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Traumatic incidents like car crashes are among the most common reasons for fractures and broken bones. Car crashes are devastating and put a lot of force on the body. Bones are mostly inflexible, however, they do “give” somewhat when an outside force is applied. If that force is too great, the bones will break. The negligent acts of another driver may lead to a car crash that may cause one or more bones to break. Even if a broken bone doesn’t require surgery, it can limit a person’s ability to work or return to other activities until the bone is fully healed. If you have a fracture injury from a car crash, contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with a qualified fracture and broken bone attorney.
Often people, don’t realize the importance of hiring an attorney over fracture and broken bone injuries after a car crash. However, an attorney may be more important to your recovery than you think. The Carlson Law Firm has more than 40 years of experience representing fracture and broken bones victims of car crashes. In the event of negligence on the part of the other individual, our firm can help show that the driver was at fault. We have attorneys, nurses and investigators on staff with the experience to not only help you recover physically but also financially. Broken bones can lead to extremely high medical costs and missed days at work. A fracture and broken bone attorney from The Carlson Law Firm will help you get the most compensation to go toward your physical and financial recovery.
If a negligent driver caused a car crash that led to your fracture and broken bone injuries, contact The Carlson Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.
What is a Fracture?
A fracture is a broken bone. These types of injuries occur when an outside pressure or force pushes a bone to the limit leading it to snap or splinter. In fact, bones can break crosswise, lengthwise or shatter into multiple pieces. In general, bones may be completely fractured, partially fractured or a “hairline” fracture.
- Complete. This occurs when there is a complete break of the bone. In these cases, bones are separate into two or more pieces.
- Partial. A partial fracture occurs when there is an incomplete break of the bone.
- Hairline. Sometimes called a stress fracture is a crack in the bone. These types of breaks can be difficult to detect on routine x-rays.
Healthy bones are tough and resilient. When bones are healthy, they can withstand surprisingly powerful impacts. However, as people age the risk of fractures increase. This because bones weaken as we age and balance becomes an issue.
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What are the different types of bone fractures?
The severity of a fracture largely depends on the force that caused the break. For example, if the bone’s breaking point has been slightly exceeded then the bone may crack, instead of breaking. However, if the force is extreme like the forces in a car crash, the bone may shatter.
Open or compound fractures occur when the bone breaks in a way that it protrudes through the skin or a wound penetrates down to the broken bone. This type of fracture is particularly dangerous because once the skin is broken, infection in both the wound and bone may occur.
Common car crash bone fractures include:
- Stable. In stable fractures, the broken ends of the bone line up and are barely out of place.
- Open or compound. As noted above, in a compound fracture the bone may pierce the skin or the blow itself will expose the fracture. The bone may or may not be visible in the wound.
- Transverse. These types of fractures occur along a horizontal fracture line.
- Oblique. This type of fracture has an angled line in the bone.
- Comminuted. In this type of fracture, the bone shatters in three or more pieces.
While these are the most common types of car crash bone fractures, there are several types of bone breaks a person can endure:
- Avulsion. A muscle or ligament pulls on the bone, fracturing it.
- Compression, crush. Generally occurs in the spongy bone in the spine. For example, the front portion of a vertebra in the spine may collapse due to osteoporosis.
- Greenstick. This type of fracture occurs on one side but does not break completely. This is because the rest of the bone can bed. These types of fractures are more common among children whose bones are softer and more elastic.
- Impacted. When the bone break, the fragment of the bone goes into another.
- Intra Articular. Occurs when the break extends into the surface of a joint.
- Longitudinal. The break occurs along the length of the bone.
- Oblique. The break runs diagonally to bone’s long axis.
- Pathological. An underlying disease or condition weakens the bone which can lead to a fracture if even the slightest pressure is applied.
- Spiral. A break where at least one part of the bone has been twisted.
- Stress. Common break in athletes occurs because of repeated stress and strains.
- Torus, or buckle. Occurs when the bone bends or deforms, but does not crack. Common in children. These types of injuries are painful but stable.
What are the causes of a fracture?
There are a number of ways you can break a bone. Falls are the most common reason why people break a bone. A simple fall can fracture a leg, wrist or arm. However, car crashes lead to more severe fracture injuries. For example, you can break all three bones in your leg during a car crash. In addition, you receive severe injuries when your knees become jammed against the dashboard during a collision. Other causes of fractures include:
- Sports injuries;
- Overuse; and
- Child abuse.
If you were the victim of negligent driver and suffered any kind of broken bone injury, contact The Carlson Law Firm. We have a fracture and broken bone attorney ready to speak with you about the details of your case.
What are the most common fracture injuries in car crashes?
Millions of car accidents occur every year. While many of these crashes involve property damage, others leave drivers and passengers with serious fracture injuries. In addition to traumatic events, osteoporosis and overuse are two other common ways bones can break. Still, bone breaks caused by motor vehicle crashes can mean a long road to recovery or lifelong pain because of another party’s negligence.
Common fracture injuries that occur in car crashes include:
Commonly called the thigh bone, the femur is one of the strongest bones in the body. Despite its strength, there is a high likelihood that the femur can break in a car crash.
The tibia and fibula are located in the lower leg. These bones are prone to fracture in the event that the car occupants are riding crumples.
