When most people think of "bone injuries," they think immediately of broken or fractured bones. Broken bones are one of the most common types of bone injuries, but they are not the only injuries the human skeleton can suffer. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, we know that many bone injuries can cause long-term or even permanent disabilities, and in some severe cases, bone injuries can be fatal.
An adult human has 206 bones; children may have over 300, depending on the stage of their development. As a child grows, bones fuse together into their final forms, and the development of a child’s bones can provide significant insight into the age of a child. Whether a child or adult, a human being’s bones can be broken or injured at any stage of life.
If you or a loved one has suffered a bone injury during an accident caused by another person or group’s reckless actions, you may have legal rights and options in your recovery. To learn more about your potential case in a free consultation, call our New York personal injury lawyers by dialing (212) 986-7353.
Recovering from a broken bone can take weeks or months, requiring costly medical care in order to avoid continued health problems.
Bone fractures are the most common types of skeletal injuries. Most people will fracture at least one bone in a lifetime, although many minor fractures may go unnoticed or undiagnosed. Fractures are more likely and become more severe as a person ages, taking longer to heal and posing greater risks to the person’s overall health. Fractured bones in elderly individuals can lead to serious complications.
A joint dislocation occurs when the bones that normally align within a joint separate or slip out of alignment, causing the joint to stop functioning properly. Many joint dislocations also cause significant pain, along with damage to the cartilage, ligaments, and tendons surrounding the joint. While many joint dislocations can be fully repaired with prompt and proper medical care, others may cause lingering problems with joint mobility and strength, requiring the patient to receive ongoing medical treatment or to move carefully for months or even years after the initial injury.
When a joint has been severely damaged – either due to an injury or because of an illness like arthritis – a joint replacement surgery may be required to replace part of or the entire joint. While joint replacements have been touted as a way to restore mobility and regain a measure of independence, many joint replacement surgeries have caused more complications than they have resolved. In many cases, a joint replacement device was later recalled after studies showed the devices posed an unreasonable risk of bone damage, heavy metal poisoning, and other serious conditions due to failing while in a patient’s body.
The spine consists of a stack of bones called "vertebrae," which are separated by cartilage known as "discs." The discs cushion the vertebrae and allow the spine to move and twist while still protecting the spinal cord, the bundle of nerves inside the spine connecting the various parts of the body and the brain. When a fall or other injury damages the spine, the discs may suffer the most damage.
In any injury, a victim may suffer temporary or permanent disabilities affecting any and all parts of the body. Repairing damaged, degenerative, or herniated discs may require surgery, and patients may suffer lingering pain and other symptoms even after the best possible treatment has been tried. Discs may also degenerate over time due to age or lack of use, making spine injuries more likely to cause serious problems in older or sedentary patients.
If you suffer a bone injury, medical treatment is necessary to determine the severity of the injury and to assess the body for any other ailments. Injuries to ligaments, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and blood vessels may also occur at the time of the bone fracture.
Recovery may take between a few weeks to a few months for a full recovery, depending on the location of the injury and the age and health of the injured person. In many cases a splint or cast may be applied to help aid in the recovery of the bone. They keep the ends of the bone in a secure location and help the bone mend itself. Muscles in the injured area may weaken as a result of the lack of movement while in a cast, splint, or sling. Physical therapy may be one course of treatment following a broken bone. This type of treatment typically starts while the patient is still in the cast or splint.
In serious bone injuries surgery may be necessary. If the fractured bone is out of alignment your doctor may need to re-align the bone, which is also called “reduction.” There are two ways that reduction can be done, which are:
- Closed reduction is completed without surgery. This type of reduction is the more common choice.
- Open reduction requires surgery. During the procedure the surgeon may add pins, plates, or screws to the affected bone to straighten and strengthen it.
Traction is one method of repairing a severe bone injury. In this situation the bone endures tension using a pulley system with weights. The treatments of bone fractures differ depending on many factors, including severity, location, and age. The costs for physical therapy and treatments may be very expensive.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you have the right to hold them responsible for your losses and receive compensation to pay for your past and future needs. The process may be difficult, but success is possible with the help of a skilled New York bone injury lawyer at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP. Start off your case right with a call to (212) 986-7353 and receive a free consultation concerning your injuries.