What is a Fracture?

A fracture is a break in a bone. It can happen to any bone in the body, including the ribs, hips, legs, and arms. Facial fractures and skull fractures are some of the more complex breaks because they can cause lifelong deformity and disability.

The severity of the fracture depends on the force that caused the break. Falling off your bike at a low speed may not result in the same debilitating type of fracture that a motorcycle accident would cause. The higher the force, the more damage is done to the bone. Smaller amounts of force result in a crack in the bone. More moderate to severe forces will result in the bone breaking all the way through. Extreme forces, such as those found in car accidents and falls, will result in the bone being shattered.

There are many different types of fractures, including:

  • Stable fracture – The broken ends of the bone line up perfectly. This type of fracture is not as serious.
  • Open, compound fracture – This type of fracture may pierce through the skin or it might be visible through a wound.
  • Transverse fracture – This type of fracture has a horizontal fracture line.
  • Oblique fracture – This type of fracture has an angled pattern.
  • Comminuted fracture – This type of fracture is serious because the bone has shattered into three or more pieces.

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Common Causes of Fractures

The body is not made to withstand significant force. It is also not made to bend in the wrong direction. Any activity that causes the body to contort or twist inappropriately could result in a significant break or fracture.

However, the most common causes of breaks and fractures include:

Signs and Symptoms of Fractures

When you fracture a bone, it is a painful experience. Many Little Rock accident victims are very aware they have broken a bone because it hurts and is difficult to move. However, some more minor fractures may not be identified as quickly. If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms of a fracture, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

  • Swelling of the extremity
  • Discoloration in the extremity
  • Tenderness around the injury
  • Extreme pain in the injury
  • Difficulty moving the affected bone
  • Deformity of the limb
  • Visual site of bone puncturing through the skin

Diagnosis and Treatment of Fractures

If you believe you have broken a bone or multiple bones, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Don’t worry about contacting a personal injury law firm until you have made sure you are receiving the right medical attention. When arriving at the emergency room, your doctor will perform a series of medical tests and examinations to determine the full extent of your fractures. This may include physical exams, as well as X-rays. These tests can help radiologists locate the fracture and determine the best course of treatment.

The treatment of the fracture depends largely on the bone that is broken, as well as the severity of the fracture. Some of the most common treatments for fractures include:

  • Cast immobilization – A plaster or fiberglass cast is placed on the affected extremity for four to six weeks.
  • Functional cast or brace – This type of cast allows for limited motion. It can be used to treat some types of fractures.
  • Traction – This helps to align the bones by gently pulling them to put them into the proper position.
  • External fixation – Metal pins or screws are placed into the bone above and below the fracture site.
  • Surgery – Open reduction and internal fixation is a type of surgical treatment. Through surgery, the bones are put back into place, and special metal pins, rods, and plates help hold the bones intact.

It is always important to follow your doctor’s orders and your treatment plan after a car accident. Failure to do this could jeopardize your injury claim and affect your ability to collect compensation, because the insurance company may believe that your injuries were not as severe as you claimed.

Compensation for Fractures

When seeking compensation after a serious broken bone or fracture, it is important to understand the long-term consequences and complications you may face. Recovery following a fracture can take months to heal. In some cases, however, the fracture may never fully heal and result in a lifetime of pain and limited range of motion.

Injured accident victims who suffer a fracture or a break often deserve to be compensated for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Hospitalizations
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering

What to Do If You Think You Have a Fracture

Fractured bones should be taken seriously. Immediately after an accident, you should seek medical help immediately if you suspect you have broken a bone. While you may want to stay at the accident scene and collect evidence, your first course of action should be to protect your health and call 911. If you are able, you can instruct friends, family members or eyewitnesses to gather any evidence you might need. You should also ask a friend or loved one to contact a trusted personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident if you are unable to do so yourself.

If you believe you have suffered a broken bone in a car accident, in Little Rock and beyond, it is important to take the following steps immediately.

  • Seek medical attention (call 911)
  • Gather the other driver’s contact information
  • Obtain eyewitness contact information
  • Talk to the police or fill out an accident report
  • Take pictures of the crash, as well as your injury
  • Keep copies of all receipts and medical records
  • Journal your experience
  • Contact an experienced and skilled Arkansas car accident lawyer

Our Experience Matters

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our car accident lawyers have successfully represented various car accident victims in Arkansas and Tennessee who have suffered from serious broken bones and fractures.  Here are just a few of the clients we’ve helped in their quest for justice.

  • $1,215,000 – Auto accident victim with head injuries and broken bones
  • $1,000,000 – Car accident victim with fractured vertebrae and compound leg fracture
  • $700,000 – Car accident victim with brain injury and fractured back
  • $625,000 – Car accident victim with fractures and collapsed lung
  • $550,000 – Car accident victim with brain injuries and broken bones
  • $525,000 – Car accident victim with broken hips and legs
  • $300,000 – Drunk driver caused an accident resulting in broken bones

We’re There When You Need Us

If you’ve suffered fractures or broken bones, it is important to understand that these injuries can be severe.

While most individuals do not consider fractures to be a “serious” injury, many car accident victims find their quality of life extremely diminished after suffering from fractures. In some cases, fractures may result in long-term disability, pain, and suffering. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand the full impact and potential future challenges that your bone injury may cause. Working with a trusted law firm ensures your best chance of receiving full compensation for your claim.

At Rainwater, Holt, & Sexton, our Arkansas accident attorneys know how devastating these injuries can be. With nine offices in Arkansas and Tennessee – Little Rock, Little Rock-Corporate Hill, Springdale, Conway, Hot Springs, Bryant, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, and Memphis – our lawyers are there whenever you need us. Fill out a free contact request form or simply dial (800) 434-4800 and tell us about your story.

We’re here to help.

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