In simple medical terms a fracture is a broken bone, but there are many types of breaks, some more complex than others. If a fracture is sufficiently severe, it will not heal properly and can leave the accident victim with a life-long disability.
Understanding the classification and severity of a fracture is essential to making sure that an injured plaintiff receives just compensation following a motorcycle accident injury. The Southern California Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg frequently represent clients who have suffered bone fractures caused by such incidents.
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Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Fractures
Fractures incurred in any kind of accident must be treated immediately to ensure proper healing and to avoid nerve damage, blood vessel damage, and dangerous bone infections known as osteomyelitis.
Fractures are categorized as either:
- Displaced: The bone is broken in two or more places.
- Non-Displaced: The bones is broken, but does not move out of alignment.
- Open: The fractured bone breaks through the skin and is visible to the naked eye.
- Closed: The bone is broken, but the skin remains intact.
Vertebral fractures are common in motorcycle accidents. The bones that house the spinal cord feature protrusion known as pedicles as well as associated processes that project to the sides and back of the spine. When one of these protrusions fractures, a piece of bone can lodge against the spinal cord, creating bruising or exerting pressure. This can, in turn, cause paralysis of the entire body below the injury, a condition which may become permanent, causing paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Fractures to the main body of the vertebra can also damage the spinal cord. The small upper vertebrae of the neck break more easily than those in the lower back, plus the spinal column is smaller there and more subject to damage connected with a vertebral fracture.
Skull fractures can signal the presence of a brain injury and must be carefully evaluated.
A comminuted skull fracture, for instance, is one in which the bone is shattered into several fragments. Surgery is often required in these cases to remove bone fragments that have become embedded in the brain.
In a depressed skull fracture, pieces of bone press on the brain and must be removed to relieve the resulting pressure. Finally, basilar skull fractures (at the base of the skull) can cause blood to fill up in the sinuses and cerebrospinal fluid to leak from the nose and ears. Damage to the cranial and facial nerves may result.
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Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at The Nagelberg Bernard Law Group fight tirelessly to obtain fair compensation on behalf of victims. If you or a loved one has suffered fractures or other injuries as a result of a motorcycle collision, contact The Nagelberg Bernard Law Group for a free consultation.
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