Bone fractures are a common result of even minor accidents, and such injuries can significantly impact one’s normal lifestyle and work duties. Some broken bones, such as rib fractures, are the most painful injuries one can experience, and any movements, including breathing, can cause excruciating pain. We have successfully fought for our clients to receive fair compensation for all variety of fractures.
A bone fracture is caused by some trauma to the bone that has high enough stress or impact to result in a break in the bone continuity, or crack or weaken it. Traumatic fractures can occur during any accidents including motor vehicle accidents, falls or even animal attacks. They can be closed and beneath the skin, or open when a wound exposes the bone area. Open fractures are subject to infection. With some fractures, the bones are displaced or become angular and require surgical repair. In an area like the spinal vertebrae, a compression fracture can be very painful. Brittle bones are also likely to fracture easily. Broken and fractured bones can result from a wide variety of different forms of trauma and accidents.
When a part of the body collides with any hard surface, there is possibility of a fracture or bone breakage. During a motor vehicle accident, occupants may be tossed around inside the vehicle and impact the dash or windows, or even be ejected from the vehicle colliding with objects along the road like trees, fences, signs or bridges. During a fall, one’s body actually impacts the surface of the ground at a very high speed and serious fracture injuries are very common. Trying to stop a fall by putting one’s hand down to soften the impact may also result in a fracture of a finger, hand, or arm bone.
The first problem is identifying that there is a fracture. The only sign may be a bruised area of skin above the fracture point. An x-ray can reveal bone fractures quickly. Non-surgical options including immobilization are first considered in most cases if at all possible. Pain is a common problem with fractures and medicine may be required for relief. Sometimes a special device such as a firm shoe, cast or wrap is needed to help promote healing. Because of associated risks including infection, surgery is a last resort, but sometimes necessary. Insertion during surgery of a screw, plate nail or wire to secure the bone area is one surgical solution. Regardless which medical procedure is chosen by your physician, the bill will be paid by the insurance company of the party at fault, and will be included in your damages total at the end of the case.