Here at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, we provide legal services for the many victims of accidents that were not their own fault. We operate throughout the Portland,OR, area and recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after an accident of any type as long as you think that you are not to blame.
Broken and fractured bones are serious incidences of personal injuries and often take place in truck, car and motorcycle accidents. Sometimes severe complications occur with such injuries including disabilities that last a life time. To actually break a bone is not that easy but any great force inflicted on a limb, a rib, or even the spine can result in damage to this particular area. These sorts of injuries are common in both auto accidents and workplace accidents.
When you are involved in such accidents and the accident was not caused by you, then you are entitled to file a case for damages against the person who caused the injury. It is the job of an experienced bone fracture attorney to ensure that victims of injuries get a compensation package to cover for the financial losses and suffering that has to be endured. There are many serious long term outcomes when it comes to fractures and these should not be taken lightly. The injury might not sound serious and is rarely life threatening, but the effects can be very debilitating.
Symptoms of bone fractures
Common symptoms of a fractured bone may include:
- Intense pain
- Deformed appearance
- Difficult to move the limb
Bone fracture can have complications
The majority of bone fractures will heal over time, but occasionally they fail to heal correctly. The victim inflicted with a fractured bone injury might be left with never ending pain, lasting stiffness, and a disability lasting for the remainder of their life. Any indication of a fracture in a bone should be treated seriously because it could lead to a decrease in quality of life. Bone fracture injuries can involve any number of complications which could include the following:
A “malunion” which takes place when a bone has been through the healing process but is left deformed. This includes:
- Healing taking place at the wrong angle
- Healing taking place which leaves the bone twisted
- Healing taking place and the bone ends up shorter
Surgery is required to correct a malunion
A nonunion can take place in a limb where a bone has not healed because of the parting of the fractured ends, the presence of an infection, or a decrease in blood flow. Bone grafting surgery is the most suitable way to manage this condition.
This is a particularly serious bone infection that occurs in an open fracture which pokes out of the skin, letting bacteria and dirt and debris to get into the fracture.
This is when the bone has shattered into a number of fragments which reach out into a nearby joint. This can result in painful osteoarthritis developing later on in life.
Chronic regional pain syndrome or CRPS
This syndrome often occurs after a leg or arm fracture. The patient will experience unrelenting pain every day which could be a burning sensation, inflammation, changes in body temperature and sensitivity in the nerves when touching something. Research has indicated that this severe trauma takes place after a fracture has supposedly healed but causes hyper-activity within the sympathetic nervous system thus resulting in extremely debilitating symptoms.
Experienced fracture lawyers are needed for a successful claim
There are so many major complications associated with fracture injuries that if you have been involved in a car crash, a workplace accident, or any other type of accident that was not your fault, then it is absolutely essential to contact an experienced fracture lawyer who will ensure that all the medical evidence of the effect of your injuries is revealed and documented. You must ensure that any damages agreement will cover you for any long term suffering, income loss and medical expenses for the whole duration of the effect of your injuries.
If you are tempted to take an offer from an insurer without consulting an attorney beforehand, it may happen that you will be left with out of pocket expenses. You will be unable to afford to pay for ongoing medical expenses or enhance the quality of your life while you have to endure the ongoing pain. You will be depending on relatives to support you financially and to provide any additional care for you.
If you or a loved one is in need of a skilled and experienced bone fracture attorney in the Portland area, please contact the Law Offices of Jon Friedman now at (503) 242-1440 for your free, confidential assessment.