Total Knee Replacements Common After Automobile Accidents

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Total knee replacements are one of the most common surgical procedures in the country. In fact, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality expects that by 2030, about 11 million Americans will have had either a hip or knee replacement. In 2010 alone, approximately 7 million people underwent joint replacement surgery. And while many people may associate knee replacements with the elderly, patients of all ages undergo the procedure. This is due in part to the fact that car accidents can result in damage to the joint of the knee, and car accidents don't care how old you are.

The knee is made up of three bones - the lower end of the thigh bone known as the femur, the upper end of the shin bone known as the tibia, and the knee cap, also called the patella. Where these bones all meet is covered by protective cartilage. When the cartilage starts to wear away (either over time with old age, or sped up by a traumatic injury such as an automobile accident), this results in knee pain, also known as arthritis. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), “damaging a joint raises your chances of developing arthritis sevenfold.” When unbearable pain, deformities of the knee, and loss of mobility are not being effectively treated by medication and/or physical therapy, a total knee replacement surgery is the final option.

Victims of automobile accidents who undergo total knee replacements are likely suffering from post-traumatic arthritis. According to the Cleveland Clinic, post-traumatic arthritis occurs when an intense force hits the knee, such as the impact from a car collision. This results in fracturing of the bone and damage to the surrounding cartilage, which alter how the joint moves and wears out the cartilage more quickly.

During a knee replacement surgery, the surface of the bone as well as the cartilage are replaced with an implant, creating a joint that glides much more smoothly than an arthritic joint does. The implant can be made out of metal, ceramic material, or plastic. According to the AAOS, there are 4 basic steps of a total knee replacement operation.

Steps of a Total Knee Replacement Operation

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  1. Prepare the bone. The damaged cartilage surfaces at the ends of the femur and tibia are removed along with a small amount of underlying bone.
  2. Position the metal implants. The removed cartilage and bone is replaced with metal components that recreate the surface of the joint. These metal parts are cemented onto the bone.
  3. Resurface the patella. The undersurface of the patella (kneecap) is cut and resurfaced with a plastic button. Some surgeons do not resurface the patella, depending upon the case.
  4. Insert a spacer. A medical-grade plastic spacer is inserted between the metal components to create a smooth gliding surface.

Patients are likely to experience some pain and discomfort directly after surgery. This is managed through medication and physical therapy. Health Care providers encourage the use of over-the-counter pain medications as much as possible, as opioids can have severe side effects, namely addiction. Physical therapy is used to help strengthen the muscle surrounding the knee, and restore range of motion. In the long term, total knee replacement patients experience a dramatic reduction of pain, and can enjoy low impact activities such as walking, swimming, and biking.

While overall quality of life is greatly improved for the vast majority of patients, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic are working to minimize pain and improve patient satisfaction in both the short and long term.

Research on Improving TKR Experience:

  • Robotic Total Knee Replacement: Using robots can improve accuracy and precision during surgery. This leads to a more exact placement of the implant, resulting in better patient outcomes.
  • Press-fit Implant Technology: This type of implant does not require cement to adhere it to the bone. This allows the bone of the knee to regrow better, allowing implants to last longer. This is especially beneficial for younger patients, who need their implants to last 20+ years.
  • Customized 3D Implant Printing: Knee implants typically have one design that only varies in size, even though human anatomy varies tremendously. Custom printed 3D implants that more closely match the patient’s anatomy improve function and satisfaction.
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation: This utilizes a brace that sends electrical stimulation to the muscles surrounding the knee. This causes the muscle to contract, strengthening the joint. These braces can be used before surgery, to make sure the joint is strong enough, and after surgery during recovery.
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Accidents happen, so while there is no way to completely prevent needing a total knee replacement due to a car collision, there are other areas of your life in which you can take steps to minimize your risk. Maintaining a healthy weight so as not to put extra strain on the joint is what most doctors recommend. More so, be sure to wear the proper safety equipment, such as knee pads and shin guards, when playing high impact sports such as football or soccer. And who knows, since most car crashes are caused by human error, maybe with the future of autonomous vehicles we will be able to minimize the risk of knee injuries from automobile accidents. The good news is that total knee replacements are a relatively safe and effective procedure, should you find yourself needing one, and doctors and researchers are working to make the experience even better.

