A “fracture” is the medical term for a broken bone, and fractures are some of the most common injuries that people suffer over the course of their lifetime. A bone is broken when the physical force that is exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself. While your risk for a fracture will depend partly on your age, it is also affected by other physical factors and your environment.
There are many types of broken bones that injury victims may suffer because of a serious accident. The three most common fractures include non-displaced, open and closed broken bones. A non-displaced fracture refers to the way that the bone breaks, and means that the bone will crack either partly or all the way through. Non-displaced fractures may move but they will retain their proper alignment. In a displaced fracture, the bone will snap into two or more parts and will also move so that the two ends do not line up straight. In some cases, the bone may be broken into many different pieces.
A closed fracture happens when the bone breaks but does not penetrate the skin or leave a puncture or open wound. On the other hand, an open fracture is one where the bone breaks through the skin. In these cases, there is a risk for a deep bone infection.
The severity of a fracture and the symptoms suffered will depend on its location and the damage done to the bone and tissue surrounding it. If not quickly treated, serious fractures can bring dangerous complications to blood vessels, nerves, or the surrounding tissues. Some of the signs of a broken bone include swelling or bruising over a bone, pain in the injured area that gets worse when the area is moved, loss of function in that injured area, deformity of a leg or arm, or a bone that is protruding from the skin.
Many fractures are caused by a fall, blow, or another type of traumatic event. They are one of the most common injuries suffered in car accidents, slip and fall incidents, truck accidents, and other types of accidents. If you think that you or your loved ones have fractured a bone, you must treat your situation as a medical emergency. Raise the injured arm or leg above your heart to slow bleeding and reduce swelling, and do not try to push a broken bone back in if it is protruding. You should also try to not use or move the broken limb, as that can cause more damage to blood vessels, nerves and other tissues.
You should immediately seek medical attention so that a doctor can physically examine the bone and check for other injuries such as nerve damage. Your ability to flex and extend your limb and extremities may be affected, and so the doctor may order x-rays or other diagnostic imaging scans to check out any additional injuries.
Children are often the most prone to suffer broken bones, particularly arms or legs, because they have smaller and weaker bones and are overall more active. Because children are still growing, extra care must be taken to treat a broken bone. Regardless of your age, the doctor will probably have to move the pieces of the fractured bone back into their correct position. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need local or general anesthesia. Broken bones can take several weeks to several months to heal completely, and after healing you may need rehabilitation and physical therapy to regain your strength.
While broken bones are not life-threatening, they can be extremely painful injuries. Here at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we have the legal knowledge and experience to stand up for your rights after you have suffered in a serious accident. Our legal team is committed to pursuing the maximum amount of compensation available for your accident, and we know what it takes to hold the other party accountable for negligent actions.
We have been successful in a variety of injury-related cases because we understand the complexities and intricacies of these injury claims. When you contact us after your accident, we provide you with a free and confidential consultation. This consultation is a key time to learn more about your rights and legal options before you have the pressure of making any decisions. Call to speak with a broken bone injury attorney today!