In crashes, the body has to withstand amazing force. Even with the safety features in modern cars and trucks, the chances are that anyone who gets hit will suffer an injury, at least in some way. If the crash happens at a high speed, then the risk is even higher.
A broken clavicle is one of the problems that is seen often with crash victims. The clavicle, also known as your collar bone, runs from the middle of the chest out to the shoulder. The seat belt crosses it, which is why it may fracture when you’re involved in a head-on or rear-end crash. It can fracture in other types of crashes as well, though it is less likely.
Clavicle fractures can range from being minor to acute. There are three break types. The first happens near the sternum. The second happens close to the AC joint. The third takes place between those two points.
There are some potential complications of these fractures beyond the common pain and swelling, immobility and dysfunction that patients first have to deal with. Some potential complications include:
- Damage to the nerves or blood vessels in the region
- Compartment syndrome
- Infections in the bone
- Lumps/a lump on the bone
A collar bone fracture is identified with a physical exam, X-ray and computerized tomography scan in most cases. If the fracture is minor or uncomplicated, then the area may be immobilized to heal. If it’s more serious, such as if it cut into an artery, then surgery may be necessary to get the bleeding under control and to set the bone.
If you suffer from a broken collar bone, your attorney will help you make a claim to get the compensation needed to continue to seek the appropriate medical care.