Broken Bones from Car Accidents
Broken bones are among the most common types of injuries to arise out of car accidents. The force of the car accident can injure a person’s back or fracture their hands or fingers when bracing for impact. When a car becomes crushed in the accident, the force can cause a person's leg bones to fracture. Bone fractures can be expensive to treat and may require the victim to take significant time off work.Seek Medical Treatment Immediately After a Broken Bone
There are many causes of bone fractures in car accident cases. When people brace themselves for the collision’s impact, slam into the door or dashboard, or are hit by an object of debris, they can experience bone fractures. Bones are robust, but the force of a car accident often pushes bones past their breaking point. The pressure placed on a person's bone can cause it to crack, bend, or even break.
In many cases, bone fractures are closed, meaning the bone is not jutting out from the skin. Closed fractures can be complicated for emergency medical personnel to detect at the scene of the car accident. If you are in a car accident, it is wise to go to the hospital for treatment. Doctors at the hospital have tools available, such as x-ray machines, that will help you detect whether you have suffered a closed fracture so you can receive the medical treatment you need.
Many of our clients suffered a bone fracture and did not realize it because of the adrenaline and shock of the car accident. We recommend getting a thorough medical evaluation at the hospital, or your regular doctor, after the car accident. If you experience bruising or redness, swelling, tenderness, or a loss of movement in the hours or days after your car accident, these could be indications that you experienced a bone fracture in your car accident. Waiting too long to seek medical treatment could prevent your fracture from healing properly. You could also suffer an infection or serious nerve, ligament, tendon, or muscle damage if you wait to seek treatment.Types of Bone Fractures
Bone fractures vary in severity. In many cases, bone fractures involve a person's wrists, legs, shoulders, ribs, or arms. However, individuals involved in severe car accidents can also experience a broken hip, facial fractures, or a cracked pelvis. The most common type of fracture is a stable fracture, which is usually mild. Stable fractures go all the way through the bone and often require casting. Open, compound fractures are more serious.
In open, compound fractures, the bone will break through the skin. Whenever someone’s skin is broken, an infection becomes a serious concern. If the individual does not receive medical treatment promptly, an infection can spread. Open, compound fractures often require some type of metal screw and extensive surgery to repair. Likewise, comminuted fractures are also severe. In these types of fractures, the bone breaks into multiple pieces. Repairing comminuted fractures can be extremely difficult. Victims of these types of severe fractures often require multiple surgeries and extensive physical therapy.
The severity and complexity of the fracture will determine how much compensation you may be able to recover. If you experience a severe fracture, you could need multiple orthopedic surgeries, including complex operations that require pins, plates, rods, or screws. You may even need assisted walking devices and long-term care.The Importance of Hiring an Attorney
There is nothing minor about broken bones caused by car accidents. Broken bones can require expensive surgeries and medical treatments, especially if the victim experiences complications. Severe bone fractures can lead to a permanent or long-term disability that prevents a person from working. Finally, serious broken bones can cause emotional anguish and physical pain that lasts a lifetime. Contacting an attorney about your car accident can help you protect your legal right to compensation.Contact Us Today
If another person's negligence caused the car accident that resulted in you or your loved one broken bone injuries, you need an attorney on your side. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our attorneys have a proven track record of obtaining compensation for car accident victims. We know what it takes to secure favorable settlements from auto insurance companies and in personal injury lawsuits. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
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