Rib fractures are quite common and dangerous. They can be caused by airbag deployment or seatbelt restriction in a crash.
Facial or skull fracture
Facial or skull fractures can occur if an occupant is not wearing a seatbelt. These types of injuries may occur when a person strikes a windshield or the roof or a car during a rollover.
When a break occurs in the upper quarter of the thigh bone near the hip joint. These types of injuries may require surgery.
Often confused with a broken hip, a pelvis fracture occurs when there is a break in the pelvis. These types of breaks commonly occur in motorcycle wrecks, however, they can occur in bad car crashes.
The clavicle is the long bone that runs right beneath the neck. Because of its length and fragility, it’s actually one of the easier bones to break.
Wrist and arm fractures
Vehicle occupants can break their wrists or arms in an attempt to brace themselves once they notice an oncoming crashing. This leaves arms and wrists prone to breaks.
Neck and back fractures
Spine injuries are among the most common and severe bone injuries that can occur in car crashes.
If you or a loved one has suffered from any of these injuries, contact The Carlson Law Firm right away. We have a skilled fracture and broken bone attorney ready to take your call. Consultations are free and confidential.
What are the symptoms of fractures and broken bones?
There are varying symptoms of bone fractures. These symptoms largely depend on which bone is affected, the patient’s age, general health and the severity of the injury. Despite the varying degrees of injuries, symptoms can range from:
- Skin discoloration
- Angulation – the affected area may be bent at an unusual angle
- Unable to put weight on the area
- Cannot move the affected area
- The bone or joint may have a grating sensation
When a larger bone is affected like the pelvis or femur, the sufferer may look pale and clammy. In addition, the patient may feel dizzy, faint, sick or nauseous.
If you or a loved is suffering from any of the above symptoms, contact our firm today. A consultation with a skilled fracture and broken bone attorney from The Carlson Law Firm is free and we work on a contingency basis. This means we don’t get paid unless we successfully recover damages for your injuries.
Fracture and Broken Bones Complications
There is no doubt, fractures and broken bones are painful injuries. However, with modern medical and surgical care, most fractures heal without any issues or loss of function. Unfortunately, in some cases fracture pain doesn’t stop just because you receive treatment. This is especially true if complications appear in your broken bone injury. Complications can include infection or complete immobility. If this occurs, you need to seek expert care immediately.
Complications typically fall under two categories:
Acute complications. Generally, acute complications that occur as a result of the initial trauma. These complications typically include neurovascular and soft tissue damage, blood loss and localized contamination and infection.
Delayed complications. As the name suggests, these complications occur after treatment or as a result of the initial treatment. Delayed complications typically include bones healing improperly, increased risks of embolism, osteomyelitis (bone infection) and loss of function.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle crash, contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with a qualified fracture and broken bone attorney. We can guide you through the legal process and get you the best possible recovery for your injuries.
Risk factors for complications
In addition to the quality of medical treatment, fracture complications, naturally, vary with fracture site and nature. Patient behaviors and attributes also contribute to how well the fracture will heal. For example, age, nutritional status, smoking statutes and alcohol use play an important role in the length of time and how well the broken bone heals. Additional risk factors that influence healing complications include:
- Diabetes (type 1 or type 2).
- Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammation drugs (NSAIDs) within 12 months.
- Recent motor vehicle crash (one month or less prior to injuries).
- Estrogen-containing hormone therapy.
How long does it take a broken bone to heal?
Much like complications associated with broken bone injuries, the natural healing process varies by person and their overall health. For healing to occur the injured site needs adequate stability, blood supply and nutrition. The normal healing process involves the following:
- 2-3 weeks after the initial injury: Inflammation and swelling will last 2-3 weeks after the initial injury.
- 4-8 weeks after injury: Soft callus formation will begin and swelling will decrease as new bone begins to form. The fracture site will stiffen. This process is typically not visible on an x ray.
- 8-12 weeks post injury: Hard callus formation as new bone bridges the fractures site.
- Months to years after injury: the bone remodels itself to correct deformities in the shape and loading strength. Depending on the site of the injury this can take several years.
Fractures can be life-altering injuries. This is especially true the older you get. If you suffered a broken bone injury, contact a fracture and broken bone injury attorney at The Carlson Law Firm. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.
How Can A Fracture and Broken Bone Attorney Help?
A fracture and broken bone attorney from The Carlson Law Firm understands the medical issues that come along with a car crash broken bones. We offer honest answers and dedicated advocacy for victims of car crash fractures and broken bones. In addition, we can help you seek the care of the best medical specialists and rehabilitation therapists. A fracture and broken bone attorney from The Carlson Law Firm will fight to obtain the maximum compensation for the impact the negligent parties had on your life and your family’s future.
The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
A broken bone can happen for any number of reasons. However, when these types of injuries occur in car crashes, they can be devastating. Car crash broken bones are often most severe than broken bone injuries sustained from a fall. Car crashes can lead to multiple broken bones or the shattering of several bones.
The Carlson Law Firm serves injured client statewide. No appointment is necessary during normal business hours. Our staff is bilingual and are available 24/7 to assist our Spanish-speaking clients.
You need a compassionate and experienced fracture and broken attorney on your side. We can help you get the recovery you deserve so that you can start rebuilding your life. Don’t let another day pass without an experienced and passionate fracture and broken bone attorney on your side.