Six-million persons suffer fractured bones each year. Some people may see broken bones as a rite of passage for children—after all, this is a common injury when a child falls at a playground or takes a spill on a bicycle. Many kids get a cast and move on with their lives with little to no interruption. However, not all fractures are handled as easily and some leave lasting effects.
If you fractured a bone in any type of accident and incurred medical bills, you may have the legal right to seek compensation for those losses. Discuss your accident with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice as soon as possible.
Some fractures simply require stabilization—such as a boot for a fractured foot or a sling for a fractured elbow. Still, this prevents a victim from using that body part, usually for six weeks or more, until the bone heals. Doctors need to set other broken bones in casts, which will require additional doctor visits to remove the casts.
Some fractures can require significantly more treatments, however, such as the following:
Compound fractures – A compound fracture, also referred to as an open fracture, involves the bone breaking through the skin. Victims require medical monitoring to prevent infections at their wound sites, as well as the resetting of their bones, which may require surgery.
Comminuted fractures – This type of fracture involves the bone splintering into more than two pieces—often with numerous fragments. In such cases, doctors may need to surgically implant pins, plates, or screws to hold the bone together while it heals. Doctors may or may not need to surgically remove this hardware later.
Facial fractures – The face contains many delicate bones that can fracture, including the nose, cheekbones, and jaw. A broken nose or cheek may require surgeries to repair, and the fracture may permanently mar your appearance. A broken jaw may need a long time to heal. Doctors may need to wire it shut for weeks at a time.
If an accident caused by another party resulted in your fracture, the law may entitle you to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. Accidents that cause fractures and may lead to legal claims include:
If someone else is responsible for the losses arising from your broken bone, please do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice in Baltimore for help. To schedule a free consultation, call (410) 288-2900 or contact us online.