Accidents have many effects, physically and emotionally. One obvious, damaging effect that can occur is bone fractures. These can be extremely serious and result in surgeries which leave people disabled from work for months, if not permanently.
What qualifies as a bone fracture?
The simplest explanation of a fracture is “a broken bone,” but the reality is more complex. Bone fractures can occur almost anywhere in the body, and with varying degrees of severity.
- An open fracture occurs when the bone breaks through the skin, which leaves you susceptible to infection.
- A closed fracture occurs within the body.
- A comminuted fracture has many pieces.
- Fractures can occur in the middle or ends of the bone.
- Bone fractures may heal in 6 weeks or so but the surrounding soft tissues can be painful for much longer.
All fractures are painful, and can impair movement and quality of life. With a bone fracture, you are often unable to work until it’s completely healed, and it can require extensive physical therapy to heal properly. The costs for sustaining an injury can be enormous, but you don’t have to face them alone.