One of the most common types of injuries that a victim can suffer in a car accident or other type of accident is a fractured bone. Although many people tend to think of fractured bones as a “routine” type of accident injury, the truth is that if a fractured bone does not heal correctly, the victim can be left with permanent damage or disability.
Fractured Bone Injuries
How severe a fractured bone is typically depends on the location of the bone. The usual form of treatment involves lining up the parts of the bone and fitting them together. A physician will use some type of device – either a brace or cast – to keep the pieces together in order for them to heal back together. In accidents where the bone fracture is severe or the bone is in multiple pieces, surgery is necessary to put the bone back together, usually by using either plates or metal pins or rods. The more severe the break, the longer the recovery and rehabilitation take.
The most common type of fractures includes:
- Clean fracture: This is when the pieces of the fractured bone lines up directly;
- Compound fracture: These are typically open breaks where the bone has punctured the skin and is exposed;
- Commuted fracture: This is when the bone is broken into multiple pieces;
- Oblique fracture: This is when the bone break is in an angled pattern; and
- Transverse fracture: This is when the bone break is horizontal.
Fractured Bone Complications
Although many fractures heal without complications, it is not uncommon for victims to develop issues during the recovery period. These complications can lead to more health issues and often require even more recovery time. In addition to the health problems, the extended recovery can also leave the victim with more medical expenses, as well as additional lost wages since they are often unable to work. It is also not uncommon for complications to leave the victim with a permanent disability.
Some of these complications include:
- Damage to the surrounding muscles, tissues, and tendons caused by improper casting;
- The bone heals in the wrong position;
- The bone still has not healed together after nine months;
- The bone splinters or breaks again.
Contact a Virginia Accident Attorney
If you have been suffered fractured bones in an accident caused by another party, contact a Virginia personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the negligent party for the injuries and losses you have sustained.