Post-Traumatic Arthritis

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: February 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 93

Post-traumatic arthritis (PTA) is an inflammation of a joint resulting in accelerated wearing out of the joint cartilage that is caused by any kind of physical injury. Common causes of PTA include sports-related injuries, injuries from a fall, injuries from a motor vehicle accident, and fractures or dislocations of the hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder. Typical symptoms of PTA include pain, swelling, stiffness, and instability of the affected area that can significantly impair mobility and interfere with physical and/or work-related activities.

Personal injury lawyers should always take into consideration the likelihood of their client developing PTA when making claims for damages in any personal injury case involving trauma to a joint because the often protracted medical and/or surgical treatments for PTA can significantly increase medical expenses down the road. Litigating PTA cases, however, can be a medical-legal minefield unless you are armed with strong supporting medical literature that you can effectively use to convince a jury that your client is at high risk for eventually developing PTA directly as a result of his/her traumatic injury.

A substantial body of medical and scientific literature has been published in well-respected clinical journals regarding the underlying pathology, mechanisms of injury, risk factors, diagnosis, and medical/surgical treatment of PTA. This literature represents a wealth of information that can be effectively used by personal injury lawyers to support and bolster their claims for damages in any case involving a traumatic injury to a joint in arguing that their client is at high-risk for developing PTA.

Post-Traumatic Arthritis is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 97 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • Online access to the free full-text version of 23 articles.
  • Links to full-text sources of other articles that are available for purchase directly from individual journal publishers.
  • A unique “Author Directory” consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about Post-Traumatic Arthritis. The “Author Directory” is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • Incidence, prevalence, and risk of post-traumatic arthritis following traumatic injuries to specific joints including the knee, hip, ankle, elbow, arm,foot and shoulder.
  • Pathogenesis and mechanisms of injury in post-traumatic arthritis.
  • Functional evaluation of patients with post-traumatic arthritis.
  • Predictors of outcome and quality of life after treatment of post-traumatic arthritis.
  • The medical management and surgical treatments for post-traumatic arthritis.
  • Medico-legal aspects of post-traumatic arthritis.
  • Early post-traumatic arthritis changes in human cartilage following trauma.
  • Long-term outcome studies of patients with post-traumatic arthritis.
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