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Orthopedic Trauma

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Orthopedic injuries are among the most common injuries in vehicle accidents and other types of accidents and are a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, hospitalization, and economic burden.  Most orthopedic trauma injuries are preventable and are due to carelessness and negligence.  Men between 24-44 from rural areas are at the highest risk of injury.  Falls and motorcycle accidents are the most common causes of injury.


Orthopedic Trauma Definition

Orthopedic trauma involves damage to the musculoskeletal system that includes fractures and injuries to the soft tissues. Bones, tendons, joints, and muscles are designed to work together as a system. Injury to a part of the system can disrupt the function of that aspect of the body.


Legal Representation

Joe Lyon is a highly rated Ohio Catastrophic Injury and product liability lawyer accepting orthopedic trauma cases nationwide.  Mr. Lyon is well versed in the science and medicine underlying orthopedic trauma lawsuits.

Accepting cases on contingency fees, Mr. Lyon works with design engineers, biomechanical engineers, accident reconstructionists,  human factor, and treating physicians to investigate and determine the root cause of the accident.  Mr. Lyon is a passionate advocate with success in a variety of orthopedic trauma cases.


Common Orthopedic Trauma Injuries

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  1. Cervical Fractures
  2. Compression Fracture
  3. Axial Burst Fracture
  4. Flexion/ Distraction Fracture
  5. Talus (Talar) Fracture
  6. Heel Fracture
  7. Rib Fracture
  8. LisFranc (Mid Foot) Fracture
  9. Transverse Fracture
  10. Dislocated Hip
  11. Rotator Cuff Tears
  12. Pelvis Fracture
  13. Acetabular Fracture
  14. Greenstick Fracture
  15. Comminuted Fracture
  16. Teardrop Fracture
  17. Post Traumatic Deformity
  18. Non-Union Fractures
  19. Geriatric Fracture

  • Common Causes of Orthopedic Injuries

  1. Knee injury from fall
  2. Shoulder Injury from fall
  3. Wrist injuries from fall
  4. Elbow injuries from fall
  5. Hip injuries from fall
  6. Neck injury from fall
  7. Auto Accidents
  8. ATV Accidents
  9. Trucking Accidents
  10. Motorcycle Accidents
  11. Bike Accidents
  12. Heavy Equipment Accidents
  13. Machinery Accidents
  14. Farming Equipment Accidents
  15. Vehicle Defects
  16. Amusement Park Accidents
  17. Elevator Accidents
  18. Fracking Accidents
  19. Construction Accidents

    Pediatric Orthopedic Injuries

 Each year one in four children suffer an injury that requires orthopedic medical attention.  There are significant mechanical and physiological differences between the bone structure of adults and children and the types of common fractures are different as a result.

For example, the periosteum of a child’s bone is thicker leading to less open fracture.  Moreover, a child’s long bones are less dense and more porous leading to more bowing and flexibility and less tendency to fracture when subjected to stress. The most common types of orthopedic injuries suffered by children include:

  1. Elbow (Supracondylar) Fracture
  2. Hip Injury: Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  3. Knee Injury: ACL Tear
  4. Leg Injury (Toddler Fracture)
  5. Distal Forearm
  6. Femur Shaft
  7. Facial
  8. Skull
  9. Hand

 Questions to Ask Your Lawyer

  1. What evidence should I preserve ?
  2. How long with my case take ?
  3. What is the jury pool like in the accident venue ?
  4. How much experience do you have in orthopedic trauma lawsuits ?
  5. What experts are needed to meet my burden of proof ?
  6. Is a life care plan necessary ?
  7. What amount of the recovery is paid back to health insurance ?
  8. How expensive will the case be to litigate ?
  9. Is early settlement to contain case costs an good option ?
  10. How does my case compare to other similar cases ?

What is the settlement value of an Orthopedic Trauma Case ?

The settlement value will depend on a number of variables. No personal injury is exactly the same and each case will require an evaluation of the following variables.  As the evidence is developed, some aspects may become stronger and some weaker, and the case must be evaluated each step of the way.

The following a list of variables that must be considered in every orthopedic trauma case:

  1. The venue where the trial will occur
  2. The Judge
  3. Whether any issues exist that could result in a Motion for Summary Judgment being granted and the chance of such a motion being granted
  4. The existence of pre-existing conditions that limited the quality of life
  5. The credibility of the plaintiff
  6. The credibility of the defendant
  7. Whether the independent treating physician is supportive of the case
  8. Whether other events may have caused or contributed to the injury
  9. The amount of subrogation
  10. The expenses to take the case to trial
  11. The chance of success at trial
  12. The verdict range with a successful verdict
  13. Whether a settlement will adequately care for the Plaintiff in the future
  14. Whether the Plaintiff has suffered a permanent injury
  15. Whether damages caps apply
  16. Whether settlement will fairly compensate the Plaintiff while reducing the risk and cost of additional litigation.

Legal Representation

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If you have questions about the root cause of an orthopedic trauma injury or the available legal remedies that may be available to improve the quality of life or medical care, please call The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Joe Lyon, and he will help you answer those important questions. 

After two hip replacement surgeries, I was informed that one of the prosthesis was the DuPuy Joint and the other was very similar but manufactured by a different company. After several attempts to contact the manufacturer directly to discuss the claim, I was met with bureaucratic red tape that appeared to be insurmountable. I then turned to Joe Lyon of the Lyon Law Firm who immediately cut through the pro I highly recommend Joe if you are faced with the need for this type of litigation.Tim Ross
I met Joe during what was easily one of the worst times of my life. My husband had been in a serious accident and was a quadriplegic following that accident and remained in one medical facility after another until his death nearly four years later. We had contacted an area attorney who told us we absolutely did not have a case. Then we called a Cleveland firm that took the case and brought in Joe. Joe did so much of the work and became just like family to us. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone and be willing to guarantee that he will do anything and everything possible to get satisfactory results. He is extremely dedicated to his clients and very hard working. Mike and I came to think of him like a son, I still do; if it wasn’t for him I don’t believe our case would have been settled the way it was and may have ended up in a courtroom where the results can go any way.Donna Urchak