Knee injuries make the simplest things in life, such as anything involving walking or moving, difficult. The experienced attorneys at The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC understand that it is especially frustrating to have sustained a knee injury due to a motor vehicle accident, since medical treatment can be very expensive and auto insurance companies can be difficult to work with. If you have suffered any injury from a car accident, including a knee injury, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free legal consultation. Let our attorneys handle your legal situation while you focus on recovery. 

It's National Child Passenger Safety Week!

Child injury and death from car collisions are unfortunately all too common, but the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is part of a campaign to help raise awareness as to how parents can help reduce the risk of injury or death to their kids while traveling in the car. The week of September 17th through the 23rd is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and aims to shed light on the importance of using proper restraints for kids when traveling in a vehicle. 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, automobile accidents are the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children ages 1-13. The National Security Council reports that in 2015 alone, 1,346 children under the age of 15 were killed in motor vehicle accidents, which is an average of more than 3 kids per day. While these statistics are scary, luckily, there are ways parents can help to reduce the likelihood of their child being injured or killed in a car crash. The simplest way to avoid child car accident injuries is by using the proper restraints. In 2012 alone, the lives of 284 kids, ages 5 and under, were saved due to restraint use, according to Safe Kids. Using car seats, seat belts, and booster seats can reduce the risk of injury or death by up to 50%. Safe Kids also gives the following tips on to how to keep young passengers safe while traveling.

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Child Car Seat Safety Tips

  • The back seat is the best. It is the safest place to ride for all children under the age of 13. Not all cars allow for a car seat in every place that has a seat belt. Check your car owner manual to see where you can put a car seat.
  • Be wary of toys in the car. Choose toys that are soft and will not hurt your child in a crash. Secure any loose objects in the car.
  • Wear your seat belt. We know that when adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
  • Never leave your child alone in a car, even for a minute.

Safe Kids recommends that children need to be riding in some sort of restrained device until the age of 13. According to the OHSP, children who are under the height of 4 feet and 9 inches cannot fit comfortably in a seat belt, making them more likely to tuck it behind their back or under their arm, thereby reducing its effectiveness. Seat belts are designed to fit across the hips and shoulders, which are the strongest part of the body. Booster seats lift up smaller children to allow the seat belt to fit properly. According to the OHSP, less than half of children aged 4-7 in the state of Michigan are using booster seats. As kids get older, the use of restraints goes down, even though booster seats are cheaper and easier to use than car seats. Older children are at risk too, as kids over the age of 14 are more likely to not use a seat belt at all. 

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Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan branch of the OHSP, says that the goal is not to scare parents, but to make them aware of the risks that come with not restraining child passengers properly. They also want to provide encouragement by reinforcing how useful car seats and booster seats are when it comes to reducing the number of child injuries and deaths from car accidents. Prince also said that the timing of the campaign is intentional. With school starting, kids are being driven back and forth not only to school, but to sports practices and other activities. The OHSP wants to make sure that parents are ensuring their kids are safe during travel times.

While no parent can guarantee that their child won’t be involved in an automobile accident, they can guarantee that their child is properly restrained. For younger children, it's as simple as making sure they are using car seats and booster seats until they are big enough for seat belts to fit properly. For older children, it's important for parents to set a good example and make sure they are wearing their seat belt so that even when they are not travelling with you, teenagers will remember to wear one. In making child car safety a priority, parents are responsibly helping keep their children as safe as possible in the event of a motor vehicle accident.

Using the proper restraints can reduce the risk of death or injury to children, in the event of a car accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation. Our attorneys are experienced in handling all types of automobile accident cases, especially those involving children. Our car accident lawyers understand that while car crashes can be confusing enough for adults, they can especially take a toll on children. 

