Car accidents are worrying at best and most of the time include an injury that that increases the anxiety, frustration and suffering of the person involved. Fractures are one of the most common injuries associated with a car accident in Plymouth, MA.
If the accident that caused your fracture was as a result of someone else’s negligence, you can file a broken bone injury claim or a car accident injury claim. You deserve compensation for your injuries. We have answered a few questions regarding broken bones and fractures in a car accident in Plymouth.
Where in the Body are You Likely to Suffer a Fracture?
Most car accident victims usually suffer fractures to their spine, legs and arms. Other bones that are also likely to break include:
Do Car Accident Victims Suffer from Broken Bones?
Yes. Broken bones are usually the result of car accidents, which can cause serious trauma. Other accidents such as slip and fall accidents can also cause broken bones. For instance, if you break a big fall with your arm, chances are high that it will result in your arm being fractured.
What Types of Fractures can occur in the Spine?
A spinal fracture is not the same as a broken leg or arm. When you break your spine, bone fragments can damage or pinch the nerves in your spinal cord. Depending on how severe your injury is, you may have difficulty moving your arms or legs, difficulty walking or you may experience pain. Five types of fractures can occur to your spine:
- Compression Fracture. This type of fracture mostly occurs to people who suffer from diseases affecting the bones such as osteoporosis or cancer of the bones. The bones in the vertebrae weaken over time such that when a certain amount of pressure is exerted on the bones, they break instantly.
- Burst Fracture. This is a severe fracture caused by severe trauma such as that caused by a car accident. The main difference between a burst fracture and a compression fracture is that the vertebrae is fractured in several places. The bony fragments spread out and can cause spinal cord injury. A burst fracture is usually more severe than a compression fracture.
- Flexion-distraction fracture. This fracture happens when you are pushed forward in a car accident. Your spine flexes forward and this may cause the vertebra or vertebrae to break.
- Fracture dislocation. If you suffer from any of the above fractures, and your vertebrae moves, then you have suffered a fractured dislocation.
- Transverse process fracture. This fracture happens when vertabra rotates
Fractures that Occur in the Arm
Our arms have three kinds of bones: Ulna, radius and humerus. You are likely to suffer from four types of fractures in the arm:
- Displaced fracture. The bones become displaced at the site of the fracture.
- Closed fracture. The broken bones do not pierce your skin.
- Comminuted fracture. The bone breaks into several parts
- Compound fracture. The bone breaks and pierces the skin.
Fractures that Occur in the Legs
Our legs have three types of bones: fibula, tibia and femur. Six types of fractures can occur on the legs:
- Displaced fracture. This is where the bone breaks but the fragments are not aligned. In other words, it’s not a clean break.
- Incomplete fracture. This is where the bone breaks but it’s not completely broken into two parts.
- Compound fracture. This is where the broken bone pierces the skin
- Closed fracture. This is where the bone breaks but it does not pierce the skin.
- Comminuted fracture. This is whereby the bone breaks into many pieces.
- Complete fracture. This is whereby the bone makes a clean break into two parts
Call Kevin P Landry Law Offices. Our Personal Injury Lawyers are here for You
A broken bone can occur for a variety of reasons not just car accidents. You can suffer a broken bone because of a slip and fall accident, a work injury, etc. if you or a loved one have sustained a fracture or a broken bone you can call any one of our lawyers in Plymouth, Ma at 508-746-2700 or visit our offices today.