There are two hundred and six bones in the human body. When a bone is subjected to more stress than it can handle, it’ll break. Broken bones are common injuries in both children and adults. The term refers to a number of different injuries. It could describe: (1) a hairline fracture, also called a stress fracture, usually caused by repeated stress; (2) a pathological fracture, caused by weakness in the bones; or (3) an impact fracture, caused by a sudden jolting event. Impact fractures can be further classified as either a greenstick fracture, in which a bone is cracked but not completely broken, or a complete fracture, when a bone is split into two parts. If the bone is broken in only one place it’s called a single fracture, but if there are multiple breaks or if the bone is crushed, it’s called a comminuted fracture. A bowing fracture is when bone bends but doesn’t break. Bowing fractures are common in children but non-existent in adults. A compound fracture occurs when a bone breaks and pierces through the skin. This is also called an open fracture.
Most courses of treatment recommended by doctors involve a cast to immobilize the bone for a significant period of time while it heals. Depending on the severity of the injury, a doctor may recommend surgery to implant screws, plates, or rods to repair broken bones. Regardless of how successful a surgery might be, a patient may suffer from permanent discomfort and physical limitations as a result of the injury. The bones most commonly broken in the human body are the clavicle (collar bone), arm, wrist, hip, and ankle.
When a bone fracture is related to another person’s negligence, the injured party is entitled to recover damages for the injury. The most common types of accidents that result in broken bones include:
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