Bone fractures are some of the most frequent injuries that happen in various types of accidents. Bones can easily be broken in motor vehicle accidents and slip-and-fall accidents, for example. How severe the fracture is will depend upon the amount of force that is exerted on the bone. When extreme force is involved, the bone can break or shatter, leading to a very serious injury and a long recovery.
If you or someone close to you suffered a fracture due to another person’s careless actions, you could receive financial compensation for your losses. You should contact Guajardo & Marks immediately at 972-774-9800 for a no-charge consultation.
What Causes Major Bone Fractures?
There are many accidents involving negligence by another person or entity that can cause a serious bone fracture:
- Poor driving and distracted driving
- Poor safety equipment or rules on the job
- Making dangerous decisions that cause others to suffer serious injury
- Slips and falls due to poor property maintenance or other factors.
Common Types of Serious Bone Fractures
Almost any bone can be broken, shattered or crushed in a serious accident. Some of the most common and serious bone fractures in car accidents and other serious accidents are:
- Transverse: Bone is broken in two due to a direct impact. Generally, the bone will break at a right angle.
- Compound: The broken bone tears through the skin. There is a high risk of infection and high level of pain and suffering.
- Comminuted: When the bone breaks into three or more pieces. This fracture often happens when there has been a high level of pressure or a strong impact, such as a fall from a height.
- Buckle: Also referred to as incomplete or torus fracture. This happens when the bone bends somewhat but does not break. The bone, while not truly fractured, is structurally weakened. Children frequently have buckle fractures in car accidents.
- Stress: A partial break that is more common with children. One side of the bone is broken and the other is bent.
- Oblique: Bone is broken along the long axis diagonal. This fracture is rare but can happen in a car accident.
- Avulsion: Where the bone and tissue separate. Ligaments and tendons are torn away from the underlying bone. This is a very painful injury, and major surgery is usually indicated.
- Hairline: A partial break or hairline crack. At first, you may not even know you have had a hairline fracture. That is why it is very important to have a complete medical examination right after any type of accident.
Other types of fractures that often involve a great deal of pain and long recovery are:
- Hip: Hips can be fractured in car accidents and slip-and-fall accidents. These are debilitating injuries that take months to heal. They can be dangerous injuries, especially for the elderly, and can lead to death or permanent disability in a large number of cases.
- Trimalleolar: This is a three-part break in the ankle. The trauma usually also involves damage to the ligaments, and the joint can dislocate. Major surgery and long recovery is usually required, as plates and screws must be inserted.
- Colles: This is a wrist fracture that often happens in car and slip-and-fall accidents. It may also occur when a person falls backward and extends the arm to stop the fall. In this injury, the radius bone breaks approximately one inch from the hand. This is one of the most frequent fractures suffered by elderly women in the U.S. Recovery can take at least one year.
- Spine: A spinal fracture can have very serious consequences for one’s life and health, as the bones lie so close to vital nerves and the spinal cord. Spinal fractures often occur in car accidents and falls from a height.
Potential Damages in Serious Bone Fracture Cases
Broken bones cause a high degree of pain and suffering. Nerve endings are in our bones, and they become inflamed when a break occurs. Fractured bones also can bleed, which leads to pain and swelling. As the body tries to repair the damage, any movement can cause agonizing pain. Even if the broken bone is splinted and put in a cast, there still can be pain from muscle spasms in the affected area.
A very serious fracture can cause permanent pain and disability. For instance, if a compound fractured bone does not heal perfectly (this is called a malunion), it can cause a permanent limp if it occurs on the leg. Another common problem in personal injury bone fracture cases is nonunion, where the bone will not heal at all. Serious surgery is required in many cases.
Broken-bone treatment and recovery takes a lot of time and money. If you have suffered such an injury due to another person’s negligence, be sure to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney today.
Suffered a Serious Bone Fracture? Contact Guajardo & Marks for a Free Consultation
At Guajardo & Marks, we understand that a serious bone fracture is painful and requires months of extensive medical care and physical therapy. If another person is responsible for your serious bone fracture, they should be held accountable and pay you the compensation you deserve. Please contact our Dallas personal injury law office today at 972-774-9800 for a complimentary consultation about your case.