Bone Fracture Attorney
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Any injury involving one or multiple broken bones warrants medical attention. The broken bones themselves can pose serious health concerns, but many such injuries are often accompanied by damage to surrounding tissue, including blood vessels and organs. Failure to treat a serious fracture properly can lead to life threatening infections, compromised mobility, and other serious health complications.
Indications of a potential fracture or fractures include:
- A snap felt and/or heard during the injury
- Movement of a body part not consistent with the location of a joint
- A bone that has punctured through, or is bulging under, the skin
- Severe and/or increasing pain in the injured area
- Persistent swelling and/or bruising in the injured area
- Tingling and/or loss of feeling in the injured area
- A limb that is noticeably out of place
- Inability to move or walk on the injured body part
Serious fractures, including most compound fractures, may require surgery and lengthy physical therapy. Different types of fractures include:
- Compound fracture (open fracture) - a fracture in which the bone is sticking through the skin.
- Avulsion fracture a fracture in which muscle, tendon, ligament, or joint capsule pulls from the bone and takes with it a fragment of the bone to which it was attached.
- Simple fracture a fracture in which little or no damage occurs in the surrounding soft tissues.
- Comminuted fracture - a fracture in which bone is splintered, crushed, or broken into a number of pieces.
- Buckle fracture the bone is bent, not actually broken. Can occur in children because of immature mineralization of their bones.
- Greenstick fracture one side of the bone breaks and the other is bent.
- Hairline fracture - a minor fracture in which the bone fragments remain aligned
- Spiral fracture (torsion fracture) the bone has been twisted apart.
- Transverse fracture - the break is across the bone at a right angle to its long axis.
Bone fractures can be extremely painful and can cause serious disabilities including limited mobility and inability to work. If you or a loved one has fractured a bone as the result of someone else's carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation. A qualified and experienced personal injury attorney can review your case and apprise you as to your legal rights and options.