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Common Injuries

Below is a list of common injuries that you or a family member may have suffered. If you have suffered any of these injuries in a car accident, at work, or any other way, please contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd.

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This list is not exhaustive and a traumatic incident may cause injuries in several of these categories.

Ankle injuries include fractures, sprains, or cartilage, ligament, and tendon damage to the joint between the leg and the foot in which the leg bones articulate with the ankle bone.

Arm injuries are sustained to the upper extremity extending from the shoulder to the wrist. Such injuries include contusions, lacerations, strains, torn muscles, bruises, amputation, nerve damage, fractures, sprains, tendon damage, including any damages resulting from improper treatment by the doctor.

Back and neck strains can be temporary, incomplete dislocation of a joint or joints between the vertebrae. The Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. can assist in the aggravation of preexisting conditions, cervical strains, lumbar strains, thoracic strains, or any combination of injuries to the cervical, lumbar, and thoracic spine.

Brain injuries are impacted by factors, including age, sex, and the type of liability. Any injury to the brain that causes impairment to your quality of life should be mentioned to your attorney, whether it is severe, significant, or mild. Additionally, any seizure disorders including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and movement control disorder may occur as a result of an injury to the brain. Other brain injuries include coma and severe mental deficiency.

Burn injuries include the irritation or destruction of human tissue caused by exposure to heat, electricity, radiation, or caustic substances. Burns may be first degree or mild, moderate or second degree, or third degree or severe burns. Nerve damage, loss of mobility, and scarring are common in this injury category.

Chest injuries occur between the neck and abdomen, enclosed by the ribs and sternum. The category consists of nonfractures, sternum fractures, and female breast injuries. Specifically, any injuries that result from negligently performed mastectomies, lumpectomies, breast implants, and breast reductions are included in this category.

Death is the damages recoverable for a wrongful death, as well as who may recover for a wrongful death of a family member is governed by the Illinois Wrongful Death Act.

Disc injuries occur in the spinal column. When a disc, or part of a disc, is displaced from its normal position and a portion of it protrudes beyond the edge of the vertebrae, pressure is placed on the nearby spinal nerves. Such conditions include aggravation of a prior condition, bulging, protruding, degenerative disease, and herniated or ruptured discs.

Elbow injuries lie at the junction of the upper arm and the forearm. Bursitis, bursal synovitis, tendonitis, tennis elbow, fractures, and nonfractures are included.

Facial injuries include contusions, abrasions, lacerations, fractures, nerve damage, and scarring.

Foot injuries, including toe injuries, can occur to all parts of the foot. Some common injuries include cartilage, ligament, or tendon damage, fractures, infections, lacerations, contusions, puncture wounds, and nerve damage. Additionally, a traumatic or surgical amputation of one toe, multiple toes, or part of your foot due to severe injury can occur.

Hand injuries occur in the forearm and the wrist, including nonfractures, nerve damage, fractures, and amputations. Tendon and ligament damage, as well as amputation surgically reattached, are included in this term.

Head injuries resulting in a concussion, hair loss or damage, headaches, post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and hematoma are various types of serious injury.

Hip injuries include dislocation, fractures, hip replacements, damage to the pelvic or hip region, and aggravation of preexisting hip injuries.

Knee injuries affect the ligaments connecting the femur to the tibia, the bone situated in the front of the knee (patella), the tendons that protect the knee joint, and the leg muscles which flex or bend the leg. Such injuries include aggravation of knee injuries, cartilage or ligament damage, chondromalacia, dislocation, knee replacements, fractures, strains, tibial plateau fracture, and lacerations, contusions, and inflammation.

Red CrossLeg injuries occur to the femur, tibia, and fibula. Crush injuries, femur shortening, fractures, and nonfractures are included in this term. Damage to nerves, veins, arteries, and lymph vessels may result from injury or malpractice.

Paralysis is temporary suspension or permanent loss of function. In most cases, damage to the spinal cord or brain, is what causes paralysis. Types of paralysis include hemiplegia, incomplete hemiplegia, paraplegia, quadriplegia or incomplete or spastic quadriplegia.

Shoulder injuries affect the region where the scapula, or shoulder blade, meets the clavicle, or collarbone. Typical damage includes cartilage or ligament injury, dislocation, fractures, nerve damage, strains, sprains, damaged muscles, and rotator cuff tears.

Spinal nerve injuries emerge from the 62 spinal nerves that are composed of two roots. Damages include brachial plexus, or injuries to the large nerve structure found in the neck and armpit. Other injuries include back strains, neck strains, or other soft tissue injuries, vertebra fractures, and thoracic outlet syndrome.

Vertebra injuries occur in any one of the 33 bony segments of the spinal column. Cervical, coccyx, lumbar, sacrum, or thoracic fractures are included in this definition. Other injuries include spondylolisthesis, spondylosis, spondylolysis, stenosis, subluxation, scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis. Aggravations of prior conditions should also be explained to the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd.

Wrist injuries occur in the portion of the upper limb which joins the forearm with the hand. Some types of wrist injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, contusions, lacerations, sprains, strains, ganglion cysts, ruptured and torn muscles, puncture wounds, and bruises to the wrist.

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Ronald F. Wittmeyer, Jr. practices plaintiffs' personal injury law at his office in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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