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Bone Fractures After a Car Accident – Spokane Personal Injury Lawyer

Fractures are fairly common injuries in motor vehicle accidents in Spokane and beyond. They’re caused by force and blunt trauma, and the fractures are often serious. One bone could break in more than one location, and more than one bone can be fractured. Many fractures that are caused by motor vehicle accidents require surgery and physical therapy in order for the victim to reach maximum medical improvement.

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

There are many different types of fractures. They’re classified as complete or incomplete. A victim experiences a complete fracture when a bone is broken into two or more pieces. With an incomplete fracture, the pieces of the bone remain connected. The most common types of fractures seen in auto accidents are:

  • 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

Treating fractures

A fractured bone must be re-positioned if it’s going to heal properly. This often takes place at a Spokane area trauma center. Simple and greenstick fractures are ordinarily treated with a cast. Casts help to maintain the position of the fractured ends during healing.

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

When a fracture involves the carelessness and negligence of another motorist, you probably have a viable claim for damages. Those damages can include:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost earnings
  • Any permanent disfigurement
  • Any permanent disability
  • Loss of a normal life

Do I need a lawyer?

The insurer of the person who caused your injuries might be contacting you to see how you’re feeling and get your side of the story. Don’t give any type of a statement, especially if they want it in written or recorded form. No law requires you to help the person who turned your life upside down. That insurer will only try to use your statement against you in the future. If the person who caused your crash was injured by the same insurance company as you, it’s very important that you contact our offices right away.

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.

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