Fractures & Broken Bone Lawsuits in Houston, TX
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A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the continuity of any bone. For this reason, an individual can suffer from a broken bone in almost any part of the body, from the skull or spine to the ribs, arms, legs, or pelvis. 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. 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.
Some of the Different Types of Fractures
- Simple fracture occurs when the bone breaks but does not puncture the skin.
- Compound fracture happens when the bone breaks and pierces the skin.
- Compression fracture usually occurs in the spine, when one or more vertebrae collapse.
- Displacement or angulation fracture occurs when the broken bone moves from its original location or twists to a strange angle.
- Complete fracture occurs when the bone fragments are entirely separated.
- Incomplete fracture occurs when the two bone fragments are still partially joined.
- Transverse fracture is one that runs at a right angle to the bone's long axis.
- Linear fracture is one that runs parallel to the bone's long axis.
- Oblique fracture runs diagonal to a bone's long axis.
- Spiral fracture is one in which at least part of the bone has been twisted.
- Comminuted fracture is one in which a bone has broken into several pieces.
- Impacted fracture is caused by bone fragments being driven into one another.
Finding Treatment for Your Broken Bone Injury
Treatment options for broken bones are classified as being open (treated by surgically opening the fracture site) or closed (referring to immobilization through a cast or sling, pain management or any other type of non-surgical treatment.)
It is important to remember that, even with prompt and appropriate medical attention, broken bones can result in serious and permanently debilitating complications for patients, occasionally even resulting in repeated surgeries or the amputation of an affected limb.
Broken Bone & Bone Fracture FAQ
How long does it take for a 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. Children may heal faster, however, and people with underlying medical conditions like osteoporosis may take longer to heal. Your doctor will be able to assess how long it should take for your broken bone to heal. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders while your bone is 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, osteoporosis, and overuse.
- 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. This can lead to fractures.
In any situation that causes broken bones, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your medical care and other losses or expenses. Work-related bone fractures may be covered by workers’ compensation. Other bone injuries, like those caused by traffic accidents or falls, may warrant the filing of a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. At Arnold & Itkin, we can help you take the right path toward recovery.
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. An experienced injury lawyer can talk to you about what happened and can help you weigh your options. If moving forward with a claim is in your best interests, your lawyer can help you recover money for medical care, ongoing treatment and therapy, lost income, loss of future income, and even emotional trauma. With this support, you can finally heal and move on.
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If you or a loved one has suffered from a broken bone or related injuries as the result of the negligence of others, you may be entitled to compensation. Arnold & Itkin would be happy to review the facts in your broken bone 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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