Depending on the circumstances surrounding your car accident, you may feel lucky to be alive even though you suffered injuries. One of the injuries you could suffer and count yourself lucky for suffering is a broken bone. What you may not realize is that broken bones are sometimes much more than just simple injuries.
In addition to the break requiring a cast, you may also require surgery in order to set the bone properly. The bone could shatter, which would more than likely require an extended recovery time. In fact, you could need several surgeries in order to fix a broken or shattered bone. However, these are not the only downsides of a broken bone. You could also suffer from additional complications that could have life-threatening and lifelong implications.
Complications related to the bone itself
Without the proper care, your bone may not heal properly. The bone could heal in the wrong position. This is a post-traumatic deformity or malunion. Your limb could end up crooked or shorter than it was prior to the break.
If you reach the six-month point after the break and the bone still hasn't fused, it's called non-union. This happens for a variety of reasons, including the following:
- Inadequate blood supply
- Improper setting
- Too much motion at the fracture site
- Too little motion at the fracture site
In either case, you could suffer significant pain and an extended time to heal, and it may never completely heal properly. You may require internal metal rods, an external metal device or bone grafts in order to repair the damage.
In addition to the problems directly associated with the break, you may also suffer one or more of the following complications:
- Chronic pain
- Blood poisoning
- Drainage from a wound
- Bone deterioration
Regardless of what type of complications you suffer from, your doctor needs to know as soon as you realize that something is just not right. The sooner your doctor or doctors address an issue, the better off you may be in the long run. As you can see, a broken bone may end up being much more complicated than it appears at first.
For this reason, it may be wise not to rush to accept an insurance settlement or to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. You do not have to accept the first settlement offered to you, and you have time in which to file a claim. By gaining an understanding of your rights and legal options as soon as possible, you may find yourself in a better position to pursue all of the compensation entitled to you.