Idaho Personal Injury Attorneys Helping Victims of Fracture Injuries
Many people suffer bone fractures as children and can remember that, while painful, these injuries tend to heal relatively quickly. As an adult, however, suffering a fracture can mean long periods spent in a cast and, often, a need for surgery, followed by months or years of rehabilitation to regain full use of the broken limb. Fractures are also more likely to be the result of a serious car accident or slip-and-fall among adults, meaning that there may be a negligent party who should be held responsible for the victim’s serious injuries.
If you’re an Idaho resident who has suffered a bone fracture, you may be entitled to money damages for the medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages that you’ve incurred based on your injuries. Find out if you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit by contacting the seasoned Boise personal injury lawyers at Pedersen & Whitehead for a consultation on your case.
Types of fracture injuries
Bones are rigid, but they are capable of bending to some extent when under pressure, and they only break in a healthy adult in response to a very strong impact. In other words, only serious accidents that are especially traumatic cause a bone to break. Common types of fracture injuries include:
- Broken ribs: These injuries can often result from car accidents, when a driver’s ribs are thrown into the steering wheel. Fractured ribs can be painful and difficult to heal, since they cannot be put in a cast.
- Broken arms, wrists, and elbows: These fractures often stem from slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. Fall victims typically extend their arm when falling in an attempt to catch themselves, which can result in broken bones and joints in the arm.
- Broken bones in the sternum and clavicle: These breaks can be caused by forceful seatbelt contact, contact with a dashboard, or contact with a steering wheel.
- Broken bones in the neck or back: these breaks are often the result of ladder falls or other on-the-job falls, or of motorcycle or bicycle accidents.
Symptoms of fractures
Some types of fractures, such as compound fractures that break the skin or other severe fractures, are immediately apparent. Others may not be so obvious. If you’ve been in a serious accident, keep an eye out for the following symptoms to identify whether you’ve suffered a fracture:
- Deformity in the limb
- Severe pain
It is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident for many reasons, but for fractures in particular. When broken bones are not properly set after a break, they may heal in an improper position, requiring doctors to re-break the bone so that it can be correctly set.
Get Legal Help Obtaining Compensation for Fracture Injuries from Knowledgeable and Dedicated Idaho Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you love has suffered a bone fracture injury, contact the effective and seasoned Idaho personal injury lawyers at Pedersen & Whitehead for a consultation, in Twin Falls at 208-734-2552, and in Boise at 208-336-2552.