Fractured and Broken Bone Injury Attorneys in El Cajon
Broken bones or fractures are a common outcome of a car crash. Accidents can cause one or more bones to fracture due to the tremendous force exerted on the body.
Severe trauma can cause any bone in the body to break or fracture. Fractures usually occur due to the force of the accident or fall, the body being struck externally with objects, being thrashed backward or forward in a forceful manner, having arms or legs and bones bent or twisted unnaturally, being ejected from the vehicle or being crushed in the accident.
Depending on the type of accident, any bone could sustain a fracture. However, some common bones that break due to car crashes, falls, and other types of accidents are as follows:
- Bones in the neck
- Bones in the skull
- Bones in the ankles
- Bones in the sternum
- The collarbone
- The femur
- The pelvis
- The ribs
- Spinal vertebrae
When a person breaks a bone, they will often require a cast or surgery to heal the fractured bone. They may also need pain drugs, physiotherapy, and other treatment to be able to deal with the damage to their bone and the healing process.
However, in cases of extreme damage, even effective treatment will not be able to fuse or heal the bones properly. This could cause a lifetime of disability for the victim.
Common Reasons for Fractured Bones
Various types of accidents can lead to broken bones. If the accident occurred due to the recklessness of another person, that individual or entity should pay damages to the victim for their medical costs, and emotional pain and suffering. Broken bones commonly result from the following types of accidents:
- Car crashes
- Accidents at the workplace, for instance, due to dropped or falling objects
- Injuries due to the use of defective products
- Falls and slips at ground levels
- Bones sustain blunt force trauma
- Repetitive stress motions
Types of Fractures due to Accidents
Many types of fractures can result from accidents, such as:
These fractures result from a direct force or a direct hit, causing the bone to snap into two fragments. The bone usually breaks at a 90-degree angle, in a perpendicular position to the long axis of the fractured bone.
Compound fractures are one of the worst as the fractured bone pushes outwardly and protrudes through the skin. In the case of compound fractures, the rate of infection is quite high.
A comminuted fracture occurs when bones fracture into three or more fragments. In general, such fractures occur when the body sustains extreme pressure or a strong impact. It is very challenging to repair comminuted fractures.
These types of fractures are also known as a torus or an incomplete fracture. Buckle fractures occur when the bone ruptures, bends, or is strained, but there is no actual break. Children in car crashes typically sustain buckle fractures as their bones are not yet fully developed.
Stress fractures are similar to buckle fractures in that there are partial breaks, and they occur more commonly in children. The difference between the two types of fractures is that stress fractures cause one side of the bone to break while the other side bends.
These fractures often occur in circumstances where the bone fractures along the long axis’ diagonal. Oblique fractures are relatively rare. However, they can happen in car accidents if one bone becomes trapped while another bone is twisted above the trapped bone.
Avulsion fractures occur when the soft tissue and the bone detach. Soft tissues are tendons and ligaments that connect the bones and muscles or connect one bone to another. Avulsion fractures typically cause serious pain. Surgical treatment is usually required to address an avulsion fracture.
Small cracks or partial breaks in the bone are known as hairline fractures. People with hairline fractures may be oblivious to the presence of a small crack or break, and not seek the necessary medical treatment. Consequently, the tiny crack may become bigger, making the fracture worse. This can weaken the bone significantly.
Right after a car crash, a skilled medical professional will take x-rays and perform other appropriate tests to determine whether any bones in the victim’s body have been broken in the accident.
Personal Injury Fractures: Compensation and Treatment
Regardless of whether the victim requires surgery, physical therapy, a cast, or continuing medical care, it is vital for the person who is responsible for the accident to cover the medical expenses. In addition, the victim should be compensated for additional medical costs, such as adaptive medical devices or nursing care.
Apart from medical expenses, the person responsible for the crash, which caused the fracture(s) should pay for the following:
Compensation and Settlement for Fractured Bones
If you fractured a bone in an accident caused by someone’s recklessness, it is crucial to seek compensation for your losses.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can ensure that your injuries and approximate medical costs are appropriately documented and proven. They can also represent you in the best possible manner before a judge or jury or to parties outside of court to get you a fair settlement.
You may be eligible to receive compensation for your present and future medical expenses, lost income from missed work, pain and suffering, loss of ability to earn in the future, and any permanent disfigurement, disability, or impairment.
Legal Help from Qualified Personal Injury Attorneys
Fracturing a bone in a traumatic accident can have long-standing consequences on a person’s well-being, even after the fracture heals. You are entitled to receive rightful compensation for not only your injuries but also the emotional distress and anguish that you faced due to someone else’s negligence.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Garmo & Garmo Attorneys at Law, LLP, have successfully handled countless cases involving broken bones. Call today at (619) 441-2500 or message us online for a free initial consultation with a skilled attorney.