Fractures are common injuries suffered due to car, truck and motorcycle accidents because of the force and power exerted on the body during a collision and how easily the body can be thrown into contact with objects and debris. The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented thousands of clients who suffered serious fractures and know how expensive and painful the physical recovery process can be. Even if a broken bone doesn’t require extensive surgical intervention to heal properly, it can limit the victim’s ability to work or do the things he or she enjoys until the bone is fully healed.
How Fractures Occur During Auto Collisions
Speed is a major factor in automotive accidents and can contribute to the severity of injuries that people suffer when involved in a collision. The sudden deceleration or jarring impact of a collision is capable of causing extensive harm even at lower speeds, and broken bones are a very common injury our Chicago auto injury lawyers work with. Some of the ways that a person can suffer a fracture include the following.
- Being thrown from a motorcycle and making impact with the ground. Motorcyclists may also fracture or shatter bones if a body part is caught between two objects such as their bike and the ground or two different vehicles.
- A crushing impact involving a commercial vehicle. Truck accidents can result in some of the most severe and catastrophic injuries seen on the roads today. The sheer amount of power displaced when a massive truck comes into contact with a smaller vehicle is enough to bring devastation to all of the smaller vehicle’s occupants.
- Being thrown from a vehicle during a collision. If the victim is not wearing a seatbelt, he or she may be thrown from the vehicle during a high-speed collision or rollover event. In addition to likely lacerations and trauma to internal organs, victims are likely to suffer fractures.
- Striking an object during an accident. It is a common defense mechanism for passengers to throw their hands on front of their faces during an accident, which can result in broken fingers, hands and wrists. Being thrown into or caught between objects are also common causes of fractures and shattered bones.
Types of Fractures Frequently Associated With Auto Accidents
There are many different forms of fractures, and each injury requires treatment specific to the type of injury and its location. All fractures are classified as either simple or compound before a more specific classification can be provided. A simple fracture occurs beneath the skin and does not result in any lacerations or protrusion of the bone from the flesh while compound fractures occur when the bone exits the body at some point during the injury. Before a doctor can prescribe a treatment plan for a fracture, it is important to identify what type of fracture it is and what methods must be used to set the bones back into place.
Here are some of the most specific forms of fractures.
- Incomplete fractures— these are only partial breaks of the bone and the bone is still held together by a part that has not broken through.
- Linear fractures— these breaks occur down the length of a bone rather than across.
- Transverse fractures— a transverse fracture occurs perpendicular to the length of the bone.
- Oblique fractures– these breaks occur diagonally across the bone.
- Spiral fractures— a spiral fracture is caused by the twisting of a bone rather than blunt force and can be especially painful and difficult to treat.
- Comminuted fractures— often the result of shattered bones, these fractures are defined as breaks that occur in multiple locations in the same bone.
- Impacted fractures— these breaks occur when one bone is forced into another, causing a fracture and possible dislocation.
Broken bones rarely pose any immediate danger to a victim’s life, but they can keep the victim sidelined for a significant period as he or she heals. Some fractures are far more difficult or painful to treat and may cause considerable pain and suffering throughout the recovery process. This is why it is important for you to pursue all avenues available to recover the compensation you need and deserve following a car, truck or motorcycle accident. You are entitled to recover damages for the cost of your immediate medical treatment as well as long-term care and surgical procedures, and can also recover compensation for the value of your lost wages, out of pocket expenses and pain and suffering.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a leading provider of award winning legal services to clients who have suffered debilitating injuries in automotive accidents and we have access to all of the resources you need to recover from your accident physically, emotionally and financially. Our Chicago auto injury lawyers have years of experience and successful track records, so you can be sure that your lawyer has the knowledge and qualifications you need to ensure the highest probability of success.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with a Chicago auto accident attorney so that we can collect the information we need to get to work on your behalf, answer your questions, and review all of your legal options with you so that you know exactly what you can expect. We work solely on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t owe us a thing unless we secure damages on your behalf.
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