If you have sustained a broken bone in an accident caused by the negligence of another person, you may have a personal injury claim.
Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and some contact sports often are the cause of broken bone injuries. In car accidents, not wearing a seatbelt can result in injury to the lower leg. The impact from a frontal crash can cause the legs to be violently thrown against the dash, leading to broken bones.
Broken Tibia and Fibula
The lower leg is made up of two long bones – the tibia and fibula. The tibia is a triangular shaped bone and carries the weight of your body. The fibula attaches the ankle and knee to the outside of the tibia. If the larger tibia bone becomes fractured, it is likely that the smaller fibula will fracture as well. However, the reverse may not be true. One of the most commonly reported injuries include fracture of the lower bone at the ankle and the smaller bone at the knee.
Complications of a Broken Leg
When the tibia fractures, the two broken bones may not heal together completely. The patient often requires prolonged hospitalization. Complications associated with tibia fractures include compartment syndrome due to increased pressure in the restrictive compartments of the lower leg, missed torn artery, and injury to the peroneal nerve, which can lead to a foot drop. Foot drop can create an abnormal slapping gait. The compartment syndrome can cause severe restriction of oxygen to nerves and muscles below the fracture, leading to gangrene and amputation. In worse cases, this can cause death. Open fractures are more likely to develop complications, because infections to the tibia area can be resistant to treatment. Even the casts that are used to hold the broken bone in place may increase the risk of compartment syndrome.
Treatment for Broken Bones
It is important that the tibia heals in a good position to be able to bear weight like it did before the injury. This may require surgical treatment that involves placing pins to hold the bone in position and then using traction equipment to hold the alignment together. The patient may be confined to bed for a long time and the path to recovery is often long and difficult.
Chicago Car Wreck Lawyer
If you have sustained a lower leg fracture in an accident caused by the negligence of another person, you may have a personal injury claim. Speak to a Chicago car wreck lawyer from Willens Law Offices. We will help you recover compensation for all your medical costs including future medical bills, the cost of physical therapy and rehabilitation, and lost wages. Call us at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.