Bone Fractures

Fractures

Fractured bones are debilitating injures that can be caused by traumatic events in which too much force is applied by either a single blow or repeated stress to a bone, causing it to break. Car accidents and slip and fall accidents may result in fractures that cause severe pain, expensive treatments, and an extended period of inability to work. According to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fractures are common orthopedic problems, and about 6.8 million Americans every year experience a fracture. It accounts for 16 percent of all musculoskeletal injuries in the U.S. annually. If you were involved in a serious accident that resulted in a fracture or other injury, you should speak with South Florida personal injury attorney Gary Englander of Englander Peebles today to discuss obtaining compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys have experience in assisting accident victims in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties obtain compensation for serious injuries such as bone fractures.

Common Types of Fractures

There are several types of fractures, each of which requires a different form of treatment and a different period of time for healing.

  • Simple fractures occur when a bone breaks but does not tear the skin. These occur along one line that splits the bone into two. These are easier to treat and will heal in a relatively shorter period of time.
  • Multi-fragmentary fractures involve the bone being broken into multiple pieces. These are much harder to treat and may take longer to heal.
  • Closed fractures are those in which the skin remains intact.
  • Compound fractures occur when the broken bone pierces the skin and may expose bone to contamination. These fractures are prone to infection, require treatment with antibiotics, and prompt surgery.
  • Stress fractures occur due to overuse, causing muscles to become fatigued and unable to absorb the shock of an accident. This usually results from a workplace or sports injury.
  • Greenstick fractures often occur in children and are characterized by bent bones causing an incomplete fracture.
Hip Fractures in Older Adults

Older adults can be more susceptible to hip fractures as a result of accidental falls. The CDC indicated that each year at least 250,000 older adults aged 65 and over are hospitalized for hip fractures. More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by accidental falls. In Florida, the Florida Department of Health reported that 19,162 older adults were hospitalized for non-fatal hip fractures, and 32 percent of all non-fatal injury hospitalizations were among older Floridians. Hip fractures are serious injuries that can lead to reduced quality of life and premature death – one in five older adults with hip fractures tragically die within a year of their injury.

Fractures are serious injuries that result in damages for treatment costs and lost time from work, in addition to non-compensatory damages. If you were in an accident such as a car accident or slip and fall, and the accident was caused by another person’s negligence or wrongful conduct, you should contact Englander Peebles today to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. We are Fort Lauderdale lawyers with years of experience in personal injury law and will effectively advocate for your interests. You can submit our online form or contact us by calling (954) 500-4878.