Broken bones and fractures are some of the most common injuries that can occur in a collision.

Fractures can range from minor breaks to compound fractures, depending on the severity of the accident.

What Is It?

There are two main types of broken bones. A simple fracture, also called a clean break, can be a small hairline crack in the bone, or a larger internal break that completely divides the bone. However, a simple fracture does not pierce through the skin. A compound fracture, also called an open fracture, is a more complicated break. The bone penetrates through the surrounding tissues, and infection becomes a risk. In addition, compound fracture can involve shattered or torn bone and can be difficult to repair.

What Causes It?

In an accident, the speed, velocity, and direction of the vehicles involved determines the severity of a victim’s injuries. The skeletal system is not designed to withstand the impact of these heavy, fast objects, and in response, it breaks. Depending on the type of crash, the positions of the victims, and whether they were wearing seatbelts, people involved in an accident suffer varying degrees of damage.

A natural and unconscious response to any unexpected movement is to put your hands out to “break the fall”. This can result in a broken wrist or a thumb. If a solid object such as a car frame, lamp post, steering wheel, or airbag hits a victim with enough force, it will often fracture bones at the point of collision. Breaks to the arms and legs, neck, back, sternum and ribs, clavicle, hips, pelvis, face, and skull all commonly result from a crash.

What Is The Prognosis?

Many broken bones heal easily, though time is always a factor. After an accident, it is critical to see a medical professional right away to ensure that everything is healing properly.

With a simple fracture, a physician can set the bone and let the body work on repairing it. After that, the victim normally wears a temporary cast or brace and will be back to normal within a few weeks.

Compound fractures are much more complicated, as there are many elements involved. Initially, physicians will administer antibiotics to prevent infection from any open wounds. The next step is often surgery (often multiple surgeries) involving pins, rods, and other medical hardware to permanently secure the bones and to close up wounds. Complications or negligence may mean the bone never heals, and might lead to amputation. Victims with compound fractures can expect lengthy hospital stays, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, and repeated doctor visits.

Victims must view broken bones as a serious concern. You may have to miss work or take medical leave while recovering. In addition, recovery can take a long time, impacting your day-to-day life.

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If you have broken a bone in a car accident, then you may qualify for compensation. Contact the lawyers at Recovery Law Corporation; we can help you determine your rights.