Chicago Slip and Fall Bone Injury Attorneys
Broken Bones and Fractures from Slip and Fall Accidents
Broken bones, otherwise known as complete or partial fractures, are a common result of slip and fall accidents. People of all ages can slip and fall and break bones, and the type of injury will dictate the costs of medical treatment and the length of time required to heal and restore motion. In some very serious cases, the person may never again recover full mobility, or will suffer long term pain or other complications.
Beyond restricting mobility during the period of healing, broken bones can create permanent nerve and muscle damage and/or a permanent misalignment of the skeletal system – all of which generates further pain and incapacitation. Compensation sought should include an accurate assessment of how a broken bone injury from a slip and fall accident will affect the victim’s future health and comfort. It is important to have an accurate medical opinion not only of the nature of the break, but also of all trauma sustained by the surrounding body areas, as damage could complicate a recovery to health.
The kind of broken bone fracture you sustained often indicates the severity of force you suffered, and may be used as a guide to the level of compensation you can pursue. The Chicago premises liability attorneys at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC are dedicated to representing our clients and professionally pursuing fair compensation. The settlement or jury verdict sought will reflect the full impact a slip and fall accident that led to broken bones has on the victim.
Types of Broken Bones
Fractures of any kind or level of severity can have an unpredictable effect on chances for a complete recovery. The main types of broken bones are classified as follows:
- Stable fracture. The bone is still in place and healing mainly involves keeping the bone supported with all unnecessary weight off it until the bone naturally knits together.
- Open, compound fracture. The bone is broken all the way through and may have moved so much that it has pierced the skin.
- Traverse fracture. This is a horizontal break. It may indicate the direction and manner of the slip and fall accident.
- Oblique fracture. An angled break that often requires pinning to heal properly.
- Comminuted fracture. A shattered bone (3 or more pieces) that may require extensive surgical intervention, and a longer recovery period. Of all the types of breaks, the comminuted fracture is most likely to leave some degree of residual impairment.
Common Broken Bones in Slip and Fall Accidents
Because slip and fall accidents can come about from a wide variety of conditions, the primary impact to the body from the fall can occur to any part of the body. The following are the most common:
- Neck and spine: These breaks can have a devastating effect on one’s ability to function normally. It often requires long periods of convalescence, or can lead to permanent impairments.
- Wrist and ankle: Noted for taking a long time to heal due to the number of bones and connective tissue involved, these fractures often restrict mobility and ability to work at a computer and other common work or personal tasks.
- Face and skull: These injuries can lead to disfigurement and brain or optic nerve damage or cause the need for extensive restorative dental work.
- Hip and pelvis: Healing the hip or pelvis is slow, and often involves difficult and painful physical therapy.
- Broken rib: Often causing pain when breathing, coughing or even speaking while the area is mending, broken ribs can also cause further complications due to damage to lungs and other internal body systems.
Call a Chicago personal injury lawyer now to discuss your case. We care about your situation and pride ourselves on how we have helped others dealing with similar situations. We offer a free online case evaluation. Our services are available in both English and Spanish. You can reach out to us by phone by calling (800) 996-4824.