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Paralysis

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Paralysis is the loss of function of a muscle or a group of muscles in the body. The main cause of paralysis in a car accident is damage to the nerve of the spinal cord.

How Car Accidents Can Cause Paralysis?

Car accidents can cause paralysis by getting a traumatic brain injury, neck injury, or a spinal cord injury from the accident.

How Paralysis Can Affect your Life

The person who is paralyzed will forever be impacted. Paralysis will require intensive treatment, physical therapy, mobility device, and long-term care. A paralyzed person might not be able to work due to their injury. It can also affect the lives of people around you, such as your loved ones who will look after you.

How Long is Recovery?

A person cannot fully recover from paralysis. Once a person is paralyzed they can go through physical therapy to help strengthen their body, but will be paralyzed forever.

Broken Collar Bone

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

The collar bone can be broken in a car accident by the seat belt or in some cases the airbags. If a driver or passenger is wearing their seat belt, the impact from the other vehicle can cause the body to go forward causing the seatbelt to lock and break the collar bone. In some cases, when the airbag deploys, it can cause the collar bone to break due to the force of the accident.

Symptoms of a Broken Collar Bone

  • Pain around the shoulder area
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty raising arm
  • Tenderness
  • Pain when moving shoulder
  • Extruding bulge
  • Numbness of the arm

How a Broken Collar Bone Can Affect your Life

It can affect your life by not letting you work while the bone is still healing. It can stop you from physical activity until it is fully healed. The collar bone area will cause pain and restrict you from being able to have full range of motion.

How Long is Recovery?

A broken collar bone in adults can take anywhere from six to sixteen weeks to fully heal. Broken collar bones can be treated with an anti-inflammatory, ice, sling, and physical therapy. In the worst case, surgery can be done to fix it.

Loss of Limbs

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Car accidents can cause you to lose limbs if the car is hit from head on, flipped over, side collisions, and T-bone accidents. People will lose their limb in a car accident if there is poor blood circulation to the limb. The cells in the limb aren’t getting the oxygen and nutrients they need from the bloodstream, causing amputation.

The Amputee Coalition said that car accidents are the primary cause of traumatic amputations.

How Limb Loss Can Affect your Life

Losing a limb in a car accident will impact your everyday life. The things that you would do everyday without a thought, will now take more time and practice. If a major limb is lost, such as an arm or a leg, the impact it will have on your life is major. If a finger or toe is lost in a car accident, your life will still be affected by your everyday tasks.

How Long is Recovery?

Recovery from amputation surgery is a couple of months. However, the limb can no longer be attached so therefore the process of recovery is living without a limb.

Medtronic Defibrillator

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

The Medtronic defibrillator is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) that’s used for heart irregularities such as tachycardia (fast heartbeat) or other arrhythmias. The device monitors the heartbeat 24/7 and sends signals to correct irregularities. When the heart doesn’t react to the signals, the ICD sends a shock to normalize the heart rate. The other type of Medtronic Defibrillator is a device used for Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D). It is a device that works as a normal pacemaker, while also delivering small electrical pulses to the heart ventricles to make them contract at the same time. The CRT-D treats both abnormally slow and fast heart rates.

ICDs are Commonly Recommended for Those who have:

How is the ICD Implanted?

The ICD Medtronic Defibrillator is most commonly implanted just below the collarbone. The procedure is minimally invasive, using just a 4 inch incision. Surgeons will then send one or two leads through the veins of the heart and connect them to the defibrillator, then close the incision.

CRT-Ds are Commonly Recommended for those who:

  • Are at high risk for sudden cardiac death
  • Have ventricular dyssynchrony (ventricles are out of sync)
  • Are at maximum dosage for heart medication, but symptoms are not being treated
  • Have heart failure classified as Class 3 or Class 4

How is the CRT-D Implanted?

The CRT-D is usually implanted just under the collar bone. Three leads will be guided through the heart and connected to the Defibrillator. One will go through the right atrium, one through the right ventricle, and the third will be guided through the coronary sinus vein. After the three leads are connected to the CRT-D, the incision will be closed and the procedure is finished.

