A broken bone is a specific type of injury in which there has been damage to the integrity of the hard tissue (bone) that makes up part of the anatomy. The most common occurrence is with brittle bones, such as the femur, tibia and fibula.
The two basic categories are complete breakage or partial breakage. This can occur in one of three locations:
1. Fractures of the femur usually happen near the hip joint and are known as a “hip fracture.” These fractures are usually caused by a violent impact, such as a car crash or truck accident.
2. Tibial fractures are also known as a “shin-splint” fracture and happen because of the shock that is transferred from one bone to another. This can also usually be attributed to an impact, with a heavy object that makes enough force for bones to crack.
3. Fractures of the fibula are often seen in car accidents, or instances where a person has been hit by an object. They usually occur in the lower section of the leg below the knee and appear as three separate breaks or cracks in the fibula.
There are other types of fractures that can happen, but these are by far the most common. The injury is serious enough to require medical attention, so if you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, truck accident or other incident that resulted in broken bones, contact the personal injury attorneys at Lein Law right away.
Typical Accidents Leading to Broken Bones or Fractures
The most common accident that elicits fractured bones is a car crash or fender-bender. It can happen from the impact of one car as in a head-on collision, or when an object such as another vehicle, tree, pole or signpost hits the driver’s side door as they are driving down the road. This results in shock being transferred to the driver and passenger in that vehicle. It is also possible to have a broken bone or broken bones as a result of being hit by another car, motorcycle, truck or heavy equipment on the highway as well as slip-and-fall accidents where an individual falls onto an object such as metal or concrete. These are just a few examples of how a person can sustain a fracture and broken bone injury.
Repairing Broken Bones & Fractures
Fractured or broken bones can have a significant impact on the injured person’s life in terms of both time away from work as well as medical bills. The most common way to repair these injuries is by inserting metal rods, surgical screws or pins into the broken bone. There are also techniques where a piece of wire is wrapped around the area or the doctor may have to complete open reduction surgery where they actually reset and realign the fracture before applying screws, rods or pins to help stabilize it.
Fractured bones can often be extremely painful for several weeks and, in some cases, even months following an injury. The pain can range from a dull ache to sharp and intense stabbing pain depending on the location of the break. After surgery, a doctor usually gives out a prescription medications for pain management that can help ease the discomfort as well as allowing you to get back on your feet more quickly. Other complications such as infection or nerve damage can also occur, but if caught early enough the doctor will be able to treat these as well.
Another concern for people who have broken bones is whether or not they will recover full use of their legs or arms. In many cases, a bone that has been fractured will heal in such a way that there is some flexibility and movement in the joint. It will not, however, heal to the same flexibility and range of motion that it had before the accident occurred. This is important because if there is a clear difference between how the bone was broken and how it healed then an attorney can argue that your injury was foreseeable and someone else is at fault for allowing you to suffer such a debilitating injury.
Regardless of how your fracture heals, you will always be at risk for complications such as stiffness or arthritis in that area as well. Arthritis can develop if the bone fails to heal properly and someone who has not fully recovered from a broken bone or fracture injury should contact their doctor right away because it could have significant long-term ramifications on your life.
If you have broken bones as a result of an accident or injury, talk to the personal injury attorneys at Lein Law today because they can help determine if someone else is liable for your injuries and will work tirelessly to ensure that you get full compensation for all out-of-pocket expenses and any permanent damage suffered because of it.
As a personal injury lawyer I have had many clients who sustained broken bones as the result of an accident. In Pennsylvania, if you suffer a broken bone in an accident or motor vehicle crash that was not your fault, you may be eligible to recover compensation from the cause of the injuries. Broken bone and fractures are very serious injuries and it is important to understand how they occur, the type of injuries associated with them and what to expect from medical treatment after an accident.
A Broken Bone Is a Compression Injury
A broken bone or fracture is generally the result of a compression injury because it either cracked directly in half or bent out of place. Two common types of fractures that are serious enough to require medical treatment and a possible cast or brace are hairline fractures and open fractures.
A hairline fracture occurs when the bone cracks, but does not break all of the way through. A doctor will be able to confirm this type of fracture during an x-ray test to see if the bone is broken, but cannot see it once its complete because the bone is pressed together. The danger with hairline fractures is that they may not heal correctly and can easily re-fracture, which can lead to arthritis and even more serious problems down the road.
A doctor can do several things for broken bones, but treatment will depend on the severity of your injury. Sometimes a doctor can treat a fracture by placing it in a splint or cast to hold the two broken ends of the bone together until they heal and that doctor will instruct you on how to take care of it at home. In other cases, surgery is required and may include metal plates, screws or pins to keep the bones aligned while they are healing.
Types of Compensation in Personal Injury Cases
There are two ways the attorney at Lein Law can help you with a claim for compensation after an accident results in broken bones and fractures.
First, if there is clear liability on someone else’s part, we can settle your case before trial to get you back on track as soon as possible. If negotiations fail, our attorneys will take your case to court to argue for the maximum amount of compensation you are owed.
There is also a second possibility, which is if it’s related to your job or city workers who were performing their duties when they injured you. The law in Illinois states that if someone causes an injury through no fault of your own and their actions happened while they were on duty, it is the responsibility of that city or company to compensate you.
All injured people have a right to compensation for their injuries, and our office can advise you on your options when dealing with an accident that leads to broken bones or fractures.
If you want to sue the person or business responsible for your injuries and broken bones, you need a personal injury lawyer to get fair compensation. Not only are broken bones really painful and can make it difficult for you to move around normally, but they can also cause permanent damage if not treated properly by a doctor or with a brace or cast.
The right personal injury attorney or workers’ compensation attorney can prove that the person or business responsible for your broken bones should have known about the risk, but failed to protect you from it. An experienced personal injury lawyer will also help you get more money for damages and pain and suffering if there are permanent repercussions to your injuries, including arthritis in the affected area.
A broken bone is a serious injury that can have long-term effects on your life, so if you or someone you know sustained a broken bone as the result of an accident or crash, it is important to understand how it occurred, what type of special medical treatment may be required and what compensation you are entitled to seek for pain and suffering from the person or business responsible. To learn more about broken bones and how to protect your legal rights, please call Lein Law today at (715) 403-5045 or get a free consultation.
Ask To See The Medical Reports
Once you or someone you know has been in a car, truck, motorcycle or pedestrian crash that leads to broken bones, it is important to seek out all of the information about how your injuries occurred. This includes asking the police and anyone working at the scene of your accident about what they saw and may have recorded as notes on their reports.
Lein Law wants to help you get the compensation you deserve, so we encourage our clients to review any medical reports and files that their doctors may have on file. In addition, if your doctor or a specialist treated you for broken bones after an accident, visit their office with your Lein Law lawyer to ask questions and learn more about how your injuries occurred.
The faster you ask for and get copies of police reports, witness statements or medical files after an accident, the better chance you will have to track down a solid case against any negligent parties responsible for your broken bones. This includes taking pictures of the scene of your crash with a cell phone or camera if possible as well as collecting all names, phone numbers and contact information for witnesses.
Lein Law has a proven track record of success with clients who were in car or truck accidents that resulted in broken bones. If you have been injured because of another person’s negligence, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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