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Common Car Accident Injury: Fragmental Fracture

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of serious injury and death in the United States today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents have caused more than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers to visit hospital emergency departments annually. In addition, recent reports show that nearly 200,000 traffic accidents resulted in injury or property damage in Indiana each year. Car accidents can cause serious injuries, such as whiplash, concussions, burns, and broken bones.

Anyone involved in an Indiana car accident should contact an experienced Indianapolis car accident attorney as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover from the responsible party or parties for any medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or destruction of property, among other types of damages.

Fragmental Fractures

One of the most common injuries people suffer in car accidents are fragmented fractures, also known as comminuted fractures. Comminuted or fragmented fractures occur when a bone breaks in three or more places, and these breaks are particularly difficult to treat. After sustaining a fragmented fracture, physicians will realign the bones into their correct position and maintain those positions while the fracture heals. These types of fractures can occur to any part of the body, including the collar bone, limbs, sternum, ankles, wrists, hands, or skull.

Symptoms of a comminuted fracture typically involve serious pain at the site of the injury, which starts immediately after sustaining the injury. The pain is generally accompanied by swelling and bruising at the affected body area, and it will become warm and tender to the touch. People who have sustained fragmented fractures typically cannot bear any weight on the injured area due to the intense pain it causes.

Because of the immense forces involved in car accidents, these injuries are fairly common after a serious crash. A fragmented fracture will be diagnosed by your physician after he or she performs a physical examination of your injuries. Your doctor may use x-rays or other tests such as a CT scan to determine the extent and location of the fracture. After the bones are realigned, your physician may employ the use of traction, which is employed to consistently apply pressure to bones in order to facilitate proper healing.

Car accidents are an unfortunate risk associated with driving, and will continue to occur for the foreseeable future. People in Indiana who are injured in car accidents may be entitled to substantial compensation, and should retain the services of an experienced Indiana car accident attorney to ensure that their legal rights are protected. After being involved in a car accident, you should write down any information you can gather regarding the accident, such as the time, location, names of other people involved, and the extent of the damage to your vehicle. If possible, take photographs of the scene and get contact information from any people who may have witnessed the accident. Also, do not give any statements to insurance company adjusters, either written or verbal, without consulting an attorney experienced in car accident claims. In doing so you may inadvertently waive rights or admit fault without realizing it, making it more difficult to recover for your injuries.

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