Every year, hundreds of thousands of people suffer serious injuries from roadway accidents, whether it be from highways, roads or neighborhood streets. The victims involved in the car accident, whether it be the driver or the passengers, can suffer severe injuries that can require immediate medical attention. This article will focus on the most commonly seen types of broken bones, how much they cost, risks involved, and subsequent injuries that can come from initial broken bone injuries.
Pelvic fractures and dislocations are perhaps one of the most common injuries in Dallas-Fort Worth traffic wrecks and serious slip and fall accidents.
The pelvis is made up of several bones which form a ring which rests on the hip joints, supports the weight of the torso, and protects numerous abdominal organs including the intestines, ureter, bladder, and several major nerves and blood vessels. The bones which form the pelvis are called the ileum, ischium, and the public bones.
There are two types of pelvic injuries which may occur as the result of a serious accident, and are very different in nature. The first is when damage occurs to the “ball” portion of the pelvic joints. This is called a femoral head fracture, or what is commonly called a broken hip. Although painful, these types of pelvic fractures are generally easy to treat.
Far more serious are acetabular fractures (fractures to the “cup” portion of the pelvis). Due to the proximity of the acetabulum to the sciatic nerve and the major blood vessels which run down the legs, acetabular fractures are extremely difficult to treat, and are among the most serious injuries treated by orthopedic surgeons.
Both femoral head fractures and acetabular fractures require urgent, rapid, and precise treatment.
The True Cost of a Pelvic Injury
As an experienced personal injury attorney, I know that the medical costs associated with treating a pelvic fracture are extremely expensive. Most patients must be hospitalized for at least a week, and may be unable to work for six to nine months following the injury. This of course means that they may also experience a dramatic decrease in their household income. In the most sever of cases, orthopedic surgery is necessary which usually involves implanting metallic devices such as wires, pins, staples, plates, and screws to repair the damaged joint. Most patients will require crutches to walk for eight to 12 weeks following their surgery, and will require physical therapy or six to 12 months after that.
Other medical costs associated with pelvic injuries include:
- Blood tests
- CT scans
- MRI scans
- Pain medication
- Open reduction with internal fixation (ORIF)
- EKG testing
- MRV testing
- Rehabilitation specialists
Risks and Complications
Even if an accident victim undergoes surgery to correct a pelvic fracture, other medical conditions and symptoms pay present themselves. Complications commonly associated with all types of pelvic injuries include:
- Loss of motion
- Decreased function
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Muscular complications
- Heterotopic Ossification
- Skin problems
- Nutritional problems
If you or a member of your family has suffered a acetabulum or femoral fracture as the result of a car, motorcycle, or truck collision, or indeed a major fall accident, it may be wise to consult with a board certified personal injury lawyer who can help you pay your medical bills and recover additional compensation by making a claim against any liable insurance policy in your case.
What is a Sternal Fracture?
A sternal fracture is a potentially life-threatening injury which occurs in approximately three percent of all automobile wrecks. The injury typically occurs when the driver or a passenger in a car crash strikes their chest against the steering wheel or dashboard. However, it can also occur due to the force exerted on the breastbone by a seat belt in a collision. Additionally, a sternal fracture is often associated with significant blunt force trauma and is typically diagnosed by the accident victim submitting to an x-ray and CT scan. Symptoms which may indicate a sternal fracture include chest pain, difficulty breathing, as well as tenderness, bruising, and/or swelling in the central chest region.
Although a sternal fracture alone is not altogether extremely serious, because the sternum is located in the middle of the chest, in the upper part of the ribcage it may common cause subsequent injuries which should be regarded as extremely severe. Potentially life-threatening medical conditions commonly associated with sternal fractures caused by traffic accidents include:
- Heart injuries
- Lung injuries
- Head injuries
- Abdominal injuries
- Rib fractures
- Vertebral fractures
- Myocardial contusions
- Myocardial ruptures
- Pulmonary contusions
- Cardiac injuries
- Electrocardiogram abnormalities
- Radio nucleotide abnormalities
- Bronchial ruptures
- Flail chest
- Damaged blood vessels throughout the chest region
Injured from a Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a sternal fracture or any of the additional conditions as the result of being injured in a Dallas-Fort Worth auto accident which was caused by another motorist’s negligence, you should consider your legal options as you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Broken bones from a car accident can lead to very expensive medical and hospital bills - expenses which you should not be forced to pay. Call us today at 817-717-4731 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation where a Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney will be more than happy to answer any of your questions. There may be compensation available to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and more, so do not hesitate in contacting us!