Fractures and Broken Bone Injuries in Baton Rouge or Metairie LA
Broken or fractured bones can result from accidental injury occurring in a variety of settings. In many instances, these injuries resolve in a relatively short period of time. However, fractures and breaks can also be more severe, sometimes requiring surgery and resulting in extremely high medical bills, permanent physical restrictions and lost income to the victim. In instances where you have sustained injury as a result of fault or negligence, you may want to consult a qualified personal injury attorney.
Basics of Fractures and Broken Bone Injuries
Broken or fractured bones are some of the most common injuries. There are over 6 million fractures in the United States annually. Fractures occur as a result of an impact in an accident or a fall. The force of impact partly determines the severity of the fracture.
Types of Fractures
Fractures can be of different types depending upon the type of damage done to the bones. Fractures are classified as either open or closed. In an open fracture, the broken bones tear through the skin and can protrude while closed fractures stay under the skin.
Closed fractures can further be classified into many other types. For instance, a complete fracture is when the bone disintegrates into two or more pieces. In an incomplete fracture, there is a break in the bone but it does not separate. A bone which has a crack on only one side is known as a greenstick fracture while a single fracture refers to a break in only one place. Bowing fractures are found in children and because here the bone bends and the bones of adults are not as malleable. The pain caused by all kinds of fractured bones can be intense.
Treatment and Recovery
The treatment of broken bones can take some time depending on the seriousness of the injury. Recovery and rehabilitation can take weeks to months for a complete recovery. Age and health of the injured person will determine the time needed. Furthermore, a cast or splint immobilizes the injured limb to ensure proper recovery. Smaller bones do not require a cast.
In some cases, significant bone damage may require surgery. This is particularly true of cases where x-rays show bone fragments. Wires, plates, or pins may serve to realign the bones during surgery. Physical therapy after surgery is a must. Follow up checks are essential to ensure complete recovery and return to normal life. The arms, legs, nose, ribs, hands, ankles and feet are common fracture areas.
The repair of broken bone injuries can involve extensive (and expensive) medical treatment. Also, a cast or splint can severely limit your mobility and this will affect your ability to perform your job adequately. That in turn can translate into loss of income for quite a while. There may also be a need for long term physical therapy and this will mean an additional expense. Pain and suffering and loss of the ability to enjoy hobbies, sports, exercise and other activities will form the non-economic damages component of the compensation sought. A good personal injury lawyer can help you assess the value of your claim and the compensation you should reasonably expect from the claim.
Call a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney
Experienced and hardworking attorney Price McNamara handles broken bone injuries across New Orleans, Kenner, Lafayette, Mandeville, Lafourche, Terrebone, Jefferson, Orleans, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, and St. John Parishes. If you think that you have a personal injury claim, call Louisiana personal injury attorney Price McNamara at his Baton Rouge office (225-201-8311) or his Metairie office (504-458-8455) to have your queries answered or to schedule a free consultation. His extensive trial experience of over 20 years, proven track record, and limited caseload philosophy ensure that you will obtain excellent personal attention and a patient hearing on a consistent basis.