Can You Sue for Post-Traumatic Arthritis After a Car Accident?
Arthritis is usually thought of as a degenerative condition that only affects people when they are of advanced age. However, the truth is that an injury can aggravate the bones and joints and during the healing process, develop into arthritis. This is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the joints and cartilage found therein which may get worse as someone grows older. Individuals who were in auto accidents as well as those that suffered slip and fall accidents may after a few years discover that they have developed post-traumatic arthritis which can legally be a compensable health complication.
Did you develop arthritis years after your car accident or slip and fall? This chronic joint condition tends to be chronic and can affect every facet of your life, making it difficult to walk for long distances, or use your hands to work efficiently. If you’re one of the over 5 million Americans living with post-traumatic arthritis after suffering an injury, we’d love to help you. Please contact us NOW at (773) 906-4159 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. Remember, the call is 100% FREE, and there’s no legal obligation to have us take on your case after speaking with us.
Post-traumatic arthritis can show up late: anywhere from 2 to 5 years after your injury, so people don’t usually look out for it until they wake up one day and are unable to bend their knee or hold a pen without chronic pain engulfing their joints.
Here are some of the warning signs for accident-related arthritis:
- Joint swelling
- Joint stiffness
- Joint redness
- Fever and malaise
- Unable to bear weight on the specific joint
- Fluid buildup in the particular joint
The reality is that an accident or slip and fall event may have long-term consequences that may not be apparent in the here and now. That being said, post-traumatic arthritis is diagnosed by way of X-rays and visual examination by your physician, as well as ultrasound and MRI’s to get a clear picture of the severity of the arthritis.
Treatment usually involves a combination of the following:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Low impact exercise
- Steroid injections
- Hylamer injections to lubricate the joints
Lawyers for Arthritis After a Car Accident – Call Us Today!
Proving that your arthritis was the direct result of your accident and consequent injuries will require that you have objective medical proof as well as a competent and experienced attorney. The compensation for accident related arthritis can range anywhere from $30,000 to up to $4,000,000. Need more information? For your 100% FREE legal consultation, please give us a call TODAY at (773) 906-4159 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. We look forward to helping you.