Millions of people sustain fractures and broken bones from accidents every year. Most of these accidents are not anybody’s fault, such as slipping on soap in the bathtub or tripping over an item that you dropped on the floor of your home. Some of these fractures can be very serious, impacting your ability to earn income and enjoy life. You should contact an Orange County broken bone lawyer at Crockett Law Group for help.
California allows people to sue drunk drivers or other types of negligent or reckless individuals who cause serious injuries to others. It’s important to know that you can collect a substantial amount of compensation that can help you pay medical bills, reimburse you for lost earnings and provide you with cash for your pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
If your broken bones were caused by a car accident, a defective product, a dangerous condition on somebody’s property, or another circumstance beyond your control, we can help you collect financial compensation. We will review all the information you provide, and patiently discuss your legal options, allowing you to make an informed decision about how to proceed. Call a personal injury lawyer at the Crockett Law Group today to schedule your free consultation and learn more.
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What Is a Fracture?
A fracture is a broken bone that can include anything from a thin or “hairline” fracture to a complete break. Fractures are easily diagnosed with an X-ray and are important to confirm or rule out prior to treating an injury. If you suspect you’ve sustained a fracture, immediate medical attention is necessary because fractures are much more difficult to treat if too much time has elapsed. Fractures are the most common serious injury sustained by children, adults, and seniors.
Common Bone Fracture Types
Fractures commonly caused by accidents include:
This is also known as a “simple fracture,” and is diagnosed when the bone doesn’t break the skin.
Also called a “compound fracture,” it’s diagnosed when the ends of a broken bone break through the skin. Compound fractures create a serious risk for infection, especially when internal issues are exposed.
This is when the bone doesn’t break or crack all the way through. Some examples are:
- Hairline fractures, where there is a thin crack
- Greenstick fractures, where the bone is broken on one side while the other side is bent
- Buckle of torus fractures, where the bone is broken on one side and a bump develops on the other
This is when the bone breaks completely. It’s snapped or crushed into two or more pieces. There are many types of complete fractures including:
- Single fractures, where the bone is broken into two pieces
- Comminuted fractures, where the bone is crushed or broken into three pieces or more
- Compression fractures, where pressure causes the bone to collapse
- Non-displaced fractures, where the bones stay in normal alignment after the break
- Displaced fractures, where the bones are out of alignment due to the break
- Segmental fractures, where the bone is broken in two or more places and at least one segment is unattached
What Types of Fractures Are Most Likely to Occur in an Accident?
Low impact collisions and slip and falls from ground level are most likely to cause closed and incomplete fractures, whereas high impact collisions and falls from heights are much more likely to cause open and/or incomplete fractures. Drivers involved in car accidents are likely to sustain facial fractures from contact with the steering wheel or dashboard, especially if they’re not wearing a seat belt. Fractured legs, hands, and arms are more common when pedestrians are knocked down by cars or trucks. Spinal fractures are common in high-speed traffic accidents, especially head-on collisions and rollovers.
Signs of a Fracture
Pain, swelling, and difficulty with movement are signs that the injury may be a fracture. Medical professionals suggest having the injury x-rayed immediately after trauma if these symptoms appear so that the proper treatment can be done in a timely manner. Ignoring the signs of a fracture can result in the need to re-break the bone to ensure that it heals properly.
Complications From a Fracture
Some fractures such as hairline fractures and rib fractures are painful but heal mostly on their own with a full recovery. More serious fractures, such as spinal fractures, can cause paralysis and lifelong disability. It’s not uncommon for victims to require years of medical treatment, multiple surgeries, rehabilitation without ever being able to return to their former profession and lifestyle. Health insurance does not always cover all the costs, leaving victims with a diminished earning capacity and a stack of unpaid bills.
Compensation Available to Victims of Fractures
When a person sustains a fracture due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, California allows them to sue the responsible parties for medical costs, lost earnings, pain, suffering, and mental anguish. For catastrophic injuries involving fractures that radically diminish a person’s lifestyle and assets, it’s not unusual to collect millions of dollars in compensation. For serious fractures with long-term treatment and prolonged disability, it’s often possible to collect six-figure settlements and verdicts even if there is full recovery and return to their regular profession and lifestyle.
Get in Touch With an Orange County Broken Bone Lawyer
Please call our Orange County fractures and broken bones attorney at Crockett Law Group to learn more about your personal injury case. We’ll review how your accident happened, the extent of your injury and advise you of all of your legal rights. We’ll consult with you at no charge and advise you about the best legal strategy to collect a large amount of compensation. We’ll explain everything clearly and patiently and you don’t have to pay us until we collect money for you. Please call (800) 900-9393 today.