Understanding Fractures & Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims can arise out of many different types of accidents, from motor vehicle crashes to construction accidents and other kinds of workplace incidents. When a person suffers serious injuries in an accident, sometimes those injuries can result in permanent disabilities. Frequently when someone’s injuries do lead to a temporary or permanent disability, we often describe those injuries as catastrophic. While there are many types of catastrophic injuries, some fractures or bone breaks can indeed be catastrophic. Depending upon how and where a person suffers a fracture, that fracture ultimately can require follow-up surgeries, and months or even years of rehabilitation. For some types of broken bone injuries, the injury victim never recovers fully.
No matter what, it is important to remember that an experienced injury lawyer can help you to seek the financial compensation you deserve and to hold the at-fault party accountable for causing your injury. We want to discuss different types of broken bone injuries with you to help you understand why you need to file a claim as soon as possible.
What is a Fracture?
What are the different types of fractures, and how can an injury victim know how serious a particular fracture is likely to be? To be clear, a fracture is another word to describe a broken bone. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), bones are rigid, but they do bend when an outside force is applied. When a person is involved in an accident and the force is too much, the bones will break.
How serious are most fractures? It depends on the particular situation. The AAOS explains that “the severity of a fracture usually depends on the force that caused the break.” In situations where the bone’s breaking point has been exceeded only slightly, then the bone may crack rather than break entirely. However, when the force is extreme, such as in a car crash, the bone may shatter.
Different Types of Broken Bone Injuries
There are two general kinds of fractures: open fractures and closed fractures. Open fractures, which are also known as compound fractures, are broken bone injuries in which the bone penetrates through the person’s skin. Open fractures can be particularly susceptible to serious infection if they are not treated immediately, and open fractures typically require surgery to repair the break. A closed fracture, which is also known as a simple fracture, is a broken bone injury in which the bone does not pierce the skin.
Within these types of fractures, there are additional types of fractures that explain how and where the bone broke. For example, a transverse fracture has a horizontal fracture line in the bone, while an oblique fracture is angled. A comminuted fracture is one in which the bone has shattered into multiple pieces.
Seek Advice from a Rochester Broken Bones Attorney
We want to emphasize that, no matter how minor or major a fracture might seem, you should work with an experienced Rochester personal injury lawyer to seek financial compensation for your losses. Whether you are filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit against the negligent party, you will need an aggressive attorney on your side to advocate for your right to compensation. Contact King Law today.