Risks Associated with Implants

  • Infection
  • Irritation of the heart tissues and/or nerves
  • Abrasion of the skin near the device
  • Migration of the device or leads
  • Unnecessary shocks occurring

What’s Wrong with the Medtronic Defibrillators?

Many of the Medtronic Defibrillators, both ICDs and CRT-Ds were found to have a manufacturing defect that prevented the devices from delivering the shock necessary to reset the heart rate back to normal rhythm. A technological security vulnerability has also been found in the defibrillators, allowing hackers within radio range manipulate the ICDs and CRT-Ds.

Statistics on Medtronic Defibrillators

48
Units nationwide were recalled for manufacturing errors
20
Different device models from Medtronic can be affected by the cyber threat
~ 500000
Defibrillators are affected by the security flaw

In 2018, the FDA released Class 1 recall was on the ICDs and CRT-Ds for manufacturing errors (from 2013-2017)

The Department of Homeland Security classified the hacking threat as a 9.3 severity (out of 10)

Have You Been Affected by a Medtronic Defibrillator?

Have you or a loved one been negatively affected after receiving an ICD or CRT-D Medtronic implant? We can help. Whether you’re a victim of a manufacturing flaw or a cyber security flaw, Murphy Law Firm has an experienced team of lawyers best suited to help you. In addition to getting you the compensation you deserve, our lawyers can also connect you with the doctors and specialists you may need. Call Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800 or come in today for your free consultation.

Traumatic Brain Injury

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Slip and falls often occur due to wet floors, spilled liquids, inadequate or missing entryway mats, and many other hidden hazards you don’t notice until it is too late. Trip and falls happen when unexpected objects or conditions impede your intended direction of travel. People often trip over large cracks in the sidewalk, potholes in crosswalks, unmarked and unexpected steps, and a host of many dangerous conditions that can cause a bad fall. Falls can happen when stairs break or crumble, or when a handrail or other safety device fails and causes a fall rather than preventing one.

A head injury is any trauma that leads to injury of the scalp, skull, or brain. Head injuries can be classified and closed or penetrating. In a closed head injury, the head sustains blunt force trauma by striking against an object (such as hitting a windshield in a car accident). It can also occur through injuries such as whiplash. In a penetrating head injury, an object breaks through the skull and enters the brain. Common causes of these types of head injuries include: car accidents, physical assault, falls, etc. Head injuries may cause loss of consciousness, serious bleeding, confusion, sezures, and/or clear drainage from the nose or ears. Some injuries may result in nonreversible or prolonged brain damage.  

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Concussion

Concussions are brain injuries that may result in a bad headache or unconsciousness, and even nausea or vomiting. These occur when the head is struck by or strikes another object during an accident. Examples of how one may develop such an injury includes: when an accident like a fall causes the head to strike a nonmoving object, or a car accident causes a moving object to hit the head. Concussions most commonly occur in car accidents and sports activities.

Post Concussion Syndrome

Post Concussion Syndrome is when symptoms of a head injury last 6-12 months after an accident. Up to 60% of patients experience this after a concussion. Those affected may experience memory loss, headaches, and dizziness.

Contusion

Contusion is a bruise to a specific area of the brain caused by an impact to the head; also called coup or contrecoup injuries. In coup injuries, the brain is injured directly under the area of impact, while in contrecoup injuries it is injured on the side opposite the impact.

Skull Fracture

A skull fracture is a medical emergency that must be treated promptly to prevent possible brain damage. These can have no obvious signs of damage, but can present with clear fluid draining from the ears and/or nose, bruising around the eyes and/or behind the ears, and swelling or depression on part of the head.

Diffuse Axonal Injury

Diffuse axonal injury is a shearing and stretching of the nerve cells at the cellular level. It occurs when the brain quickly moves back and forth inside the skull, tearing and damaging the nerve axons. Axons connect one nerve cell to another through the brain, like telephone wires. Widespread axonal injury disrupts the brain's normal transmission of information and can result in substantial changes in a person's wakefulness.

Traumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Traumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage is bleeding into the space that surrounds the brain. This space is normally filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which acts as floating cushion to protect the brain. Traumatic SAH occurs when small arteries tear during the initial injury. The blood spreads over the surface of the brain causing widespread effects.

Intracranial Hemorrhage

This type of hemorrhage includes bleeding inside of the skull that may accompany another head injury. Blood clots can form is a blood vessel between the skull and brain ruptures. Over time, pressure on the brain may increase, causing symptoms such as: increasing headache, unequally sized pupils, slurred speech, dizziness, vomiting, and fatigue. The three types of intracranial hemorrhages are Epidural, Subdural, and Intracerebral.

Epidural Hematoma

An Epidural hematoma is a collection of blood between the skull and the ocvereing of the brain called the dura.

Subdural Hematoma

A Subdural hematoma is a collection of blood between the dura and the brain itself.

Intracerebral Hemorrhage

An intracerebral hemorrhage occurs when the bleeding is deeper inside of the brain.

Hematoma

Hematoma is a blood clot that forms when a blood vessel ruptures. Blood that escapes the normal bloodstream starts to thicken to clot. Clotting is the body's natural way to stop the bleeding. A hematoma may be small or it may grow large and compress the brain. Symptoms vary depending on the location of the clot. A clot that forms between the skull and the dura lining of the brain is called an epidural hematoma. A clot that forms between the brain tissue and the dura is called a subdural hematoma. A clot that forms deep within the brain tissue itself is called an intracerebral hematoma. Over time the body reabsorbs the clot. Sometimes surgery is performed to remove large clots.

Coma

A coma is an extended period of unconsciousness in which a person cannot be awoken, and is usually caused by a severe head injury. Comas may occur naturally after an accident, or doctors may put a severely injured patient under a "medically-induced coma" to allow him or her to heal with minimal complications.

Malpractice and Brain Injuries

Over 1.4 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries eac year, with more than 50,000 dying as a result. While injuries to the brian frequently occur due to freak accidents that cause a blow to the head, they can also be caused by malpractice of a medical professional. 

Medical Malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional fails to provide a patient with the standard level of care. Types of medical malpractice include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • surgical accident
  • improper administration of anesthesia
  • interrupting blood flow to the brain
  • misdiagnosing, or failing to diagnose a condition

Head trauma, brain tumors, aneurysms, and other brain conditions can all lead to a severe brain injury, or even death if left untreated. They can have severe and far-reaching repercussions on many facets of a victims life. Some of the potential damages that can be caused by head injuries include:

  • chronic pain
  • paralysis
  • seizure disorders
  • speech impairment
  • depression
  • extensive medical bills 

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fluids coming out of the nose or eyes
  • Inability to wake from sleep
  • Dilation of pupils

How Long is Recovery?

Recovery from a traumatic brain injury may depend on the severity of the injury. Effects may be life-long and very severe, or may go away after a couple months. 

How Traumatic Brain Injury Can Affect your Life

A traumatic brain injury can completely and permanently change a person’s life, and even the lives of those around them. If a person has had a traumatic brain injury, they can have long/short term memory loss, headaches, difficulty thinking, and mood swings, and may even need assisted living. With more than two decades of experience, Murphy Law Firm as seen the devastating effects of traumatic brian injuries and debilitating long-term conditions. We provde skilled legal support that focuses on the personal needs of our clients to help them obtain the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Please do not hesitate to call Murphy Law Firm today for more information on how you can receive help. 

Roundup Cancer Lawsuits

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Dangerous chemicals are all around us.  Some of the most dangerous chemicals used in and around our homes are herbicides and pesticides.

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A jury in California has recently returned a $2,055,000,000.00 verdict in favor of an elderly couple who proved that they both became ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a dangerous form of cancer, after prolonged exposure to Roundup, a popular weed killer and herbicide manufactured by Bayer’s subsidiary, Monsanto.  

