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What to Know about Broken Bone Injury Accidents

Arm in a cast

When you were a kid, you may have broken a bone while playing with friends and recovered relatively painlessly. However, breaking a bone as an adult is a much more serious injury that can have long-term consequences, especially if you’re in your senior years. Read on to learn more about fracture injuries. If you’ve received a broken bone in an accident, find out if you have a legal claim for the cost of your injuries by speaking with an experienced New York personal injury attorney.

Types of fractures

  1. All broken bones are different forms of fracture. Common forms of fracture include: 
  2. Simple: these fractures are limited to a single location, and no skin has been broken by the fracture.
  3. Compound: these fractures have occurred in only one section of the bone, but the bone has broken through the skin.
  4. Comminuted: these fractures have occurred either in two sections of the bone, or otherwise in such a way that the bone is in three pieces after the break.
  5. Greenstick: these fractures, most common in children, involve a break only to one side of the bone, rather than all the way through the bone.
  6. Impacted: These fractures are the result of two portions of a bone being forced into one another. They are often the result of a fall victim extending their arm to catch themselves, with their arm absorbing the impact of the fall.

Recovering from a broken bone

It might seem like a simple process to heal from a broken bone. You wear a cast for a certain length of time, remove the cast, and you’re healed, right? Unfortunately, the process doesn’t always go this smoothly. Often, fracture victims may require rehabilitation to restore muscle tone to areas that were immobilized for extended periods. Where a fracture continued into a victim’s joint, they may suffer the effects of osteoarthritis in that joint years later. If a fracture required doctors to immobilize a joint, such as the elbow or shoulder, the victim may experience painful stiffness or a reduced range of motion in that joint. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine how extensive you can anticipate your future expenses to be based on your injury.

If you or someone you love has suffered a bone fracture in a motor vehicle accident or slip-and-fall, find out if you may have a claim for money damages based on your injuries by contacting the knowledgeable and dedicated New York City personal injury attorney Leandros A. Vrionedes for a consultation, in Manhattan at 212-889-9362, or in Queens at 718-777-5895.