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We routinely handle matters involving arm fractures.

Arm Fractures In Georgia Children

Many Georgia children suffer arm fractures every year. Some of these injuries occur as the result of “kids being kids” running, playing, jumping and tumbling. However, our Atlanta child injury law firm has handled numerous cases where children have suffered arm fractures due to the negligence and recklessness of other people and corporations. We have secured favorable results for kids with arm fractures all across Georgia.

What is an arm fracture?

The arm has two bones:

  • Radius – this bone goes from the wrist to the elbow on the thumb side of the forearm;
  • Ulna – this bone goes from the wrist to the elbow on the pinky finger side of the forearm.

An arm fracture is the breaking of either of these two bones. The fractures can occur near the wrist, in the middle of the forearm, or near the elbow.

The most common causes of an arm fractures in a child are sports injuries, automobile collisions, and falls (usually on monkey bars, swings, or other equipment located on playgrounds and daycares). These injuries can often occur when a child tumbles and falls onto her outstretched arm. We also see arm fractures after a child experiences a direct trauma to his arm. Many such instances involve negligence of a third party, such as a daycare or other commercial establishment.

Signs and symptoms of arm fractures in children:

Some arm fractures in children can be obvious. Others are not so obvious. If a child fractures her arm she will likely experience one of more of these symptoms:

  • Deformity near the elbow, forearm, or wrist;
  • pain with movement of the arm;
  • swelling, tenderness, bruising, or a lump at the site of the injury;
  • numbness in the arm;
  • inability to rotate or turn the forearm.

How to treat arm fractures in children:

A child’s bones usually heal more quickly than an adult’s, so it is important that an arm fracture is treated promptly – before healing begins – to avoid additional problems in the future (related to continued growth in the area). Treatment differs depending on the severity of the injury and age of the child. The most common forms of treatment are:

-placing a cast, splint, or brace on the child’s arm to hold the bone still and decrease movement;

-prescription pain medication;

-over the counter medications like Advil or Tylenol;

-closed reduction surgical procedures;

-open reduction surgery (The use of wires, pins, plates or screw to put a child’s bones back into the correct position. This is a popular procedure for children because it keeps the broken bone fragments lined up so that the arm can heal properly and continue to grow);

With casting, the length of time will vary depending on the severity of the fracture. More stable fractures may only require 3-4 weeks of casting. More severe fractures may require that the child be in a cast for 6-10 weeks.

Georgia Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons:

We suggest consulting with a pediatric specialist for a child’s arm fracture. These physicians undergo sub-specialty training in pediatric orthopedics and have dedicated their practices to treating kids. This sub-specialty focus gives these doctors access to the latest and best techniques and methods for treating pediatric arm fractures.

Children cannot always inform adults about what is hurting them. They often cannot answer complex medical questions and are not able to be patient and still during an examination. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons know how to assess and treat children in a way that makes them feel relaxed. They have waiting rooms laid out and decorated with kids in mind to help create a comfortable environment for children.

What Legal Damages are Available to a Georgia Child After suffering an Arm Fracture Due To Negligence?

Just like an adult, a kid may claim damages related to his or her pain and suffering (mental and physical), disfigurement (scarring) and other types of general damages that impact one’s loss of enjoyment of life.

Children under the age of 18 are not responsible for their own medical expenses under Georgia law (the claim for medical expenses during the age of minority belongs to the parents). Once a child turns 18 years old, he becomes responsible for his own medical bills (then, the child “owns” the claims for medical expenses accruing after 18 years of age).

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