Bones Broken in an Accident? Our Phoenix Injury Attorneys Can Help You Get Compensation and Justice
A broken bone is fairly common: the average person has two in a lifetime. Some breaks heal cleanly and completely, leaving the injured person “good as new.”
Just the same, broken bones, fractures, or other bone injuries are serious. They may be caused by trauma, particularly in auto accidents, or may be caused by other injuries or by bone diseases (e.g. cancer or osteoporosis). Broken bones are especially serious if multiple, compound fractures occur. in general, a fracture is an emergency that calls for immediate medical attention.
The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you have significant experience in helping clients with broken bones. Our offices are conveniently located in nearby Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call. You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more about bone injuries.
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Most-Common Broken Bone Injuries & Auto Accidents That Cause Them
In our experience, the most commonly broken bones are the thumbs, wrists, hands, ankles, lower legs, ribs, knee caps, femurs, hips, skull, facial bones, clavicles (collarbones), necks, and spine. Those are the bones most likely to be fractured or otherwise damaged in an auto accident, and an auto accident is one of the most likely scenarios in which one is likely to suffer serious bone injuries.
The types of auto accidents that we find most likely to result in broken bones, fractures, bruises, or other bone injuries include rear-endings, freeway accidents, head-on collisions, the running of red lights, illegal left turns, hit-and-run offenses, and low-speed collisions.
Types of Broken Bones
Broken bones come in several varieties:
- A “greenstick” fracture is an incomplete fracture in which the bone is bent. This is most common in children.
- With a “non-displaced” fracture, the bone cracks either part way through or all the way through but is still in its proper alignment.
- With a “displaced” fracture, the bone breaks into two or more pieces and the pieces are not lined up (i.e., they’re displaced from each other).
- With a “comminuted” fracture, the bone is broken into many pieces.
- With a “closed” fracture, the bone does not break through the skin.
- With an “open” fracture (also called a “compound” fracture), the bone does break through the skin, although it may then recede inside the wound and not be visible through the skin.
- A “complete fracture” happens when the bone breaks all the way through, becoming two separate pieces.
- An “incomplete fracture” means that the bone is not broken all the way through.
If you’ve been in an accident, you may have broken bones and not even know it.
Some symptoms of broken bones include:
- Swelling or bruising over a bone
- Pain in the injured area that becomes worse when the area is moved or touched
- Deformity of an arm, leg, wrist, or ankle (it looks “out of alignment”)
- Loss of ability to use the limb
If you think you might have a broken bone, it’s highly advisable to have an x-ray to find out for sure. If left untreated, a broken bone injury can become much more serious.
Healing Broken Bone Injury
How long it takes broken bones to heal varies from person to person and depends on the severity of the injury.
Younger people often heal faster than older people, and a minor fracture in a child may heal in a few weeks.
A serious fracture suffered by an older person may take months to heal and may even be life threatening. Patients over age 50 have an increased risk of mortality following hip fractures, in particular, and this persists for years.
In women, the risk of death increases five times during the three months following a hip fracture. For men, the increase is eight fold. The risk stays at least twice as high as normal for 10 years following the injury.
Common Ways Bones Can Be Broken or Fractured in a Car Accident
Because of the way your body absorbs the impact of the collision, there are several ways you can break or fracture bones during an accident:
- Being thrown forward or backward in the car
- Hitting objects in the car with force (such as the dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield)
- Being thrown out of the car and the impact with the ground
- Compression during the collision
- Being hit with any external objects, such as loose items in the car
- Bending or twisting your limbs in abnormal or unusual ways during the crash
How Do I Know If I Have a Broken Bone?
After being in a car crash, you will likely know that you have a broken or fractured bone right away. One sign of a broken bone is intense amounts of pain in a localized area. Along with severe pain, here are some signs that you may have a broken bone:
- Pain that worsens when you move or touch the area
- Inability to bear weight or put pressure on the area
- Redness, swelling, bruising/ discoloration, and tenderness
- Visible bone exposure if the bone breaks the skin
- Visible bone deformity, such as your limb bending the wrong way
If you are involved in a serious accident, you may have more than one break.
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Hospitals Near You in Greater Phoenix
Depending on where you are in the Valley, here’s a list of some hospitals that may be close to you.
Chandler: Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Arizona General Medical Center.
North Phoenix: Deer Valley Medical Center and John C. Lincoln Medical Center.
Peoria: Abrazo Peoria Emergency Center and Abrazo Arrowhead Campus.
Compensation for Broken Bones
Compensation for fractures depends on a number of considerations.
Unlike with soft tissue injuries, there can be no question about whether a fracture exists: it’s apparent from the x-rays. This type of evidence makes it easier to negotiate a settlement when liability for an accident is clear.
Damages for subjective injuries like pain and suffering may vary based on how much the fracture impedes a person’s usual lifestyle. An active weekend athlete who enjoyed biking, hiking, and skiing before an accident may be considered to “suffer” more from temporary immobility than a couch potato would.
If you’ve suffered a broken bone injury due to someone else’s negligence, Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you can help you seek compensation. We work on a contingency basis; we don’t get paid unless you get paid. When you’re ready to move forward with your claim, please contact our office, conveniently located in your area. Our offices are conveniently located in nearby Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we are available by phone or video call.