When you get into a major car accident, motorcycle accident or collision in a motor vehicle, whether it’s with another passenger vehicle or a commercial truck, you may feel lucky if your injuries only amount to broken bones. Common injuries from these sorts of events can include traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries that can change your level of mobility, your personality and your life. In comparison, a broken bone probably seems like a minor issue that is readily treatable.
For most people who suffer broken bones, that is true. After receiving trauma care and having the bone set, patients typically heal over time. Once the cast is removed, physical therapy can help improve strength and range of motion to levels similar to those before the fracture, for most common fractures. For some people, however, broken bones can end up causing a serious, permanent condition that can leave them in pain and unable to work. These types of fractures that lead to serious injuries can impact your whole life, and what seemed like an innocuous bone fracture from your car crash can lead to disability, constant pain and require lifelong medical care., even if you were wearing your seatbelt or your car had airbags.
When we think of broken bones after a car accident we can conjure visions of extremely graphic serious injuries with broken bones being exposed and protruding from the skin, but that is not always the case, and even if we’re not able to see the bone itself, medical care is still required to ensure all stress fractures and serious injuries are accounted for and addressed with proper medical care.
There are varying levels of bone breaks that accident victims may suffer after a car crash. From hairline fractures, where the bone may not break apart but have a crack, to compound fractures where the bones protrude from the skin, breaking through soft tissue and exposed to open air or comminuted fracture where the bone has broken into 3 or more pieces.
Some of the most common broken bone injuries from car accidents that require medical treatment are:
Clavicle – one of the most vulnerable bones in the body
Femur – upper leg bone, normally femurs are quite strong, but the force of a wreck can cause the femur to fracture
Fibula – lower leg
Tibia – shinbone
Arms & Elbows
Ligaments and soft tissue is often damaged when a bone breaks, making bone fractures that much more important to seek medical attention after a car accident.
Whether you were in a head-on high-speed car accident, or ran off the road causing you to have a motorcycle accident, if you were the victim of a car accident then please seek out legal advice immediately. You should not have to deal with the insurance companies, medical bills and other medical expenses, and all of the stresses that come with being injured, on your own.
Our personal injury attorneys from our law firm have been offering accident victims legal advice for many years, and have fought for the maximum compensation possible. We offer a free consultation with a car accident attorney to review your case.