Chicago Bone Fracture Accident Lawyers
The impact force of a severe fall or some other accident could cause tremendous stress on our bones leading to a broken bone injury. Most fractures in personal injury cases are sustained in motor vehicle collisions like car crashes, pedestrian accidents, or motorcycle accidents.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understands the impact that a broken bone can have on an individual's life, including immediate pain, medical bills, and lingering disability. We offer a free review of Chicago personal injury cases involving broken bone injuries and invite you to discuss your case with an attorney today.
If another party's negligent actions caused your injury, they are legally responsible for all costs associated with it. Our law firm is experienced with getting individuals of all ages adequate compensation for their pain and medical expenses related to injuries sustained in auto accidents.
We are based in Chicago but handle cases across Illinois. If you have been involved in an accident, contact a personal injury attorney today for a free consultation.
Car Accident Fractured Bone FAQs
What Bones can You Break in a Car Accident?
While the human body is resilient, any bone can break under specific circumstances like car accidents or falls. Common bones that break in vehicle crashes include the sternum, femur, pelvis, collarbone, neck bones, and spinal cord vertebrae.
Do Fractured Bones Heal Themselves?
Mending broken bone is a lengthy, painful process where the internal stem cells renew the damaged area and make the damaged stronger. In the early stages, the body builds up cartilage in the damaged area that will eventually replace new bone tissue.
It can take many months for the fractured bones to heal entirely and might feel tender to the touch for years. The different kinds of fractures include stress, greenstick, open, closed, displaced, comminuted, oblique, hairline, compound, and transverse.
Is a Fractured Bone Considered a Broken Bone?
Fractured Bones are broken bones. The fracture is a natural response when the outside impact on bone tissue far exceeds the bone's ability to remain stable.
Some fractures occur internally when the individual suffering from osteoporosis or other debilitating bone condition.
What Happens if a Fractured Bone Goes Untreated?
Nearly all broken bones require proper treatment to set the bone, keep it stable with a temporary/permanent cast, and provide nutrients to ensure it heals. Any untreated bone fracture could lead to a delayed union or non-union condition.
A non-union break never heals and causes ongoing pain, tenderness, and swelling that worsens over time.
What is the Most Painful Bone to Break?
The thighbone is the body's lengthiest and strongest bone that, when fractured, can be the most painful break to endure. A fractured pelvis could cause years of extensive pain and never properly heal if crushed.
However, a broken job bone might be the most difficult pain to endure. Many patients' jaws are wired shut during the healing process, making it challenging to eat anything other than liquids for months.
What are the 4 Stages of Bone Healing?
When the bone is crushed or broken, the body will begin one of four bone healing stages. The four steps include
- Hematoma formation involving inflammation
- The formation of fibrocartilaginous callus during the initial reparative stage
- The formation of bony callus in the final reparative stage
- The remodeling stage
Common Causes of Illinois Bone Fracture Cases
Suppose another party's negligence caused your fracture injury. In that case, you are entitled to recover for the resulting medical expenses, pain, and disability—both past costs and estimated future costs—no matter what your physical condition was before the accident.
If there is sufficient medical testimony to establish a fracture's causation, a person or entity responsible for causing the accident might be held legally liable for the ensuing damages.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
Our car accident lawyers regularly represent people who have sustained fractured bones due to:
- Car crashes
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Truck accidents
- Work-related incidents
- Nursing home accidents
- Head-on crashes
Your Chicago personal injury lawyer will review all the circumstances surrounding your injury to identify potential defendants involved in your case. A defendant could include a landlord who neglected to repair a broken stairwell, a supermarket that neglected to clear away ice and snow outside the store entrance, a motorist who failed to obey traffic laws that caused the car accident, or others that were directly or indirectly responsible for your damages.
Types of Bone Fractures
Large and small bones tend to fracture when there is a significant amount of external stress applied to bone tissue that can no longer bend against the pressure without cracking or breaking. A person's bones might be more susceptible to breakage if disease or age has weakened the bone tissue or diminished bone density.
Bone fractures come in different forms were victims suffer crushing injuries to arm and leg bones, including the fibula, tibia, and humerus. Your doctor will use various terms to diagnose your injury found in an x-ray. These terms include:
- Stress — Hard to spot but easy to feel, stress fractures are hairline cracks within bones.
- Complete — This type of fracture usually cleanly breaks the bone into at least two pieces. Complete fractures are typically the result of severe car crashes or slip and fall events on hard surfaces
- Greenstick — Most greenstick fractures happen when the bone cracks on just one side and not through to the other side of the bone. Greenstick fractures usually result from accidents such as falling on defective stairs
- Open fracture — Most open fractures produce a bone that pierces through the skin and causes mild to severe bleeding
- Closed fracture — Also called simple fractures, closed fractures happen when the bone does not break through the skin
- Single — The bone breaks at a single location
- Comminuted fracture — Bones that break into three pieces or more, or are crushed
- Displaced — When the trauma not only leaves the affected bone broken but also moves it out of proper alignment, complicating the healing process
- Bowing fracture — These types of fractures occur only in children when the soft bone bends but does not break entirely
- Oblique fracture – The fracture occurred over the bone axis at about a forty-five degrees angle that might be the result of a twisting injury
- Compound fracture – A compound fracture is an open fracture were bone material punctures through the victim's skin. These fractures are typically caused by an accident, fall, or overuse.
However, patients with osteoporosis can also develop a compound fracture.
