Leesburg Florida personal injury lawyer explains fractures.
Broken Bones (Fractures) happen to people injured in car, motorcycle, truck and slip & fall accidents. Successful treatment of a broken bone starts with a quick and accurate diagnosis. Fractures are usually diagnosed with x-rays or a CT scan of the injured area. If a healthcare provider fails to order an x-ray or CT scan of the area that is fractured and the patient is further injured because of the delayed diagnosis, the healthcare provider may have committed medical malpractice.
Types of Fractures
Simple or closed fracture is a break in the bone that does not break through the skin. Many clients with these types of fractures heal up pretty well in two to three months with little to no residual problems such as post-traumatic arthritis.
Simple or Closed Fracture: This is a break in the bone that does not break through the skin. These fractures
- Compound or Open Fracture: This is a break in the bone that goes through the skin.
- Comminuted Fracture: This is a fracture in which the bone breaks into more than two pieces.
- Non-Comminuted Fracture: This is a clean break that goes through the bone.
- Incomplete Fracture: This is a break on one side of the bone that leaves a buckling or bending of the bone as the only x-ray sign of the fracture. Incomplete fractures are also called Greenstick (in the young because there bones are pliable) and Torus or buckling fractures.
- Avulsion Fracture: This is a fracture that occurs when a portion of the bone is torn away by a muscle or ligament. In automobile accidents this is usually seen the lower part of the neck and is called a Clay-Shoveler's Fracture. We also see avulsion fractures in the ankle.