Fractured Bone Injuries Caused by Dallas Car Accidents
- May 8, 2013
- Car Accidents
Broken bones are common injuries in many Dallas car wrecks. Depending on the type of fracture you have, there might be some significant long-term implications. As a Dallas personal injury lawyer, I would strongly advise you not to deal with the negligent driver’s insurance company until you are fully aware of the consequences of your catastrophic injuries; including any financial expenses you and your family face as a result of your wounds. There are many different types of bone fractures, but they are normally grouped under three main umbrella types: compound fractures, simple fractures and compressions fractures.
Also commonly referred to as open fractures, a compound fracture is one where the broken bone protrudes from the skin. They are particularly common in multi-vehicle collisions where there was an especially high force of impact; for example, in a high speed crash, or an accident involving a heavy goods truck. Compound fractures also present a high chance of infection.
When the bone ruptures but it does not break the skin, it is referred to as a simple or closed fracture. Generally speaking, a simple fracture often results in significantly less damage to the surrounding tissue than a compound fracture might, but that is not always the case.
A compression fracture occurs when force is applied to the vertebral body, compressing the spine so that it is smaller than it would normally be. Compression fracture injuries are particularly common among individuals who have been involved in a serious auto accident.
Treatment for Broken Bones
As a Dallas personal injury attorney, I have handled enough car crash cases involving broken bones to know that every case is different. Unfortunately, there is very little that a doctor can do to heal a bone fracture. Most patients will require the bone to be set and cast, and must then wait two or three months for the bones to heal themselves. In some cases, more drastic treatment is required. Open reduction internal fixation surgery (ORIF) is an orthopedic procedure which involves metal hardware being fixed to the damaged bones by screws. In most cases, a doctor’s treatment is going to focus largely on managing the pain suffered by the patient.
Long-Term Effects of Fractured Bone Injuries
Depending on the individual accident victim, the consequences of a broken bone are going to vary significantly. As people get older, for example, their bones become more brittle meaning their healing process is going to take significantly longer than a younger person. Regardless of the patient’s age, however, there can be dangerous side-effects associated with bone fractures. These complications include blood clots, arthritis, nerve damage and even paralysis.
If you have suffered broken bones as a result of your car crash, it is important that you do not rush to settle your claim. There may be future consequences of your injury which you may not yet be fully aware of, such as disability or loss of enjoyment of life. Speaking to an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney will help you understand your legal rights to make sure that you have the best possible chance of recovering the full damages you are entitled to. Call the Dallas car accident attorneys at Guajardo & Marks for a free consultation at 972.774.9800.