Consisting of more than 260 bones, the skeletal system is susceptible to many different types of injuries including broken, or fractured, bones. The human leg in particular is composed of four different bones including the:
- Patella kneecap
- Femur thigh bone
- Fibula left shin bone
- Tibia right shin bone
Two of the largest bones of the body can be found in the lower extremities, the femur and fibula. Due to their length a leg fracture may occur in the upper or lower half of the legs, there may also be multiple breaks along the bone.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, more than 2.8 million inpatient hospitalizations were recorded between 2010 and 2011. Additionally, there were approximately 15.8 million visits to Canadian emergency rooms. According to the CIHI trauma was the fourth leading cause of a trip to the emergency room.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a broken leg injury caused by another individuals negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case, and if so, how to proceed with the claim.
For a no-cost evaluation of your accident injuries, call us today at (866) 320-4770
Causes of a Broken Leg
A fractured leg is an injury most everyone can suffer, however young children and the elderly are much more susceptible to this type of injury as their bones are not as dense as a middle-aged adult. Trauma is the most common cause of a broken leg however the type of trauma can vary.
Some further causes of a fractured leg include:
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation more than 1,200 persons were admitted to the hospital for a lower extremity fracture after a motor vehicle collision. Regular falls such as down stairs or on the playground can also result in a broken leg injury.
Symptoms of a Broken Leg
It may be expected that a broken leg injury means the injured persons cannot walk, however there are several more tell-tale signs of such a fracture some of which can be subtle. It is important to remember that there are four bones that can break which can either make the symptoms more or less obvious.
Symptoms of a broken leg also include:
- Obvious Leg Deformity
- Difficulty or Complete Inability to Walk
- Severe Pain
A compound fracture is the most easily diagnosed leg fracture as the bone breaks through the skin, this type of injury requires immediate attention as it could lead to a serious infection.
Broken Leg Treatment
Depending on the type of break that occurred treatment can vary. With most types of fractures the two bones can be set and then the leg is immobilized to restrict movement so that the bone may heal properly.
If a person suffers from a displaced fracture then surgery may be the best option so that the broken bones may be put back together and a splint applied. After the split a cast is used to immobilize the leg until the fracture is mended.
Physical therapy will also likely be recommended so that once the broken leg has completely healed a person may work to restore their weakened muscles and full range of motion.
Contact our Windsor Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Suffering from a broken leg can be extremely debilitating and some persons may suffer from the injury for the rest of their lives. At Greg Monforton and Partners we believe that all those who have caused others to be injured should be held responsible for their actions.
Since the late 1980s we have opened our doors to personal injury victims throughout Ontario in an effort to provide comprehensive legal counsel for all those in need. We can help guide you through the entire litigation process and help you fight for your rights. Our office is located in Windsor, Ontario, and we are proud to represent clients in the following areas:
- Old Sandwich Towne
- Pillette Village
- Remington Park
- Devonshire Heights
- and many more.
To find out how we may be able to help you with your personal injury claim, contact us at (866) 320-4770 and one of our steadfast intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your case.
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