Bone Fractures In Personal Injury Cases
Bone fractures are a common form of injury, and many of us have personally experienced a broken bone at some point or another. Though common, these injuries can have a serious impact on our day to day lives. Depending on the site of the injury, people suffering fractures may be unable to walk without assistance, drive, write or work on the computer, or perform any number of other tasks we normally take for granted. While a bone fracture in and of itself is not always serious, the location of the injury, and the age and overall physical condition of the person suffering the injury may cause complications that can have a profound effect on the person’s overall health and well-being. It is important to get the proper medical care in treating broken bones. Understanding the type of fractures that can happen as well as treatment options available can help ensure you get the care you need to make a full recovery.
Symptoms of Bone Fractures
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) bone fractures are a common injury often caused by car accidents, slip and fall accidents, or as the result of a sports injury. Smaller, hairline fractures are also commonly associated with overuse and repetitive tasks people perform on the job, such as answering phones, working on an assembly line, or operating certain kinds of machinery. While some fractures are obvious, other types of fractures can go unnoticed and result in lingering pain and long term, permanent damage. Symptoms of bone fractures include the following:
- Bent, out of place, or misshapen limbs;
- Swelling bruising, and bleeding at the injury site;
- Numbness and tingling in the affected area;
- Limited ability to move the affected area; and/or
- Intense pain.
If you have been involved in an accident or have suffered any type of injury which you suspect may involve a fracture, it is important to get medical care right away. Your doctor or hospital can examine your injury and take x-rays to determine the extent of damage, as well as advise you on the best treatment options for your particular type of fracture.
Types of Fractures and Treatments Available
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), there are several common types of bone fractures. These include:
- Stable fractures, in which the broken bones line up with one another;
- Open fractures, in which the broken bone penetrates the skin;
- Transverse fractures, in which the bone break line is horizontal; and
- Comminuted fracture, in which the bone breaks into three or more pieces.
Broken bones heal by being put back into position and protected from moving out of place until they have had a chance to knit back together. Types of treatment which may be required to facilitate this process includes using a cast or brace, immobilizing the injury through traction, or through surgery and the insertion of plates or pins which internally hold the bones together so they can heal.
Contact an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered a bone fracture as the result of an accident or injury, contact an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we will fight for your rights, and may be able to help you get compensation for your injuries. Serving the entire Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, our office is prepared to help. Call us at (772) 595-6654 for a free consultation.