Broken bones or fractures are one of the most common injuries from accidents in New York City (Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan) and Nassau County, Long Island. They can be caused by traffic accidents (car accidents, bicycle accidents, bus accidents, etc.), from slip and falls or by being struck by an object. If you have a broken bone, you will need medical treatment and you may lose time from work.
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BROKEN BONES AND FRACTURES ATTORNEYS
If your injury was caused by the recklessness or negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. New York law gives you the right to recover damages for your medical bills, lost earnings and pain and suffering.
The experienced Queens personal injury lawyers at Wittenstein & Wittenstein can investigate your accident and get evidence that will support your claim and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at (718) 261-8114 for a free evaluation.
Common Types of Fractures Caused by Accidents
- Hairline Fracture — A tiny crack of the bone, which might initially not even be noticed.
- Simple Fracture — A broken bone where the skin is not broken.
- Compound Fracture — A broken bone where the skin is also broken. This is also known as an open fracture. This type of fracture usually requires surgical repair. There is a risk of infection because the skin has been broken.
- Avulsion Fracture — A type of fracture where a piece of bone, a tendon or a ligament has pulled away from the bone. This also may require surgical intervention.
- Greenstick or Buckle Fracture — The bone is bent or buckled, but not entirely broken. This is most common in children.
- Transverse Fracture — This is a serious type of break, where the bone snaps into two pieces.
- Oblique Fracture — A rare type of fracture with a diagonal break.
- Comminuted Fracture — A very serious fracture, where the bone breaks into many pieces or is crushed.
Fractures and Bone Injuries from Car Accidents
High-velocity car accidents can cause broken bones. Pedestrians and bicylists are particularly likely to sustain broken bones.
These are the types of broken bones most often sustained in traffic accidents:
- Neck and Spine Fractures — Sometimes these fractures are minor, but more serious breaks can lead to paralysis.
- Facial and Skull Fractures — These can lead to significant scarring and sometimes even brain damage (TBI.)
- Limb Fractures — Serious limb fractures can cause difficulty with movement and prevent partipication in sports and hobbies.
- Hip and Pelvis Fractures — A broken hip or pelvis likely will mean use of a wheelchair while you recover, and recovery is usually lengthy.
- Rib Fractures — These fractures are particularly painful and do not respond well to treatment.
- Wrist and Ankle Fractures — These injuries take a very long time to heal and can prevent you from engaging in basic daily activities.