Two other successful jury verdicts also came out of California – in March 2019, a jury in San Francisco District Court awarded $80 Million to Mr. Edwin Hardeman, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and in August 2018, a California jury awarded $289 Million to Mr. Dewayne Johnson, who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Science and Medicine of Roundup

The World Health Organization issued a report in 2015 that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

The WHO Study is detailed at this link  https://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/349/does-glyphosate-cause-cancer.pdf

https://www.iarc.fr/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/MonographVolume112-1.pdf

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published an April 2016 study concluding that herbicides including glyphosate are linked to a higher risk of cutaneous melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer.

The JOEM Study is detailed at this link  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27058477

People who have health concerns as a result of their exposure to Roundup and/or glyphosate should know their rights.

Roundup Litigation

To date, the wave of about 13,400 lawsuits across the country against Bayer and Monsanto have not been grouped together as class actions, which means that each individual case will be heard, if it proceeds to trial, on its own merits.  This means that the only way to ensure you can have your day in court is to consult with an experienced trial attorney who can examine the unique nature of your situation and determine how strong your case would be in a court of law.

In some cases, jurors have been provided with internal company documents showing that Monsanto knew for decades that glyphosate, a primary ingredient in Roundup, could cause cancer.

What Have Juries Learned?

Among the many revelations that have become evidence at trials: 

  • Monsanto was aware that Roundup contains surfactants which are much more toxic than glyphosate by itself
  • Monsanto spent millions on a sock puppets and other covert PR measures to finance ghostwritten articles and studies to discredit independent scientists whose studies found Monsanto’s chemicals to be dangerous
  • Monsanto lobbied EPA officials with trips and dinners to help delay the review being conducted by the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • Monsanto’s lobbying efforts have paid off with EPA officials who have repeatedly supported Monsanto despite evidence that glyphosate causes cancer risks
  • The company uses internal safety warnings for its workers but fail to warn the consumer public to do the same

The Effects of Roundup on Human Health

Roundup is garnering so much media coverage across the U.S. and the world because of a growing body of scientific and medical studies that make clear a link between glyphosate and serious health problems that impact Americans every day, such as:

  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Obesity
  • Breast Cancer
  • Childhood brain cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Chrohn’s Disease
  • ADHD
  • Diabetes
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Many forms of Cancer
  • Male Reproductive Issues

“Health agencies and credible non-industry experts who’ve reviewed this question have all found a link between glyphosate and cancer,” said Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist with Natural Resources Defense Council.

The U.S. Department of Health’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry just released an April 2019 toxicology report for glyphosate determining it to be a dangerous chemical.  “The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found that skin or dermal contact is the “major route of exposure” for people who spray glyphosate formulations like Roundup,” said Bill Freese, Science Policy Analyst at Center for Food Safety.

The ATSDR April 2019 Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp214.pdf

The Agency’s new study goes on to suggest that additional research must done in a number of areas – including effects of inhalation of glyphosate, its impact on the development of male reproductive organs, and potential risks to our precious children.

Collectively, animals studies in which glyphosate-containing herbicide formulations were tested by the oral exposure route have identified the following targets of toxicity:

  • Body weight effect (depressed body weigh gain in mice),
  • Hematological effects (decreases in red blood cells, hematocrit, and hemoglobin, and increases in mean corpuscular volume and neutrophils in mice),
  • Hepatic effects (increased serum liver enzyme activity and histopathologic liver lesions in male rats),
  • Renal effect (histopathologic kidney lesions in male rats, and
  • Reproductive effects (increased percentage of morphologically abnormal sperm in rats).

Have You Been Exposed to Roundup Weedkiller?

If you are a person who has become seriously ill, including being diagnosed with any type of cancer, after regular use of Roundup Weedkiller in your lawn and garden, your time to pursue legal action may be strictly limited by statutes of limitations, prescription and preemption.

A consultation with an experienced trial lawyer is the best way to know your rights.

Who Is Most At Risk?

People who are most at risk are those with prolonged or repeated exposure to Roundup such as farm workers, landscapers, nursery workers, and other agricultural workers.  However, people who use Roundup routinely on their lawns and gardens are also at risk if they have used Roundup routinely for several years.

