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Law Offices of Fernando Vargas
Law Offices of Fernando Vargas

Fracture Injuries

Fracture Injury LawyerBroken bones and fractures are significant injuries that often require medical attention for weeks or months.  Fractures and broken bones can impact every aspect of a person’s life and its effects can last a lifetime. 

If you or a loved one has suffered a fracture due to the negligence of another person, it is important to choose an attorney who thoroughly understands California’s laws.   California Automobile and Personal Injury Lawyer Fernando D. Vargas has successfully represented clients who have suffered all types of fracture injuries.  Attorney Vargas is an experienced trial lawyer who, since 1987, has effectively litigated thousands of personal injury cases throughout the Inland Empire and the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino with an emphasis in the cities of Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Montclair, Upland, Ontario, Chino, Fontana, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  The Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, which is located in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, has recovered millions of dollars in personal injury verdicts and settlements for their clients. 

 

Common Accidents That Result in Fractures or Broken Bones

Common Accidents That Result in Fractures or Broken Bones

There are many different possible accidents that can cause fractures or broken bones.  The Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas represents individuals who have suffered fractures or broken bones caused by:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Premises accidents
  • Train accidents
  • Truck and bus accidents

Mr. Vargas is interested in hearing the specifics about your accident and offers a free initial consultation to review your legal options.


Categories of Fractures

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Categories of Fractures

There are many different types of fractures.  However, most fractures can be placed into one of the following four categories:

  1. Displaced
  2. Non-displaced
  3. Open (Simple)
  4. Closed (Compound)

Displaced and non-displaced refers to the way the bone breaks, whereas open and closed refers to whether or not the bone has punctured through the skin.

Displaced

A displaced fracture refers to a bone that has broken into two or more parts and moved so that the two ends are not lined up straight. 

Non-Displaced

A non-displaced fracture refers to a bone that is partially cracked or has broken all the way through, but it has not moved and is properly aligned.

Open / Compound

An open fracture, also called a “compound” fracture, refers to a broken bone that has pierced through the skin.  After puncturing the skin, the bone may recede back into the body and not be visible through the skin.  Open fractures run a risk for developing an infection deep within the bone called “osteomyelitis.”

Closed / Simple

A closed fracture, also called a “simple” fracture, refers to a situation when a bone has broken, but it has not punctured the skin and there is no open wound.


Common Types of Fractures

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The type of fracture is dependent on how the bone breaks.  There are many types of fractures, including the following:

Greenstick Fractures

This is an incomplete fracture in which the bone is bent.  This type of fracture usually occurs in infants and young children because of the softness of their bones.

Stable Fractures

The broken ends of this type of fracture line up and are barely out of place.

Transverse Fractures

A transverse fracture results in a fracture at a right angle to the bone’s axis. In other words, it has a horizontal fracture line.

Oblique Fractures

This type of fracture has an angled, curved, or sloped pattern.

Comminuted Fractures

A comminuted fracture is one in which the bone breaks into three or more pieces.

Impacted Fractures

This type of fracture occurs when one broken end of a bone is driven into the other broken end.  Impacted fractures commonly occur in children who have broken their arm and are sometimes referred to as a “buckle” fracture.

Pathological fractures

Some fractures occur as a result of a particular disease that weakens the bones, such as osteoporosis or bone cancer. 

Stress Fractures

This type of fracture results in tiny cracks in a bone.  Stress fractures are often caused by repetitive application of force, such as repeatedly jumping or running long distances.  However, stress fractures can also occur from just normal use of a bone that has been weakened pathologically. 


Treatment for Fractures

Treatment for Fractures

Fractures require specific medical treatment.  When you suffer a fracture, the first thing you will need to do is be evaluated by a physician.  Your doctor will assess your overall condition and the extent of your injury.  The most common way to evaluate a fracture is by diagnostic medical techniques (x-ray or MRI), which can determine whether the bone is intact or broken, as well as the exact location of the break within the bone. 

