Learn more about broken bones after an accident
Posted April 23rd, 2015 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
Categories: Personal Injury.
It is a source of common confusion. Many are not sure whether the doctor referred to their injury as a broken or fractured bone. The truth is that broken bones are fractured bones. Although there are different types of fractures, they all constitute broken bones. Unfortunately, these types of injuries are often painful and can cause long-term difficulties. If someone’s negligence caused you to suffer a broken bone, it is important to consider the options to bring a claim.
Different Types of Fractures
A review of medical records shows that fractures go by a variety of names. Here are some examples (in no particular order as to severity):
- Non-displaced fractures – The fracture is evident, but is not causing a shift in alignment or stability.
- Displaced fractures – The break is bad enough to shift alignment and bring on instability. Surgical intervention is usually necessary.
- Stress fractures – Generally, these fractures are confined to the feet or legs. They are caused when repeated weight and pressure overloads the boney structures.
- Comminuted fracture – The bone is shattered into many pieces
- Closed fracture – Although a bone has broken, the damage is entirely under the skin. There is no evidence of puncture or open skin of any type.
Accident Related Fractures
Bone fractures can happen as the result of a variety of accidents. Unlike some other injuries, it is often easy to document the existence of a broken bone. In many cases, one just needs to look at the x-ray and clearly see the presence of the fracture. Even the New Jersey State Legislature recognizes the severity of a fracture. Fractures are one of the injuries listed as compensable under the option known as Limitation on Lawsuits insurance policies.
At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we have represented people who suffered from broken arms and legs. Some of our clients have also experienced facial fractures. We secure medical records and work with a medical team to determine the extent of damage.
Every lawsuit is different. In determining case value, it is first important to determine if someone else is liable for your injury. Even if you had some responsibility, there is a chance that you may be able to receive at least partial recovery.
Although a broken bone is a serious injury, the insurance company will want to have their experts review your treatment. They will secure a medical opinion regarding the long-term effects of your injury. Once liability and damages have been established, many cases involving broken bones settle before trial.
As a personal injury law firm, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has extensive experience with working with treating doctors and negotiating settlements. If you were injured in an accident, contact us to discuss your case.