California Broken Bones Lawyer

  • Broken bones
    • One of the most common reasons for a bone to break or fracture is a car accident. Crashes can be devastating, as the tremendous force that the body is forced to absorb can sometimes cause one or more bones to break.
    • Any bone in your body can break from a car accident. Common car crash fractures include lower legs and femurs, arms and wrists, clavicles, hips, ribs and facial or skull. Spine and neck fractures are also common from head-on and rear-end collisions.
    • Essentially, any bone in the body can be fractured or broken as a result of a car wreck. The breaks are typically caused by the force of the crash, the body being hit with external objects, being thrown forward or backward in an unnatural way, having the limbs and bones twisted or bent unnaturally, being thrown from the car or by being crushed in the crash.
    • Types of Fractures that can occur.
      • Transverse – The bone is snapped into two pieces as a result of direct pressure or a direct hit. The bone is generally broken at a right angle, perpendicular to the long axis of the broken bone.
      • Compound – This is one of the worst types of fractures. With a compound fracture, the broken bone will push out and protrude directly through the skin. There is a very high risk of infection with a compound fracture.
      • Comminuted – When bones break into three or more pieces, the resulting fracture is referred to as a comminuted fracture. Typically, this type of fracture occurs due to acute pressure or due to a powerful impact. Repairing comminuted fractures is extremely difficult.
      • Buckle – Also called an incomplete fracture or a torus, a buckle fracture happens when the bone begins to bend, rupture or strain, but no break occurs. Children are the car accident victims most susceptible to buckle fractures because their bones have not yet fully formed.
      • Stress – Like buckle fractures, stress fractures are partial breaks and are more common in children. The difference is that when a stress fracture occurs, one side of the bone fractures and the other side bends.
      • Oblique – These typically occur in situations where the bone breaks along the diagonal of the long axis. This kind of fracture is relatively rare but can happen in car wrecks if one bone gets trapped and another bone is twisted over the top of the trapped bone.
      • Avulsion – These kinds of fractures happen in situations where the bone and the soft tissue separate. Soft tissue refers to ligaments and tendons that join the bones to the muscles or join the bones to each other. Often, those with avulsion fractures will be in serious pain. Surgical intervention is often necessary to resolve the serious complications of an avulsion fracture.
      • Hairline – Hairline fractures are partial breaks or small cracks in the bone. Those who suffer hairline fractures may not be aware that they have this small break or crack and thus may not receive the medical treatment they need. As a result, the small crack can continue to grow and the fracture can become worse, resulting in the bone becoming very weak.
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