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Bone Fracture Injury

Broken bones are a type of catastrophic injury that can cause long-term disability and permanent life changes. Symptoms of a bone fracture include swelling, bruising, visible deformity, inability to bear weight, loss of function, warmth, and tenderness. Minor fractures can be corrected with an immobilizing cast or splint, but severe fractures may require surgery and the insertion of metal rods or plates to hold the bones in place. The cost of repair can range from $2,500 to $35,000 just for medical care, not counting lost wages. In some cases, injured individuals can recoup some of these losses with a broken bones lawsuit.      

Types of bone fracture 

Bones can fracture in many different ways. Though they are rigid, there is a little bit of “give” when an outside force is applied. When the force is too great, the bone will break under pressure. The severity usually depends upon the amount and direction of the force applied. Bones can shatter under extreme force like a gunshot or automobile wreck.  

A bone fracture can be: 

  • Open (compound) – The bone breaks through the skin, causing the additional risk of infection. 
  • Closed (simple) – The bone has cracked, but there is no open wound. 
  • Displaced – The bone breaks into at least two parts and are moved in a way that the ends are no longer aligned.  
  • Non-displaced – A “stable” fracture occurs when the broken ends of the bone still meet but are shifted slightly out of place. 
  • Transverse – A transverse fracture involves a horizontal break. 
  • Oblique – An oblique fracture pertains to a break in an angled pattern. 
  • Comminuted – A comminuted fracture occurs when the bone shatters into three or more pieces.  
  • Hairline (stress) – A hairline or “stress” fracture is a tiny crack in the bone, without displacement. 
  • Greenstick – The bone is bent, but not broken all the way through. 
  • Buckle – Two bones are compressed and driven into one another.  

An x-ray is the best way to diagnose a bone injury, determine treatment, and estimate prognosis.  

Bone injury treatment 

Most people can recover from a broken bone with conservative care, such as cast immobilization and a period of time in a functional brace. Rehabilitative therapy may be necessary to rebuild strength and mobility again. Traction can be done to gently place bones back into alignment again. Particularly severe fractures may require internal or external fixation with metal pins, screws, and plates to create a stabilizing framework for recovery. Sometimes the “hardware” gets surgically removed after healing, but other times, these pieces remain in for the lifespan of the patient. For instance, open reduction and internal fixation operations hold fragments of bone together with rods inserted down through the bone marrow space in the center of the bone.  

The long-Term prognosis for broken bone injuries 

Normal fracture recoveries range from four to eight months for acute healing. Residual pain and limited range of motion can be experienced more than a year later. The amount of time it takes to fully heal depends upon the type and severity of the fracture, as well as the patient’s age and overall health. Specific rehabilitative exercises can help patients restore normal muscle strength, joint movement, and flexibility again, but complications can occur.   

Long-term repercussions of a fracture may include: 

  • Nerve damage  
  • Decreased strength 
  • Increased discomfort 
  • Joint stiffness, aches, and pains 
  • Pain in the location of the hardware 
  • Anxiety and depression 
  • Persistent activity limitations 

Some broken bones do not heal within a year, due to improper healing, failure for the bones to rejoin, or a shortening of the bone, which typically results in long-term disability and the inability to work.   

Should you file a broken bones lawsuit? 

A bone fracture lawsuit may be prudent if you were injured in: 

  • A pedestrian, bike, or motor vehicle accident involving another partially or fully “at-fault” motorist 
  • A slip, trip, and fall on business or another person’s property 
  • A workplace injury due to a known safety hazard, excessive hours, training failure, faulty equipment 
  • An intentional act of violence, such as the committing of a crime, domestic abuse, or a brawl 
  • A dog broke loose from a leash or enclosure and viciously attacked 

Even if you’re not 100% sure what happened in those fateful moments before your bone fracture, you can call a personal injury attorney for help. Ellis Injury Law investigates broken bone injury to determine whether negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct may be a factor. When another person or party is at least partially to blame, you are legally entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages.  

If your settlement offer is accepted, you may receive money to cover past and present medical bills; medication, ongoing treatments, and future expenses; assistive technology, related home modifications, and out-of-pocket expenses; lost past, present, and future wages; and an estimated amount of pain and suffering. If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, a judge may award you all this compensation, as well as punitive damages in cases of gross negligence, recklessness, or malice. Settlements for broken bones generally begin in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but jury awards can exceed one million. 

Broken bone injury damages 

Contact a Los Angeles accident lawyer at Ellis Injury Law to maximize your recovery. We fully investigate the cause of your injury, file the paperwork, negotiate on your behalf, and enlist the help of numerous experts to get you the money you need to live comfortably after an injury that occurred through little to no fault of your own. It costs nothing upfront or out-of-pocket to pursue a claim.