Bone fractures can be more serious than you might think, and the treatment can be costly. You should always learn whether someone else might be liable for your losses from an experienced personal injury attorney.
Fractures (broken bones) are painful injuries that can be slow to heal and that are often caused by the impact of traffic accidents, accidents on the job, slip and fall accidents, and more. The treatment process for accidental fractures is often quite intensive, and when a fracture fails to heal correctly, it can lead to issues with chronic pain and even to a permanent disability. If someone else’s negligence causes an accident that leaves you with a fracture, you need an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner.
Fractures Require Medical Attention
If you suspect that you sustained a fracture in the course of an accident, you need medical attention. A broken bone that doesn’t receive the requisite medical care can lead to a lifetime of health complaints and concerns. The Mayo Clinic shares that all of the following are signs that the situation is an emergency that requires immediate emergency treatment:
- The victim is unresponsive, isn’t moving, or isn’t breathing
- The victim is bleeding heavily
- The limb or joint looks deformed and/or the bone has pierced the skin
- The victim experiences extreme pain with even gentle pressure
- An affected extremity, such as a toe or finger, turns blue or goes numb at the top
- A bone in the head, neck, or back is suspected of being fractured
In emergency situations such as these, the victim shouldn’t be moved by anyone other than emergency medical professionals – unless the move is necessary to prevent further harm.
Approaches to Medical Treatment
Depending upon the type of fracture and its severity, the medical treatment protocol will very likely include some combination of the following:
- Immobilization – An important component of treating fractures is restricting movement, which is critical to the healing process. Generally, a splint or cast is employed to minimize movement. Crutches or a cane are often used to help keep weight off an affected leg for at least six to eight weeks.
- Setting the Break – If the fracture is displaced, it may need to be manipulated (or set) back into the correct position before the immobilizing splint or cast is applied. Some fractures are temporarily immobilized to allow swelling to abate before they are set.
- Surgery – A serious fracture can require surgery in order to implant internal devices that allow proper positioning of the affected bone or bones during the healing process. Surgery is often necessary for multiple fractures and other kinds of complications.
- Medications – The pain caused by a serious fracture can be immense, and many victims require heavy-duty pain medications in order to obtain relief.
Consult with a Dedicated Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you suffer a fracture in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Blackburn & Green are committed to compiling a solid claim in direct defense of your legal rights and in direct pursuit of your rightful compensation. Your case is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 1-800-444-1112 for more information today.