The blunt force trauma a person experiences in a car accident can cause significant damage to the human body.
Broken bones are a common car accident injury. They differ from broken bones caused by a sports injury because of the amount of force. Surgery is often required to repair the damage. If a person has multiple fractures, he or she may need reconstructive surgery which uses hardware to reinforce the fractured bone.
Types of Bone Fractures
Bones are flexible enough to absorb the light impacts from daily activities. When bones are put under enough stress, they will break. Slight force will cause a bone to crack. But extreme force, such as from a car accident, will cause a bone to shatter. There are different types of bone fractures, depending on how the bone breaks:
- stable fracture – the broken ends of the bone line up
- compound fracture – the broken ends cut through the skin
- transverse fracture – the fracture line is horizontal
- oblique fracture – the fracture line is angled
- comminuted fracture – the bone shatters into multiple pieces and is usually the result of a high impact trauma
Broken Bones Caused by a Car Accident
A car accident can easily cause a number of bones to be broken or fractured. The most common bone to get broken in the human body is the clavicle bone, also known as the collar bone. The collar bone is easily broken by forced trauma to the shoulder. A broken collar bone results in limited range of motion for the arm and shoulder. Other fractures include:
- Skull fracture – Skull fractures can cause a concussion or bleeding inside the brain.
- Back fracture – Back fractures affect the spinal nerves and spinal column, often causing permanent damage.
- Facial fracture – Facial fractures can damage the eyes, leading to permanent vision problems. A broken nose or jaw can result in disfigurement and nerve damage.
- Tibia and fibula fracture – These fractures may leave a person with poor mobility.
- Rib fracture – Broken ribs are extremely painful and are not easily treatable. They require rest to heal and a person may lose significant time from work.
- Femur fracture – The femur bone is one of the strongest bones in the body. When this bone breaks, it is difficult to repair and takes a long time to heal.
- Hip fracture – Hip fractures are particularly dangerous for elderly victims. A hip fracture often requires surgery and the elderly patient may end up in a wheelchair.
Personal Injury Claims for Broken Bones
A car accident that causes severe injuries such as broken bones is usually a traumatic event. The rehabilitation and physical therapy needed to heal a broken bone is costly and time consuming. It is often frustrating for a car accident victim to deal with the financial consequences in addition to the pain and suffering they experience from a fractured bone. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, talk to a Chicago car accident lawyer from Willens Law Offices for legal advice to recover compensation. Call us at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.