Here at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, we provide legal services for the many victims of accidents that were not their own fault. We have been able to assist many clients with serious and painful joint injuries recover substantial damages in the last few years alone. We operate throughout the Portland, OR, area and recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after an accident.
Unfortunately, our joints are more susceptible to longer-term injuries than other parts of our body. Damage inflicted on our knees, hips, ankles, shoulders and elbows can often hinder us for a considerable period of time. In some more serious cases, there might be a need for surgery which may be followed by several months or years of regular physical therapy. Even when this sort of treatment has been completed, there still may be pain in evidence which could have a serious effect on mobility.
How do joint injuries happen?
Injuries to the joints could take place in a variety of situations including:
- slips and falls on uneven and slippery floor surfaces
- automobile accidents
- falling down a ladder or a stairway
- involvement in vigorous contact sports
- pedestrian accidents on a sidewalk or a crosswalk
- airplane accidents
- train accidents
- motorcycle and bicycle accidents
A joint injury attorney knows the long term effects of a joint injury and knows how debilitating it can be to the victim. It restricts mobility and the ability to satisfactorily undertake daily tasks. It might mean the victim is unable to take the dog for a walk, drive the car, carry heavy loads or partake in a favorite sports pursuit. They are quite often hard to heal, and sometimes are not diagnosed right away after a car accident or any other sort of trauma.
What is a joint injury?
A joint injury takes place through damage to the muscles, ligaments bones and tendons which surround the joint and aid in the movement of the joint. This damage often takes place when there has been a sudden impact, which breaks a bone, or through repeated pounding or twisting motion situated at the joint.
Once you have been inflicted with a joint injury, it can lead to a prolonged period of debilitating ongoing pain which is made worse by such conditions like arthritis and degenerative joint disease. These types of conditions are more than likely to rise in severity once a person starts to age. In this period the joint begins to wear down.
Joint injury attorney
If you have been diagnosed with a joint injury due to an accident that was not your fault, you should not wait too long before contacting a joint injury attorney. The longer you wait, the less chance you will have of verifying any evidence surrounding the accident. The more reliable the evidence that you have access to, the greater the chance you will have of filing a damages claim against the person who was responsible for your joint injury.
In order to reach a successful outcome, an attorney must be able to fully understand the cause and effect of your joint injury. Most Portland personal injury attorneys will allow time for your treatment to take effect before determining the value of the compensation they think they should pursue. This is to ensure the amount asked for will adequately cover all likely medical expenses, along with any pain and suffering that you, as a victim, have endured due to the actions of a negligent party.
If your knee joint injury, for example, is likely to need a knee replacement or a lifetime of restricted mobility, it will be necessary to pursue a compensation payment that will be enough to cover this financial burden.
If you were injured in a car accident, a trucking accident, or even a motorcycle accident and damaged a joint or, in fact, you were involved in any type of accident that was not your fault and have suffered a joint injury, you should contact a joint injury attorney immediately so to be assessed for a compensation payment to cover any losses inflicted upon you as a result of the injury. Our Portland joint injury attorneys are not only experienced at negotiating successful outcomes for victims of joint injuries, but also understand that there is more to a claim than the damage the injury has inflicted. They always factor in the emotional turmoil that so often takes place after an accident. This puts pressure on family members, both financially and socially.