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Fractures & Broken Bones

Broken bones or fractures are among the most common injuries in all types of accidents. The human body is not built to withstand a great deal of force. Bones can break or fracture when the body is thrown about, when it collides with an external object, when it absorbs the impact of a collision, or when the limbs are twisted or crushed in an accident.

Although bones are rigid, they do have some flexibility and can bend to a certain extent when force is applied. However, if the force is too great, the bone will break, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

The severity of the fracture depends of the force exerted on the bone. If the force is only slightly greater than the bone can withstand, the bone may crack but not break all the way through, resulting in a hairline fracture. With extreme force, such as in many car accidents, falls from a heights and motorcycle crashes, the bone may snap or shatter.

If you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. You should seek legal advice immediately – before you discuss the matter with an insurance adjuster and before you sign anything.

Let the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your rights after an accident that caused bone fractures. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online.

Types of Bone Fractures

Virtually any bone in the body may be broken in an accident. Bone fractures that commonly result from accidents include feet, ankles, collarbone, pelvis, sternum, neck, spine, ribs, skull, legs, arms and hands.

Bones can fracture in different ways. Common types of fractures include:

  • Stable fractures – These occur when the broken ends of the bone line up correctly.
  • Open compound fractures – In these situations, the skin is pierced by the broken bone or by an external object that pierces the skin and fractures the bone.
  • Oblique fractures – The break in the bone has an angled pattern.
  • Transverse fractures – The fracture line runs horizontally across the bone.
  • Comminuted fractures – These happen when the bone shatters into three or more pieces.

Depending on the type and location of the fracture, there are several types of treatment that may be necessary. Surgery may be required to install metal rods, plates, screws or other hardware to properly realign the bone and hold the fragments in place while they heal. Casts and other methods of stabilizing the fracture are also common treatments.

Victims often require medication to cope with pain and extensive rehabilitation to regain proper use of the affected body part. Some fractures leave patients with permanent disabilities.

Types of Accidents That Cause Broken Bones

Bone fractures can occur in almost any type of accident. The following are some common causes:

  • Falls – The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports that falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, accounting for 8 million ER visits each year. Fractures, occurring in 5 percent of all fall cases, are among the most serious consequences of this type of accident, according to NFSI.
  • Car accidents – A 23-year study published by the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma concluded that, although car safety has improved overall, the incidence of foot and ankle fractures has increased. Arms, legs, collarbones and other bones are also frequently broken in car accidents.
  • Commercial truck collisions Passenger vehicle occupants are at heightened risk for serious injuries – including bone fractures – in collisions with large commercial trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 95,000 people suffered injuries in traffic crashes involving large trucks in one recent year.
  • Motorcycle crashes – In one recent year, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents, according to NHTSA. Motorcycle riders are more likely to suffer bone fractures than automobile occupants because they lack the protection a passenger vehicle provides.
  • Pedestrian accidents – As reported by NHTSA, 181 pedestrians per day were injured in traffic accidents across the nation in one recent year. Pedestrians are completely unprotected and vulnerable to fractured bones and other serious injuries in collisions with motor vehicles.
  • Workplace accidents – The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that nearly 2.9 million workplace injuries occurred in the U.S. in on recent year. Falls are a leading cause of on-the-job injuries, and fall accidents frequently result in fractured bones.

Compensation for Bone Fractures in Accidents

If you have suffered a broken bone through someone else’s negligence, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney and actively pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive. Medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages related to bone fractures may be extremely high.

We know how to handle serious injury cases, and we have helped clients obtain fair compensation for broken bones. Whether your case is settled out of court or we take it to trial, you can rest assured that we have the skills and experience needed to provide you with vigorous representation in your accident claim.

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