Suffering a Broken Bone in a Car Accident

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Broken bones are one of the most common injuries people sustain in car accidents. While these injuries might not be life-threatening, they can cause severe pain, limited mobility, nerve damage and infection. Treating a broken bone can result in thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you sustained a broken bone in a car crash caused by another motorist, you may be entitled to compensation.

Common Broken Bones in Car Accidents

People can break bones in many areas of their body during a car accident. Here are some of the most common broken bones in car accidents.

  • Arms and legs. People are more likely to break bones in their arms and legs during side-impact car accidents.
  • Hands and fingers. Right before a car crash, people may brace themselves against the steering wheel or dashboard out of instinct. This can result in broken bones in the hands and fingers.
  • Feet and ankles. During a vehicle collision, motorists may get their feet trapped between the pedals, which can cause broken bones in the feet. They might also twist their ankle in an unnatural direction, resulting in a broken ankle.

Common Treatments for Broken Bones

There are several treatment options available for broken bones. The type of treatment your doctor recommends will depend on the location of the broken bone and the severity of the break. 

  • Implants. If you broke a bone into multiple pieces, your doctor may bind the bone back together with screws, pins or metal plates.
  • Casting. Sometimes broken bones have to stay in a cast for multiple weeks to fully heal.
  • Surgery. If your bone doesn’t heal from non-invasive methods, surgery may be necessary. Surgery is often needed for bones that are broken in more than one place. During the surgical procedure, your surgeon may remove bone fragments and realign the bone.
  • Physical therapy. If you have lost significant strength in your limbs after breaking a bone, you may need to go to physical therapy to gain back your strength.

Getting Compensation for a Broken Bone

If you broke a bone during a vehicle collision caused by another motorist, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your medical bills, surgery costs, lost wages and other damages that resulted from the accident. A personal injury attorney, like one from the Yearin Law Office, can help you pursue a timely claim against the negligent party.

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