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When excessive force is applied to an area of your body, your bone may break or shatter as a result. A broken bone is often referred to as a fracture.
Common causes of bone fractures include:
- Car Accidents;
- Truck Accidents;
- Construction Accidents;
- Pedestrian Accidents;
- Motorcycle Accidents;
- Bicycle Accidents; and
- Slip and Falls.
Although sometimes it may be apparent that you suffered a broken bone, particularly if a body part becomes disformed, other times it might be less apparent. If you were involved in a personal injury accident, it is important to seek prompt medical treatment, especially if you are suspicious of a broken bone because of swelling or redness in the affected area. Seeking medical treatment immediately after an accident ensures that you are evaluated by a trained medical professional who can identify your injuries and prescribe you with a personalized course of treatment.
Broken bones can be painful and require time to heal properly. If you, or someone you love, suffered a broken bone injury as a result of someone else’s negligent conduct, you want to retain the best personal injury lawyer in Buffalo, New York to pursue the compensation that you deserve. The top rated team of Buffalo, New York broken bone injury lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. have secured over $175,000,000.00 on behalf of their clients and we are ready to battle to obtain the best possible result for YOU!Types of Broken Bones
Not all fractures result in a clean break of a bone. Fractures can vary depending on the amount of force applied to a bone and how the injury happened.
Common types of bone fractures after an accident include:
- Traverse. A fracture that is perpendicular to the length of the bone.
- Linear. A fracture that is parallel to the length of the bone.
- Oblique, nondisplaced. An angled fracture that is neither parallel nor perpendicular to the length of the bone. Although broken, the bone remains in normal alignment.
- Oblique, displaced. An angled fracture that is neither parallel nor perpendicular to the length of the bone which is pulled out of normal alignment.
- Spiral. A fracture that spirals around the bone. Often the result of a twisting injury.
- Greenstick. A fracture that exists on one side of a bone which causes the other side of the bone to bend in response to the pressure. This type of fracture most commonly exists in children.
- Comminuted. A fracture with three or more fragments. Often the result of being crushed or splintered.
If the broken bone remains under the surface of the skin, it is considered a closed fracture. If the broken bone breaks the surface of the skin or the skin is damaged from the injury, it is considered an open or compound fracture.
The force of an accident or fall can put excessive pressure on your body which may result in a broken bone. This may cause you to miss time from work or could even result in a life-long disability. If you were injured as a result of an accident, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of fracture injury lawyers in Buffalo, New York at 716-839-3939 for your free case consultation.How Are Broken Bone Injuries Diagnosed?
Sometimes it is apparent that you have broken a bone. Other times, it is not. Often a proper diagnosis of a broken bone comes after both a physical examination and diagnostic imaging.
Common symptoms of a broken bone include:
- Numbness and tingling;
- Bleeding, swelling or bruising; or
- Limited mobility or inability to move the affected area.
The most common diagnostic imaging technique used to diagnose a broken bone or dislocation is an X-ray. An X-ray is a medical imaging procedure which uses a small amount of radiation to capture images of bone and other dense structures within the body.
If a suspected fracture is not obvious on an X-ray, other forms of diagnostic imaging such as an MRI or CT-scan may be used.
Common types of broken bones after an accident include:
- Skull Fractures;
- Clavicle Fractures;
- Arm Fractures;
- Hand and Wrist Fractures;
- Spine/Vertebrae Fractures;
- Rib Fractures;
- Pelvis Fractures;
- Leg Fractures; and
- Foot and Ankle Fractures.
If you, or a loved one, suffered a broken bone in an accident caused by someone else, immediately contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and the top rated Buffalo, New York fracture injury lawyers of the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. at 716-839-3939 for a free consultation. We can be reached 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.How Is A Broken Bone Treated? How Long Will It Take to Heal?
Depending on the location and type of broken bone that you have, treatment will vary.
Treatment for broken bones commonly includes one or more of the following:
- Casting or Splinting
Once a broken bone has been properly positioned into normal alignment, a plaster or fiberglass cast or a splint will be applied to the area to keep the bones still throughout the healing process.
- Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
If a bone is not able to properly heal through the use of casting or splinting alone, surgery may be necessary. An open reduction and internal fixation is a surgical procedure in which metal rods, wires and/or screws are inserted into the bone fragments to keep them together.
An open reduction and internal fixation is often used in cases of compound fractures, where the bone broke through the skin, and in fractures of the joints, such as a wrist or ankle.
- External Fixation
After a serious break, external fixation can be used to stabilize the bone and soft tissue. This process involves setting pins, wires and/or screws through the skin at points above and below the fracture. The pins are connected and held together outside of the skin using an “external frame,” a series of clamps and rods.
Traction is often a temporary treatment that is used to realign broken bones. A steady pulling pressure is used to align the bones either through the skin, known as skin traction, or using pins that are inserted into the bones, known as skeletal traction.
The length of time that it takes for a fracture to heal depends on the type, severity and location of the break, the physical condition of the injured person and how the broken bone was treated.
The following are the typical timeframes for common fractures to heal, as estimated by Radiopaedia and Kerrville Imaging:
|Bone||Average Healing Time|
|Upper Arm||6-10 weeks|
|Lower Arm||8-10 weeks|
|Upper Leg||12+ weeks|
|Lower Leg||10-24 weeks|
|Phalanges (Finger & Toe Bones)||3 weeks|
After a fracture has healed, an individual may have to begin a rehabilitation process, such as physical therapy, to alleviate joint stiffness, rebuild the surrounding muscle which has weakened due to lack of use and to increase flexibility.
Some fractures can be healed with relative ease, while others lead to serious complications such as blood clots, nerve damage or internal bleeding. Some fractures heal perfectly and others can leave you unable to get back the functional mobility of a limb or joint that you once had. If you, or a loved one, suffered a broken bone as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of Buffalo, New York broken bone injury lawyers at 716-839-3939. We will strive to get you the best result possible for your personal injury.
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