The type of treatment needed for a fracture is dependent on a variety of things, including which bone is broken, the exact location of the fracture, and the type of fracture.  However, regardless of the category or type of fracture, one goal applies: to place the bone back into alignment and prevent it from moving out of place until it heals.  This process is called “reduction.”  The ends of the broken bone heal by forming new bone around the edges of the broken parts.

Depending on the type and severity of the break, doctors can use the following treatments:

Cast / Immobilization

This is the most common type treatment because most fractures are able to heal once they have been repositioned and a cast is applied to keep the bone in proper alignment while it heals.  For some fractures, a functional cast or brace may be used to allow limited or “controlled” movement of nearby joints.

Traction

This treatment uses a gentle, steady pulling action to align the bone or bones. 

External Fixation

This type of treatment involves insertion of metal pins or screws into the broken bone above and below the fracture site.  These pins or screws are then connected to a metal bar on the outside of the skin.  This treatment is used as a stabilizing frame that holds the bone in a proper alignment while it heals.  In cases involving damage to the surrounding skin and soft tissues around the fracture, external fixation may be used until surgery can be tolerated.

Open Reduction and Internal Fixation

This treatment is performed under surgery.  The surgeon makes an incision to reveal the broken bone, and the bone is repositioned (reduced) into its normal alignment.  The bone is then held together with orthopedic hardware, including rods or special surgical screws and metal plates.

Fractures often require the services of an orthopedic surgeon, long-term rehabilitative medical therapy, and equipment.  In cases of severe fractures, complications can occur requiring additional surgeries and long-term rehabilitation.  Unfortunately, this can result in significant medical expenses that can continue indefinitely.

Fractures Can Be Severe and Life Changing

Depending on the site and severity of the fracture, it may take anywhere from several weeks to several months to heal.  However, even when a fracture is completely healed, there may still be physical disability and limited mobility.  This is especially true with fractures involving the wrist, knuckles, elbows, hips, knees, and ankles.

In addition, fractures involving the head, neck, and spine can also cause serious and permanent injury beyond that of the broken bone.  For example, a skull fracture can push on the brain, bruising it and causing increased intracranial pressure (ICP).  Left untreated, ICP can cause permanent brain injury and death.

 


Free Consultation!

If you or a loved one has suffered a fracture type of injury due to the negligence of another, the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas can help.  Mr. Vargas has the skill, expertise, and experience necessary to successfully litigate your motorcycle accident case.

 In addition, attorney Vargas has a team of experts that will work with him to prove your injuries and damages in order to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.  During your free consultation, Mr. Vargas will personally discuss the facts of your case, review the details about your injuries, and advise you about your rights. 

Since 1987, California Automobile and Personal Injury Attorney Fernando D. Vargas has successfully litigated thousands of personal injury cases including accidents involving fractures throughout the Inland Empire and the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino with an emphasis in the cities of Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Montclair, Upland, Ontario, Chino, Fontana, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  During your free consultation, Mr. Vargas will personally discuss the facts of your case, review the injuries, and advise you about your rights. 

No Recovery, No Fee!

Accidents involving fracture injuries can be expensive to litigate. However, the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, which is located in the city of Rancho Cucamonga, takes all of the firm’s personal injury cases on a “contingency fee” basis.  This means that you will pay nothing up front and Mr. Vargas will advance all money necessary to prepare your case for either settlement or trial.  If Mr. Vargas is unsuccessful in resolving your case, you pay absolutely nothing. The Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, which is fully staffed with bi-lingual personnel that are fluent in Spanish, has successfully championed the rights of automobile accident and personal injury victims by wining millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients since its foundation in 1995.

If you or a loved one has been injured in fracture type of injury due to the negligence of another, it is vital that you consult with a reputable and experienced California Accident Trial Lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909 / 982-0707 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.  If your injuries prevent you from coming to our Rancho Cucamonga office, we can arrange to visit you at your home or the hospital to ensure the timely investigation of your claim.

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