Auto accidents, slip and falls and other accidents can all lead to broken bones or fractures. Those who sustain a broken bone often experience pain and swelling at the site of the break. There may also be tenderness to the touch in that area.
If you, your child, or a loved one has suffered a broken bone or fracture due to a car accident, slip and fall or other accident because of someone else’s negligence, call The Law Office of Ben Crittenden for a free consultation.
Growth Plate Injury
Because growth plates are weak compared to nearby bones, tendons and ligaments, growth plates are prone to injury. The growth plate is the area of growing tissue near the end of the long bones in children. Each long bone has at least one growth plate at each end. It is these growth plates that determines the future shape and length of the adult bone. The growth plates eventually close and are replaced by solid bone when growth is complete.
If the growth plate is damaged by being shifted, shattered, or crushed, a bony bridge can form. This bridge can result in an abnormalities such as stunted growth.
Types of Fractures
Though some people think a break in the bone is worse than a fracture, medically speaking, a fracture and a break are the same.
A fracture can occur because of a sudden impact such as you might receive in a car crash or fall. Breaks also occur due to continuous pressure applied to the bone. Fractures come in many types, including:
- Simple fracture – when the bone is broken into two pieces and separates.
- Hairline fracture – when the bone cracks but doesn’t separate. The cracks then appear like “hairs” in an x ray.
- Greenstick fractures – when the bone develops tiny fissures but does not break into separate pieces.
- Comminuted fracture – when the bone is broken into more than two pieces. Often, two major pieces and a smaller piece.
- Avulsion fracture – when a portion of the bone is pulled away from the bone by a tendon.
- Compound fractures – when the bone breaks and punctures the skin. Because of the added risk of infection, compound fractures are more dangerous and complicated to treat.
Anchorage Law Firm Representing Broken Bone Victims – Free Consultations
Suffered a broken bone due to an accident in the State of Alaska? Want to know if you have a legal case? Want to know what your broken bone case is worth? Call Ben Crittenden, an experienced fractured bone accident lawyer, at 907-771-9002 for a FREE legal consultation regarding your broken bone injury case. Visit our contact page to send us a message directly.
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