Broken Bones from Careless Acts are Common
Broken bones are commonly caused by a wide variety of negligent acts resulting in trauma. Among the common causes of such orthopedic injuries in Southwest Florida are the following:
- car accident
- motorcycle injury
- bicycle injury
- construction accident
- slip and fall
- commercial vehicle accident
- pedestrian struck by vehicle
- contractor van crash
- semi-truck crash
A bone fracture is a break or separation of the bone caused by trauma. In each instance, bone injury can cause severe pain, hardship, and loss for the victim. The location of the broken bone and the extent of medical treatment and surgery to fix the injury all play a role in the amount of compensation may be recovered for the injury victim.
Different Types of Bone Fracture Injuries
Broken bone injuries are either closed in which the broken bone remains under the skin tissue, or compound, in which the bone has broken through the skin. Regardless of the injury being closed or compound (also known as open), the injury is very painful and requires immediate orthopedic medical attention.
While every bone break is closed or open, that description only addressed whether the bone stayed under the skin or broke through. Open fracture or closed break do not explain the specific type of fracture involved. In the world of orthopedics, fractures are generally categorized as follows:
- Complete fracture: bone segments separate completely from each other.
- Incomplete fracture: crack in the bone which does not cause total separation of the bone, such as half of the bone is torn off but remains attached by the other half.
- Comminuted fracture: bone has broken into several pieces or fragments.
- Impacted fracture: bone fragments are driven into each other causing fracture.
- Avulsion fracture: bone is separated from the muscle, ligaments, and tendons.
- Transverse fracture: break which crosses at a right angle to the bone.
- Linear fracture: fracture that runs in the same direction as the bone.
- Oblique fracture: angled break, usually diagonal, to the bone.
- Spiral fracture: fracture where at least one part of the bone has been twisted causing the bone to snap at its weakest point
While some categories of bone fractures sound worse than others, the reality is that each traumatic fracture presents its own problems for the injury victim. Some require casting alone for the broken bones to unite, while others require surgery.
Traumatic Bone Fractures Are Critical Injuries
Broken bones can be very critical injuries. Very often, simply applying a cast around the fracture site is not enough, as the break may have caused other damage.
Some fractures can seriously damage muscles, skin, and other tissues and organs. These are severe injuries causing very significant pain and suffering and require extensive surgical treatment.
Compensation for Broken Bone Injuries
Bone breaks come in all forms, but almost always result in severe pain, suffering, lost work, and lost time enjoying the fruits of life. Getting around on crutches, walker, or wheelchair, forces the injury victim to be dependent on family, friends, and co-workers. The longer-term effects, especially when surgery has taken place and artificial joints, rods, plates, and screws are inserted, often require a surgical fix down the road.
When the careless actions of others resulted in your broken bone injury, then you could be eligible for significant compensation. Fort Myers personal injury lawyer David Harris of Harris Law helps the injured obtain full compensation fr their injuries. David stands up for you, and against those who caused your injuries and their insurance companies, to obtain the money damages you deserve.