Making an injury compensation claim for a broken bone
When talking about injuries, saying you have a broken a bone in an accident doesn’t give any real indication of how serious your injury might have been. A broken bone could mean anything from a fairly uncomplicated fracture that may only take 2 months or so to heal, through to a compound fracture, of the type often caused by crushing injuries that might take much longer. In the most serious cases, a broken bone might affect your ability to return to work, or might permanently restrict your mobility, leading to big changes in your lifestyle.
To say that there are many different types of fracture that you could suffer in an accident would is a bit of an understatement. There are literally dozens of different ways that bones can break and be broken. Some of these types of fracture are specific to certain bones; others can happen to just about any bone in the body. Fractures can vary greatly in their severity, and also in terms of how difficult they are to treat. A simple fracture, where the bone has broken in only one pace and the skin around the break has not been broken can be much easier to treat than a compound fracture, which is where one or both ends of the bone break through the skin.
The treatment of a fracture that has been sustained in an accident obviously depends on the type of fracture, whether there are multiple fractures to the same bone and the location of that bone in the body. Common treatments for more straightforward fractures range from using a splint (commonly used for fractured fingers and toes) to some form of plaster cast or removable support designed to protect the bone and take the strain off it whilst it heals. For more serious fractures, such as those where a small part of the bone has detached from the rest (known as an avulsion fracture), treatment might take the form of an operation to either manually set the bones in the correct position so that they will heal by themselves, or metal or composite pins will be inserted to physically tie the pieces of bone together.