Serious traffic collisions, falls, and other injuries tend to leave victims with multiple fractures. While recovering from a fractured elbow may be painful and moderately inconvenient for most people with non-manual labour jobs, suffering a broken elbow on top of a fractured tibia magnifies the level of impairment, pain and suffering, and medical costs exponentially. If you are the victim of a car crash, a pedestrian or bike injury, a slip and fall, or any other type of unintentional injury or act of violence, you need to talk to a lawyer about your rights to compensation from the at-fault party. The Windsor broken bones lawyers at Preszler Law Firm can answer your questions and get started on your personal injury claim today.
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Severity of Fractures
There are two elements that exacerbate a victim’s injuries and pain and suffering when it comes to fractures, excluding other injuries such as lacerations and soft tissue damage, etc. These elements include the number of fractured bones and the severity of each fracture. Less complicated fractures are hairline and transverse fractures, whereas complex fractures include spiral fractures, compression fractures, segmental fractures, and compound fractures.
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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, Punctured Lung, and Flail Chest, Which Is Caused by Multiple Broken Ribs
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.
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A Fractured Hip Takes at Least Half a Year to Heal
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, according to My Health Alberta. 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
A Personal Injury Lawyer With The Preszler Law Firm Is Available to Help
As a victim of multiple broken bones, you deserve significant compensation to cover your out of pocket medical expenses, physical therapy, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. To hold the negligent party accountable for their actions, call Preszler Law Firm at 1-800-JUSTICE to set up a free consultation with a Windsor personal injury lawyer today.