A broken bone can be a minor hairline fracture or a major compound fracture, requiring thousands of dollars in medical costs and weeks or months of temporary disability. Broken bones are a common result of many different types of trauma accidents, including workplace accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents and more. Broken bone injuries can be very painful and can prevent victims from returning to their normal daily activities for months. If someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, intent to harm, or negligence caused your broken bone injury, contact the San Bernardino personal injury lawyers at Estey & Bomberger, LLP today! They are here to help.
Types of Broken or Fractured Bone Injuries
A broken bone is a fracture. Bones are strong and rigid, but they can bend when an outside force pushes on them. However, at a certain level of pressure bones will crack, break, or shatter. A bone may completely fracture or fracture partially, in multiple pieces, crosswise, or lengthwise. The severity of the break depends on the forces exerted in the accident. When forces are extreme, such as in a premises slip and fall car accident, the bone can shatter.
There are many different types and severities of bone breaks and fractures. As mentioned on the AAOS OrthoInfo site, here are the Main Types of Bone Fractures:
- Open Fractures. These fractures are especially dangerous due to risk of infection – in both the skin and the bone.
- Greenstick Fractures. This is an incomplete fracture resulting in a bent bone. This type of fracture is common with children.
- Stable Fractures. A minor fracture in which the ends of the bone line up and are hardly misplaced. Transverse Fracture. A fracture with a horizontal break line.
- Oblique Fractures. A fracture with an angled pattern break.
- Comminuted Fractures. When the bone shatters into three or more pieces.
- Buckled Fractures. As described on WebMD, this is also known as an Impact Fracture. This fracture occurs when the ends of the bones are driven into each other. This is commonly seen in children arm fractures.
- Stress Fractures. This is a hairline crack in a bone.
Broken bones are commonly the result of traumatic accidents, but they can also result from repetitive motion injuries. Athletes and jobs requiring a great deal of repetitive physical motion, such as a worker on an assembly line, may experience overuse-related stress fractures. Victims will typically know if they’ve broken a bone in an accident because they will feel swelling, pain, and tenderness in the affected area, and experience bruising and/or deformity.
Broken Bone Accidents and Negligence
Every form of broken bone requires some degree of medical care and recovery time. Depending on the severity of the break, the victim can be out of work and paying for hospital care for days, weeks, or months. Often, major breaks require pins, screws, and metal bars in the body to stabilize the bones while they heal. During recovery, many people lose muscle strength in the injured area and have to undergo physical rehabilitation to attain the level of mobility they previously enjoyed.
The financial, physical, mental, and emotional tolls a broken bone injury places on a victim can be immense. Between medical costs and lost wages, a victim can suffer financial hardship on top of trying to recover from a traumatic injury. When someone else’s negligence, such as a distracted driver or careless employer, causes an accident that results in broken bone injuries, victims have the right to take the responsible party to court for compensation.
Broken bones can result in permanent joint issues, nerve damage, scarring, and disfigurement. Financial compensation can include payment for your past and future medical expenses, rehabilitation, emotional therapy, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Whether your accident happened at work, in your vehicle, on vacation, or shopping at your local grocery store, you may pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Get a Top Notch Broken Bone Injury Attorney on Your Side
The broken bone lawyers at Estey & Bomberger, LLP know how to defend the rights of a broken or fractured bone injury victim in San Bernardino or throughout the Inland Empire. When you contact us for help, we will gather detailed evidence of your injuries, including x-ray images and key witness testimony from the medical professional on your case. Trust Estey & Bomberger, LLP with your broken bone injury accident, and discover the difference a team of aggressive, caring lawyers can make!