Fractures and broken bones are common injuries resulting from vehicle accidents. If you have broken bones stemming from a vehicle accident, a medical professional can determine the extent of your bone injuries, and initiate a treatment plan.
Types of Broken Bone Injuries
Some of the most common types of broken bones include:
- Arms. Vehicle accident victims are particularly vulnerable to having their arms broken. They often instinctively grab onto a portion of the vehicle in a collision, and if that vehicle part is jolted suddenly, the victim’s arm may be broken. Arms may also be used to shield the head or face from impact forces, causing them to break.
- Ribs. Ribs may be struck by the seatbelt, airbag, or other foreign objects in a collision.
- Hip. Severe impact forces resulting from a sudden jolt to the vehicle may cause damage to the hip, pelvis, or lower spine.
- Tibia and fibula. An accident victim may have his legs broken when the vehicle is crushed.
- Ankles and wrists. Compared with other joints, wrists and ankles are relatively weak, and easily injured in a vehicle collision.
- Fingers and toes. Much like ankles and wrists, fingers and toes are easily broken in a car accident.
Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
If you believe you’ve sustained broken bones in a vehicle accident, you should seek medical treatment immediately. In most cases, an X-ray will be sufficient to diagnose a break or identify the location of a fracture and to assess the severity of the injury.
Broken bones are typically treated by immobilizing them in a plaster or fiberglass cast, keeping them in the correct position until they have a chance to heal. Most bone injuries don’t require surgery, but if it is needed, either external fixation or internal fixation may be used. External fixation utilizes metal screws or pins to connect a broken bone to a stabilization bar outside the skin. Internal fixation realigns the bone, then holds it together with rods and screws inserted through the center of the bone.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve suffered broken bones due to another driver’s negligence, you’re entitled to seek compensation for your injuries, including emergency room visits, pain medication, and physical therapy. If your injuries prevent you from working, you’re also entitled to recover your lost wages. You may also be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by using the form on this page.