The moments after a serious accident can be critically important for determining the severity of the injuries you sustained in an accident. Bone fractures are some of the most common injuries sustained by individuals who have been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence. Fractures can happen in all kinds of accidents, but they may be more common in vehicle crashes or on-the-job injuries. Although you might think that a fracture is not as severe as other injuries, it can impede your ability to return to your job or life as you knew it before the accident.
Causes of Fractures
Causes of bone fractures can include vehicle accidents, falls and sporting injuries. Individuals who have been diagnosed with certain types of cancer or osteoporosis may be at a greater risk of their bones fracturing more easily, meaning that even minor falls can become deadly. The impact of a bone fracture injury will depend on the location of the fracture and the subsequent that has been done to surrounding tissue as well as the bone. Bone fractures are most frequently characterized as one or a combination of the following kinds:
- Open fracture, where bones break through the skin and increase the risk for bone infection
- Closed fracture where the bone breaks but does not leave an open wound or puncture the skin
- Comminuted fracture where the bone shatters into multiple smaller pieces
- Non-displaced fracture where the bones begin to crack all the way or partly through while remaining aligned
- Displaced fracture, where the bone snaps into two or more parts so that the two ends are no longer aligned
Bone fractures can happen in any personal injury accident and regardless of your occupation. Some accidents may be caused by a negligent act by another individual, an employer or a co-worker, thus exposing you to the potential for filing a personal injury claim. Some of the common causes of bone fractures in accidents or on the job include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falling objects
- Equipment malfunctions
- Vehicle crashes
Whether you’ve been injured on the job or in some other kind of accident, if it was caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, you have rights. Those rights can be protected by filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party. In some fracture cases, you may have claims against more than one person or entity. An attorney can help you determine who is liable for your injury.
Complications with Fractures
Fractures are relatively common. In fact, research indicates that most people will suffer at least one fracture during their lifetime. Fracture complications can be extremely broad. The most important thing impacting a fracture is your ability to heal from it after it happens. Some complications will delay your ability to recover fully, including;
- Using NSAID within the past 12 months
- Recent motor vehicle accidents
- Hormone therapy
Other complications associated with fracture injuries include vascular damage to the femoral artery, respiratory compromise if you have recently sustained multiple rib fractures, and hip fractures for which elderly patients are at especially high risk. Fracture blisters, wound infection and other problems like shock and pneumonia may also result if a fracture injury is not handled appropriately.
Damages and Compensation
Like with any personal injury accident or an accident on the job, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation if someone’s negligent or reckless behavior led to the accident. You may be eligible to receive money to help recover your:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills from the fracture injury
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages
- Emotional distress
The damages in your case will depend on the facts of the case and this is why it is imperative that you hire an experienced attorney.
Why Hire an Attorney for a Fracture Injury?
If your fracture seems relatively minor, you might be under the impression that you don’t need to hire an attorney or file a personal injury claim to protect yourself. This can be a huge mistake, however, if your fracture injury leads to complications or if it affects your ability to do your job or live your life long after the accident has happened.
An attorney can help manage the full process of your case from filing the personal injury claim, speaking to medical experts, helping to negotiate a settlement or preparing your case for trial. It can be difficult to calculate the long term impacts of a fracture injury on your own so an attorney can help you figure this out and ensure that the settlement offer you have received or the award being fought for in court is commensurate with the injury you have sustained.
Make sure you get all the facts after a fracture by meeting with an experienced personal injury attorney and deciding whether or not to move forward with an injury claim.