Windsor Accidents Causing Broken Bones
Depending on the circumstances, broken bones resulting from serious accidents can have long-lasting consequences. In addition to physical pain, emotional stress, and general disruptions to daily life, injured accident victims with broken bones may incur financial losses because of their injuries. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, our Windsor personal injury lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation. To learn more, schedule a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers by calling 1-800-JUSTICE today.
What Is the Most Common Broken Bone?
The clavicle, also called the collarbone, is the most frequently fractured bone in the body. The collarbone is extremely good at what it was evolved to do — hold our shoulders in place while also acting as a natural crumple zone. A crumple zone in a car is designed to be weaker than the rest of the car so that, during a collision, some force can be dissipated into the front end of the vehicle instead of all going straight into the passenger compartment, where it would increase the severity of traumatic brain injuries and back and neck injuries. According to Forbes, the collarbone, or clavicle, is designed in the same fashion. When we fall over or tumble into a somersault, the collarbone gives first so that not as much force is placed on the neck—a much more important body part. Most clavicle fractures heal on their own, though if the bone is fractured in a way that the two ends do not meet up, surgery is necessary to screw the two ends back together. In most severe traffic collisions and slip and falls, the clavicle is just one of many bones that tends to get fractured.
BROKEN RIBS AND PUNCTURED LUNGS
The most of the body’s vital organs are located within the rib cage, an impressively strong array of bone and cartilage that acts as armour, while still being flexible to allow breathing and rotation of the torso. The rib cage, which extends from the collar bone almost down to the hip bone, and wraps around the body to the spinal column, makes up a large percentage of our body surface. As such, it is exposed in many areas and can sustain multiple injuries in a fall or motor vehicle collision. Suffering from one broken rib is extremely painful. Having multiple broken ribs is excruciating, as simple acts such as breathing, coughing, sneezing, or bending/twisting sends knife-like pain throughout the chest. Even worse, the ribs cannot be put in a cast to be immobilized, so they are left to heal on their own. The lungs can also be affected by a fractured rib, causing the lung to partially deflate. A punctured lung is a serious and life-threatening condition that must immediately be addressed by an emergency doctor.
An even more extreme condition than merely broken ribs or a punctured lung is called flail chest. Flail chest occurs when so many ribs are broken(usually at least three in a row or more) that that part of the chest separates from the rest, making breathing difficult or impossible. The affected part of the chest moves separately from the rest of the rib cage, expanding inwards when the victim breathes in and reversing when the victim breathes out, the exact opposite of what the rest of the chest is doing. Flail chest can be a fatal condition, and it may also coincide with a punctured lung.
While broken ribs are common with car collisions and falls, a fractured hip is usually an injury that pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and fall victims suffer, though it can also be caused by severe car collisions, as well. The hip is one of the largest, sturdiest bones in the body, and when it is damaged, the patient will experience extreme pain and immobility. Hip surgery is usually necessary, and rehabilitation takes at least a half year. Most patients with fractured hips are back to work by four months, though full recovery takes six months to a year. Regaining full strength and mobility may take years, or may never happen. Elderly fall and hip fracture victims take even longer to heal, and hip fracture is actually a leading contributor to death for the elderly. Tragically, a fractured hip could very well be the beginning of the end for older victims, even when the hip fracture is the only injury sustained in the incident. For victims who suffer multiple broken bones and one of those bones is the hip or femur head, they are in for a considerable degree of pain and suffering, in addition to losing wages for time taken off work to heal.
Other Commonly Broken Bones in Slip and Falls and Traffic Collisions
- Facial injuries—jaw, nose, teeth, and eye socket
CONTACT PRESZLER INJURY LAWYERS
If you have incurred financial losses as the result of the bone fractures you sustained in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact Preszler Injury Lawyers by calling 1-800-JUSTICE and receive a free initial consultation with our Windsor personal injury lawyers.