Complications Associated with Bone Fractures

Bone fractures sound painful, but most people do not consider them dangerous. In general, bone fractures do heal with little or no trouble when treated properly although it can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, depending on the area involved.

However, complications can occur, especially with traumatic fractures which result from sudden and forceful collision with a hard object such as the ground or vehicle, physical altercation, or other stressful forces. One of these is infections.

There are two broad types of bone fractures: open and closed. Traumatic fractures are often open fractures because an external force is brought to bear upon the bone, often involving soft tissue damage and skin rupture. According to the website from Williams Kherkher Law Firm, open fractures can easily become infected, leading to adult respiratory distress syndrome. Moreover, open fractures can also mean considerable blood loss, which can cause the patient to go into hypovolaemic shock.

Another complication associated with traumatic fractures to long bones is fat embolism syndrome, which develops shortly after the event and is nearly always fatal although it is asymptomatic. Damage to the joints, muscle, blood vessels and soft tissue are also common and problematic, although not usually fatal except when the event involves crushing skeletal muscle injury, which can lead to Bywaters’ syndrome. Prolonged inactivity due to multiple traumatic fractures may also lead to deep vein thrombosis.

Bone fractures can lead to serious medical and health problems even with proper care. The potential for complications increases with age and comorbid medical conditions, although traumatic fractures can have grave consequences to anyone, depending on the type, location and severity of the fracture. If you or a family member sustained one or more bone fractures as a result of the negligent act of a third party, compensation may be forthcoming. Consult with a bone fracture lawyer in your area to get an accurate assessment of your legal options.

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