Broken and fractured bones are common injuries in many Dallas-Fort Worth car wreck cases. In most instances, there is very little which can be done to correct the injury other than setting the broken bone in a cast and waiting for the patient’s body to heal itself. In many cases, the accident victim is usually able to return to their normal life after a matter of months – in some cases, however, the damage done can have life-long and permanent consequences for the victim.
As a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I believe that the worst type of bones injury is a crushed bone injury. Crush fractures (both vertebral and non-vertebral crush fractures) can happen anywhere on a person’s body. Although bone crush injuries are relatively uncommon compared to compound, oblique and transverse fractures, they typically occur in accidents where there is enormous force put on the victim’s bones. Common examples of such accidents include a motorcyclist injured in a collision with another vehicle, a pedestrian being run over by a semi-truck, or an ATV passenger being injured in a rollover crash.
Although anyone who suffers immense pressure on their body could possibly suffer a bone crush injury, studies point out that people who have insufficient calcium intake are among those most at risk. Older people are also at high risk of suffering a bone crush injury in an auto collision.
Why Should Victims with Crushed Bones Get Treatment?
The human body is one of the most complex machines filled with intricate parts and organs. One of the most important systems in the human body is the skeletal system. Each and every bone is designed to perform a certain function, and an injury to one of these bones means that the rest of the human body is left functioning in a less than optimal state. For example, if a person is in a car accident and their left ulna (one of the bones in the forearm) is crushed. Not only does the person experience great amount of pain in their left arm, but due the fact that the body has been injured, other parts of the body can get worn out by the amount of blood, chemicals, and pain that the body is sending to stabilize itself. Laying down and placing the injured arm flat on a bed will not improve the condition- in fact it may worsen it. Thanks to gravity, the human body can circulate blood with ease when standing or sitting in a vertical position. When the body is flat or laying down, the body's natural circulation has a harder time sending blood back to one part of the body to another, which can increase inflammation, swelling, and pain.
Although there are not many people that ignore a hospital visit after having a bone crushed in an auto accident, people who choose to ignore the pain as a minor injury or do not suspect that their bone has been crushed should seek immediately care to avoid blood build-ups and to get their injury treated altogether. As the next section will demonstrate, there are many treatment options that can repair the crushed bone. These procedures are designed to fortify the part of the body with a crushed bone, place the injured victim at ease, and allow the body to recover with little to no stress.
What Treatment is Available for Crushed Bone Injuries?
Treatment for a bone crush injury will vary considerably depending on the unique circumstances of your case. The consequences of your injury will also vary depending on the specific nature of your crushed bone. For example, an accident victim who suffers a shattered pelvis will likely be permanently disabled as a result of their injury.
Some of the most common medical treatments available for bone crush injuries include:
- Analgesic (painkiller)
- Filling the crushed bone with cement
- Balloon kyphoplasty
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)
Ask your doctor if these treatment options are right for you. If concerned about paying for medical treatment following a car wreck, as the following section will demonstrate, an accident victim where the someone else was at-fault may be entitled to receive compensation.
What Compensation is Available to Bone Crush Injury Victims?
Under Texas law, all accident victims are entitled to seek damages for medical care costs, lost income and loss of future earning capacity, as well as compensation for pain and suffering, in cases where their injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence (for example, an irresponsible or reckless driver, etc.). In most serious accidents there is someone at fault who has liability insurance against which you can make a claim.
If you or a member of your family has suffered a bone crush injury as a result of an accident, it is important that you consult with a board certified Fort Worth personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that you can identify any and all insurance which may be available in your case.
For a free, no obligation consultation today, please call the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally in Fort Worth, TX at 817-294-1900. Remember, you do not have to suffer from a crushed bone injury any longer, and receiving medical treatment does not have to be a drain for your finances. If you were hurt, contact our law firm today to be on your path to recuperation!
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