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Bone fractures are one of the most common injuries collision victims suffer from car accidents. The human body experiences significant trauma brought about by the forces of a wreck — the sudden acceleration, deceleration, quick directional changes, and blunt force impact.
Bone fractures tend not to be categorized as “serious” or “critical” injuries. However, they do place significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens on victims and their families.
A “fracture” is essentially the medical term used to describe a broken bone. Bone fractures can affect different parts of the body. There are also a number of ways in which a bone fracture can occur. For example, a break to the bone that doesn’t adversely affect surrounding tissue or tear through the skin is called a “closed fracture.” A fracture that penetrates the skin is called a “compound” or “open” fracture.
The latter is more serious especially due to the risk of infections and other health complications. Most human bones can, generally speaking, withstand a considerable impact. However, when that force is tremendous or significant enough, as it can be in a car crash, the victims’ bones may break. The injuries that stem from a collision also depend on the person’s age. For example, the older the victim is, the more likely he or she is to suffer a fracture.
If you or a loved one has suffered broken bone injuries in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, the cost of rehabilitative therapy, past and future pain and suffering, permanent injury and disfigurement and emotional distress. An experienced West Virginia car accident lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure that the at-fault parties are held accountable.
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