Broken bones (or fractures) are among the most common injuries suffered in traffic accidents. They are characterized by:
- Excruciating pain
- Loss of mobility
Often, when linked to a car crash, these injuries are more serious than the usual fractures since they were caused by a high impact collision of multi-ton motor vehicles. The long-term consequences can change the victim's lifestyle and can lead to surgeries meant to remove bone fragments, to attach screws or plating for stability, or to insert artificial joints (for instance, knee replacement surgery).
Types of Fractures
Fractures are divided into four categories:
- Complete fracture - the bone breaks into pieces
- Incomplete fracture - a shallow break in the bone (also referred to as a "hairline" fracture)
- Simple (closed) fracture - the skin remains intact
- Compound (open) fracture - the bone breaks through the skin and creates an open wound
Treatment of Broken Bones
Normally, broken bones are quite painful, and if they're severe enough, recovery can require:
- Long-term physical therapy
- Medical devices to realign the broken bone
- Attaching plates for the reconstruction of severe bone damages
- Extensive medical bills
The healing process of a fracture depends on a variety of factors, such as:
- Location of the broken bone
- Location of the fracture at the bone level
- Underlying medical conditions
- Victim's activity level
- Degree of trauma (including the angle of the break)
- Nutritional status
- Patient's general wellness and previous injuries
How Can the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm Help?
If another person's negligence caused you a bone fracture, you may be eligible to receive compensation for present and future treatment of your injuries.
Healing can require weeks or months away from work, so as a victim, it is important not to settle too quickly with the insurance company when broken bones are involved.
The adjuster may attempt to convince you to settle for a certain amount (usually less than the real value of your damages) before you realize the long-term impact of your injuries.
The Elk Grove-based O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm has handled claims for all types of broken bones, including:
- Broken collarbones
- Broken legs
- Broken wrists
- Cervical, lumbar and thoracic fractures
- Pelvic and hip fractures
- Broken arms
- Broken ribs
Call our Elk Grove office today and discuss the details of your case with our attorneys during a free consultation.