- Hairline fracture – Hairline fractures (Stress fracture) can create a small crack or deep bruise to a bone in the foot, ankle, or leg. An intense impact could cause a hairline fracture, much like osteoporosis and other medical problems, as in athletic sports events by jumping and running.
- Transverse fracture affects the right and left spine vertebra that appears wing-like
Besides pain, a fracture's signs and symptoms can include bruising or swelling in the injury's location. Most femur and skull fractures require immediate medical attention and surgical intervention, as do hip fractures.
Afterward, the patient will likely require ongoing physical therapy to heal completely from their car accident injury.
The Most Frequently Broken Bones
The clavicle (collarbone) is a common broken bone injury. The collarbone's long length is prone to injury in both children and adults.
Other situations and the human's usage of a bone can make it susceptible to breakage. The following bones fracture the most and can produce devastating consequences if fractured because of their central role in daily functioning.
The risks of breaking individual bones change as one age. For instance, the bone that is broken the most among young people is the wrist.
However, for older Americans, the hip is the most common fracture, which isn't too surprising, because age poses different risks.
Medical Treatments for Bone Fracture
Your medical treatment will be determined by the fracture's location and the type and the break's severity. Your physician will create a plan of action to set the bone and stabilize it during the healing process after diagnosing your fracture.
The doctor will likely recommend that you wear a fiberglass or plaster cast to ensure your bones remain set in the same position until the healing is complete.
Based on your type of injury, a surgeon might insert screws into the upper and lower portion of your undamaged bone to ensure that the broken or fractured area remains in place (known as "open reduction internal fixation," or ORIF). The surgical procedure might require the attachment of plates bolted on the bone's outer surfaces.
The healing process's length of time depends on the severity of the break and the level of care you receive. Typically, the healing process can take anywhere from one to several months. Healing varies because everyone's body heals at a different rate. Your healing process could take less or more time
Fractures in the Elderly
The severity of an injury usually depends on both the type and location of the injury and the person's physical condition. As we age, our bones become thinner and more brittle. Even a minor accident can have a horrific impact on an older adult due to the resulting fracture's magnitude.
The elderly are at risk of developing complex injuries from accidents and falls that might require surgery to stabilize the bones with hardware and extended rehabilitation.
Special Considerations for Children With Broken Bones
Children also have a unique risk of sustaining serious injures due to childhood-associated activities. While children's bone fractures are more likely to heal faster than an older person's, doctors must evaluate every childhood fracture to determine if it involves the growth plate.
In children and adolescents, the growth plate is located at the end of long bones near the joints where two bones are connected, where bones grow longer. A break in the bone near or by the growth plate—also known as a Salter-Harris fracture— might children experiencing limit normal growth in a particular bone.
This type of fracture could lead to deformity or a shorter bone on one side of a growing child's body. It might also interfere with normal joint motion, which can impair function.
When a fracture involves the growth plate, physicians might need to monitor the child for several years to ensure there is no impact on the growth process. A severe injury like spinal cord damage, rib fracture, or facial fracture might cause avulsion where soft tissue and ligaments pull-away from the bone.
Settlement Compensation You Could Receive for an Injury
If another's negligence caused your injury, you are entitled to receive financial compensation to restore your economic damages. These damages could include lost wages and medical expenses, as well as your noneconomic damages, including pain, suffering, emotional distress, and loss of ordinary life.
Your spouse might be able to recover for loss of consortium and loss of services. Your case's monetary value depends on the severity of your injuries and the extent of your damages.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can review your case to determine your claim's worth if filed against every potentially responsible party. Our personal injury attorneys will calculate your case's value based on the circumstances surrounding the accident, past and future medical bills, your need for future medical care, and how your injuries have altered your daily living activities.
Filing an Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit
The state statute of limitations restricts the amount of time you have to file a claim before giving up all legal rights to ever seeking financial compensation at any time in the future. Illinois gives victims of personal injury two years to file a lawsuit. (See 735 ILCS 5/13-202)
That period might be extended if the injured is a minor. Your attorney can help you identify the amount of time you have left before giving up your rights to seek monetary recovery.
However, suppose you wait too long, the evidence you need to prove your case could disappear. In that case, eyewitnesses could move away, people's memories could diminish, and the ability to prove your case to a claims adjuster or a jury could become much more challenging.
Your lawyer needs to get started right away to determine the types of injuries, the length of your recovery process, the permanency of your disability, and the extent of hospitalization and medical bills you will generate in the future for needed treatment.
Therefore, it is critically important that you consult an Illinois personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident so that he or she can protect your future recovery should you decide to file an action.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC works vigorously to ensure that accident victims receive the most significant compensation possible under the law. Call our offices today to see what you can recover from a personal injury lawsuit
Sample Illinois Bone Fracture Accident Settlements and Jury Verdicts
$250,000 SETTLEMENT, Premises Liability, Cook County, IL
More Information About Treatment of Orthopedic Injuries
Here are links to some outside resources that discuss common injuries and their treatment:
- First Aid for Fractures
- The Facts About Broken Bones
- Understanding Bone Fractures
- Fractures and Broken Bones
Get Help From Skilled Chicago Bone Fracture Accident Attorneys
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to obtaining you the maximum compensation for your broken bone injuries case. Our personal injury law office has helped recover significant damages for many clients who have sustained fractures.
Let us speak directly to the insurance company on your behalf to ensure you receive adequate compensation. Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation.
All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.