When drivers or passengers of a motor vehicle see an accident coming, it’s perfectly natural for them to brace for impact by stretching out their arms and legs. Doing so increases the likelihood of a fracture. The type of fracture that a person suffers often involves the type crash that he or she was involved in. For example:
- Head-on collisions often involve fractures to legs, ankles and feet
- Pelvis, hip and rib fractures are more common in broadside impacts
- Drivers and passengers who aren’t belted can get ejected and suffer fractures from head to toe
Types of fractures
- Simple fractures when a bone breaks but doesn’t break the skin
- Compound fractures when a broken bone goes through the skin
- Greenstick breaks when a bone cracks but doesn’t completely fracture
- Comminuted fractures involving crushing or splintering into several pieces
External fixation: In this procedure, screws and metal pins are placed in the broken bone at each end above and below the fracture. They’re attached to a metal bar that protrudes outside of the victim’s skin.
Open reduction internal fixation: Through surgery, bone fragments are put into place like a jigsaw puzzle. They’re affixed with screws, plates or both on the outside of the bone under the skin. Sometimes a rod is even positioned and secured in the middle of a fractured bone where the marrow is located. This might be done in a serious femur fracture.
Damages and injury claims
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost earnings
- Any permanent disfigurement
- Any permanent disability
- Loss of a normal life
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Nearly all fractures are going to stay with you in one way or another for the rest of your life. A simple fracture that healed nicely might cause some pain or discomfort on a cold and wet day. With any fracture involving surgery, you’ll carry that hardware around with you for the rest of your life. Rods, plates, screws and pins could remind you of that crash every day. Expect something more substantial than occasional minor discomfort.
We are Spokane area personal injury attorneys who represent clients in their claims on all types of fractures. If you or somebody close to you suffered any type of a fracture in a motor vehicle collision that was the fault of somebody else, preserve and protect your rights by contacting us right away for a free consultation and case evaluation. Any type of serious fracture is going to have permanent consequences. You deserve full and fair compensation, and our goal is to maximize that compensation for you.