If you’ve sustained broken bones after a car wreck, you may be in serious pain, unable to walk or move a limb.
You may not immediately feel anything due to the shock and the adrenaline of being involved in a crash, but broken bones, no matter how minor, can still be debilitating.
Bone fractures are most likely to occur in head-on collisions, T-bone accidents, high-impact rear-end accidents, rollover accidents, and accidents with pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Identifying a bone fracture after a car wreck
Minor bone fractures may not produce any immediate symptoms. After being involved in a crash, you may start to notice swelling, bruising, and bleeding around the impacted area.
With severe bone fractures, the pain can be excruciating. You may experience weakness or lose all mobility in the impacted area. Bone fractures are likely to occur in the legs, hips, wrists, arms, ribs, and collarbones.
They can manifest in many ways and can range in severity. The most common bone fractures include:
- Simple fractures: only the bone is broken without impacting the surrounding tissue
- Closed fractures: the bone is broken, but doesn’t penetrate the skin
- Comminuted fracture: a bone break that involves two or more fragments
- Open or compound fracture: a broken bone penetrates the skin
- Oblique fracture: the bone is broken in a diagonal angle
- Undisplaced fracture/stable fracture: a broken bone remains in alignment
- Displaced fracture: a broken bone is out of alignment
- Transverse fracture: a broken bone that occurs on a long axis right angle
- Greenstick fracture: a bone bends on one side and cracks on the other
Broken bones require immediate medical attention after a crash. If ignored, this type of injury can worsen and impact internal organs in some places. When treated properly, fractures can take as little as six weeks to heal, depending on the severity and the injury victim’s overall health.
Even after a fracture heals, regaining lost muscle tissue and flexibility in the joints can take months of physical therapy.
Treating bone fractures will most likely require X-rays, pain medication, and casting. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
During the recovery process, you may not be able to attend work or engage in activities you once enjoyed. What’s worse, the medical bills can be overwhelmingly expensive. You may be wondering how you will cough up the money to pay for your medical expenses and afford to make ends meet.
That’s why it’s critical that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Attorney Scott M. Miller will examine the details of your car wreck and use crucial evidence to take on the insurance companies. If you have been injured in a crash, we’d like to discuss your options. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation.