Fractures & Broken Bones
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 type of fall, impact injury or other traumatic event. Individuals who work in dangerous occupations, such as offshore operators 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 very painful, and often debilitating. Depending on the location of the broken bone and the type of fracture that has occurred, treatment and pain management plans will differ. Some of the different types of fractures are as follows:
- 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 and/or twists to a strange angle. Surgical reduction (manipulation) of the bone is often needed to fix this type of fracture.
- Complete fracture occurs when the bone fragments are completely 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. 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.