Atypical Athlete: Softball Star Snaps Back from Broken Neck
While routine grounders may not get by Western Washington University’s starting shortstop, she was no match for a patch of black ice one frigid morning last spring. The slick patch sent the senior spinning into the middle of oncoming traffic, before another car collided with her passenger side. At the hospital a short time later, the woman discovered she had a broken neck and would be on the disabled list for the entirety of the upcoming season.
Fractures, breaks, and sprains
Despite the coverage that more sensational injuries and fatalities tend to receive, bone fractures are actually some of the most common injuries in car accidents. When bones break, it is almost guaranteed that victims will experience some interruption in normal routines related to work, school or family life.
Resilience not universal
Fortunate are the victims who recover from breaks and sprains quickly, such as the softball standout above whose hard work and dedication resulted in a two and a half month recovery and a return to the diamond before the season ended. Many accident victims are sidelined for months, and even years.
Some victims never fully recover, and become permanently disabled due to extremely bad car accident-related fractures. In one recent crash, the victim suffered so many broken bones she has been reduced to living in an assisted living facility.
Long term effects of breaks may not be immediately apparent
The extent to which broken bones heal may be difficult to assess until long after a fracture has been set or operated upon. For this reason, among others, accident victims with broken bones must carefully assess the compensation they are offered for their injuries. Accident attorneys with extensive experience may be best situated to help accident victims determine the amount of damages they may need to recover.
If your bones were fractured in an auto accident, give yourself a fighting chance. Call a knowledgeable attorney at Mark A. Hammer & Associates today.