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What should I know about a bone fracture?

Many injuries are possible if you are involved in a semi-truck accident. One possible injury that you might suffer in an accident is a broken bone. Last year, Tracy Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury, a broken leg and a broken nose in the now-famous accident with the Walmart truck driver. There are some important points anyone who suffers a broken bone should know.

What type of medical care is needed for a fractured bone?

Immediate medical care is needed for all bone fractures. Any fractures, especially those in which the bone is protruding through the skin and those in which the bone has snapped completely can damage nearby soft tissues. In some cases, the bone might become infected.

How long will fractures take to heal?

The severity of the fracture and the age of the victim are two points that can affect the healing time. A serious fracture in someone who is older would take longer than a minor fracture in a child. For a serious fracture in an older person, the healing may take months. In the instance of a minor fracture in a child, the healing might only take weeks.

What are the different types of fracture classifications?

Fractures are classified by the severity of the break and the damage done to the skin. A non-displaced fracture is one in which the fractured ends of the bone still line up with one another. A displaced fracture is one in which the bone ends don't line up. An open fracture breaks through the skin, but a closed fracture doesn't.

Depending on the severity of the bone fracture, you might have to take time off of work. Seeking compensation for your injuries might help you to cover the cost of medical care, the lost wages and more.

Source: WebMD, "Understanding Bone Fractures -- the Basics," accessed Aug. 19, 2015

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