Traffic collisions happen every day, and unfortunately, they not only cause extreme emotional distress, but also leave a wide range of physical trauma in their wake. Broken bones, in particular, are a leading injury suffered in New York City car accidents. Though they may not be life-threatening, fractures can certainly be debilitating for a long period of time and even life-altering depending on their severity.

This is likely to mean stacks of medical bills and a significant loss of income. That’s why it’s important for broken bone victims to seek the compensation they are entitled to after being involved in a crash through no fault of their own. When putting together a case against a negligent driver, it helps to understand a little bit more about broken bone injuries.

Bones Commonly Broken in Car Accidents

The powerful impact that takes place in car accidents makes it easy for fragile bones to break. Any part of the body with a bone in it is vulnerable, but there are certain areas that tend to break more than others, including:

• Arms
• Legs
• Collarbone
• Pelvis
• Ribs
• Back
• Skull
• Hips

What are the Different Types of Bone Fractures?

There are also many different types of fractures that bones can endure. The most prevalent after a car accident consist of:

Open fracture: Fractures that are open refer to bones that have punctured the skin after breaking.
Closed fracture: A closed fracture is a simple break that occurs without breaking through the skin.
Displacement fracture: When pieces of a broken bone are displaced, they have moved out of their original position and become unaligned.
Non-Displacement fracture: Non-displaced bones have maintained their positioning even after breaking.

Recovery and Treatment for a Bone Fracture

The recovery and treatment of broken bones will depend on the seriousness of the fracture. This will be determined by the location of the broken bone and where the break occurred on the bone specifically, the health condition of the victim, the type of fracture, and if there were any prior injuries in the same place. Broken bones will need to be repositioned, which could either simply require a cast or a more involved surgery. Continuing treatment may be necessary if the patient is deemed to need rehabilitative therapy and medication to prevent infection.

Broken bones can create a significant financial hardship for the injured party and their family. The New York car accident attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP relieve the burden of dealing with insurance companies and legal proceedings so our clients can focus on healing. We have extensive experience in personal injury cases and are dedicated to fighting for the restitution victims deserve. Contact us today at (212) 986- 7353.

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