Because many children get treated for a broken bone, the victim in a car accident might think that a broken bone does not fall into the category of value-adding injuries. In reality, broken bones can increase the value of a car accident injury.
How is a broken bone detected?
An x-ray can reveal the presence of a broken bone.
How severe was the injury that got linked to the broken bone?
Was it a compound fracture, where the bone breaks through the skin? Did any piece of tendon or ligament get attached to the bone? Had he bone been splintered or crushed?
What might be the prognosis?
• Does the patient have to undergo a surgical procedure? Patients that have been operated on often need to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation period.
• Did the bone break into multiple pieces? If that is the case, then the recovering victim might need to cope with some troublesome complications.
• Was it an open fracture? If that is the case, then there is a greater chance that it might become infected.
• What was the patient’s age? An elderly person recovers slowly from a broken bone. All the bones in a child’s body are supposed to grow, even those that have become broken. Those facts highlight the extent to which the patient’s age affects the prognosis.
What are the possible long-term effects?
• Decreased range of motion in the affected bones or joints.
• Loss of use of a limb; loss of strength in a group of muscles. Any muscle will weaken if it does not get used.
• Chronic pain in the affected bone or joint.
• Nerve damage
• Depression: Can develop in patient that has not yet learned to walk.
• Arthritis in a joint that was next to a broken bone
Actions that can hold-off the appearance of complications or long term effects:
If patient has been in the operating room, it helps to get the same patient on his or her feet as soon as possible. That advice applies to all post-surgical patients. When a patient needs to recover from an operation, a willingness to stand upright, even with assistance, aids achievement of the desired recovery.
Even when a broken bone has simply been placed in a sling or a cast, it helps to exercise the suspended or cast-wrapped body part. That can keep blood from settling in one region. A settling of blood can lead to a swelling of the treated region of the body. Though the injuries vary and so does the healing time, it is essential to consult with an injury lawyer in Lethbridge so that the claim for damages can be filed at the earliest. Financial assistance will be needed for the lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of the ability to move for a short or long term and the pending hospital bills.