For some fortunate people, recovering from a broken bone is fairly straightforward. Treatment may include surgery, setting the fractured bone with a cast, pain management, a period of rest and recovery and, finally, physical therapy. Other accident victims face a much rockier path to restoration of well-being after a car accident or fall accident resulting in a bone fracture.
Ted B. Lyon & Associates is a personal injury law firm dedicated to helping accident victims obtain medical care and compensation. For a free consultation, call us at 866-576-3748.
When a Broken Bone Brings Unexpected Complications, Expenses May Soar
Recovery may be more difficult than anticipated in light of complications such as the following:
- Some breaks are severe enough to require insertion of a metal rod, either temporarily or permanently.
- Some unfortunate bone fracture victims develop complications such as compartment syndrome or reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS). A syndrome resulting in chronic pain may mean that a simple broken-bone accident triggers long-term disability.
- When a child breaks a bone, there is often concern as to whether growth may be stunted, resulting in lasting disfigurement.
- In some cases, physicians predict delayed complications such as, for example, a broken knee may mean there will be a need for a knee replacement 10 or 20 years later.
Any such worst-case scenarios can mean greater expenses and losses to an accident victim. This is one of the most compelling reasons to talk to an attorney as soon as possible after an accident resulting in a bone fracture — and not to automatically settle for a quick settlement offer by an insurance company.
Bones typically take months to heal, and physical therapy can last much longer. It is difficult or impossible for the average person to predict the course of recovery after an arm, leg, shoulder, knee, hip or pelvic bone has been fractured. Doctors themselves often take their time before making long-term prognoses until they see how the patient fares after bones have healed.
Fractured Bone Injury Lawyers Serving the Dallas Metroplex
The broken bone lawyers at Ted B. Lyon & Associates zealously represent car accident and slip-and-fall victims throughout the region. We welcome your inquiry. Call 866-576-3748 or send an email message to learn how our Texas plaintiffs' law firm can help.