A broken bone is one of the most common personal injuries a person can suffer. When a bone breaks because of stress suffered in a car accident or other type of accident, it is known as a traumatic fracture.
Bones break, or fracture, when they come under too much pressure, due to sudden impact or twisting. One orthopedic expert estimates there are about seven million broken bones in the United States every year and the average person in a developed country can expect to suffer two fractures during their lifetime.
If you have sustained broken bones in a car accident or other type of accident in Missouri caused by another person, let an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer review the facts and explain your legal options. The trial lawyers at Sansone, Sumner & Lauber help individuals who have been injured through the negligence of others obtain the compensation they deserve.
Accidents that Cause Bone Breaks and Fractures
Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of fractures and the bones likely to break due to traumatic injury. Most fractures occur in the arms and legs. They are more common in men younger than age 45 and in women over age 45.
Passengers ejected from a vehicle in an accident are at risk of the car running them over or coming to rest on top of them. Arms, legs, and bones of the hands and feet are often fractured in car crashes. Though airbags provide important protection, drivers and front seat passengers risk fractures of the ribs and chest (sternum), as well as facial fractures by being slammed into the dashboard or steering wheel in a car crash.
In a widely publicized bicycle accident, the U2 singer Bono suffered several fractures in a bicycle accident in 2014, including breaking his shoulder in three places; shattering his left humerus, or upper arm, in six places, including a compound fracture; breaking a bone in the orbit of his left eye; and breaking his left pinky. The serious bicycle accident required him to undergo five hours of surgery and intensive physical therapy.
Hip fractures, the majority of which occur in falls, are serious injuries that often result in long-term functional impairment, nursing home admission, and increased mortality, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Commonly fractured bones among football players include those of the finger, wrist, and leg. Falling off of a skateboard and landing directly on an elbow, for example, or falling backward off of a snowboard and attempting to brace the fall with an outstretched arm could cause a broken elbow.
The lawyers of Sansone, Sumner & Lauber help individuals in Missouri and Illinois who have been injured because of the careless actions or negligence of others. If you have suffered a broken bone in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, call Sansone, Sumner & Lauber Trial Lawyers today at 314-863-0500 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.