Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about fractures (broken bones) from an auto accident.
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Simply put, a fracture is a break in a bone.
Yes. According to the Mayo Clinic significant trauma, such as a car accident, is one of the most common causes of fractures or bone breaks.
The spine is comprised of a column of bones. Each individual bone is called a vertebrae. Together, the vertebrae serve two purposes. First, they protect the spinal cord, which is the bundle of nerves that carries messages from the brain to the rest of the body. Second, the vertebrae give shape to a person’s neck (cervical spine), mid-back (thoracic spine), lower back (lumbar spine).
There are five types of spinal fractures that auto accident victims should know about. They are:
An arm fracture, or broken arm, involves the fracture of any of the three bones in a person’s arm: humerus (connects elbow to shoulder); radius (connects elbow to wrist above thumb); ulna (connects elbow to wrist above pinky finger), according to the Mayo Clinic. The arm fractures that car accident victims most commonly suffer include:
A leg fracture, or broken leg, involves the fracture of any of the three bones in a person’s leg: femur (thighbone); tibia (shinbone); fibula (runs parallel to the tibia), according to the Mayo Clinic. The leg most common leg fractures include:
The Mayo Clinic explains that X-rays allow doctors to determine the extent of a fracture, pinpoint its exact location, and determine the extent of injury to any adjacent joints. Occasionally, doctors may also recommend that an accident victim undergo a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Yes. Surgical treatment for spinal fractures may include:
For arm and leg fractures, surgery into the area of the broken bone may be necessary to implant fixation devices, such as wires, plates, nails or screws. This is to maintain proper alignment during healing.
If you’ve suffered a fracture due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
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