Broken bones, or fractures, are an extremely common injury as a result of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. They are so common because, in an auto or other vehicle accident, there can be excessive force or severe impact as a result of the accident applied to the body and one or more bones that can’t take the pressure breaks. This impact can place too much stress on the bones, resulting in a fracture. Immediate emergency medical treatment is required for anyone who has sustained a fractured bone. If the bone was broken in a car crash, compensation may be due to you or your loved one who was injured, depending upon the circumstances of the motor vehicle accident.
Types of Broken Bones
There are two types of broken bones: If the fracture breaks through the skin it is called an open fracture, or compound fracture. Broken bones or fractures which don’t break the skin are known as simple, or closed fractures. Some bone fractures may not be medically very serious, but there can be more severe fractures which can result in permanent damage. Often times, severe fractures require surgery involving procedures to reset the bone with pins, metal plates, screws, or even nails.
Treatment of Broken Bones
Broken bones generally heal well, but once a fracture has occurred, it is important to immediately seek medical treatment to be sure the bone is reset in the correct position. Depending upon the individual, the bone will regenerate and heal. It is important for the alignment of the bone to be correctly set to make sure that it is positioned correctly once healed.
Some factors which can affect the healing time of a bad fracture include the actual bone that was broken and the extent of the fracture. Also to be taken into consideration is the age and health of the patient. Some bone fractures heal relatively quickly with no long-term consequences while others may require lengthy healing time and can result in disability.
If you or a loved one have sustained a fractured bone as the result of a car accident, it can be an extremely difficult, painful and overwhelming time. It is imperative that you hire a personal accident attorney to help you deal with the complicated process of car accident personal injury claims.