Catastrophic injuries include broken bones for some victims

When drivers lose control of their vehicles or make errors, they can cause serious crashes that impact many people. Distractions are one common cause of many of the crashes that take place today. To avoid crashes, it’s a good idea to focus on the roads and to avoid talking on your phone or looking away for any reason.

Thinking of catastrophic injuries probably makes you think about broken necks, head injuries and amputations. The truth is that even injuries like broken bones can change lives and may be considered catastrophic. Injured bones can lead to infection, deformation and other complications that put a person’s life at risk and lead to trouble later after the initial recovery period.

Several types of fractures exist including a buckle fracture, greenstick fracture, open or closed fracture, displaced fracture and nondisplaced fracture. Each has its own issues.

When someone says they have a fractured bone, it’s likely that he or she means it’s a closed and nondisplaced fracture. When someone says it’s a broken bone, then that generally means that it has snapped or become displaced in the body. In reality, both fractures and breaks are the same thing.

Complications can occur with any type of fracture, but displayed and open fractures are the most dangerous to patients. Displaced fractures result in pieces of the bone coming out of line and potentially requiring surgery to put them back in place. Open fractures, also called compound fractures, break through the skin. This leaves the wound open to infection and could lead to scarring and other complications. If that happens to you, you could need ongoing medical care or therapy to help you heal correctly.

If you or a loved one have suffered catastrophic injuries as a the result of an accident caused by a negligent driver, you have a right to seek compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, deformation, scarring and more.

Source: Teens Health, “Broken Bones,” accessed Dec. 27, 2017

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