While driving in Pasadena, California, you were in a collision and suffered a broken femur and other injuries. Femur fractures are actually caused by auto accidents more than by any other adverse event, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It’s fortunate that you survived because femur fractures can lead to:
• Extreme blood loss
• Deep vein thrombosis and other blood clots
• Damage to the muscles and ligaments
• Infection if the bone protrudes from the skin
Where the femur can be fractured
The femur, or thighbone, is the largest and strongest bone in your body, so it takes a lot of force to break it, especially if one is talking about adolescents and adults whose bones have not become fragile yet. The elderly often suffer from hip fractures, which can be stress fractures at the femoral neck and which are incurred in falls.
Crash victims are more likely to break the femoral shaft, which is the bone’s midsection, or the distal end, where the bone connects to the knee joint, because of the violent impact they experience. Pedestrians and motorcyclists are at a higher risk for these injuries since they don’t have the protection that vehicle occupants do. A lot depends on the car’s height and angle when it hits the person.
How femur fractures are treated
Doctors may need to implant metal rods and screws into the femur to reattach the different pieces and straighten the bone. In the case of hip and knee fractures, doctors may use a metal plate and screws. Other patients may be taken of with just a cast and crutches. Nevertheless, the road to recovery can be long with lots of rehabilitative care, physical therapy and pain medications.
A lawyer to assist with your claim
Under personal injury law, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries if you contributed little to nothing to the crash. Of course, you may want a lawyer to explain the concept of negligence to you, prove the defendant’s guilt and negotiate on your behalf for a settlement. Everything starts with a case assessment.