Las Vegas Bone Fracture Attorney
An impact on a bone, usually caused by an accident of some kind, can cause the bone to break. Motor vehicle accidents, trip and fall accidents, workplace accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents frequently cause broken bones, or fractures. In many cases, these accidents are the result of a negligent act of another party—for example, bad driving, failing to implement or enforce safety procedures in the workplace, or failing to maintain a property in a safe condition.
Fractures are painful and restrict the victim’s activities until they heal. A broken bone requires immediate medical attention and often causes the victim to be out of work for a time. In the case of a serious fracture, surgical repair is often necessary, followed by physical therapy. Broken bones can cause dangerous complications, including nerve or blood vessel damage and infection. In the most serious fractures, complications may cause long term or permanent loss of function.
Classification of Bone Fractures
Bones can break in a number of different ways, and doctors have specific terminology they use to classify fractures: A displaced fracture is one in which the bone breaks into two or more pieces and the pieces move out of alignment. When a displaced fracture comprises several bone fragments it is called a comminuted fracture. A non-displaced fracture is a bone that has cracked but the pieces remain in place. If bone fragments pierce the skin, it is called an open fracture, which comes with a high risk of infection, whereas in a closed fracture, the bone remains completely beneath the skin.
Experienced Legal Representation for Broken Bones
Las Vegas injury attorney Eric Woods has successfully represented hundreds of people who have broken bones as a result of someone else’s negligence. These are some of the many kinds of broken bone claims he has handled in his thirty-plus years as a personal injury attorney:
- Broken arms: The bones in the arm break most often and make up about half of all bone fractures.
- Broken collarbones: Broken collarbone or fractured clavicle is a common injury in pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, and car accidents, especially in children, who account for about half of collarbone fractures.
- Broken ankles: When a person slips or trips on an obstacle or irregular surface or is hit by a car and knocked to the ground, a foot is often twisted or overextended, causing a broken ankle.
- Broken feet: One out of every ten fractures is a broken foot or toe bone.
- Broken hands: Broken bones in the hands and fingers can cause severe disability.
- Broken legs: A fracture of the fibula, femur, tibia, or patella is a broken leg, a common injury from falls, car accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
- Broken jaws: A broken jaw or mandibular fracture is usually caused by a direct impact to the face in a fall or an accident involving a motor vehicle.
- Broken noses: A broken nose is often the result of the face hitting the windshield or another hard surface inside a car in a crash.
- Broken pelvises: The most common cause of a broken pelvis is a high impact car crash. This is an extremely dangerous fracture with a high fatality rate because of associated damage to surrounding organs. About 55 percent of those suffering a pelvic fracture die, usually from organ damage and internal bleeding.
If you’ve broken a bone because of someone else’s negligence, contact Eric H. Woods, one of Las Vegas’s most experienced broken bone lawyers, to recover the compensation you need and deserve.