Bone Fracture

Broken bone, also called bone fracture, is one of the most common consequences of motor vehicle accidents (after laceration and whiplash). The ones most prone to sustaining this type of injury are motorcycle riders who lack body protection, except the helmet (this helmet, however, should comply with government standards to make sure it provides enough cushion to the head).

Broken bone, which refers to a break or a crack in a bone, is sustained when a force that is much stronger than the bone can hold up to is exerted against it. Though bone fractures usually occur on the hips, arms or legs, there are instances when the damage can be to the skull or ribs, making the fracture a life-threatening injury. Thus, while bone fracture to the arm or leg may only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods, which will hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures, like fracture to the hips, usually require surgery and/or surgical traction; in the case of a broken hip joint, doctors also recommend hip replacement surgery.

Aside from motor vehicle accident, some other causes of broken bones are falls and sporting accidents. Increasing the risk of sustaining a bone fracture injury are illnesses, such as Osteoporosis and some types of cancer, which cause the bones to fracture more easily. Osteoporosis is actually a bone disease; it is the result when the body either loses too much or makes too little bone. Due to either condition, the bones become weak, brittle and very fragile, making trip and fall accidents very dangerous; in certain cases, coughing or sneezing hard, or even a minor bump can result to bone injury.

Besides pointing out the fact that suffering a broken bone can be very painful, expensive, and can even cause a long-term disability, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® also emphasizes that a person should not suffer financially, especially if he/she sustained the injury due to the negligent actions of another party. With assistance from a seasoned personal injury lawyer, the injured innocent victim may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit for the purpose of obtaining financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, or other damages as appropriate to the specific details of his/her case.

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