Miami Orthopedic Injury Lawyers
Aggressive representation for severe bone breaks, fractures, sprains, and strains
Broken bones are one of the most common types of Miami accidents. A slip and fall, a construction accident, a car accident, or almost any type of accident can cause fractures. The human hand alone has 27 bones, and the human body has 206 bones. Forceful injuries can cause multiple fractures, breaks that penetrate the skin, and other types of bone breaks. Many victims require surgery and rehabilitation, and some victims live with a lifetime of chronic pain.
At Hickey Law Firm, not only do we have attorneys with extensive experience in their respective practice areas, but we have a dedicated team of case managers and paralegals instrumental in everything from handling cases to helping our daily operations run smoothly. Attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey is double board certified by The Florida Bar in Civil Trial and Admiralty and Maritime Law, distinctions held by few attorneys in Florida. He is also board certified in Civil Trial by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). His accolades include serving as a past president of the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA), the largest voluntary bar association in Florida. We have been fighting for personal injury victims for 40 years.
Our Miami orthopedic injury lawyers recovered $6,000,000 in a premises liability case for a victim who suffered several disc herniations and a complex tear of the meniscus of the left knee, rotator cuff tear with impingement. These injuries required multiple surgeries.
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What are the different types of bone fractures?
Orthopedists handle numerous types of injuries after a Miami resident or tourist is in a car accident, a slip and fall, or any other type of incident. Some of the many types of orthopedic injuries victims may experience, according to the University of Miami Health System, include:
- Ankle pain and injury
- Elbow, upper arm, and related injuries
- Foot pain and injury
- Hand pain and injury
- Hip pain and injury
- Knee ligament injuries
- Knee pain and knee injury
- Meniscus tears
- Scoliosis treatment
- Shoulder pain and injury
- Spine care and back pain
- Sports concussion
- Sports performance training
- Wrist pain and injury
Miami orthopedists perform many different types of surgery, including ankle, elbow, hip, knee, and shoulder replacement. One of the most common orthopedic injuries is a broken bone, though ligament tears, sprains and strains, and nerve damage also fall under orthopedic injuries. There are many different types of ways to break a bone, according to New Health Advisor, including:
- A simple fracture/closed fracture. The bone break does not pierce your skin.
- A compound fracture/open fracture. The bone penetrates the skin, increasing the risk of an infection.
- An oblique fracture. These are slanted fractures, where the “fissure runs diagonal to the axis of your bone.”
- A transverse fracture. This fracture is perpendicular to the bone axis.
Other types of fractures include a spiral fracture, a comminuted fracture (the bone breaks into several fragments), a linear fracture, a greenstick fracture (more common in children), and an impacted fracture (the broken fragments jam into each other). Fractures may be complete or incomplete.
Even more types of fractures include compression fractures, avulsion fractures, stress fractures, displaced fractures, non-displaced fractures, and fatigue fractures.
One of the most serious types of orthopedic injuries is the traumatic amputation of an arm, leg, hand, or foot. Amputees live with a great amount of emotional pain in addition to their physical pain.
How do Miami physicians diagnose fractures and broken bones?
Common diagnostic tests for bone breaks and fractures include:
- X-rays. This test produces a two-dimensional image of the broken bone.
- Bone scans. These tests are generally more thorough than an X-ray.
- CT scans. This imaging test uses X-rays and computer technology to create cross-sections of the bone.
- This test is often used to detect a stress fracture.
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What treatments are used for bone fractures in Miami?
According to University of Florida Health, surgery to repair a bone fracture often includes plates, screws, nails, or pins. Bone grafts may be required. Most fractures take six to 12 weeks to heal (children normally heal in about six weeks). Some of the factors that affect the length of the hospital stay include whether there are other injuries, the presence of any infections, the severity of the fracture, and the blood and nerve supply to the injury.
Fractures may also be treated by using a cast or splint. These methods aim to keep the bone stable so it grows back properly. Casts are usually used for bigger bones while splints are used for small bones such as the bones of a hand or foot.
Traction may be necessary in some cases. Complications can include blood clots, swelling of a joint, pressure ulcers, bleeding/swelling in the muscles around the fracture, and unbearable itching. Depending on the location of the break, Miami orthopedic injury victims may have difficulty sleeping
What types of accidents cause orthopedic injuries?
The Best Lawyers in America© recognizes John H. (Jack) Hickey in three areas: Admiralty and Maritime Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs. Our Miami attorneys are skilled at determining why accidents cause orthopedic injuries and who is responsible. Broken bones and other orthopedic injuries may be due to any of the following types of Miami accidents:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Uber accidents
- Defective products such as scaffolds, ladders, cranes, and other products that place someone high above the ground
- Boating accidents
- Cruise ship accidents
- Jet ski accidents
- Slips and falls on the property of businesses and homeowners
- Negligent security on the property of businesses
- Sexual assaults
- Aviation accidents
In many cases, more than one defendant may be liable. For example, in addition to an at-fault teenage driver, the owner of the car (such as the teen’s parents) may be liable. Or, if you are injured on unsafe premises while shopping at a store, the responsible parties may include the owner, a tenant, a repair company, or a maintenance company.
Do you have an orthopedic injury lawyer near me?
Our Miami office is located at located at 1401 Brickell Avenue, Suite 510 in Miami, Florida. Hickey Law Firm also meets injury victims away from the office when they are unable to come to us.
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We specialize in life changing injury cases: spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, rapes and sexual assault, orthopedic injuries with surgeries, nerve injuries, RSD/CRPS, and central pain syndrome.
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At Hickey Law Firm, we are here to help after you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Take our hand and walk with us. We have a team ready for you now. We are quality over quantity. We don’t have hundreds of lawyers, we have a few. We don’t have thousands of clients, we have a good number. We don’t advertise on TV. We get interviewed on TV ... and in magazines, on RADIO, IN newspapers, and by online media. And we are not for everybody. We are for you, the honest person who was seriously injured.
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