Helping Accident Victims Recover for Painful Bone Fractures
Bone fractures are one of the most common types of injuries suffered by motor vehicle accident victims. Mark A. Hammer & Associates, Inc. has helped accident victims with fracture injuries throughout western Washington for 30 years. We know what it takes to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your bone fracture injury.
A bone fracture can be as minor as a small crack, known as a hairline fracture, and as severe as a compound fracture. In a compound fracture, the bone breaks clean in half and tears through the skin surrounding the fracture. Bones are exceptionally resilient, so a remarkable amount of force is necessary for one to break. Automobile accidents frequently produce sufficient trauma to the body to cause bone fractures.
Recovering from bone fractures can be difficult. For some fractures, victims may need to miss work. When they return to work, victims may not be able to perform the same tasks, or perform at the same level as before the injury. More serious fractures may require corrective surgery, with pins and screws inserted to stabilize the break. One consequence of this procedure is severely limited mobility in the region surrounding the break.
There are many different types of fractures; some involve more pain than others and require more time to heal; some may not heal completely at all and leave the accident victim with a life-long disability. Understanding the significance of different types of fractures is essential to a proper valuation of a case and making sure the injured plaintiff is fully compensated for his or her injuries.
What are Complications Associated with Fractures?
There are various complications that can arise from a bone fracture. Physicians categorize complications with regard to when they occur. Complications can be immediate, early, or late. Some immediate complications include damage to blood vessels, muscles and tendons, and joints. Two early complications include serious infection to the fracture area, and a potentially life-threatening condition known as compartment syndrome. Finally, some late complications include imperfect union of the fracture, stiffness in joints, and osteoarthritis.