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Can a Bone Fracture be Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

Bone fractures can lead to a world of pain and suffering, significantly disrupting the course of one’s life. The severe pain experienced immediately following the fracture is just the start. This physical discomfort often persists during the healing process and can be accompanied by psychological distress caused by the sudden change in lifestyle, mobility limitations and the inability to perform daily tasks independently.

Considering the immense impacts of such an injury, a bone fracture may sometimes be a catastrophic injury. Such depends on several factors, including the severity of the fracture, the impact on the victim’s life, and the long-term health implications. As injury attorneys at Brassfield & Krueger, LTD, we are committed to helping victims understand their situation and ensure they get the full compensation that they deserve.

Understanding Catastrophic Injuries and Bone Fractures

A catastrophic injury typically refers to injuries that have serious, long-term effects on the victim. These can include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, severe burns, or amputations. However, not all injuries are easily categorized. A bone fracture, for instance, can range from a simple break that heals with time to a complex injury that leads to permanent disability.

The severity of a bone fracture can depend on various factors. These include the location and type of fracture, the age of the victim, and the prognosis for recovery. For example, a skull fracture can cause traumatic brain injury, a pelvic fracture can lead to internal organ damage, and a femoral fracture can result in life-threatening blood clots. When a bone fracture takes place in the spine, it is often considered catastrophic in nature because damage in the spinal cord can lead to permanent or long-term complications. 

Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) Surgery

In cases of severe fractures, a surgical procedure known as Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) may be required. This operation involves the repositioning of the fractured bones and the insertion of hardware such as screws, plates, or rods to stabilize the injury. The need for an ORIF surgery can significantly affect the classification of a bone fracture as a catastrophic injury.

Following ORIF surgery, victims may experience pain, infections, nerve and muscle damage, and potential future arthritis. The fracture may not heal properly, leading to a second ORIF surgery. These factors contribute to the classification of a fracture as catastrophic, as they have severe implications on the victim’s quality of life and incur significant medical costs.

The Importance of Legal Guidance

A bone fracture can indeed be considered a catastrophic injury depending on its severity, the need for surgeries like ORIF, and the long-term impact on the victim’s life. It is crucial to remember that once a personal injury case settles, it cannot be reopened to seek compensation for future medical care or expenses.

If you have suffered a bone fracture due to an accident, it is essential to seek legal guidance. At Brassfield & Krueger, LTD, we are dedicated to helping our clients receive full compensation for their injuries, accounting for both current and future medical expenses. We invite you to contact us for a consultation, where we will guide you through the complexities of personal injury law and help you secure the compensation you deserve.

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