Breaking a bone can have many negative consequences. Aside from the certainty of severe pain, you may have to pay extensive medical costs, or stay home from work for weeks or months. If your injury was caused by another person, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. At Studinski Law, our serious injury lawyers take the time to listen to your side of the story. Our legal team has spent years providing compassionate legal service, and we know how to achieve the best possible outcome.
If you have any questions about your case, or if you are ready to seek justice, call (715) 343-2850 now.
While many people think of breaking a bone as being straightforward, the true definition of this injury is more complex. According to the United States National Library of Medicine, a broken bone, otherwise known as a fracture, occurs when a bone is exposed to more pressure than it can stand. When this happens, the bone may break, or develop cracks. When a broken bone punctures the skin, it is referred to as an open fracture, whereas a simple crack in the bone is known as a stress fracture.
In cases where the body is impacted by blunt force, it can be difficult to know whether a bone has been fractured. In fact, breaking a bone and dislocating a joint often feel exactly alike. However, there are certain symptoms that can be used to identify a broken bone. These include, but are not limited to:
- Intense swelling or bruising on the muscle and skin covering the bone
- A deformity or protrusion coming from the affected area
- Inability to move a certain area of the body
- Pain that is only elevated by the movement of a certain body part
- If the fracture is open, a portion of the bone coming through the skin
- Development of a sharp pain when pressure is applied to an area
- Dark coloration on the skin covering the bone
How do People Break Bones?
The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey estimates that over 6 million bones are broken in the United States every year. Overwhelmingly, the most common broken bone injury for those under the age of 75 is a wrist fracture. For those who are over 75, hips are the body part that is most commonly affected. In addition, certain groups are more likely to break bones. Men are far more likely than women to sustain a fracture, and those over the age of 65 are disproportionately affected.
One of the most common causes of a broken bone injury is falling from a great height. Imagine, for example, that you are walking up a tall flight of stairs at a museum. Suddenly, you slip on a wet step and go tumbling down to the bottom of the staircase. In this scenario, the force applied on your arms, legs, and torso can be more than enough break bone. Car accidents are also notorious for causing fractures. Your ribs might be broken by your seatbelt, or your car may impact your extremities when it caves in.
People who are victims of nursing home abuse may also suffer from this injury. In many cases, elderly individuals are not treated with the care they deserve, and are subjected to terrible abuse by employees. Being handled roughly, not being given the proper assistance, and even poor nutrition can all result in bone instability. As the State Bar of Wisconsin notes, loved ones often see broken bones as an unavoidable result of aging; they may think the injury has occurred naturally.
Healing Your Wounds
The treatment of a broken bone often depends on the bone that has been impacted. For example, a broken vertebra in the spinal column may need to be put back in place through surgery. However, many fractures follow a similar repair process. Whenever a bone is broken, it must be pieced back together in the correct position, a process known as reduction. It is also essential that the bone does not move during the healing process, something that is often achieved by wearing a cast.
The cost of medical treatment depends on type of fracture. According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), long bone fractures are the most expensive, with some costing up to $39,041 in the six months following a break. The average cost of treatment for a radius fracture, on the other hand, can be as low as $3,291. In some cases, treatment for broken bones can be less expensive. Non-surgical treatment for a broken leg, for example, can cost $2,500. However, there are other costs that must be considered, such as x-rays, which can cost up to $1,000.
Contact Our Wisconsin Broken Bones Attorneys Today
To us, providing skilled legal representation is a privilege. Over the years, the legal team at Studinski Law has helped dozens of good people seek compensation for broken bones. We use aggressive techniques in court, ensuring that you are not ignored or taken advantage of. We also know that this is a difficult time for you, which is why we will do everything in our power to speed up the process.
To find out how you can seek funds through a personal injury lawsuit, call (715) 343-2850 today.