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Common Types of Bone Fractures in Personal Injury Cases

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arlington heights personal injury attorneyWhen a person is injured because of someone else’s actions or negligence, they can take legal action to pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. These cases can address multiple types of catastrophic injuries. Broken bones are one issue that may need to be addressed, and depending on the severity of a fracture, a person may require extensive medical treatment, and their ability to work and perform daily tasks may be affected. By understanding the different types of bone fractures, their causes, and the forms of treatment that may be needed, an injury victim can take steps to ensure that they will be properly compensated for their damages.

Treatment for Different Types of Broken Bones

Bone fractures can range from relatively mild to severe. Common types of fractures include:

  • Stable fractures - In some cases, a bone may cleanly break into two pieces, with the pieces staying in the same position and remaining in alignment. These are often the easiest and simplest fractures to treat, since immobilizing the bones through the use of a cast will allow them to heal properly. 

  • Comminuted fractures - A bone may break in multiple places, or it may be shattered due to a strong impact, such as a car accident. In these cases, surgery may be needed to reassemble the pieces of the bone or remove bone shards to prevent injury to other parts of the body. Screws or rods may be needed to hold the pieces of a bone together. These fractures may take significant time to heal, and a person may experience permanent impairments to the parts of their body that were affected.

  • Spiral fractures - When bones are broken due to a twisting motion in parts of the body such as the arms or legs, a fracture may spiral around the bone, leading to significant damage. These types of fractures may occur in slip and fall accidents, and they can take multiple months to fully heal.

  • Compression fractures - Bones may be crushed in situations where a person is struck by a heavy object, such as falling equipment at a construction site. These types of fractures can also occur when a person experiences spine injuries. Surgery may be needed to correct this issue, and in some cases, bones may be permanently damaged.

  • Compound fractures - Some of the most severe fractures may result in pieces of a broken bone protruding through the skin. This can occur in high-impact injuries such as car or truck accidents. Surgery may be required to place bones back in the correct position, remove any debris that has entered the wound, and correct damage to tissues such as muscles, tendons, or ligaments. In addition to suffering significant bodily harm, a person will be at risk of serious infections. 

Contact Our Arlington Heights Broken Bone Injury Lawyers

A fractured bone can be very painful, and in addition to receiving emergency medical treatment, a person may need physical therapy or other forms of ongoing treatment to regain full use of the parts of the body that have been affected. These injuries can also result in a loss of income if they affect a person’s ability to maintain employment. The lawyers of Newland & Newland, LLP can help victims of these types of injuries determine their options for pursuing financial compensation that will fully address the damages they have suffered. Contact our Rolling Meadows severe injury attorneys at 847-797-8000 to set up a complimentary consultation today.

Sources:

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15241-bone-fractures

https://www.visitcompletecare.com/blog/types-of-fractures/

https://integrityspineortho.com/types-of-bone-fractures-and-how-theyre-treated/

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