A lot of force is generated during a car accident as momentum is transferred between two moving vehicles and can cause severe injuries when this force is applied on human bodies. Broken or crushed bones are common in auto accidents that cause the occupants of a vehicle to strike objects inside or outside of the vehicle with great force or when the vehicle itself is crushed while rolling over. The treatment of severe fractures can require surgical intervention and a long recovery period, making it important to have your case evaluated by a personal injury lawyer in order to receive fair compensation for your injuries. The Chicago Injury Center is a leading personal injury law firm throughout Illinois and represents the interests of our clients when dealing with insurance companies and negligent drivers.
Types of Fractures
Broken bones fall into two categories when identifying the injury— simple fractures and compound fractures. Simple fractures remain beneath the skin while compound fractures cause the bone to pierce the skin and protrude from the victim’s limb. Compound fractures are often accompanied with more complications due to the exposure of the wound to air and tissue and muscular damage that results from the bone breaking through the skin. The location and type of fracture are both important in determining treatment of the injury as well as the difficulty of recovery.
Injuries to growth plates in children can have long lasting effects if the affected bones grow improperly as a result of the injury. Surgical intervention or corrective braces may be required in order to ensure that the bone heals and grows properly until maturation. In some cases, it may result in one limb being longer than its counterpart or permanent disfigurement.
Treatment for Fractures
Compound fractures often require surgical intervention and may become infected due to contaminants finding their way into the wound. Even simple fractures may require the use of internal or external fixation devices in order to keep the bones in place until they have fully healed. After the bones are set, whether by traditional or surgical means, progress must be monitored over time through x rays in order to make sure that the bones are healing properly. If internal fixation devices are used to set the bones back in place, those devices usually remain inside the body after the bones are fully healed.
If you were hurt in a car accident, you are entitled to compensation equal to the cost of your medical treatment, wages lost due to time off of work and the pain and suffering you must endure to recovery from your injuries. The Chicago Injury Center’s team of auto accident lawyers is knowledgeable and experienced in the recovery of damages for those who have been harmed in accidents at the fault of others. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation so that we can evaluate your case and explain your legal options in greater detail. We will never require a fee until we have successfully recovered compensation on your behalf.