Perhaps someone collided with you as you were driving here in Florida, and you suffered a fracture to your femur bone. The femur, commonly referred to as the “thigh bone”, is the body’s strongest bone, so there’s no doubt that the accident was severe. You may be able to file a claim against the other driver to recover economic and non-economic damages.
Types of femur fractures
If the femur is fractured at the neck, it’s called a hip fracture. This type of injury occurs mostly in the elderly. High-impact crashes, though, usually cause the femur to fracture somewhere along the shaft or down at the distal end, which connects the femur to the knee joint. A fracture at the distal end is typically called a knee fracture.
The injuries that result from fractures
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, car crashes are the top cause of femur fractures. Besides the fracture, a crash victim could rupture blood vessels or seriously damage muscles and ligaments. If the femur protrudes from the skin, victims run the risk of getting an infection. This is why you may be given both intravenous antibiotics as well as a prescription for oral antibiotics. The accompanying injuries can be more life-threatening than the fracture itself.
When fractures don’t involve displacement, victims can recover with a cast, crutches and plenty of rest. Other times, victims may need metal rods and screws to reattach the bone pieces and straighten the bone.
Seeking compensation for all losses
As with many victims of car crashes, you may be left with medical bills and the continuing expense that comes from taking pain medications, going through rehabilitation, and possibly missing work. Florida driver’s carry PIP insurance which will pay for up to $10,000.00 of medical expenses. If the crash was not your fault, you are entitled to additional compensation for any permanent from the driver who caused the accident. If you are injured in an accident, you should immediately consult with an attorney who handles these type of cases to make sure that you obtain fair compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.