Injury Resource Center of Michigan
A bone fracture is a medical condition in which a bone becomes splintered, bisected or cracked due to physical trauma. Each year in the United States, about 6.8 million people seek medical attention for fractures, a common orthopedic problem. Closed fractures are those where the skin is in tact, while open (compound) fracture involve wounds at the fracture site that may expose the bone to contamination and infection. Simple fractures occur along one line, splitting the bone into two pieces. A multi-fragmentary fractures means that the bone split into numerous pieces. Fractures in children may present special risks and require careful treatment because their bones are still developing.
Of the over twenty bones in the human body that may be fractured in an accident, a fracture of the femur poses a serious prognosis. The femur, or thigh bone, is the largest bone in the body and when fractured, is often accompanied by bleeding and soft tissue injury in the thigh. The majority of femural fractures are the result of strong forces generated in car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Falling from a height may also result in a fracture of the femur, as do crushing injuries suffered in construction and industrial accidents. Complications from a femural fracture, such as infection, may result in permanent or partial disability of the leg. However, femural fractures may cause long-term disability and inability to work or perform normal activities even when there are no complications. Complete healing for a femural fracture may require an entire year and may leave the victim with a permanent, partial disability.
A fracture of any bone that connects to a joint, such as the tibia and fibula, potentially poses a risk of future problems. The tibia and fibula, the long bones of the lower leg which connect the knee and ankle joints, may fracture due to low velocity fall, a moderate velocity skiing accident or a high velocity car accident. In motor vehicle accidents, high velocity trauma may cause multi-fragmentary fractures that are associated with severe soft tissue injuries. Treatment of these types of fractures may involve casting and/or surgery using pins, nails or plates, depending on the type and severity of the injury. Complications may involve the failure or delay of the bone(s) to grow together, infections, vascular problems and nerve injury.
Fracturing a bone may lead to serious consequences, prolonged disability, loss of time from work or even permanent disability. If you or someone close to you has fractured a bone in an accident, talk with the experienced injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Henry M. Hanflik by completing the online form or by calling toll-free 1 (888) 905-4632.
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