New Jersey Bone Fracture Lawyers
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On average, everyone will experience two broken bones in their lifetime. Regardless of how it happens, or which bones are broken, it is a painful event. The agony can be made worse when another person was the cause of your injury. When this happens, it may be time to contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney and weigh your legal options.
Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., is here to answer any questions you may have about pursuing a claim against the at-fault party. We will guide you through the process and work diligently to ensure the best possible outcome. Give us a call today at (609) 240-0040 for a free case evaluation.
Most fractures are painful and limit your mobility. Additional indications of a fracture are swelling and tenderness at the site of the injury, as well as bruising and discoloration. In severe fractures, the limb could look deformed, misshapen, or slightly out of place. In an open fracture, the ends of the bone may be protruding through the skin, but that is not always the case.
Any time there is the possibility of a bone fracture, seek medical attention immediately. Allowing a fracture to remain untreated can cause additional damage to the ends of the bone, which can prevent a full recovery.
Not all bone fractures are the same, nor do they require the same treatment. The most common types of bone fractures are:
- Stable fracture: This type of fracture is defined by both ends of the bone lining up well and not being out of place. This is the most treatable type of fracture and offers the best potential for a complete recovery.
- Open or compound fracture: This type of fracture involves a piercing of the skin at the point of fracture. In some cases, the end of the bone pierces the skin and is visible, but in other cases, the impact that broke the bone causes the damage to the skin. These injuries require additional treatment to prevent infection and repair the damage to the skin.
- Transverse fracture: This break in the bone is a horizontal line and is fairly stable in most instances. Treatment and recovery are less challenging than other fractures.
- Oblique fracture: This fracture occurs in an angled pattern and can be relatively stable, or the ends of the bones can shift, making it more difficult to set. Surgery may be required to set this fracture and ensure it will heal correctly.
- Comminuted fracture: The bone is shattered into three or more pieces. These fractures are serious and often require a surgical procedure to anchor the bones to allow for proper healing.
A child’s bones are still developing, whereas an adult's bones are fully formed and rigid. A healthy child’s bones have a consistency similar to fresh wood. They are soft and more flexible than an adult’s bones. A child’s bone fractures require different evaluations and sometimes different treatment than an adult’s.
Fractures to the tiny bones of a child’s fingers, hands, and wrist are relatively common and should be treated when swelling, pain, or loss of movement persists. The growth plate in a child’s bone is critical to future growth, making some fractures more serious than others. For this reason, a medical evaluation is always the best option when a child has a potential bone injury.
The type of fracture and which bone were broken have a great deal to do with which treatment is used, such as:
- Cast immobilization: A plaster or fiberglass cast is the most common treatment for many types of fractures. The cast is applied after the bone is repositioned to hold the bone ends in place during the healing process.
- Functional cast or brace: This device allows for some limited movement of joints near the fracture. This is only an option for certain fractures in certain areas of the body.
- Traction: Traction is a process of aligning the bone by a steady, gentle pulling action.
- External fixation: In this procedure, metal screws or pins are inserted into the bone above and below the fracture. The pins or screws are attached to a metal bar outside the skin to stabilize the bone. This external method of stabilization is used in cases where there is substantial soft tissue or skin damage in the area and surgery is not an option.
- Open reduction and internal fixation: In this procedure, the bone or bone fragments are repositioned into their normal alignment and held in place with screws and possibly metal plates. In larger bones, such as the femur, a metal rod called an intramedullary nail is inserted into the marrow space in the center of the bone to provide stability.
A broken bone can take anywhere from a few weeks to months to heal. The injury itself can be very painful, as can the healing process. If there is more than one fracture, the pain increases exponentially. Some breaks, such as shattered fractures, require extensive surgery to reassemble the bone and surrounding tissue.
If you have broken a leg, arm, or even a finger, will you be able to go back to work? If you have a physically demanding job, a broken leg can mean you will be out of work for months. If your job requires you to type most of the day, a broken wrist might keep you away from work for quite a while. In the meantime, you will still have to pay bills and buy groceries. Where will that money come from?
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Medical bills can reach unmanageable sums quickly, especially if a bone fracture requires surgery or complications arise. Bone fractures often require multiple doctor’s visits, since regular check-ins are needed to make sure the bones are healing properly. You may also need physical therapy to treat atrophied muscles after the bone heals. Even if you have health insurance, you face substantial out-of-pocket expenses.
In New Jersey, if a person or entity was negligent and caused your injury, it can be held liable for your costs. First, there are the financial expenses that accompany such accidents, such as hospital bills, lost wages, and insurance bills. Beyond that, you can receive compensation for noneconomic damages - things that are harder to calculate, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, a forced change in lifestyle, and more.
The only way to determine whether you have a strong personal injury claim is to contact a qualified attorney. The NJ bone fracture lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., have the experience and resources to help you receive the highest possible compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (609) 240-0040 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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