Clavicle fractures are caused by many factors. Generally, the clavicle is fractured due to direct trauma to the collarbone or shoulder. For slip and falls, these injuries occur when you fall on your shoulder or try to brace your fall by stretching out your arm. In automobile accidents, these fractures happen when an airbag or another part of the vehicle strikes the collarbone. Bicyclists and motorcyclists suffer these injuries when they are thrown over their handlebars. Regardless of the cause of the fractures, these injuries can result in excruciating pain. General symptoms include swelling, bruising, tenderness, sagging in your shoulder, a bulge or bump on or near your shoulder, shoulder stiffness or difficulty moving your shoulder, or a crackling sound when moving your shoulder. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical treatment.
Clavicle fractures can substantially change the quality of your life, limiting many activities of daily living and forcing you to miss work for an extended period of time. Injured victims therefore are concerned about which items a settlement or judgment would cover. In California, if your injuries were caused by another person or business’ negligence, then you are entitled to recover compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering relating to your injury. In order to recover this compensation, the law requires you to file your lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident or fall. If you fail to do so, the Court will prohibit any compensation for your injuries. Therefore, it is vitally important that you immediately retain an experienced personal injury attorney, who will aggressively negotiate with insurance companies and obtain all evidence showing the fault of the other person or business.