Broken Bones & Fractures Caused by Car Accidents
In the state of California, one person was injured every 2 minutes and 19 seconds on average in 2012, as reported by the California Highway Patrol. Fractures and broken bones in different parts of the body are very common injuries in automobile accidents.
A fracture is a break in a bone at any location in the body. According to the Mayo Clinic, car accidents are one of the most common causes of broken bones in the ankles, feet, hips, wrists, hands, and collar bones. Car crashes are also a leading cause of fractured vertebrae and catastrophic spinal cord injuries.
Our knowledgeable car accident attorneys at Avrek Law Firm are dedicated to helping people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents. Our lawyers have more than 30 years of combined experience, and we have recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients in personal injury claims and lawsuits.
Types of Fractures
Fractures occur when force exerted on the bone, as in a high impact collision, is stronger than the bone itself. WebMD describes the following main categories of bone fractures:
In this type of fracture, the bone breaks into 2 or more parts, and the parts are not lined up straight. When the bone is fractured into many parts, it is called a comminuted fracture.
This type of fracture occurs when the bone breaks either part or all of the way through but remains properly aligned.
When the bone breaks and pushes through the skin, it is called an open fracture. The bone may or may not recede back into the wound, but whether or not it does, there is a high risk of bone infection with this type of fracture.
If the bone breaks without any puncture or open wound to the skin, it is called a closed fracture.
Symptoms of Fractures
Bone fracture injuries caused by traffic crashes require immediate medical care. A cast, splint, or even surgery involving plates, pins, or screws to hold the bone in place may be required, based upon the type of fracture. Look for the following symptoms of a fracture:
- Bruising, swelling, or bleeding
- Misshapen or out-of-place joint or limb
- Inability or limited ability to move a limb
- Intense pain
- Numbness and tingling
Legal Help for Car Accident Injury Victims
If you have been injured in a traffic crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for all losses associated with the accident. Our job at Avrek Law Firm is to investigate your accident, establish who was at fault, and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation possible for you.
In many auto accident cases, when fault or negligence is disputed by the other driver or the other driver’s insurance company, holding the negligent party responsible comes down to presenting a convincing argument, and may involve an independent accident investigator to present evidence supporting the case. Our seasoned motor vehicle accident lawyers know what it takes to achieve results, and we have access to highly respected professional resources to serve as expert witnesses when necessary.
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- California Highway Patrol: 2012 California Quick Collision Facts http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/pdf/2012-quick.pdf
- Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/search/search-results?q=causes%20of%20fractures
- Mayo Clinic: Spinal Cord Injury http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/basics/causes/con-20023837
- WebMD: Information and Resources: Understanding Bone Fractures: The Basics http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-fractures-basic-information