It is not uncommon for children to break or fracture a bone during their childhood in an accident or due to the carelessness of another. While exact numbers are hard to come by, it is estimated that about 15% of all child injuries are fractures and that about 2% of children in the U.S. have a fracture each year. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers appreciates the impact a broken may have on a child. Our attorneys protect your child's legal rights when children have been injured due to: bike accidents, hit by cars, suffered a fall and other types of injury cases when an injury is due to the carelessness of others.
Luckily, most children heal and recover quickly from fracture injuries and have no long-term issues. However, when a growth plate fracture occurs, there can be damage to the growth, alignment and form of the bone as the child matures.
Types Of Growth Plate Fractures
As with most bone fractures, growth plate fractures can be simple or complex, depending on where and how the fracture occurred. There are five types of these types of fractures:
- Type 1. Type 1 growth fractures generally happen in younger children and are also referred to as Salter-Harris fractures. These usually happen across the growth plate and do not involve the attached bone. These heal fairly quickly.
- Type 2. This is the most common type of growth plate fracture, usually happening in older children. The fracture starts in the growth plate and extends into the shaft of the bone, away from the joint. These may need realignment but usually do not have many complications.
- Type 3. Like Type 2, these fractures start in the growth plate but exit through the end of the bone into the joint. These can affect the joint cartilage and need proper repositioning to heal correctly.
- Type 4. In Type 4, the fracture starts in the bone, crosses the growth plate and ends in the joint. Once again, proper positioning of the bone is essential and surgery may be required to hold pieces in place.
- Type 5. The most severe growth plate injury, Type 5, is where the growth plate is crushed. This can lead to permanent growth issues and extensive surgeries and treatments to align the bones and promote healthy growth.
Medical Treatment Options for Serious Fractures & Growth Plate Injures in Minors
Each growth plate fracture treatment will depend on where the child is in their bone development and the extent the fracture will impair their bone growth. A young child with a severe growth plate fracture will most likely need several surgeries and treatments to ensure the bone is aligned as they grow. Some treatments that may be needed for growth plate fractures are:
- Open reduction
- Closed reduction with cast or pinning
- Growth plate arrest
- Osteotomy or lengthening
Growth plate fractures are most concerning when they involve a limb and an attempt is made to ensure the affected limb grows to the same length as the opposite limb. Surgery is then needed to either promote normal length growth of the fractured limb or to slow the growth of the other limb.
Attorneys With Experience Representing Injured Children In Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuits With Serious Fractures
Child injury cases that involve a fracture, especially a growth plate fracture, must take into consideration the long-term medical needs of the child. These injuries may need medical attention for many years to come and may come at a great cost to the child and their family.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understands the hardship this kind of injury can have on a child’s development and the pain and suffering they will have to endure. We have an experienced team of Illinois child injury attorneys and medical experts that can build the best possible case for financial compensation to ensure your child will have the opportunity to receive the all the medical attention needed for their injury. (888) 424-5757
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