If your child suffered a broken collarbone, he runs the risk of facing a variety of complications that are painful and quite costly to treat.

Problems Your Child May Encounter If He Breaks His Collarbone


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4/15/2015
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Every day your son practices football, you expect to receive a call from the coach saying he’s been injured. Instead, however, you find yourself being notified by the school nurse that he hurt himself while slipping on a wet floor in the hallway.

It seems as though your son walked on a floor that was recently mopped by a custodian. He forgot to place the wet floor signs in the area, so your son wasn’t aware the hallway was slippery. His feet came out from under him and he landed on his arm. He claims he heard a snap in his chest area as soon as it happened and an x-ray at the emergency room of Swedish Medical Center revealed a broken collarbone.

Common Complications With Broken Collarbones

Your son is still growing, and will be for some time, which means possible complications with his fracture.  He may experience any or all of the following:

  • Surgery. Not all clavicle fractures are simple; some break in several places or have fractures that just won’t heal correctly. These types of breaks often require surgery, in which screws or pins are often needed. Healing time is increased dramatically with surgery, and depending on the age of your child, may be quite hard on him.
  • Bumps at the fracture site. As the bone heals, it is common to experience a lump or bump where the break took place. Typically, the lump goes away over time, but there’s a chance it may stay around permanently, which can cause self esteem problems for teenagers or adolescents.
  • Pain. Not much can get a growing child down, but pain can certainly do the trick. Discomfort is often caused when an injury isn’t getting the rest it needs, and attempting to explain to a child that he can’t move his arm is problematic. Not resting the arm can cause also cause further complications and for the injury to get worse.

Why You Need a Lawyer on Your Side

Medical treatment for a broken clavicle is costly. Not only will you have to pay for these fees now, you may also have to in the future if problems occur again. When the injury takes place because of the negligence of someone else, it makes sense to seek help.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm may be able to help you receive compensation that can pay for your child’s current and future medical bills. Contact us today to learn how.



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