Eminem's Ex-Wife Pleads No Contest To Drunk Driving Charge

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Kim Mathers, the ex-wife of popular Detroit rapper Eminem, avoided standing trial for driving under the influence by pleading no contest Tuesday, October 18, 2016. According to Click On Detroit, Mathers crashed the vehicle in Macomb Township, near 23 Mile and Card Road, last October and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Police and emergency personnel realized Mathers was upside-down in SUV which hit a light pole just after noon. In cellphone footage, reportedly showing the aftermath of the crash, and officer is heard saying, "You know who it is? It's Kim Mathers. She's hammered." According to the police report, Mathers told police she'd drank a fifth of Malibu rum and crashed the car on purpose.  Police believe the crash was a failed suicide attempt

Kim called in to local Detroit radio show “Mojo in the Morning” on 95.5 FM in May of 2016, according to CNN, to clear up what happened during her crash in 2015. "I did this on purpose and I'm so sorry," Mathers said on the show. "I never lied to [first responders]. I told them everything that I did. I said that I was sorry and that it was intentional and I didn't expect to make it out alive." On October 18th, Mathers decided to plead no contest and move on. Outside of court, Mathers and her attorney had very little to say. "I just want to put this all behind me," she said. Mathers is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 22. Her lawyer said there are no terms to the plea.

Kim Mathers and rapper Eminem (whose real name is Marshall Mathers) were teenage sweethearts who married in 1999 before divorcing in 2001. In 2006 they briefly remarried before splitting again. The couple share a daughter, Hailie, and Eminem reportedly adopted his former wife's daughter from another relationship. 

Drinking and driving is never a good idea. Whether Ms. Mathers was trying to commit suicide or thought that saying to is a good defense is irrelevant because Ms. Mathers put the lives of other drivers in danger when she attempted to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Luckily, no one, including Ms. Mathers was injured due to her recklessness. If you or anyone you know has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, call at The Michigan Law Firm. Our attorneys are highly experienced in dealing with all types of automobile accidents, including those involving drunk drivers. Call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM, for a free consultation.

Macomb County Car Crash Heard For Blocks, Leaves One Dead

A car was ripped in half this past week in a life-taking crash in Macomb County, Michigan. Fox 2 Detroit reported that many witnesses stated that the crash sounded like an explosion. One witness in particular, stated that the two car crash sounded like a ten car crash, and that even a day later she could not get the noise out of her head. The noise may have come from one of the vehicles in the collision which was split into three pieces.

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The speed limit in the area is 50 miles per hour but eye witnesses stated that the car was going at least double that, lost control, and crashed. Another car crashed into that car afterwards. The driver of the second car attempted to help the driver of the first car but there was nothing anyone could do. The first driver was pronounced dead at the scene. It was certain that the speed of the accident was a factor, but some believe drugs and alcohol may have played a factor. For the residents of the neighborhood in which the crash took place, the spot of the accident will never feel the same.

This accident should be a haunting reminder for drivers to always follow posted speed limits. It is very easy for drivers to speed, but it is one of the most unsafe things a driver can do. Crashes caused by high speeds often leave drivers, passengers, and bystanders paralyzed or even dead. Following posted driving speed limits is a very easy way save lives. 

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, call The Michigan Law Firm PLLC. Our attorneys are highly experienced in handling all types of motor vehicle accidents. Call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.

Driver Goes The Wrong Way On The Highway, Ends In Death

Just before midnight on Thursday, March, 17, 2016, a driver drove the wrong way down eastbound I-94 in Harper Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Michigan State Police officers said that a woman driving a PT Cruiser westbound on the eastbound side of I-94 struck another vehicle that was going the correct way. The woman was quickly taken to St. John Hospital and was pronounced dead.

At the current time authorities are unable to tell whether alcohol or other drugs were a reason for the crash, but an autopsy will soon be conducted to determine the cause of the impairment they believe the driver to be suffering from. The other driver was left anonymous by CBS Detroit.

