Bone fractures are one of the most common accident injuries. Unfortunately, they are also some of the most painful and costly.
When excessive pressure is placed on a bone, it breaks. The medical term for any size of broken bone is a fracture. Bone fractures are common, but they are incredibly painful and typically require long treatment times. There are many common causes of bone fractures, including bike accidents, car crashes, pedestrian accidents, and slip and falls. In these instances and so many others, bone fractures are caused by another person’s negligence.
When that is the case, accident victims can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party to claim compensation that will help with their recovery. An Omaha personal injury attorney can help accident victims claim the full amount of compensation they deserve.
Recovery time after a bone fracture largely depends on the type of broken bone you have sustained. There are many different categories of broken bones and fractures may fall into one or more of these.
- Open fractures: One of the most serious types of breaks, an open fracture occurs when the broken bone pierces through the skin.
- Closed fractures: This occurs when the bone breaks but does not pierce the skin.
- Displaced fractures: When a bone breaks, there are sometimes fragmented pieces that do not completely align. These sometimes require surgery to heal completely.
- Comminuted fractures: Sometimes bones break in several pieces. When that is the case, surgery is typically required to heal the bone.
- Greenstick fractures: Named after green sticks that crack but do not completely break, these fractures are more common in children due to the fact that their bones are so much more flexible.
- Buckle fractures: When one side of a bone becomes compressed, it often causes the other side to bend, resulting in a buckle fracture.
If you have sustained any type of bone fracture, you must seek medical treatment right away.
Diagnosing and treating bone fractures is expensive. X-rays are almost always used to determine the location and severity of the break. Doctors may also use CT scans and MRI scans for a better evaluation of the injury.
A proper diagnosis helps doctors better understand what form of treatment to use. In some cases, splints and braces may be used to limit the movement of the bone and to help support it as it heals. Plaster casts also provide support while completely immobilizing the bone to promote healing.
Traction is rarely used to treat fractures, but this treatment gently pulls on the affected body part to stabilize and realign the bone. Lastly, surgery is often required to treat broken bones, and in many cases, metal rods or plates are inserted to ensure that the pieces of bone are held together.
Bone fractures are one of the most common injuries seen after an accident of any kind. They are not only extremely painful, but also very expensive to treat. You should not have to pay for these costs. If someone else was at fault for an accident, our Omaha personal injury attorneys at Andres Law Offices, PC, LLO, can help ensure you will not have to. After an accident, we will investigate to determine liability and collect evidence to substantiate your claim. From there, we will handle every other part of your claim so you can focus on healing and getting better. Call us today at (402) 491-4003 to schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys and to learn more.