Bone Fracture Injuries

Bone Fracture Injuries

Reports indicate that nearly 6.3 million bone fractures occur annually in the United States. Bone fractures affect a shocking number of people across the U.S. According to recent studies, at least 1 in 5 men and 1 in 3 women will suffer from a bone fracture during their lifespan. Bone fractures, broken bones, and cracked bones all mean the same thing. The term “fracture” is most commonly used by medical professionals.

A fracture occurs when a strong force or trauma strikes a bone, causing a breakage. While some bone fractures are easy to treat, others present a greater danger dependent upon the complications involved in the injury. For instance, serious traumas causing a bone fracture may also hinder nearby nerves, blood vessels, muscles, or joints. When an accident occurs, injured parties are advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

According to research, over 40 percent of bone fractures occur within the home, 22.5 percent of which occur inside and 19.1 percent of which occur just outside of the home. In fact, the average person should expect to sustain two bone fractures throughout their lifetime. While many broken bones are linked to aging, personal injury claims account for a large portion of the additional bone injuries in the U.S.

America Law Center can help you in dealing with a large number of different personal injury cases. When bone fractures are involved, America Law Center can build a case which places you in a position to obtain maximum compensation.

Types of Bone Fractures

Bone fractures are the most common orthopedic problems found in the country, as more than 6 million Americans seek medical attention to treat these injuries each year. There are quite a few different types of bone fractures, all of which fall into four main categories: open, closed, displaced, or non-displaced. Severity of injury depends upon the location of which the fracture occurs and the any damage that occurs to the surrounding bone and tissues.

Some of the most common types of bone fractures include but are not limited to:

  • Comminuted Fracture
  • Compound Fracture
  • Greenstick Fracture
  • Impacted Fracture
  • Oblique Fracture
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Spiral Fracture
  • Stress Fracture
  • Transverse Fracture

Following an accident, injured parties must find medical help immediately. While the above fractures may be treatable, healthcare professionals will determine what, if any, other areas of the body were affected by the person injury. In some cases, nerves, muscles, or joints surrounding the fractured area may have damage as well.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another, America Law Center is prepared to take your case today.

Bone Fracture Causes

Bones within the body are typically very strong. However, when a force of some kind strikes these bones, fractures may occur if the impact is powerful enough. When the integrity of the bone has received any damages, the surrounding nerve endings become irritated, causing great pain for the injured party. Generally speaking, falls, twisting injuries, and direct blows are the most common causes of bone fractures.

More specifically, some personal injuries that cause bone fractures include but are not limited to:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Bicycle Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Boating Accidents

If you or a loved one has suffered a bone fracture following any of the above incidents, you may be entitled to compensation.

Treatment for Bone Fractures

When an injury victim suffers from a fractured bone, the treatment plan developed by the physician will vary dependent upon a number of factors. In general, doctors will assess the location of the fracture, the severity, and the potential for healing, as well as personal factors such as age and activity level.

Some of the most common methods of treatment for bone fractures are as follows:

  • Ice and Elevation
  • Splinting the injured extremity
  • Immobilization
  • After splint, a circumferential casting
  • Dependent upon severity, surgery may be necessary

Bone fractures vary greatly in regard to the person who was injured, their ability to withstand injury, and their personal level of activity. After seeking medical attention, a doctor will develop an action plan that suits the individual patient. Because no two patients and no two fractures are identical, the healthcare staff must make a plan according to each patient.

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