Trauma is the 3rd most common causes of broken bones also known as fractures. During a traumatic event like a car accident, your body is placed under an extreme stress, which can lead to major injuries. If you suffer a fracture from a car accident, you need to take immediate action to seek medical care and treatment.
BROKEN BONE INJURIES FROM AUTO ACCIDENTS
A human bone breaks when the force exerted is stronger than the force it can bear. Car crashes are responsible for a high number of fractures, as your body absorbs a large amount of force during a collision. Any bone in a human body can break from a car accident. Common car accident fractures include lower legs and femurs, arms and wrists, clavicles, hips, ribs and facial or skull fractures. Spine and neck fractures are also common from head on and rear end collision.
TYPES OF FRACTURES
There are different types and patterns of fractures. Each of them would requires a different procedure and technique to repair it.
- Displaced Fracture: the bone breaks into two or more pieces and moves out of alignment.
- Non-Displaced Fracture: the bone breaks but does not move out of alignment.
- Closed Fracture: a fracture where the skin is not broken.
- Compound fracture (open fracture): the bone pokes through the skin and can be seen. Or a deep wound exposes the bone through the skin.
- Avulsion Fracture: when a fragment of bone is separated from the main mass.
- Buckled Fracture: (or impacted fracture), ends are driven into each other; commonly seen in arm fractures in children.
- Comminuted Fracture: the bone breaks into several pieces.
- Compression or Wedge Fracture: usually involves the bones in the back (vertebrae).
- Greenstick Fracture: an incomplete fracture in which the bone is bent; such that the structural integrity of the convex surface is overcome.
- Linear Fracture: the break is parallel to the bone’s long axis.
- Oblique Fracture: the break has a curved or sloped pattern.
- Pathologic Fracture: caused by a disease that weakens the bones.
- Spiral Fracture: one part of the bone has been twisted at the break point.
- Hairline fracture (Stress Fracture): tiny cracks on a bone that often develop in the foot or lower leg.
- Transverse Fracture: the broken piece of bone is at a right angle to the bone’s axis.
- Basilar skull fracture: is a break of a bone in the base of the skull. Symptoms may include bruising behind the ears, bruising around the eyes, or blood behind the ear drum.
- Spiral fracture: also known as torsion fracture, is a type of complete fracture that occurs due to a rotational, or twisting, force.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF BROKEN BONES
Though fractures are often noticeable, at times a person does not realize they have one, since they can appear to be just muscle pain or a sprain. This is especially true after a car accident, when adrenaline is pumping through your system and you may not realize the extent of your injuries. It is important to see a doctor in order to get an accurate diagnosis rather than trying to treat your injury yourself.
Some of the symptoms of fractures can include:
- Swelling or bruising over a bone
- Deformity of an arm or leg
- Pain in the injured area with movement
- Inability to bear weight
- Loss of function in the injured area
- In open fractures, bone protruding from the skin
COMPENSATION FOR BROKEN BONES INJURY
Injuries can really disrupt your life. You did not choose to get hurt, but taking the right steps towards recovery are within your control. You may be entitled to damages for:
- Medical bills
- Los income and wages
- Chorionic pain
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disability and other damages
It is important to seek medical attention immediately after an injury and contact our firm for a free, no obligation consultation.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.