Broken bones are common injuries in car accident collisions, especially motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other accidents where passengers or other parties are offered limited protection. Insurance companies would like you to believe that fractures are simple injuries that will heal quickly, without lasting effects. However, bone fractures often are complex and involve surgery and hardware to stabilize bones. When breaks occur in children, growth plate fractures can cause bones to grow unequally, leading to multiple surgeries over the years as a child grows.
Bone fractures from car accidents commonly involve:
How quickly a fracture heals will depend on many factors. Some injuries, like broken ribs, may improve over time, without any medical intervention. Other fractures may require a cast, and others may require surgery involving plates, rods, screws or pins. Some injuries may also cause harm to ligaments, tendons, and surrounding organs. Skull fractures can also cause traumatic brain injury. Compound fractures, in which one or more bones break and go through the skin, are especially dangerous as they are associated with a risk of infection. In the process of healing, physical therapy may be necessary to regain strength.
Recovery from a bone fracture takes time, and it may be weeks to months before you can return to work and resume regular activity. The stress of not being able to work and earn a paycheck, coupled with medical expenses, can be financially devastating. If you’ve suffered a broken bone in an accident, don’t accept any insurance settlement offer without first discussing your situation with an experienced South Carolina car accident lawyer. Your injuries may be more severe than initially observed, and you may be entitled to far more compensation than initially offered. At Krause, Moorhead & Draisen, P.A., we provide a free consultation to review your potential case and potential liability for your injuries. We are available seven days a week to discuss your case and answer your questions.
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.