopedic surgeons. These physicians specialize in treating injuries to the body’s musculoskeletal system, which includes the body’s bones, ligaments, joints, muscles, tendons, cartilage, and other connective tissue.
Injured victims naturally have questions regarding whether they should seek orthopedic treatment for their injuries. The blunt force of a collision can cause significant injuries, including injuries whose symptoms do not manifest until days after the accident or fall. Regardless of the severity of the accident, you should seek medical treatment following the accident or fall. Any delays in diagnosing and treating your injuries can worsen your medical condition. Therefore, if you are injured in an accident, you should request a referral to an orthopedist. This referral can not only result in a proper diagnosis, but may also improve your recovery time.
Injured victims often are concerned regarding their ability to pay for medical treatment. Your costs of treatment from an orthopedic specialist is generally covered by your health insurance policy. If you do not have health insurance, some physicians will agree to place a lien on your future recovery of compensation to satisfy your treatment costs. In this scenario, if you receive a settlement or a jury award, you will be compensated for your medical expenses, which would include any treatment from an orthopedic specialist. This compensation may also cover the cost of any necessary future medical treatment.
California also compensates injured victims for their lost wages, loss of earning capacity, scarring and disfigurement, and pain and suffering. The value of your claim generally depends on several factors, including the severity of the accident or fall and the nature and severity of your injuries. In order to maximize your compensation for your injuries, you should hire an experienced personal injury attorney.