Fractures / Broken Bones

As stated in a publication of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), trauma is one of the most common causes of bone fracture. Trauma sufficient to break a person’s bones can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, contact sports injuries, and other accidents.

If you have sustained broken bones in an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. as soon as possible. Our New York City personal injury attorneys can help you pursue compensation for the losses you have suffered.

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Types of Bone Fracture

A fracture is a broken bone. Bones may be broken, partially or completely, lengthwise, crosswise, or in multiple pieces. The severity of a fracture depends mainly on the force of impact that caused the break. With less force, the bone may crack but not break all the way through. Extreme force, as in an automobile collision, can cause the bone to shatter.

Common fracture types include:

  • Stable fracture: The broken bone ends line up and are only slightly out of place.
  • Transverse fracture: There is a horizontal fracture line with this type of break.
  • Oblique fracture: This type of fracture is characterized by an angled pattern.
  • Open compound fracture: The skin is broken by the blow that caused the fracture or pierced by the bone. The bone may or may not be visible.
  • Comminuted fracture: The bone is shattered into three pieces or more.
  • Spiral fracture: The bone is fractured in a unique way as the result of an extremely forceful twisting.

Common Bone Fractures in Automobile Accidents

Car accidents often result in broken bones caused by the force of impact or compression during a collision. Bones most frequently fractured in car accidents include:

  • Facial bones, jaw, and nose
  • Arms, hands, and fingers
  • Clavicle (collarbone)
  • Legs, ankles, feet, and toes

What Are the Symptoms of a Bone Fracture?

If you suspect you have a broken bone after a motor vehicle accident or another injury, seek medical attention immediately. Common symptoms of fractures include:

  • Pain that worsens when pressure is applied or when the injured area is moved
  • Limited function or inability to move the injured area
  • Swelling and tenderness around the injury
  • Bruising or redness
  • Deformity – a part of the bone may be puncturing the skin, or a limb may appear out of place

What Is the Treatment for Fractures?

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for broken bones after an auto accident. To heal properly, the bones must be in the correct position and held there during the healing process. In some cases, surgery is required to reset the bone. Surgical repositioning may require pins, plates, screws, or other devices.

Contact Us If You’ve Experienced a Bone Fracture Due to Someone Else’s Negligence

Fractured bones sustained in a motor vehicle accident, or other injuries may require extensive medical treatment, including surgery, along with time off work while you recover. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. can help you pursue compensation for broken bones in NYC. If you have sustained a fracture in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact us to discuss a personal injury claim for damages.

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