The human skeleton contains 206 bones. A break in any one of them can cause debilitating pain and impairment. Depending on factors like which bone is broken and the severity of the break, the victim may need many months to heal, during which he or she must suffer through physical pain, limited function, and financial losses resulting from missed work and medical bills. Moreover, if the fracture heals improperly, the bone may need to be re-broken and reset.
Fractures can occur for a variety of different reasons, including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, workplace accidents, and the use of defective products. However, these common causes of bone fractures all share one trait in common: they are often preventable and caused by negligence. If you suffered a bone fracture due to another person’s careless acts, you may be entitled to compensation for your surgery bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other hardships.
To learn more in a free and private legal consultation, call the Oklahoma City broken bone lawyers of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040. Our knowledgeable legal team brings over 75 years of experience to every claim we handle. We serve clients throughout the Oklahoma County area, including Edmond, Midwest City, Harrah, Warr Acres, Norman, Mustang, the Village, and more.
Car Crashes, Slip and Fall Accidents, and Other Common Causes of Broken Bones
Broken bones rank among the most common injuries, not only in Oklahoma, but throughout the United States. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), there are roughly six million annual cases of broken bones in the U.S. If you were to spread that number evenly over the course of one year, it would mean that approximately 16,438 new fractures occurred every single day: nearly a dozen fractures per minute.
Some of these fractures result from underlying medical conditions, such as pathologic fractures, which are usually caused by infections or cancer. However, most breaks are caused by physical trauma. Some examples of common causes of broken bones include:
- Automotive Accidents – Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents exert tremendous physical forces which are easily capable of crushing, shattering, or splintering a bone. A fracture can occur due to striking the vehicle’s dashboard or interior walls, being pinned under a piece of debris, or being struck by an unsecured object flying through the vehicle’s interior.
- Slip and Fall Accidents – Slip and fall accidents usually occur because a property owner does not perform adequate maintenance, eventually creating a trip hazard for customers, visitors, and/or residents. Fall-related fractures are an especially major health concern with regard to the elderly, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that more than 95% of all hip fractures in adults age 65 or older are caused by accidental falls.
Physical violence, sports accidents, and falling objects, which are common hazards at construction sites, are also common causes of fractures.
This information is significant for injury victims because these types of accidents often involve an element of liability, or fault. When somebody fails to take adequate precautions against the risk of injury – for instance, failing to follow traffic laws, or failing to comply with worksite safety regulations – that person may be liable for any accidents which result. Our attorneys will make every effort to prove that the other party was at fault for your broken bone injury, a process which often involves consulting with medical experts, obtaining medical records, sending evidence away for analysis, and interviewing eyewitnesses to the accident.
What Are the Different Types of Bone Fractures?
There are several different kinds of fractures, some of which are more common in certain age groups or types of bones. Buckled fractures, for instance, tend to occur in children in the bones of the arm (humerus, radius, and ulna).
- Buckled Fractures – The ends of two bones are impacted into each other. For this reason, buckled fractures are also called impacted fractures.
- Closed Fractures – The bone does not penetrate or emerge through the skin. Closed fractures are also called simple fractures.
- Comminuted Fractures – The bone crumbles or disintegrates into multiple pieces.
- Greenstick Fractures – The bone bends, but doesn’t actually break. Greenstick fractures are particularly common in children.
- Oblique Fractures – The break occurs along a slope rather than being vertical or horizontal.
- Open Fractures – The bone penetrates through the skin. Open fractures are also called compound fractures.
Our attorneys handle claims involving a range of fractures and bone injuries, including but not limited to fractures of the:
- Anklebone (Talus)
- Backbone/Spinal Column (Vertebrae)
- Cheekbone (Zygomatic Bone)
- Collarbone (Clavicle)
- Eye Socket (Orbital Bone)
- Foot (Metatarsal Bones)
- Fingers and Toes (Phalanges)
- Hand (Carpal and Metacarpal Bones)
- Heel (Calcaneus)
- Hip (Pelvis)
- Jaw (Mandible)
- Kneecap (Patella)
- Leg Bones (Femur, Tibia, Fibula)
- Nose (Nasal Bones)
- Wrist Bones (Distal Radius, Scaphoid)
In addition to being painful, expensive, and extraordinarily disruptive to your daily routine, bone fractures can also lead to serious complications, including:
- A dangerous condition known as “compartment syndrome,” which can occur if swelling or internal bleeding causes too much pressure to build up inside the injured area of the body.
- Chronic or recurring bouts of severe pain.
- Disfigured, stunted, or uneven limbs, especially if the injury occurs during childhood when growth plates are still developing.
- Infection of the affected bone, which is called osteomyelitis.
- Nerve damage or damage to the blood vessels in the area of the fracture.
An Oklahoma City Personal Injury Attorney of Hasbrook & Hasbrook is Here to Help
If you broke a bone due to another person’s careless or reckless actions, you may be able to get compensated for your medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses. Call the bone fracture attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040 to set up a free and confidential legal consultation today.