Broken bone or bone fracture, which is a break or a crack in a bone, happens whenever a force that is stronger than what a cone can withstand is exerted against it. While the most common sites for bone fractures are the hips, arms and legs, there are also fractures that can damage the skull and ribs (fractures to these parts can be life-threatening).
Besides the pain, swelling, bruising, and the possible deformity and inability to use a limb, bone fractures can also cause other complications, including blood loss, stunted growth of the bone, and injuries to organs, tissues and other structures surrounding the injured bone.
Bone fracture usually results from traumatic sporting accidents, falls and vehicle accidents. Osteoporosis and certain types of cancer, though, are major contributory factors to bone fracture since these make the bones weak, making even a fall accident end up with serious results. While some bone fractures would only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods to hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures usually require surgery and surgical traction.
Bone fractures are most common among motorcycle riders due to the lack of body protection that would protect them from the force of impact created during collisions. Though these may be reset and scarred tissues, corrected, these injuries can, none-the-less, cause long-term issues with mobility and chronic pain that will necessitate continued medical treatment.
According to the Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. law firm, “The effects that a serious injury can have on the lives of both victims and their loved ones can be considerable. For many, the physical and emotional challenges that these types of injuries can pose are often extraordinarily difficult to overcome. What’s more, injury victims are rarely in a position to be able to comfortably afford the costs of medical treatment and lost income that may result from the harm they have suffered.
The consequences these challenges can have for injury victims are often substantial. Fortunately, it is often possible for people in these situations to receive financial compensation when another person or party is responsible for causing their injuries or illness. Because of this, many victims are able to not only get the financial support they need to better deal with the aftermath, but are also able to get much-needed closure and justice.”