Broken bones and fractures in a car accident can place temporary limitations on your life. It is not uncommon to lose wages due to missing work and experiencing additional expenses to accommodate mobility during the healing process.
The forces in a car accident wreak havoc on the human body. Broken bones and fractures are quite common injuries in a car accident, but that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with during recovery.
Fractures are extremely painful due to the sensitive nerve endings which encapsulate our bones. When the network of these fibers is broken, the result is severe pain.
Broken bones must almost always be immobilized. If they move or rotate in any way during healing the result is known as a “malunion” (non-aligned) or a nonunion (where bone does not heal back together at all).
A lot will depend upon the specific areas and the nature of the individual fractures. Some breaks may be somewhat “clean” but others can be jagged or result in chips or fragments. In these cases a surgeon may have to implement screws and other hardware to secure the bone(s) in place while they heal.
Fractures involving the head, neck or spine may lead to permanent injury, loss of mobility and even paralysis. The long term effects of these injuries can catastrophically change the nature and quality of life.
Fractured bones can provide significant challenges during recovery. In addition to pain and limitation of mobility there can be long term implications associated with broken bone injuries. Once the bone has healed there are still potential issues of scarring and disfigurement, limited mobility, chronic arthritis and physical disability.
Broken bones and fractures in a car accident can place temporary limitations in your life or the results can be long-lasting. If you or someone you love has suffered broken bones and fractures in a car accident we invite you to contact HLH or call (866) 583-9701 for a free consultation.