An NYC personal injury lawyer will tell you that there are many different types of fractures an injured person can sustain, some of which include greenstick fractures, traverse fractures, oblique fractures, compression fractures, comminuted fractures, segmental fractures and spiral fractures to name a few. Each one has its distinct characteristics. A greenstick is an incomplete fracture where the bone is broken, although not completely separated. Transverse means the break is in a straight line across the bone. Oblique fractures differ from a transverse fracture because it goes diagonally across the bone. A compression fracture involves the crushing of the broken bone which results in the bone being wider or flatter in appearance. Comminuted is in three or more pieces with fragments particles noticeable at the fracture site. Segmental fractures affect the same bone in two places creating a floating segment of the bone. And a spiral fracture means that a long bone, such as the humerus is broken due to a severe twisting force. Of course, they all have something in common…they’re all very painful.
Fractures normally occur due to blunt force trauma, often times due to an NYC auto accident or police brutality at the hands of the NYPD. If a bone cannot absorb the force sustained, it will simply break. Bones are at their weakest when they are twisted, which can result in a spiral fracture, so many fractures occur due to trauma such as excessive force at the hands of the NYPD.
If you have experienced a broken bone it does not take long to relive the moment in your head when returning to that time and place in conversation or thought. The details and the pain seem to be coming back in an instant. It can take a combination of surgery, rest, and physical therapy and even psychological counseling to recover from a spiral fracture. A spiral fracture is often times treated with interventional surgery. Following surgery, a cast is usually put on.
A lot of spiral fractures involve the long bones of the legs such as the femur, tibia and fibula, but can also include the long bones of the arm including the humerus, ulna and radius. Someone diagnosed with a spiral fracture has endured a serious injury and is subject to the risk and complications associated with same, as opposed to a baseline fracture.
To make matters worse, if a long bone is broken on an angle there can often be separation which can cause compromised alignment or rough/uneven edges. Bones at an angle are more difficult to align and restore.
Think of a slinky that is twisted and a physician working to make it straight. Repair of a spiral fracture is difficult and requires an experienced doctor. Common causes of spiral fractures include: skiing or snowboarding injuries (when the leg is twisted by being stuck in a boot) and police brutality when an officer twists a victim’s arm in a severe manner.
If you have sustained a fracture due to the negligence of some other person or party, you should seek immediate medical attention. Untreated fractures can be life-threatening and significant health conditions can arise if not treated properly. Thereafter, you should contact an experienced NYC personal injury attorney such as Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC to explore your legal rights at 212-240-9465.