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This accident should come as a stern reminder to all drivers about stern awareness when on the roads, especially at night. Just because a driver chooses to be safe and not drive while impaired does not mean they cannot be effected by those who do choose to. Always be on the lookout for rogue drivers and drivers who do not follow safety instructions. Being aware that coming into contact with these drives can be the difference between life and death. Especially at night, when chances of running into drunk or impaired drivers is higher, drivers need always be aware of their surroundings.

As we have stressed many times before in our articles, never drink and drive. There is always an alternative to drunk driving and the decision to not drink and drive can be the difference between life and death. It is therefore the law, for good reason.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our attorneys are highly experienced in handling all types of personal injury cases, including car collisions and motorcycle crashes involving drunk drivers. Call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.

3 Car Crash Leaves 4 Injured In Detroit, Michigan

4 are injured after an accident at Plymouth Road and Memorial Street in Detroit, Michigan. Local 4 reported that the accident happened just after 7:30 P.M. on March 27th. A police report stated that a silver Ford Taurus was speeding north on Memorial Street and ran a stoplight, striking a black SUV which was heading west on Plymouth Road, then striking a parked Lincoln which had a driver inside it.

The driver of the Lincoln walked away from the scene, but the other four were not so lucky. The driver of the Ford Taurus was listed in temporary serious condition, the passenger of the Taurus was listed in critical condition, the driver of the SUV was listed in stable condition, and the passenger of the SUV was listed in temporary serious condition. All those who were injured were taken to a local hospital while police further investigated the scene. All three cars saw damage, but the Taurus and SUV received the brunt of the damage.

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Multiple vehicle collisions such as this one are a brutal reminder to always pay attention while driving. We have posted articles in the past about driving while distracted. Whether it be texting, eating, drinking, or other distractions/impairments, driving without sole and complete focus on the road is dangerous and in some situations, illegal. Texting while driving, for example, is illegal in Michigan. And, drinking while driving is illegal anywhere in the US.

It is never wise for drivers to do anything that distracts from the road, because drivers are far more likely to get into an accident if they are not fully concentrating on the road around them. To create a better and safer driving environment for everyone, always pay attention to the road, and only the road. It may be the difference between getting home safely and landing yourself in the hospital, jail, or worse, a grave.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our attorneys are highly experienced in handling all types of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents. Call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.

Metropark Fatal Car Crash

At 6:15 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, five teenage boys were speeding down Stony Creek Metropark in Michigan when they were tragically involved in a fatal car crash. While car accidents are one of the top five causes of death in America, this motor vehicle accident was not a typical crash. What sets this crash aside from other auto accidents is that there was only one car involved. This was a single car accident. The five boys were travelling at about 80 miles per hour when the driver lost control the 2008 Jaguar S-type and crashed into a guardrail. The car then rolled over, tore through a fence, and landed in the river.   Needless to say, the sports car was totaled.
The sudden and forceful impact of the car crash forced four of the boys to be ejected from the vehicle. The only boy who had his seatbelt on, was not ejected into the river, and had to be released by firefighters. Of the boys who were ejected from the car, three passed away, despite being transported to a hospital and receiving treatment. The names of the three deceased boys are Emanuel Malaj, Jonathon Manolios, both of who attended Stevenson High School, and Micheal Wells who attended Henry Ford High School. Both schools and two other high schools in the area will be offering grief counseling for all students on Monday.

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A police investigation is ongoing, as it is still unknown why the boys were at the park. Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says that blood tests will have to be performed to rule out drugs or alcohol contributing to the crash. One this however is sure: speed was contributing factor to the fatal crash.
Reckless and speedy driving causes millions of car accidents every year. In Michigan alone, there were 45, 690 car crashes in 2014. 900 of these motor vehicle accidents ended in death, possibly due to driving at high speeds.

The experienced team at The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC can help you sort through and pay for medical benefits for any injuries that were caused by your accident. Allow our accident attorneys to help you handle the stress of dealing with insurance claims, adjusters, or anything that keeps you from your recovery. Call us today, at 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation.

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