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. Bone fractures are a common result of minor and major 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. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we have experience working on cases involving all types of bone fractures.
Traumatic fractures can occur during any type of accident, including motor vehicle accidents, falls, or animal attacks, among others. 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.
When any part of the body collides with a hard surface, there is possibility of a bone fracture. 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 collides with the surface of the ground at a very high impact and serious fracture injuries are common. Attempting to stop or brace for a fall by using your hand or arm is a common way to suffer a broken hand, wrist, or arm.
First, you must identify that there is a fracture. An x-ray can reveal bone fractures quickly. Non-surgical options, including immobilization, are first considered in most cases, if possible. Pain is extreme with fractures and medicine may be required for relief. Sometimes a firm shoe, cast, or wrap is needed to help promote healing. Because of associated risks, most notably infection, surgery is a last resort, but is sometimes unavoidable. Insertion of a screw, plate nail, or wire to secure the bone area is one surgical solution. Regardless of which medical solution 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.