Broken bones occur when more pressure is put on the bone than it can withstand. Medical professionals refer to a break on any size as a bone fracture. Bone fractures are a common injury, the average person will have two bone fractures during their life. Broken bones can be caused by a variety of factors. Some of the most common causes of bone fractures include:
If you or a loved one has sustained a bone fracture due to another party's negligence, you may be eligible for legal recourse. Oftentimes, insurance companies may try to limit or deny your personal injury claim. The broken bones lawyers at Greg Coleman Law are familiar with the tactics that insurance companies use to limit the compensation paid to injury victims. Greg Coleman Law will fight on your behalf to pursue the maximum compensation that you may deserve.
Symptoms of Broken Bones
Its important for accident victims to seek medical attention after sustaining a bone fracture. If the fracture is not treated properly, the injury can cause dangerous complications. You or a loved one may have a broken bone if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Intense pain
- Inability to move a limb or limited mobility
- A bone protruding through the skin
- Misshapen joint
You should call 911 if the injured individual has any of the symptoms listed below:
- There is extensive bleeding.
- The area below the joint is pale, clammy, or blue.
- You suspect there is a broken bone in the hip, pelvis or thigh.
- You suspect there is a broken bone in the head, back or neck.
- The injury cannot be immobilized at the scene.
Types of Bone Fractures
Broken bone injuries can range from hairline fractures to compound fractures. The recovery time for the injury will depend on the severity of the fracture. The following types of fractures may occur in a Tennessee accident:
- Complete fracture- is when the bone breaks completely into two pieces
- Incomplete fracture- the bone partially breaks
- Compound or open fracture- is when the bone breaks through the skin
- Greenstick fracture- this occurs when the bone cracks only on one side
- Comminuted fracture- is when the bone is crushed or broken into more than two pieces
- Hairline fracture- also known as a stress fracture, is when there is a small crack in the bone
A severe bone fracture can keep a patient to be off of their feet for months, sometimes causing them to miss work. Broken bones can also cause personal hardships for the individual. For example, an accident victim may not be able to complete chores around the home with a broken leg.
Contact a Knoxville Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffers a broken bone at no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Contact a personal injury lawyer at Greg Coleman Law to explore your legal options. The law firm has the knowledge and resources to handle all types of personal injury claims.
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