Leg fractures can involve three different types of bones: the femur, the tibia, and the fibula. Car crashes and falls commonly lead to broken bones, including leg bones.
Leg fractures that are caused by car accidents, work accidents or slip and fall injuries are more common than most people think. Leg fractures can be very complex and the disability associated with the injury can vary greatly. Our firm has been representing personal injury claimants for over 50 years. We have seen just about every type of leg injury, from deep contusions to leg fractures that require several surgeries and extensive follow up physical therapy.
The femur is the thigh bone. It extends from the hip to the knee. Because it is one of the strongest bones in the human body, a great deal of force is required to break it. Often femur fractures result from high impact car accidents and bad falls from great heights.
The tibia is the shin bone. It extends from the knee to the ankle. Tibia fractures can occur because of large amounts of force or impact, like femur fractures, but they can also occur from lower impact like falls from ground level. Tibia fractures are the most common of leg fractures, and the risk for infections and other complications can be great because this bone is the most likely to cut into the skin after a break. Such infections can be life-threatening and lead to loss of the limb.
The fibula is the smaller bone that is parallel to the tibia. Like the tibia, it is in the lower leg. It is frequently broken along with the tibia, but it can also be broken on its own. When the fracture is fibular, the healing process might be faster, but the dangers and complications are largely the same as those for tibia fractures.
Leg fractures may sound fairly common place and relatively mild. Many people have broken a bone at one time or another from playing sports or engaging in other recreational activities. However, leg fractures can be devastating and even life-threatening. They can lead to soft tissue damage, blood clots, excessive blood loss, infections, amputations, arthritis and other conditions/syndromes, unequal leg length, and more. At the very least, broken bones are painful and the healing process takes a great deal of time, energy and money.
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