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Brain Injuries
Broken bones (also called fractures) can be mild or serious. Simply put, a fracture occurs when one of the bones inside your body partially or completely breaks. There are many types of fractures, including stable fractures, open fractures, transverse fractures, oblique fractures and comminuted fractures. The severity of the injury is determined by the force that caused the fracture and the type of fracture.
Bones break for a variety of reasons, such as trauma, osteoporosis or overuse. Many broken bones are caused by trauma from car accidents, falls or other incidents. Some diseases, such as arthritis or osteoporosis, cause the bones to weaken and break. Additionally, overuse (repetitive motion or strain) can wear on the bone and surrounding muscles, eventually causing a fracture. This type of fracture is commonly sustained by athletes and is usually referred to as a stress fracture.
Bones can break in many ways. A stable fracture occurs when the bone breaks but the ends barely separate. The ends of the bones are not displaced, but line up almost perfectly. Compound (open) fractures are significantly more serious and occur when the bone penetrates the victim’s skin and is exposed. This type of injury is susceptible to infection and may result in serious medical complications. If the fractured bone damages the surrounding tissues or blood vessels, the victim may suffer blood loss after an open fracture injury.
A transverse fracture happens when the bone breaks horizontally. This injury is distinct from an oblique fracture, which occurs when the bone breaks at an angle. Comminuted fractures happen when the bone shatters into multiple pieces. Although many bone fractures are easy to identify, it may be difficult to determine whether or not you have actually suffered a fracture. Fractures are usually identifiable by swelling, pain and bruising near the site of the injury. In extreme cases , the bone may break so that the affected limb looks deformed or unusually twisted.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a broken or fractured bone as a result of an accident or someone’s negligence, contact David McQuade Leibowitz today. He is ready to stand up for you so that you may get the compensation you deserve for your injury.
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