Fractures & Broken Bone Lawsuits in Houston, TX
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Some of the most common, painful types of catastrophic injuries are those related to orthopedic injuries, especially broken bones. If you or someone you love is currently suffering from an injury like this caused through the negligent or reckless behaviors of another, then you should not wait to contact Arnold & Itkin. At our injury law firm, we are dedicated to serving the needs of injury victims throughout the state and across the country. Our success is your success, so we happily take on all the risk for your case. Let us fight for the best results.
Understanding Broken Bones & Fractures
A bone fracture is when there is a break in the continuity of bone, which can occur in almost any part of the body—from the skull or spine to the ribs, arms, legs, or pelvis. Bone fractures are usually painful and often debilitating. Depending on the location of the bone and the type of fracture that occurred, treatment and pain management will differ. An individual can suffer a broken bone as a result of any fall, impact injury, or another traumatic event. Individuals who work in dangerous occupations, such as offshore and industrial workers, and those who have been involved in car or truck accident are particularly at risk of suffering from a broken bone.
Different Types of Fractures
- Simple fractures occur when the bone breaks but does not puncture the skin.
- Compound fractures happen when the bone breaks and pierces the skin.
- Compression fractures usually occur in the spine, when one or more vertebrae collapse.
- Complete fractures occur when the bone fragments are entirely separated.
- Incomplete fractures occur when the two bone fragments are still partially joined.
- Transverse fractures run at a right angle to the bone's long axis.
- Linear fractures run parallel to the bone's long axis.
- Oblique fractures run diagonal to a bone's long axis.
- Spiral fractures are when at least part of the bone has been twisted.
- Comminuted fractures are when a bone has broken into several pieces.
- Impacted fractures are caused by bone fragments being driven into one another.
Finding Treatment for Your Broken Bone or Fracture
Treatment options for broken bones are classified as the following:
- Open - Treated by surgically opening the fracture site
- Closed - Immobilization, pain management, or any other type of non-surgical treatment
Even with prompt and appropriate medical attention, broken bones can result in serious, debilitating complications for patients, occasionally even resulting in repeated surgeries or the amputation of an affected limb.
What Is an Orthopedic Injury?
Orthopedic injuries are those to the musculoskeletal system that affect a victim's mobility—either by making movement painful or inhibiting it completely. Orthopedic injuries cover a broad range of specific injuries, from minor ankle sprains to spinal damage and tetraplegia (quadriplegia). One of the most common orthopedic injuries are those involving broken bones and fractures; however, they can also involve other injuries.
Most orthopedic injuries are categorized into three types:
- Acute injuries result from sudden, traumatic events such as breaking your back.
- Chronic recurring injuries are when a chronic condition or acute injury makes your tissue more susceptible to damage. For example, they could be the result of weakened ankle ligaments.
- Chronic overuse injuries are caused by repeated, low-force impact—familiar to anyone who makes repetitive, demanding movements. These injuries accumulate over time, leading to chronic pain.
Broken Bone & Fracture FAQ
How long does it take for a broken bone to heal?
Your doctor will be able to assess how long it should take for your broken bone to heal. When a bone is fractured, it typically takes about six to eight weeks for it and the surrounding soft tissue to heal. However, children may heal faster, and people with underlying medical conditions like osteoporosis may take longer. Follow your doctor's orders while healing, as engaging in certain activities could cause additional damage.
What are the leading causes of broken bones?
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the most common causes of bone fractures are:
- Trauma can lead to a bone fracture if the bone is bent or twisted. A fall, auto accident, bicycle accident, or incident at work could cause trauma that fractures one or more bones.
- Osteoporosis is a medical disorder that weakens the bones, making them more likely to break even as a result of a minor fall or other relatively slight trauma.
- Overuse occurs when too much strain is put on the muscles and bones on a regular basis.
Should I involve an attorney if I suffered a broken bone in an accident?
Broken bones are serious and can not only incur significant medical bills but may also require months of recovery. You shouldn't have to worry about how you'll pay for your treatment or make up for your lost wages. In many situations that cause broken bones, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your medical care and other losses or expenses. At Arnold & Itkin, we can help you take the right path toward recovery.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone or related injuries as the result of the negligence of others, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Houston serious injury law firm would be happy to review the facts in your case, free of charge. We have an impressive track record of success in handling cases involving all types of personal injuries and accidents, including motor vehicle accidents and industrial accidents. No matter how severe the injury may be, finding the right attorney will ultimately lead you to the right path of treatment and recovery.
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