Fracture refers to the breaking of a bone, and the average individual has two broken bones in a lifetime. Most susceptible are children and the elderly. Fracture occurs when a bone is exposed to a physical force stronger than the bone itself. Such a broad and general definition means that the potential situational causes of fractures are endless: car accidents, falls, blunt force, etc. Treated properly, fractures heal easily and there are rarely complications. Fractures are a very common injury that is serious enough to require medical attention (and therefore incur medical costs) but is rarely life-threatening or dangerous. Because fractures can result from trauma, they can be signs of negligence or intention by another and therefore, potentially, fall under personal injury law. If you have suffered a fracture and feel that another is responsible, it is important to get the right legal team behind you, including an experienced Los Angeles fracture attorney.
Fractures are categorized in several, overlapping ways.
- Incomplete. In an incomplete fracture, the bone cracks but does not break.
- Complete. A fully broken bone.
- Simple. A break (complete or incomplete) that does not break the skin.
- Compound. A broken bone that also breaks the skin.
There are further distinctions in fractures based on the angle of the break, the cause (bone-weakening disease), and the severity, but overall it is a simple injury to understand. Treatment is also generally simple and straightforward, but fractures should always be treated professionally. The ease and routine of treating fractures professionally versus the potential complications without medical care make it any easy decision. Medical care of fractures mostly consists of setting or lining up the broken bone pieces (reduction) and immobilizing the area to prevent further injury while the bone heals itself. Rehabilitation is also often prescribed to encourage healing and a quick return to full strength after the cast comes off.
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