Broken bones, or fractures, often occur in car, truck, bicycle, and motorcycle crashes, as well as in falls, assaults, and workplace accidents. When a force from outside the body is applied to a bone, it can “give” or bend, only very slightly. With too strong a force, it will break.
A fracture is a painful and disabling injury that can put you out of commission for at least several weeks, but often much longer, depending on your age, general health, and the type of fracture. Depending on your occupation, you may be out of work for quite a while, and if you are over the age of sixty-five, there is an increased chance that a fracture will cause a permanent disability.
A fracture will often cause pain, bruising, and swelling near the injury, and a broken limb may appear displaced or deformed. Sometimes you can see bone sticking out through the skin.
If you’ve broken a bone in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by another driver, or in a fall on someone else’s premises that occurred because of a hazardous condition or lack of security on the property, you are entitled to make a claim against the responsible party to recover money as compensation for your damages. This is usually done with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Common Fractures that Occur in Motor Vehicle Accidents and Falls
- Fractured vertebrae of “back fracture;”
- Fracture of the skull, which may cause a brain injury;
- Facial bone fractures, which can be disfiguring and may result in damage to the eyes or nose, causing problems with breathing or vision;
- Jaw fracture, which can impair a nerve and cause pain and chronic severe headaches;
- Fracture of leg—tibia and/or fibula in the lower leg, or femur in the upper leg, impairing mobility. A broken femur may result in a shortening of the affected leg;
- Rib fracture, which usually causes pain with every breath and when laughing;
- Hip fracture—an extremely serious fracture that may not heal readily and often shortens the life of an elderly victim;
- Pelvic fracture—a break in one or more of the three bones, the ilium, ischium, and pubis that form the pelvis, usually a result of a high-energy force, especially common in motorcycle and car accidents. A pelvic fracture can damage the vital organs within the pelvic area and can be life threatening;
- Distal radius or wrist fracture, which may permanently limit the range of motion in their wrist;
- Clavicle or collarbone fracture, which may severely limit the use of the arm and shoulder for a substantial length of time;
- Humerus fracture—a broken upper arm or elbow, which can cause nerve damage.
Some Classifications of Bone Fractures
- Simple fracture or closed fracture—a bone fracture that does not pierce the skin
- Compound or open fracture—one in which the broken bone breaks through the skin, creating a high risk of infection and complications, usually requiring surgery
- Comminuted fracture—a fracture which a bone is splintered into multiple pieces
- Avulsion fracture— a fracture in which a tightened ligament causes a fragment of bone to be forced out of the main bone during a strain or intense muscle contraction
- Greenstick or buckle fracture—a fracture seen only in children in which one side of the bone is bent while the other side is broken
- Stress or hairline fracture—a crack in a bone, leaving the shape of the bone intact, from repetitive stress car accident, or fall. May go undiagnosed at first.
- Transverse fracture—a horizontal fracture of the bone
- Oblique fracture—a fracture that crosses a bone at an angle
Medical Treatment of Fractures
For a broken bone to heal properly, the pieces must be held together in their proper place so they can knit together. Depending on how severely the bone is broken and the location of the fracture, a cast or brace may be used; however, the most serious fractures require surgery, which usually involves inserting plates and/or pins to hold the bone fragments in place. Ice and anti-inflammatory medications may help with pain and swelling immediately after the break occurs.
Getting the Help You Need When You’ve Broken a Bone
In the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, when you’ve broken a bone due to someone else’s negligence or other wrongdoing, you will find the legal advocacy that you are looking for by contacting the law firm of Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney Aaron Herbert. Aaron has fourteen years of experience recovering money for injured clients and, in addition to being a board certified personal injury specialist, he has received the highest possible rating from AVVO (10 out of 10) and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Your first consultation is always free, and you pay nothing out of pocket. You will incur no attorney fees, court, or legal expenses unless you recover.