Did You Know?

Monsanto’s Luling, Louisiana plant is the US’s largest producer of glyphosate

Fatal Accidents

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Slip and falls often occur due to wet floors, spilled liquids, inadequate or missing entryway mats, and many other hidden hazards you don’t notice until it is too late. Trip and falls happen when unexpected objects or conditions impede your intended direction of travel. People often trip over large cracks in the sidewalk, potholes in crosswalks, unmarked and unexpected steps, and a host of many dangerous conditions that can cause a bad fall. Falls can happen when stairs break or crumble, or when a handrail or other safety device fails and causes a fall rather than preventing one.

Death can occur in a car accident by distracted driving, driving impaired, speeding, weather conditions, or rollover accidents. The injuries most likely to be fatal in a car accident include: head injuries, neck injuries, chest injuries, and burn injuries.

Common Causes of Death from Car Accidents

  • Flying objects like broken glass and loose items​
  • Fires and explosions which can result in the skin being badly burned​
  • Air bag deployment which can injure the face on contact​
  • Contact with the dashboard or steering wheel of the car​

Quick Facts

Distracted driving is the leading cause of fatal accidents. ​

Scarring is an integral part of the healing process. Assuming the wound does not become infected, physicians plan excisions to minimize the cosmetic defects produced by scars​

How a Fatal Accident Can Affect your Life

Not only does it end your life, but your loved ones will be greatly affected. In the instance of death, there may be possibility of negligence which could result in a wrongful death. 

Recovery

Although there is no way for a person to recover from a fatal accident, the recovery for the family is a lifetime. 

Induced labor / c-section

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Slip and falls often occur due to wet floors, spilled liquids, inadequate or missing entryway mats, and many other hidden hazards you don’t notice until it is too late. Trip and falls happen when unexpected objects or conditions impede your intended direction of travel. People often trip over large cracks in the sidewalk, potholes in crosswalks, unmarked and unexpected steps, and a host of many dangerous conditions that can cause a bad fall. Falls can happen when stairs break or crumble, or when a handrail or other safety device fails and causes a fall rather than preventing one.

Car accidents are extremely dangerous to a person, but especially a pregnant women. Car accidents can cause a pregnant mother to prematurely go into labor, potentially harming both mother and child. Car accidents are the leading cause of fetal immortality. 

Common Causes of Induced Labor/C-Section from Car Accidents

  • Airbag deployment​
  • Forceful impact ​
  • Stress of the accident​
  • Hitting the dashboard or steering wheel of the car ​

Pregnancy Injuries from Car Accident

  • Miscarriage
  • Premature Birth​
  • Birth Defects​
  • High Risk Pregnancy ​
  • Placenta Abruption​
  • Fetal Trauma​

How it Can Affect your Life

Induced labor or c-section can affect both the mother and baby from the accident. Induced labor can cause complications to the baby by lowering the heart rate, lack of oxygen, and stress on the unborn child. Induced labor can affect the lives of both mother and baby for the rest of their lives.

Recovery

Recovery from induced labor or a c-section depends on the severity of the accident, but both the baby and the mother will need time to heal from the accident. 

WHAT IS MIRENA?

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Mirena is a plastic, T-shaped hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) that has been marketed as an efficient, long-term birth control that is safe for women of all premenopausal ages. It is also referred to by its producers as a contraceptive free from the nasty side effects of estrogen-based birth control methods.Once inserted into the uterus, Mirena prevents pregnancy in two ways: by thickening the mucus in the cervix to stop sperm from being able to reach and fertilize the egg, and by thinning the lining of the uterus to partially suppress ovulation. Once inserted, the Mirena IUD is supposed to prevent pregnancy for up to five years.

Mirena is Commonly Prescribed for:

The Mirena device can be used by women of all ages before reaching menopause. Because of this, the IUD is prescribed for a variety of reasons including:

  • Contraception
  • Abnormal Bleeding
  • Managing Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Managing Symptoms of Endometriosis
  • Treating Pain Associated with Periods
  • Protecting Uterine Lining During Hormone Therapy

How Mirena is Inserted?

