A broken bone, or a fracture, results when excessive pressure causes the bone to split or break. An open or “compound fracture” results when the bone protrudes through the skin. When there is a narrow crack in the bone, often due to ongoing forces against the bone, the fracture is called a “stress fracture” or “hairline fracture.” Evidence of a broken bone may be obvious where a body part is obviously twisted or protruding from the skin. Other symptoms may include swollen, bruised or bleeding body parts, extreme pain, numbness, tingling, and/or the inability or reduced ability to move a body part. Although bones can broken anywhere, serious accidents can result in broken bones in the skull, face, vertebrae, legs, arms, trunk, and pelvis.
If you or a loved one suspect that a bone is broken, an x-ray will usually be necessary to determine exactly where and what kind of fracture, though sometimes it is obvious if a bone is protruding. Because there are so many different bones and ways that breaks can happen, there are various ways the fracture can be treated. Treatment may include splints (which keep the bone from moving), braces (which provide support), plaster casts (which also secure and support the bone), or metal rods or plates placed in the body during surgery (which secure pieces of bone). These remedies, as well as pain medications that may accompany them, are certainly not cheap. This is where the talent and experience of a seasoned Massachusetts personal injury lawyer at Altman & Altman, LLP - located in Boston and Cambridge—can help minimize the financial damage of treatment.
Common ways for bones to break include the following:
- motor vehicle accidents
- (likely to cause arm, leg, or pelvic fractures or broken ribs; unbelted passengers or drivers can damage even more bones)
- slip and falls (particularly among those older than 65; broken hips are typical),
- falling from a height
- child abuse
- hitting or repetitive actions (e.g., stemming from sports activities, particularly among young people).
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