3 reasons broken bones from car wrecks become disabling injurie

Friday, May 5th, 2023

The incredible force of a car crash can mangle the heavy vehicles involved and damage their metal frames, so it is little wonder that crashes often cause breaks in human bones. Broken bones or fractures in the arms, legs, hands, feet and torso are all common medical consequences of car wrecks.

Most people with a broken bone will require temporary immobilization, possibly a cast and maybe physical therapy to recover their strength and range of motion once the bone knits. However, in some, relatively rare circumstances, a broken bone might lead to far more catastrophic medical consequences for the person who suffers a fracture in a collision.

When are broken bones potentially catastrophic injuries?

When the body doesn’t heal properly

The pain that you feel from a broken bone will typically reduce little by little as you recover. For a tiny fraction of people, that pain will get worse as healing progresses.

Traumatic injuries like fractures can cause a rare condition known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Those with CRPS may have life-long limitations on their range of motion and strength. Sometimes, CRPS is so extreme that an individual will have to change professions or retire early because of their condition.

When the bone breaks unevenly or in multiple places

A simple, stable fracture means that your bone broke but remains in roughly the right position. Not everyone is fortunate enough to suffer such a mild fracture.

Older adults and those with lower bone density could suffer comminuted fractures where the bone breaks into multiple small pieces. The edges of the bone could be sharp, so they could cut through the skin. More serious fractures often require surgery or even medical devices to reinforce the damaged bone after the break.

When the break leads to an amputation

In a scenario where the damage to an extremity or limb is not limited to just the bone but also other surrounding tissue, the damage may be so severe that medical professionals can’t save the affected body parts. Sometimes, fractures are such extreme injuries that medical professionals must surgically amputate the affected body part because of the extent of the damage to the tissue.

Knowing that a broken bone may not be a simple injury could help you better handle an insurance claim after a car crash leads to a fracture for you or a family member.