Before Mirena can be put in place, a physician will typically evaluate the overall health of his or her patient. The health evaluation generally includes a pelvic exam and, when necessary, STD screening. After being cleared for IUD insertion the procedure will most likely take place in the physician’s clinic, where instruments may be used to align the cervical canal and uterine cavity. Most health care providers also measure the depth of the patient’s uterine cavity to ensure correct placement of Mirena. Next, the doctor will place the device inside of an applicator tube, and insert it into the cervical canal. Once Mirena is placed into the uterus, the applicator is removed. If necessary, the IUD strings will then be trimmed to avoid excess protrusion into the vagina.

Best Time for Insertion of Mirena is:

  • Within seven days of a period ending (this is the most optimal time because of the certainty that the patient is not pregnant, and the cervix is dilated at this time)
  • Six weeks after giving birth
  • Immediately after termination of a pregnancy

After the Procedure

About a month after placing the device, a follow-up examination may be necessary to ensure no complications have arose. If she feels that the strings are further into the vagina, or can no longer feel them at all, this could mean that the IUD has migrated. If a patient believes that the product has moved, she is advised to see her doctor as soon as possible for an exam, and if necessary, complete removal of Mirena. After receiving IUD Mirena, women are encouraged to feel for the strings one a month to guarantee the device is not migrating.

Complications

During/Immediately Following Procedure:

  • Cramping
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Below Average Heart Rate
  • Infection
  • Perforation of the Uterus

After Getting Mirena:

  • Depression
  • Cognitive issues such as memory loss
  • Pelvic/Back Pain
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Infection
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Migration of the IUD
  • Perforation of the Uterus

Other Complications to Mirena:

  • A pelvic infection
  • Inflammation of the endometrium (endometritis)
  • Endometrial or cervical cancer
  • Possible exposure to an STI
  • Pelvic pain or pain during sex
  • Severe migraines
  • Significant increase in blood pressure
  • Having a stroke or heart attack

Complications from IUDs are More Likely to Occur to Women who:

  • Have never been pregnant
  • Have heavy or prolonged periods
  • Have severe menstrual pain
  • Have a history of expelling IUDs
  • Are younger than 20 years old
  • Had Mirena inserted immediately after childbirth
  • Have a history of infections

Statistics on Mirena

Since 2004, approximately 47,000 users have reported negative side effects from the IUD

Bayer (Mirena company) offered to settle 4,600 perforation cases in 2017 for $12.2 million

Have You Been Affected By Mirena?

Have you or a loved one been negatively affected after receiving the Mirena IUD? We can help. Murphy Law Firm has an experienced team of lawyers best suited to help you. In addition to getting you the compensation you deserve, our lawyers can also connect you with the doctors and specialists you may need. Call Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800 or come in today for your free consultation.

Prescribed canes and braces

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Slip and falls often occur due to wet floors, spilled liquids, inadequate or missing entryway mats, and many other hidden hazards you don’t notice until it is too late. Trip and falls happen when unexpected objects or conditions impede your intended direction of travel. People often trip over large cracks in the sidewalk, potholes in crosswalks, unmarked and unexpected steps, and a host of many dangerous conditions that can cause a bad fall. Falls can happen when stairs break or crumble, or when a handrail or other safety device fails and causes a fall rather than preventing one.

Car accidents may require a person to need a cane/brace due to their injuries in the accident. A cane/brace might be prescribed to a person if the person experienced a soft tissue injury. Canes/braces can help heal the injured soft tissue by restricted movement and stabilization. Soft tissue injuries can be a factor in a car accident. 

Symptoms of Needing a Cane/Brace

  • Numbness in hurt area
  • Trouble using that area
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Weakness in joints

How it Can Affect your Life

Having to use/wear a cane/brace can affect your life by limiting your range of motion, your ability to work, or from completing daily tasks.

How Long is Recovery?

In most cases, canes/braces are prescribed to be worn for roughly 6-12 weeks, depending on the injury.

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